SU roundup: Hornets clinch share of ODAC
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LEXINGTON – No. 12/18 Shenandoah University moved within one game of earning the top seed at the upcoming ODAC baseball tournament by splitting a doubleheader with Washington and Lee on Wednesday afternoon.
The Hornets (27-7, 16-3 ODAC) were 15-4 winners in the nightcap after W&L (15-10, 8-8) was a 6-3 victor in the opener.
Shenandoah can clinch the top-seed with a win tomorrow at home in a 4:00 contest against second-place Bridgewater.
Coach Kevin Anderson’s club pulled away from the Generals in game two, turning a 5-4 lead into the 11-run victory with a combined 10 runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
SU scored four runs on two hits in the seventh and added six runs on five hits and three W&L errors.
Washington and Lee committed eight errors in game two.
Sophomore Michael Scimanico (3-0) worked through a tough first inning to earn the win. Scimanico gave up three runs in the first but settled in and struck out six in 5.0 innings of work.
Daniel Freshley paced a 17-hit attack with four hits in six at-bats with Corbin Lucas adding three and Nolan Overby, Michael Paul and Ricky Pardo contributing two each.
Shenandoah scored one run in the first only to see the Generals score two in their half of the frame along with single runs in the second, third, fifth and seventh innings to take the game one victory.
SU brought the tying run to the plate with one out in the ninth, but could not get the big hit to tie the contest.
The Hornets banged out 13 hits in the contest with Overby leading the way with a 3 for 5 performance that included two RBI.
Lucas, Joe Bittner and Dan Powers all added two hits.
Phillip Morse (3-3) took the loss after allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks in 6.0 innings.
Morse struck out three before senior Andrew Zarobila recorded the final six outs.
WINCHESTER – Host Shenandoah University completed its 2014 home men’s lacrosse slate with a 16-6 ODAC victory over Bridgewater Wednesday evening.
Shenandoah (6-9, 2-5 ODAC) snapped a five-game losing streak with the win over BC (5-8, 0-6).
SU scored the initial four goals of the game, led 5-2 after one and saw sophomore Connor Bishop score what proved to be the game-winning goal at 7:04 of the second.
Bishop’s unassisted tally started a 3-0 run to finish the first half for the Hornets.
After BC scored the initial goal of the second half, the Hornets closed the stanza with a 5-1 run to lead 14-5 after three.
Coach Tim Marshall’s club scored two of the three goals in the fourth.
Freshman Tilghman Sanders, who scored the first goal of the game, led the victors with four goals and two assists for six points with Bishop adding four goals.
Freshman Frank Tejera had three goals with classmate Stephen Latona chipping in a goal and three assists.
Ben Judy had eight saves.
The Eagles outshot SU 42-35 with the Hornets scooping up 42 of the game’s 75 groundballs and winning 17 of 24 faceoffs.
Shenandoah is back in action on Saturday at 4:00 in an ODAC contest at Guilford. This game is the nightcap of a doubleheader with the SU women.