SU roundup: Hornets rally past Mules in baseball
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WINCHESTER – The No. 18/RV Shenandoah University baseball team completed another winning week Sunday with a 10-6 non-league victory over Muhlenberg.
Shenandoah (15-4) rallied from a four-run deficit to ruin the SU homecoming for Muhlenberg (6-8) head coach Tod Gross.
Gross, a 2002 Shenandoah grad, is in his second season as the Mules head coach. Sunday was the first time he has competed against his alma mater on the diamond.
Muhlenberg answered an SU run in the first with two in the second and three more in the fourth to take a 5-1 advantage and chase Hornets starter Phillip Morse.
Morse departed midway through the fourth after allowing five runs on three hits and six walks.
Shenandoah got back into it with a four-run sixth, and after MC scored a single run in the seventh, put up a five-spot in the bottom of that frame to take a lead it would not relinquish.
The Hornets scored a pair of insurance runs in the seventh by executing two suicide squeeze plays on consecutive pitches.
Garrett Wooddell (1-0), the third pitcher of the day for the victors, earned the win after not giving up a run in 2/3 of an inning.
Andrew Zarobila got the final five outs to close the door on the squad’s 15th victory of the season.
Sophomore Billy Arens drove in three runs while J.J. McDaniel and Joe Bittner both had two hits each.
Shenandoah continues this homestand on Monday with a 3:00 non-league game against Dickinson.
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s tennis team took another important step in its quest to earn an ODAC Tournament berth with a 5-4 victory over Emory and Henry Sunday afternoon.
Leading 3-0 before the match even started because E&H (6-6, 0-4 ODAC) brought just four players to the match, Shenandoah (6-1, 2-1) needed to win just two matches to clinch the victory.
Junior Rachel Gross and sophomore Amy Rapp gave the squad those two wins, both winning 6-3, 6-1 at Nos. 4 and 3, respectively.
The remaining three points came from forfeit wins at Nos. 5 and 6 singles and No. 3 doubles.
Gross and Amber Lake had the closest remaining match, falling 8-6 at No. 2 doubles.
The women continue ODAC play with a Tuesday home match against Bridgewater.
WINCHESTER – Visiting Emory and Henry earned its first ODAC men’s tennis win of the season Sunday with an 8-1 victory over Shenandoah.
The No. 3 doubles duo of Brett Holmes and Kelly Sykes had the lone victory for Shenandoah (2-3, 0-3 ODAC).
Holmes and Sykes downed Jonathan Romano and John Hanlon 8-5 in that contest.
The Wasps (3-8, 1-3) won the remaining eight matches, but needed three sets to win at both No. 1 and No. 4 doubles.
Steven Baker battled back from a 6-3 loss in the opening set at No. 1 to win 6-1 in the second before Alex Minasyan took the point with a 6-4 victory in third.
Sykes, at No. 4, likewise took the second set. Romano, however, sandwiched 6-1 and 6-3 wins around a 6-4 loss to earn the point for the visitors.
The Hornets are in action on Thursday at McDaniel.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Catholic University banged out a total of 23 hits Sunday in sweeping a non-league softball doubleheader from Shenandoah.
CUA (10-7) was a 12-2 victor in the opening before winning the nightcap 2-1 over the Hornets (2-13).
Senior Erica Kondzielawa put SU up 1-0 in game one with a solo HR in the second before the squad plated three runs on two hits in the third.
Lindsay Corbin had an RBI single in that third inning rally.
Unfortunately for the coach Marlena Kotynski’s club, Catholic responded with five runs in its half of the third, added one more in the fourth and ended the game with a six-run fifth.
Corbin (1-5) took the loss after allowing nine runs on 11 hits in 4.0 innings.
She walked two and struck out one.
CUA completed the sweep with single runs in the third and fourth innings of game two – Shenandoah made matters interesting with a Haley Koeninger HR with one out in the seventh and saw Megan Rion follow with a single, but the Cardinals induced a pair of groundouts to end the contest.
Lisa Mitro (0-2) took the loss. She gave up the two runs on nine hits and three walks in 6.0 innings.
Rion had two of the squad’s seven hits.
SU is back in action on Tuesday at Mary Washington.
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University men’s lacrosse team earned its first-ever ODAC win Saturday with a 11-10 home triumph over Randolph.
Shenandoah (5-4, 1-1 ODAC) led 9-2 at the break and 10-2 early in the third before Randolph (3-3, 0-2) began a furious comeback.
The WildCats scored eight of the game’s final nine goals, including six straight, to cut the deficit to just one with 4:10 remaining.
Freshman Tilghman Sanders had the only goal for SU in this run, converting on EMO off of an Aaron Paul free with 7:19 to play.
This goal proved to be the game-winner.
Randolph had two shots following its final goal, including hitting the post with 50 seconds remaining, but could not find the equalizer.
Following that hit post, Shenandoah successfully cleared the ball and then was able to possess the ball in its offensive end for the remainder of the contest.
The Hornets, on the strength of three goals in the final 27 seconds of the first half, appeared to be headed to an easy victory, only to see the ‘Cats mount the comeback.
Three different players: Connor Bishop, Casey Edsall and Drew Brooks, scored in that half-ending run with Brooks also adding an assist.
Randolph was able to get itself back into it by winning four of five faceoffs in the fourth quarter and clear the ball at 90 percent rate.
The ‘Cats had lost 12 of 20 faceoffs in the opening 45 minutes and had six failed clears in the first half.
Freshman Stephen LaTona paced the victors with four goals while Brooks had two goals and three assists.
Ben Judy had 12 saves in the winning effort.
SU is back in action at home on Wednesday at 7 in a non-league contest against Marymount.
Track and field
LYNCHBURG – The Shenandoah University men’s and women’s track & field teams continued their outdoor seasons with a strong performance today at the Jack Toms Invitational hosted by Lynchburg College.
The Hornets had two wins and a second place in the unscored meet.
Both of the wins came on the men’s side, with Everton Eastwood winning in the 100 meter dash with an 11.10 and the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Eastwood, Henry Howell, David Johnson and Bobby Lewis posting a 43.68.
Anthony Banks had a fourth place in his flight in the high jump with Evan Griffin doing the same in the hammer throw.
On the women’s side, the 4 x 100 relay team of Jaclyn Mohlmann, Alana Meadows, Emily Cobb and Alicia Feliciano was second with a 54.27.
Mohlmann had a second place in her section of the 200 meter dash with Cobb posting a third in a different section of the same event.
Cobb had another section third place in the 400 meters with Shelby Shrader posting a second place in her section of the 800 meters.
Danyelle McGrady rounded out the top section finishers with a third place in the shot and a sixth in the discus.
Both teams are back in action next Saturday at the Goucher Invitational.