SU roundup: Hornets top Virginia Wesleyan in baseball

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VIRGINIA BEACH – The No. 15/21 Shenandoah University baseball team got another outstanding pitching performance Sunday in a 4-1 ODAC victory at Virginia Wesleyan.

Shenandoah (26-6, 15-2 ODAC) saw senior starter Vince Claudio (6-1) scatter five hits over 7 1/3 innings to help the Hornets finish off the season sweep of the Marlins (12-20, 6-11).

Sophomore Garrett Wooddell, who came on with runners at first and second and one out in the eighth, retired five of the six hitters he faced to earn the save.

Wooddell only allowed an infield single with one out in the ninth.

With the game tied at 1-1, SU pushed across three runs on two hits and one VWC error in the eighth to provide the final margin of victory.

Junior Michael Paul drove in what proved to be the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly to center. Nolan Overby followed with an RBI single and eventually scored the game’s final run by stealing home.

Overby stole home as part of a double steal with Daniel Freshley.

Shenandoah had eight hits in the game with Freshley finishing the day 3 for 3 and Paul 2 for 2.

SU plays its final ODAC doubleheader of the season on Tuesday at Washington and Lee.

WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University softball team tossed a pair of shutouts Sunday afternoon on its way to an ODAC doubleheader sweep of visiting Sweet Briar.

The Hornets (10-19, 8-8 ODAC) celebrated the second of two senior days this weekend with 10-0 and 3-0 victories over the Vixens (4-19, 0-14).

Game one was halted after five innings.

SU scored one run in the first, two in the second, six in the third and one more in the fourth to earn the victory.

Freshman Lindsay Corbin (2-7) went the distance, allowing just one hit while striking out four.

Brittany Guepe and Morgan Coble both drove in two runs with Guepe getting two of the team’s nine hits.

Megan Tripp (5-9) was the game two winner, tossing 5.0 innings in relief of Lisa Mitro.

Tripp struck out six and did not walk a batter.

Guepe and Kimberly Brady each had two hits with Brady, Heather Sink and Erica Kondzielawa driving in runs.

Shenandoah scored two runs in the third and one in the fourth to put itself on top to stay.

The Hornets step out of conference on Tuesday to play at Mary Washington.

Women’s lacrosse
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s lacrosse team completed its 2014 regular season home slate with a 17-3 ODAC victory over Virginia Wesleyan Sunday afternoon.

Shenandoah (9-6, 6-2 ODAC) scored the opening 11 goals of the game and never looked back against VWC (5-9, 3-5).

Liz Bereit got things started with her unassisted goal 48 seconds into the contesty and by the 23:16 mark, when Samantha Sisson scored the second of her seven goals on the day, the Hornets had enough offense to clinch the victory.

Five different women – Sisson, Bereit, Samantha Donaghy, Miranda Rudacille and Becky Bove, found the back of the net with Bereit leading all scorers with four goals and four assists for eight points and Sisson adding the seven goals.

Donaghy posted four goals and three assists for seven points.

Following this inital onslaught, the Marlins would get no closer than 10 goals the rest of the way.

VWC scored its first goal with 4:10 to play in the first and did not tally again until 7:58 remained.

SU outshot its visitors 28-10, including 16-4 in the opening period, and had a 16-12 advantage in groundballs.

The Hornets also claimed 15 of the game’s 22 draws.

Shenandoah begins a two-game road trip to complete the season with a 7:00 game Tuesday night at Randolph.

Men’s tennis
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University men’s tennis team completed its 2014 ODAC slate Sunday afternoon by dropping a 5-4 decision to Roanoke College.

Shenandoah (3-10, 1-9) opened by sweeping the doubles over Roanoke (8-5, 4-5) and looked to pull off the upset by earning two singles wins.

Unfortunately, senior Brett Holmes was the only SU player to emerge victorious in the singles, winning in a walkover over Nolan Webb at No. 6, and the Maroons were able to steal the win.

Two of the matches, at Nos. 1 and 2, went three sets with the Steven Baker and Dustan DeMello, respectively, forcing their opponents to win sets two and three to earn the point.

The matches at Nos. 3 and 4 were also close with Will Leach and Zach O’Neal falling by identical 6-3, 6-4 scores.

Shenandoah completes its season on Thursday with a non-league match at Southern Virginia.

Women’s tennis

WINCHESTER – Visiting Roanoke College kept its women’s tennis ODAC record perfect on the season with an 8-1 victory over Shenandoah Sunday afternoon.

The Maroons (13-1, 9-0 ODAC) kept their title hopes alive by sweeping the doubles and then clinching with wins in the final five singles matches.

Shenandoah (10-5, 5-5) got its win from sophomore Molly Barb at No. 1 singles.

Barb won in straight sets over Jennifer Antoszyk, 6-2, 6-0.

SU completes its regular season with a match at Hollins on Thursday. The Hornets have clinched an ODAC Tournament berth and are locked into the No. 6 seed. In this case, SU will travel to the No. 3 seed, most likely Bridgewater, for the opening round of the ODAC Tournament.


Men’s lacrosse

WINCHESTER – Host Randolph-Macon sandwiched a seven-goal run around the halftime break Saturday to key an 18-8 men’s lacrosse victory over Shenandoah.

With the scored tied at 5-5 after Tilghman Sanders scored unassisted for SU (5-9, 1-5), the Yellow Jackets (7-6, 3-3) tallied the game’s next seven goals to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Macon held the Hornets off the scoreboard from the 8:09 mark of the second (Sanders’ goal) until freshman Stephen LaTona set up classmate Frank Tejera with 3:30 to play in the third.

This cut the deficit to six goals at 12-6.

Shenandoah would get no closer.

R-MC scored five of the final six goals of the contest, with Drew Brooks ending a four-goal run for the hosts with his unassisted goal 4:58 before the final horn.

The Hornets battled Macon tough in the opening stanza, scoring the final two goals of the first along with the initial goal of the second to take a 4-3 just 77 seconds into that second period.

The hosts answered with goals at 12:14 and 9:22 to retake a one-goal advantage before Sanderson scored his unassisted goal at 8:09.

Macon outshot its visitors 40-27, had a 34-25 advantage in groundballs and won 18 of 29 faceoffs.

Shenandoah goalkeeper Ben Judy had nine of the game’s 15 saves.

The Hornets complete their home slate on Wednesday night at 7 in an ODAC contest against Bridgewater.