SU roundup: Hornets knock off Royals in baseball

HARRISONBURG – No. 9/19 Shenandoah University earned its 10th ODAC baseball victory of the season with a 5-3 win at Eastern Mennonite Wednesday.

Shenandoah (14-3-1, 10-2 ODAC) got the game started on a positive note with a Billy Arens inside-the-park home run.

Arens, who now has two dingers on the season, lofted a sinking liner to center that EMU (10-10, 4-6) centerfielder Griffin Stanley dove for and just missed.

The ball continued all the way to the fence, allowing Arens to hit the program’s first inside-the-park home run since Nolan Overby pulled the trick last season against Lynchburg.

Coach Kevin Anderson’s club added two runs in the second and one each in the fourth and sixth to pull away from the Royals.

Freshman Colin Morse (3-0) tossed the first 8.0 innings before turning it over to Matt Riegler after hitting the leadoff hitter in the ninth.

Riegler induced a 6-3 double play and following a walk to Joe Hall, sophomore Ryan Kinter got the final out by getting Kyle Armstrong to hit into a groundball to short that retired Hall at second.

The save is the first of Kinter’s career.

Designated hitter Nolan Overby led the SU offense with three hits in four at-bats while Arens and Ricky Pardo both had two hits and drove in two runs.

Pardo had an RBI single in the second and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Arens had an RBI single in the second in addition to his leadoff HR.

Shenandoah is back in action tomorrow in a non-league contest at Messiah.

Women’s lacrosse

WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s lacrosse team earned its fourth ODAC victory of the season with a 16-2 win over Randolph Tuesday night.

Shenandoah (8-3, 4-1 ODAC) saw Randolph (2-8, 0-5) score the game’s initial goal, but quickly answered with a five-goal run to take total control of the contest.

Taylor Riccardi score that first goal of the game, off of a Taylor Klevenz assist at 26:51, before SU scored those five goals in a span of 8:56.

Senior Liz Bereit had two goals and assist during this run with Jen Northam adding two goals and Miranda Rudacille two assists.

Bereit’s classmate, Emily Kogler, had the middle goal in this run.

After Klevenz scored for the ‘Cats at 13:44, the Hornets scored the final two goals of the first half and all nine goals in the second.

Rudacille and Cortney Gensemer both had natural hat tricks in the second half with each woman scoring four goals during the stanza.

Rudacille and Bereit shared high-scoring honors with Rudacille scoring five goals and dishing out three assists and Bereit tying a school record with six assists along with her two goals.

SU outshot Randolph 33-9, had a 28-12 advantage in groundballs and saw RC win 11 of 20 draws.

Shenandoah is back in action with its final trip to Sweet Briar on Saturday. That contest starts at 2 p.m.