SU roundup: Eagles top Hornets for ODAC baseball crown

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LYNCHBURG – Third-seeded Bridgewater College earned the 2014 ODAC Baseball Championship Sunday with a 6-5 victory over No. 14/18 Shenandoah.

Bridgewater (31-12) had to beat SU (31-9) twice on Sunday to earn the title, and the Eagles accomplished the task with 5-2 and 6-5 wins.

In game two, the Hornets erased a three-run deficit with five runs in the fifth, but could not hold the lead.

BC cut its deficit in half on a Zach Hynes solo HR in the sixth and then scored two runs off of SU ace Darrell Thompson (9-2) in the eighth to retake the lead.

Thompson, the ODAC Pitcher of the Year, came on in relief midway through the seventh with runners on first and second and two outs to get an inning-ending fly to right.

In the eighth, BC catcher Trevor Hoffman ripped a two-out double into the gap in left center to score the tying and winning runs.

Shenandoah had taken that 5-3 lead by combining four hits along with a two-base error by the Eagles to score five unearned.

Junior Nolan Overby, one of three Hornets to be selected to the All-Tournament team, had the big blow in the frame with a two-run dinger to left.

Billy Arens and Corbin Lucas also drove in runs with a single and a fielder’s choice, respectively.

Lucas had a one-out double in the seventh, but was left stranded as Overby struck out and Michael Paul grounded out to second.

Paul and Dan Powers joined Overby on the All-Tournament team.

Corey Armentrout, who pitched a scoreless ninth for Bridgewater, was the Most Outstanding Player. Armentrout had a win and two saves (both Sunday) for the Eagles in the tournament.

Robert Gallet (4-1) was the winner. He struck out four and allowed two hits in 3 1/3 innings of relief work.

Shenandoah will now wait until May 12 for a possible at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament field.

Men’s golf

CONOVER, N.C. – The Shenandoah University men’s golf team fired a collective 325 Sunday to stand third after day one of the 2014 ODAC Championships.

Playing for the par-72, 6944-yard, Rock Barn Golf and Spa course, the Hornets shot the 325 to find themselves 13 strokes behind co-leaders Guilford and Washington and Lee.

The Quakers and Generals, both nationally ranked, each carded 312.

Hampden-Sydney, the 20th rated team in DIII, is fourth after posting a 330 Sunday afternoon.

Doc Schulte paced SU with a five-over-pair 77 with Brennan Lloyd carding 79, Adam Flees 84 and Seth Crean 85 for the 325 total.

Evan Cocke had an 88 that did not count toward the team score.

The three-day, 54-hole tournament continues Monday.


Women’s lacrosse

WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University saw its 2014 women’s lacrosse season come to an end Saturday with a 16-11 loss to Guilford College in the ODAC Tournament semi-finals.

Second-seeded Shenandoah (11-7) led 7-2 following a Samantha Donaghy free position goal with 5:36 remaining in the first half, but could only watch as the high-powered GC offense came to life.

The third-seeded Quakers (12-6) pulled themselves back into it by scoring four of the final six goals of the first and then took control following the halftime break.

Junior Liz Bereit opened the second half scoring by converting a Samantha Sisson feed at 23:01, but this would prove to be the hosts’ high-water mark.

GC reeled off 10 straight from the 21:58 to 1:04 marks to turn its 10-6 deficit into a 16-10 lead.

Bereit, who had three goals for SU, provided the final margin of victory with an unassisted tally 13 seconds before the final horn.

Guilford rallied for the victory by dominating possession in the second – the Quakers won nine of 12 second-half draws after seeing the Hornets win 10 of 15 in the opening stanza and scooped up 11 of 16 second-half groundballs.

GC also took 19 of the 27 second-half shots.

Shenandoah goalkeeper Ashley Cross had eight of her 12 saves in the second.

Sisson paced the hosts with five goals and two assists for seven points with Bereit adding four goals.

Sisson finishes her career as the program’s all-time leader in goals, assists, points and draw controls.

Cross finishes her career as the program’s all-time leader in saves and wins.

The Class of 2014 finished its career with 48 wins and played in two conference championship contests.

The 2015 schedule will be announced this summer.