SU roundup: Hornets top Generals to advance in ODAC tourney

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LYNCHBURG – No. 14/18 Shenandoah University won its second consecutive game of the 2014 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament with a 6-3 win over fourth-seeded Washington and Lee.

Shenandoah (30-7) reaches the 30-win mark for the fifth time in the past six years with the victory.

The Generals (18-13) are eliminated from the tournament with the loss.

SU now advances to a noon Saturday game against the winner of No. 3 Bridgewater vs No. 5 Lynchburg.

Senior Vince Claudio (7-1) threw the first pitch for the Hornets at 6:31, a delay of 4:01 off of the original start time due to rain.

Shenandoah scored one run in the first, added single runs in the fourth and fifth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth to lead 6-1 heading into the ninth.

Claudio, who was cruising at this point, allowed a walk and a single to start the frame, causing Hornets skipper Kevin Anderson to turn to his bullpen.

Garrett Wooddell got the first out, on a flyout, before Anderson called on junior closer Matt Riegler to get the final two outs.

The lefty delivered, punching out the first two hitters he faced to earn his third save of the spring.

Junior Michael Paul, who was named as the ODAC Player of the Year earlier in the day, did most of the damage for the SU offense with a 4 for 4 evening that included three doubles and three runs scored.

Paul scored three of his squad’s first four runs.

Claudio allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks to earn the victory. He also struck out seven, including the final hitter in four of his first six innings.

Billy Arens backed up Paul with two hits and one RBI in four at-bats.

Hornets’ Paul, Thompson, Anderson take top ODAC honors

LYNCHBURG — The Shenandoah baseball team has earned three major ODAC awards in selections announced Friday by the league office during the league’s annual tournament at Lynchburg City Stadium.

Head coach Kevin Anderson was named as the league’s Coach of the Year, junior Michael Paul as Player of the Year and sophomore Darrell Thompson as the Pitcher of the Year.

The ODAC honor is the first for each of the three men and marks the first time in school history that SU has earned three major awards in the same season.

Paul, a third baseman, and Thompson are joined to the first team by sophomore Billy Arens at shortstop.

Paul, Thompson and Arens are three of nine players to earn All-ODAC recognition.

Catcher Daniel Freshley, designated hitter Nolan Overby and center fielder Corbin Lucas were named second team All-ODAC, while first baseman Dan Powers and second baseman J.J. McDaniel garnered third team accolades.

Lucas is the only repeat selection from last season, as he was a third team pick in 2013.

Paul, who was named ODAC Player of the Week for three consecutive weeks in March and had a 26-game hitting streak to start the campaign, was named as Player of the Year after leading the league in RBIs, finishing second in batting average and third in home runs.

The Red Hill, Pa. native missed winning the league’s triple crown by nine batting average points and two home runs. He also led the league in slugging percentage and was third in doubles.

Thompson, a southpaw, dominated the regular season with an 8-1 mark and tossed three consecutive complete games to finish the year.

He led or co-led the league in wins and strikeouts, was second in complete games and third in innings pitched.

Thompson earned one Pitcher of the Week honor this spring.

Anderson earns the CoY honor after leading the Hornets to a 17-3 conference mark this spring and winning the regular season title by three games over Randolph-Macon.

SU is currently ranked No. 14 by D3baseball.com and No. 18 by the ABCA. This is the fourth time since 2009 that Anderson has earned a Coach of the Year honor — in 2009 and 2010, he was the ABCA South Region Coach of the Year and was the USA South Coach of the Year in 2011.

Arens earned the starting shortstop job early in the season and is currently batting .416 with 57 hits in 137 at-bats.

He leads the Hornets with nine stolen bases.

Lucas, a junior, is now a three-time All-league honoree after earning USA South honors in 2012 and the third team All-ODAC pick last season.

The center fielder is currently hitting .348 and his 17 doubles entering tournament play is second in the league.

Freshley is hitting a solid .369 with 38 hits in 103 at-bats and has thrown out four runners attempting to steal.

Overby is in his first season as a starter and has made the most of his opportunity — he is hitting .384 and is second on the squad with four home runs.

He had two dingers in an 11-3 win over Messiah on April 2.

Powers and McDaniel have anchored the right side of the Hornets’ infield all season long and .324 and .321, respectively.

Powers is particularly effective in league play with a .376 average and six extra-base hits.

McDaniel and Powers were both named All-Region last spring.

Track & Field

PHILADELPHIA – The Shenandoah men’s and women’s track & field teams completed their participation in the 2014 Penn Relays with the men’s 4 x 100 meter relay.

The squad of Everton Eastwood, Kirk Lewis, Bobby Lewis, and Henry Howell was sixth in their heat with a 43.24 seconds.

The track squad is back in action next week at the Lynchburg Multis.