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LYNCHBURG - No. 14/18 Shenandoah University won its opening game of the 2014 ODAC Baseball Tournament with a 7-1 win over sixth-seeded Hampden-Sydney.
Shenandoah (29-7) advances to Friday's second-round game against the loser of the No. 3 Bridgewater vs No. 4 Washington and Lee.
That game is scheduled for a 2:30 start.
SU scored two runs in the second and one in the third to put itself in position to win its first-ever ODAC Tournament game Thursday and then let sophomore Darrell Thompson do the rest.
Thompson (9-1) tossed his fourth consecutive complete game, allowing the one run on 10 hits.
He did not walk a batter and struck out four.
H-SC (27-14) scored its lone run in the fourth as Jeff Gray brought home Lee Carneal with a single up the middle.
Thompson had Gray 0-2 in that at-bat but the junior took the next offering back through the box for the Tigers only run of the contest.
The Shenandoah offense pounded out 14 hits against three Hampden-Sydney pitchers with eight of the nine SU starters getting at least one hit.
The one batter who did not get a hit, second baseman J.J. McDaniel drove in a pair of runs with sacrifice flies.
Catcher Joe Bittner led this attack with three hits in four at-bats while Billy Arens, Nolan Overby, Michael Paul and Dan Powers all had two hits.
Bittner produced what proved to be the game-winning run with a groundball to second base that brought Powers home from third.
Powers had reached on a double down the right field line and then moved to third on Daniel Freshley's RBI single up the middle.
Freshley brought in Paul, who had led off the SU second with a single to right.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Shenandoah University baseball team is the No. 1 team in the South Region according to regional rankings released Thursday afternoon by the NCAA.
Shenandoah, 29-7 following today's 7-1 ODAC Tournament win over Hampden-Sydney, leads the six teams ranked by the NCAA Division III Baseball South Region Advisory Committee.
Coach Kevin Anderson's Hornets have four victories over regionally ranked opponents, including one over Cortland (N.Y.) State, the top ranked team in the New York Region.
SU also swept regionally ranked Susquehanna (No. 6 in Mid-Atlantic) in February and defeated South No. 6 Randolph-Macon in March.
The regional rankings are determined by the RAC to assist the national committee in selecting the national tournament field.
The RAC will conduct weekly calls to determine the rankings from now until the field is selected in mid-May.
Shenandoah returns to the diamond tomorrow at 2:30 against either Bridgewater or Washington and Lee.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Shenandoah University women's lacrosse team has entered the regional rankings in results announced Thursday by the NCAA.
The Hornets, 11-6 on the season, are the No. 5 team in the South Atlantic poll.
The NCAA regional rankings are determined by the South Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee and affirmed by the national committee as a tool to select the national tournament field.
The South Atlantic RAC will conduct regional rankings each week until the tournament is selected next month.
SU entered the rankings after defeating then No. 5 Guilford 16-14 in overtime this past Saturday. GC is now the No. 6 team in the rankings.
This is the second straight year that coach Lindsey Lutz' club has been regionally ranked.
Shenandoah is back in action on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the ODAC semifinals against Guilford.