SU roundup: Hornets fall to Penn St.-Altoona

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WINCHESTER – No. 18/RV Shenandoah University saw its six-game baseball winning streak come to an end Friday with an 11-10 non-league loss to Penn St. – Altoona.

PSU-A (4-9) scored the game-winning run on a Jordan Swope single through the left side in the top of the ninth.

Swope single off of junior Matt Riegler (1-1) brought home right fielder Tyler Pastor, who had reached on a one-out single to center.

The winning run was unearned as Riegler committed a throwing error on a Dan Bier comebacker that allowed Pastor to advance to second.

Following a strikeout, Swope threaded in the single for the go-ahead run.

Daniel Freshley reached for Shenandoah (13-3) in the bottom of the ninth, but was cut down on a fielder’s choice and then Lions reliever Nate Bennett got a strikeout to end the contest.

The Hornets had led the game 6-4 after three and 9-6 after four only to see PSU-A take its first lead with a four-run sixth.

SU tied the game in the seventh and the two teams were both held off the board in the eighth, setting up Swope to get the game-winning hit in the ninth.

The two squads split 32 hits with Corbin Lucas, Michael Paul, Dan Powers, Andrew Creamer, Nolan Overby, Lew Johnson and Freshley all getting two each for the hosts.

Creamer and Johnson both drove in two runs.

Riegler allowed the one unearned run on two hits and 2.0 innings of work. He struck out three.

Shenandoah is back in action at noon Saturday in an ODAC doubleheader against Randolph-Macon. Vince Claudio and Darrell Thompson are the Hornets expected starters.

WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University softball team snapped its eight-game losing streak by splitting a non-league doubleheader with Penn St. – Altoona Friday evening.

Shenandoah (2-11) was a 5-4 winner in the opener before PSU-A (10-4) salvaged the split with a 10-8 victory in the nightcap.

SU scored two runs in the second, one in the fourth and two more in the fifth to provide enough offense for freshman Lindsay Corbin to earn her first collegiate victory.

Corbin (1-4) allowed four unearned runs on eight hits and six walks in the complete game triumph.

She struck out one.

Corbin also scored what proved to be the game-winning run as she trotted across the plate on a Kimberly Brady 43 double play in the fifth.

Senior Brittany Guepe had three hits with classmates Morgan Coble and Erica Kondzielawa adding two each to lead the offense.

The Hornets banged out 14 hits in the nightcap but it was not enough as PSU-A erased a 6-3 deficit with four runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth.

Coach Marlena Kotynski’s club answered with one run in the bottom of the sixth and then loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with one out, but saw Guepe and Coble hit a pair of infield groundballs to allow the Lions to escape with the win.

Corbin and Brady both had three hits in game two with Guepe and Coble posting two hits each.

Senior Heather Sink drove in three runs and Corbin two.

Megan Tripp (1-6) took the loss after allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings of work.

Lisa Mitro struck out three in 3 2/3 innings of relief work.

Shenandoah is on the road at Catholic on Sunday in a non-league doubleheader.