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SU roundup: Hornets notch win over Wesley
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DOVER, Del. -- The Shenandoah University baseball team got itself back on the winning track Tuesday afternoon with a 5-2 non-league victory over Wesley College.
Shenandoah (8-2) scored one run in the fourth, and after Wesley (4-6) answered with two in its half of the frame, scored three times in the fifth to take a lead it would not relinquish.
Junior J.J. McDaniel provided the big blow with a three-run home run to left center put the Hornets on top.
McDaniel brought home Joe Bittner and Billy Arens, who had reached on a hit by pitch and a single through the right side, respectively.
Junior Matt Riegler, who came on in relief of Eric Liskey in the fourth, pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.
Riegler (1-0) struck out three, walked one and gave up just one hit in his time on the mound.
Sophomore Cameron Lundmark pitched a perfect ninth to post his second save.
McDaniel led the offense with three hits in four at-bats with Arens and Nolan Overby both posting two hits.
Dan Powers drove in the squad's first run with a sacrifice fly.
SU returns to ODAC play tomorrow with a 3:00 contest at Eastern Mennonite.
The Captains (11-3 and No. 21 in the nation) were 7-3 winners in the opening game before winning 3-2 in the nightcap.
CNU completed the sweep in walkoff fashion, getting a Christina McLaughlin double to left center to score Candice Zollars with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two.
Shenandoah (1-6) led the nightcap 2-0 thanks to one run in the first and another in the second, but saw the Captains rally with one in their half of the second, another in the fourth and then the game-winner in the seventh.
Freshman Lindsay Corbin (0-3) after allowing the game-winning run on one hit and one walk. She took over to start the seventh in relief of Lisa Mitro.
Mitro gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks in 6.0 innings.
Erica Kondzielawa, Kimberly Brady and Kaitlin Robinson had the Hornets three hits in game two.
Trailing 3-2 heading to the bottom of the fifth of game one, CNU tied it with one in the fifth and then scored four times in the sixth to pull away.
Alexis Pope scored what proved to be the game-winning run by leading off the Captains sixth with a double down the left field line and advancing to third on Tori Clarke's single up the middle.
Pope then trotted home on a Megan Tripp (1-3) wild pitch.
Tripp went the distance for SU, allowing seven runs on 11 hits and one walk in 6.0 innings. She struck out two, hit two batters and had three wild pitches.
The Hornets took that 3-2 lead in the fourth on the strength of a two-out, two-run single up the middle by catcher Karli Rorabaugh.
Rorabaugh plated Brady and Morgan Coble, who had reached on consecutive one-out singles to right.
Senior Brittany Guepe had three of the squad's seven hits in the contest.
Shenandoah is back in action on Thursday at Eastern Mennonite in the squad's ODAC opener.
The Hornets shot a collective 330 Monday afternoon in the final round of the two-day, 54-hole event.
Shenandoah's 990 total score was 25 strokes better than 12th place MacMurray and 29 behind tenth place Mt. St. Joseph's.
Fellow ODAC member Guilford won the event by eight strokes over Concordia (Texas). GC shot a 909 over the three days.
Evan Cocke paced SU with an 83-81-78--242 that was good for 39th.
Zach Ramey, Doc Schulte and Wes Licklider all shot 254 to come in a tie for 65th.
Ramey matched Cocke with a six-over-par 78 Monday over the par-72, 6789-yard Cotton Dike course at Dataw Island with Schulte posting and 85 and Licklider 89 in the final round.
Brennan Lloyd had a 91 that did not count toward the team total. He shot 256 over the three rounds.
Seth Crean and Adam Flees, playing as individuals, finished tied for 71st and 69th, respectively.
Flees had a 256 in the tournament with Crean one stroke back.
The team is back in action on Sunday and Monday at the Don Scalf Tournament hosted by N.C. Wesleyan.
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