SU roundup: Hornets outlast EMU in baseball
WINCHESTER – Approximately once a year, the prevailing wind at Bridgeforth Field shifts and blows toward left field rather than its usual direction of toward right.
Wednesday was that day in the No. 11/21 Shenandoah Hornets 14-11 ODAC victory over Eastern Mennonite.
SU (11-2-1, 8-1 ODAC) took advantage of that wind shift to hit four home runs to left, including first-ever shots from John Wilt and Billy Arens and the second-ever dinger for Ricky Pardo, to down the Royals (8-9, 2-3).
Despite giving up the four home runs and falling behind 4-0 thanks to a four-run Shenandoah second, Eastern Mennonite found itself in a tie ballgame thanks to a five-run sixth that knotted the score at 8-8.
EMU banged out 16 hits of its own and benefited from four SU errors (three in that sixth inning) to make the game competitive until the Hornets pulled away with three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth.
Shenandoah took the lead for good by answering that five-run EMU sixth with one of its own in the bottom of the frame.
Ryan Mossman, who ended up on the mound for the Hornets, had a groundball to short that went for an error and allowed Michael Paul to come around from second with the go-ahead run.
Arens and Wilt went back-to-back in the seventh, with Arens’ a two-run shot to give SU some breathing room.
EMU scored three runs with two outs in the ninth before Mossman induced a game-ending groundout to short.
Designated hitter Nolan Overby, who had the Hornets first HR of the game, led the offense with a 3 for 4 day that included three RBI.
Arens, Pardo and J.J. McDaniel all had two hits.
Freshman Ryan Kinter (1-0), the fourth SU pitcher of the day, earned his first-ever win. He struck out one in 1 1/3 innings of work.
Mossman got the final six outs in a non-save situation.
Aaron Hooven (0-2), the fourth of six pitchers took the loss. He allowed three runs on three hits in one inning of work.
Shenandoah continues ODAC play on Saturday when it travels to No. 7/8 Randolph-Macon for a noon doubleheader.
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University softball team earned its third doubleheader split in the past four outings Wednesday afternoon after splitting a non-league pair with Frostburg State.
After dropping a 12-10 decision in eight innings in the opener, Shenandoah (5-11) came back to win 2-1 in the nightcap over the Bobcats (9-4).
Senior Madison Bradley had the game-winning hit in the nightcap, drilling a double to left center to score pinch runner Melissa Brooks from second.
Third baseman Victoria Minor had led off the SU seventh with a walk before Brooks replaced her.
Brooks moved into scoring position on a Megan Vanderburgh walk, setting the table for Bradley to get the game-winning hit.
Bradley’s hit was one of two she had in game two – she and Lindsay Corbin both had two hits with Corbin knocking in the squad’s first run with a single to left center in the first.
Lisa Mitro (2-2) earned the win after throwing a complete game four-hitter. Mitro struck out five and walked two.
Shenandoah found itself down 3-0 before it took the plate in game one, but scored five runs in its half of the frame and led 6-3 after scoring one run in the second.
FSU rallied with two runs in the third, fourth and sixth and one in the seventh before the Hornets sent it to extras with a two-run seventh.
The Bobcats won the game with two runs on three hits in the eighth.
Corbin was 4 for 5 with three RBI at the plate while Kimberly Brady and Kristen Weadon both had two hits.
Brady also drove in three on a bases-clearing triple to right in the first.
Corbin (0-4) took the loss in relief; she allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk in 5.0 innings of work.
She also struck out five.
Shenandoah is back in action on Saturday at home in a 1:30 ODAC doubleheader versus Guilford.
LEXINGTON – No. 11 Washington and Lee won all five contested matches Wednesday afternoon in a 5-2 ODAC women’s tennis victory over Shenandoah.
Playing indoors at the Duchossois Tennis Center, W&L (10-3, 5-0 ODAC) won at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles and Nos. 2, 3 and 4 singles to clinch the match over SU (6-3, 2-3).
TThe match was played to decision, so the Nos. 1 and 6 singles were abandoned prior to starting.
Shenandoah earned its two points with forfeit wins at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles.
The Hornets are now off until hosting Stevenson on April Fools Day in a 3:00 non-league match.