SU roundup: Hornets sweep Guilford in softball

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Shenandoah University softball team ran its winning streak to five games by sweeping an ODAC doubleheader from Guilford Sunday afternoon.

Shenandoah (7-14, 5-5 ODAC) was an 8-3 victor in the opener before taking out GC (21-7, 5-6-6) 9-4 in the nightcap.

SU scored three runs in the first inning of game one to take a lead it would not relinquish against the Quakers.

Freshman Lindsay Corbin got matters started with a two-run home run, her fifth of the season, in the first, before the Hornets sandwiched one run innings in the fifth and seventh around a three-run sixth.

Women’s tennis
LYNCHBURG – The Shenandoah University women’s tennis team took another step forward in its goal to earn an ODAC Tournament berth with a 7-2 win over Lynchburg Sunday afternoon.

Shenandoah (8-3, 3-3 ODAC) surpassed last season’s overall and ODAC win totals with the victory over Lynchburg (2-7, 1-6).

SU took a 2-1 lead into singles after earning 8-2 and 8-1 wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles and then clinched the win by sweeping the top five singles matches.

Sophomore Amy Rapp had the match-clinching victory with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 3.

The other four singles victories came in straight sets. Shenandoah’s only singles loss came at No. 6, where Caitlin Tilton was forced to default due to injury midway through the first set.

SU hosts Virginia Wesleyan on Tuesday as part of an ODAC doubleheader with the Shenandoah men.

Men’s tennis
LYNCHBURG – The Shenandoah University men’s tennis team earned its first ODAC victory of the season with a 5-2 win over Lynchburg Sunday afternoon.

Shenandoah (3-7, 1-6 ODAC) won both doubles matches and the Nos. 2, 3 and 5 singles to take the victory over Lynchburg (0-7, 0-6).

Matches at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles were not contested.

Freshman Zach O’Neal, at No. 3 singles, had the match-clinching victory. O’Neal defeated Andrew Link 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

O’Neal was a double winner, combining with Will Leach to win 8-3 at No. 2 doubles.

Leach won his No. 2 singles match 7-6 (3), 6-4 over Josh Johnson.

The final singles victory came at No. 5, where Brett Holmes won 0,0 over Tayler Tepper.

SU is back in action on Tuesday in an ODAC match against Virginia Wesleyan.

VIRGINIA BEACH – Shenandoah University stands second Sunday after day one of the Virginia Wesleyan Golf Invitational hosted at Red Wing GC.

The Hornets shot a collective 321 Sunday afternoon over the par 72, 7124-yard Lake Course at Red Wing.

SU is seven strokes behind Apprentice, who leads the tournament at 315, and four shots in front of fellow ODAC member Randolph-Macon.

Freshman Brennan Lloyd paced Shenandoah with an eight-over-par 78 with Seth Crean one shot back at 79.

Lloyd is third overall with Crean tied for fourth.

Doc Schulte and Cory Hammons each carded 82 with Evan Cocke’s 87 not counting toward the team total.

Schulte and Hammons are tied for ninth.

The tournament concludes Monday.

WINCHESTER – No. 17/24 Shenandoah University maintained its position atop the ODAC baseball standings by sweeping a doubleheader from Emory and Henry Saturday afternoon.

Shenandoah (22-5, 12-2 ODAC) was a 5-2 victor in the opener before taking the nightcap 9-8 over the Wasps (8-17, 5-7).

Sophomore Darrell Thompson (6-1) went the distance the opener for SU, allowing the two runs on five hits and one walk.

He struck out six to throw the Hornets second consecutive complete game and the second of his career.

The offense gave Thompson all of the support he would need by scoring three runs on three hits in the fourth.

Dan Powers, Andrew Creamer and J.J. McDaniel all drove in runs in the frame with Powers and McDaniel sandwiching a single and a double, respectively, around an RBI groundout from Creamer.

After E&H cut the deficit to two runs with a single run in the sixth, SU pushed across an unearned run in the eighth to extend its lead back to three runs.

Thompson worked around a leadoff double in the ninth by getting a fly to right, groundball to second and a pop to third to close it out.

Powers, Billy Arens and Nolan Overby all had two hits in the game one win.

A six-run third made game two look like it was going to be an easy victory for the Hornets, but Emory & Henry had other ideas.

Down to their last out, the Wasps strung together a single, a catcher’s interference and a walk to load the bases against junior closer Matt Riegler.

After E&H scored two runs on an infield error to make the score 9-8, Riegler slammed the door by inducing Connor Bronson to groundout to first base.

Arens led the offense with a 3 for 5 nightcap with Creamer contributing two hits and two RBI.

Matthew Wilson (2-0) earned the win with 2 2/3 innings of relief. He allowed one run on five hits.

Shenandoah travels to York (Pa.) on Monday for a 3:30 contest.

Women’s lacrosse
SALEM – The Shenandoah University women’s lacrosse team earned its third straight victory Saturday afternoon with a 12-7 road win over Roanoke.

Shenandoah (7-6, 4-2 ODAC) jumped out to an 8-3 halftime lead and never looked back against the Maroons (6-7, 3-3).

The two teams split eight second-half goals.

Senior Samantha Sisson and junior Liz Bereit paced the Hornets to the victory with three goals each.

Sisson also added one assist.

Coach Lindsey Lutz saw seven different women score goals with freshman Brittany Arndt joining Sisson and Bereit in the multiple-goal category by tallying twice.

Senior goalkeeper Ashley Cross anchored the defense with 13 saves.

Bereit gave the victors the early lead with her unassisted goal at 27:38 of the first; this would start a string in which the two teams would trade the first four goals of the game.

Senior Samantha Donaghy, who finished with a goal and two assists, gave the Hornets the lead for good with her unassisted goal at 20:25.

Shenandoah would score six of the final seven goals of the first, finishing with an Arndt tally off of a Donaghy assist just six seconds before the halftime buzzer.

Roanoke climbed back in it with a three-goal run to start the second before Bereit and Sisson scored 57 seconds apart to push the SU lead back to four goals.

RC outshot the Hornets 25-23 with the victors winning 11 of 20 draws and holding a 28-24 advantage in groundballs.

Shenandoah also forced five turnovers.

The Hornets host Randolph-Macon on Wednesday at 4:30 in another ODAC contest.

Track and field
LYNCHBURG – The Shenandoah University men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams completed their participation at the 2014 Liberty Intercollegiate with another strong day of competition Saturday afternoon.

Junior Jaclyn Mohlmann paced the women’s squad by finishing third of nine competitors in the heptathlon.

Mohlmann, who entered the day with 2556 points, scored another 1767 Saturday to move from fifth to third overall.

She won the final event, the 800 meters, with a 2:24.34 that was good for 766 points.

Mohlmann was the only DIII competitor in the heptathlon.

Senior Dorothy Earner was 14th in the 5000 meters with a season-best 19:17.82.

On the men’s side, the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Kirk Lewis, Everton Eastwood, David Johnson and Bobby Lewis finished fourth overall with a school record 43.15.

The squad defeated three other ODAC schools in the race.

Freshman Matthew Gussiaas was sixth in the steeplechase with a 10:32.93 that is currently the second best time in the ODAC this season.

This meet was the final tuneup before the ODAC Championships at Roanoke on April 18-19.

Men’s lacrosse
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY – Host Hampden-Sydney kept its ODAC record perfect with a 16-9 men’s lacrosse victory over Shenandoah Saturday afternoon.

Shenandoah (5-8, 1-4 ODAC) scored the initial goal of the game on a Drew Brooks to Stephen Latona tally at the 11:15 mark, but H-SC (7-4, 5-0) had an answer.

The Tigers scored the next five goals of the game in a span of 5:16 to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Brooks and Frank Tejera, on unassisted goals at 4:56 and 1:30, respectively, cut the deficit to 5-3 before Hampden-Sydney scored with 46 seconds to go to take a 6-3 lead after one.

This goal started a four-goal run for the hosts that gave Hampden-Sydney a 9-3 lead at the 6:43 mark of the second.

The Hornets would get no closer than four goals the rest of the way.

Latona led SU with five goals while Tejera added a goal and three assists.

Brooks rounded out the multiple point scorers with a goal and two assists.

H-SC outshot the Hornets 55-34, scooped up 48 of the game’s 70 groundballs and won 21 of 28 faceoffs.

Freshman Ben Judy made 14 saves in the losing effort.

Shenandoah continues this road trip with a 3:00 game next Saturday at Randolph-Macon.

SU had 10 hits in the game with Heather Sink leading the way with a 3 for 3 performance that included two RBI and two runs scored.

Corbin and Morgan Coble both had two hits.

Sophomore Megan Tripp (3-6) allowed the three runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk in the complete game victory.

The Hornets scored three runs in the second, another three in the third and one in the fourth to take a commanding 7-0 lead in game two.

GC made things interesting with four runs in the fourth off of SU starter Lisa Mitro (3-3), but Tripp came on for the save and the coach Marlena Kotynski’s club had its second ODAC sweep in as many days.

Mitro had four strikeouts in four innings and gave up the four runs on four hits and four walks.

Tripp was perfect in earning the save.

Sink, Brittany Guepe, Kimberly Brady and Helen Good all had two hits in the win with Good, Guepe and Coble all driving in two runs each.

SU continues this road trip with a doubleheader at Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday.