SU roundup: Hornets fall to Eagles

WINCHESTER – Bridgewater College completed a season sweep of the Shenandoah University Hornets in men’s basketball with a 76-67 ODAC road victory Wednesday evening.

The Eagles (9-7, 4-3 ODAC) led for exactly 35 minutes of the 40-minute contest to finish off SU (1-15, 0-7).

Despite trailing for the majority of the contest, Shenandoah stayed within striking distance through out and was within one possession as late as the 5:09 mark of the contest.

Trailing 62-59 following an Antwan Pittman 3-pointer, the Hornets saw BC seal the victory by scoring eight of the game’s next nine points over a span of 2:57.

Shenandoah would come no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

The last time SU trailed by seven was the 26-second mark following a Malcolm Clark layup, but Bridgewater made four of its final six from the line to clinch the victory.

BC, which scored exactly 50 percent of its points from in the paint, had a 22-10 second half advance in paint points to help its cause.

The Eagles had a 47-41 advantage on the glass, including a 30-14 bulge on the Shenandoah offensive end.

Ed Reddick led five Bridgewater players in double figures with 17 points while Clark had a game-high 19 points for the hosts.

Xavier Alston and Nik Stewart backed up Clark with 12 points each. For Stewart, that is a new career high.

SU shot 36 percent to the Eagles 41.

Shenandoah hosts Hampden-Sydney on Saturday at 4 p.m. in an ODAC contest.

Women’s basketball
HARRISONBURG – Host Eastern Mennonite maintained its spot at the top of the ODAC women’s basketball standings with a 75-41 victory over Shenandoah Wednesday evening.

The Royals (12-3, 6-1 ODAC) held Shenandoah (5-11, 1-6) to just three second half field goals on their way to the victory.

EMU took control midway through a first half that featured two ties and four lead changes by scoring the final 12 points of the first half.

Freshman Breya Wallace had given the Hornets a 24-22 lead with her jumper at 4:05 only to see Shakkeerah Sykes tie it for the Royals on the hosts next trip down the floor and then put her club on top to stay with two free throws at 3:16.

Shenandoah was then held without a point for the initial 5:54 of the second, a period in which EMU expanded its lead from 12 points to 23.

Junior Erin French finally snapped the scoreless streak for SU with a jumper at 14:06.

Unfortunately for the Hornets, this would prove to be the high-water mark of the second as Eastern Mennonite continued to apply the pressure.

The Royals maintained at least a 29-point lead for the final 10:10 of the contest and pushed it out to a game-high 36 points on two separate occasions.

French paced the Hornets with 10 points while Holly Chittenden had eight of the team’s 36 rebounds.

Sykes had a game-high 14 points for the victors, who played 16 players.

Shenandoah is back in action on Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest against Randolph.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Shenandoah University baseball team enters the 2015 season ranked among the nation’s elite in preseason poll results announced Wednesday by D3baseball.com.

Shenandoah, coming off of a 33-11 season that saw the Hornets advance to the NCAA Playoffs for the fifth time in the past six seasons, is the No. 17 in the D3baseball.com preseason poll.

SU finished last year ranked 16th by D3baseball.com.

Coach Kevin Anderson’s club returns starters at every field position as well as designated hitter. The returning pitchers are responsible for 23 of the squad’s 33 victories and eight of nine saves last spring.

Defending national champion UW-Whitewater tops the preseason poll with 22 first place votes and 620 points while Shenandoah has 226 points to come in nine points behind No. 16 Trinity (Texas).

The Hornets, one of three ODAC teams to appear in the poll, open the 2015 season on February 15 with a non-league doubleheader versus No. 25 Misericordia.