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SU roundup: Hornets down No. 8 Cortland State


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WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University completed its strong baseball week with a 13-10 non-league victory over No. 8 Cortland (N.Y.) State on Sunday at snowy Bridgeforth Field.

Shenandoah (11-2) beat both the snowstorm and the Red Dragons (10-4) in a contest in which was played through flurries and then a full-blown snow showers in the final two innings.

By the time the contest finished, snow was sticking to both the dirt and the infield grass.

Cortland, playing SU on its way home from a spring break trip to Florida, led 1-0 after one and 2-1 after three only to see the Hornets erupt for eight runs in the fifth.

Junior Nolan Overby provided the big blast in the frame with a grand slam HR to left center.

Overby's classmate, Michael Paul, also had a two-run double as the Hornets sent 11 men to the plate in the frame.

The Red Dragons continued to battle, scoring four runs in the sixth, one in the eighth and three in the ninth, but could not dig themselves out of the seven-run deficit.

Coach Kevin Anderson's club held its visitors at bay with a single run in the sixth and three more in the eighth.

Paul led the victors with three hits and four RBis while Overby was 2 for 4 with five RBIs.

Sophomore Phillip Morse (2-1) earned the win after pitching the initial 5 1/3 innings. Morse gave up six runs (five earned) on eight hits and five walks while striking out five.

Cortland outhit SU 16-11 and the two teams each committed two errors.

Note: Monday's game with Mary Washington is postponed with no makeup date announced. Tuesday's ODAC contest versus Eastern Mennonite is also postponed, with a likely Wednesday or Thursday make up date.

On Friday, the Hornets will host Penn St.- Altoona in a non-league contest beginning at 3 p.m.

Women's lacrosse

WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah women's lacrosse team opened its 2014 Old Dominion Athletic Conference schedule with a 17-0 shutout victory over Sweet Briar on Sunday morning.

Shenandoah (4-3, 1-0 ODAC) dominated the contest, jumping on SBC (1-5, 0-2) for five goals in the first 10 minutes of the game.

SU led 9-0 at the break and kicked in the running clock rule 43 seconds into the second half.

The Vixens, who were held to nine shots on the day, were unable to find the back of the net as Hornets goalkeeper Ashley Cross made all six saves.

Cross, the all-time saves leader at Shenandoah, had four saves in the first and two more in the second to record her third career shutout.

Cross' classmate, Samantha Sisson, led all players with three goals and three assists for six points.

Her final assist, to Brittany Arndt with 22:48 remaining, ties Sisson with Jennie Ott '11 for the all-time lead at SU.

Sisson now has 74 career assists.

Arndt and Miranda Rudacille both had two goals and one assist, Liz Bereit a goal and three assists and Samantha Donaghy four goals.

Erin Higgins and Becky Bove rounded out the multiple goal scorers with two each.

Sophomore Elizabeth Paras added a goal and an assist.

The Hornets had a 25-11 advantage in groundballs and won 14 of 19 draws.

Shenandoah is back in action on Wednesday at Washington and Lee.

Softball

LYNCHBURG -- Host Lynchburg College opened its 2014 ODAC season with a doubleheader sweep of Shenandoah on Sunday afternoon.

Lynchburg (12-4, 2-0 ODAC) was a 3-2 winner in the opener before completing the sweep with a 7-1 game two victory over SU (1-10, 0-4).

LC scored one run in the third and two in the fourth inning of game one but then had to hold on as Shenandoah scored one in the fifth and another in the seventh.

Freshman Lindsay Corbin accounted for both game one runs, hitting solo home runs to left and right center in the fifth and seventh, respectively.

Corbin had two of her team's six hits in the game with Heather Sink adding two and both Morgan Coble and Kimberly Brady one each.

Corbin (0-4) took the loss, allowing the three runs on eight hits and one walk.

She struck out one as well.

The hosts scored the initial seven runs of the nightcap, including two runs in the first, fourth and fifth, to help secure the sweep.

Sink and Haley Koeninger both had two hits in this contest with Corbin driving in one run as connected for her third dinger of the day with a sixth inning solo shot.

Corbin has all four of her squad's home runs this season.

Shenandoah is back in action on Friday with a non-league doubleheader against Penn St. - Altoona.



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