SU roundup: Hornets pick up road baseball win

CARLISLE, Pa. — No. 11/21 Shenandoah University continued its winning ways Tuesday with an 8-2 non-league baseball victory at Dickinson.

Shenandoah (10-2-1) scored three runs in the first inning and four in the fourth to take a comfortable lead over the Red Devils (5-9).

Senior J.J. McDaniel had the big hit in the first with a two-run double to plate Michael Paul and Daniel Freshley from second and first, respectively.

Paul had reached on a walk before Freshley drove in Billy Arens with a single to left.

Arens had led off the contest with a double to left center.

Coach Kevin Anderson’s club turned the game into a rout with four runs on five hits in the fourth.

The offense was more than enough for freshman Colin Morse (2-0), who allowed two unearned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings of work.

Morse struck out four before turning it over to Steven Varner for the eighth.

Morse’ older brother, Phillip Morse, worked a scoreless ninth to close out the contest.

Arens led the offense with three hits, McDaniel was 2 for 4 with the two RBI and Freshley, Ryan Mossman, Nolan Overby and Ricky Pardo all drove in one run.

The Hornets return to ODAC play on Wednesday with a 4 p.m. home game against Eastern Mennonite.

Hornets up in polls

Shenandoah has improved by a total of seven spots in a pair of baseball ranking polls released Tuesday.

Shenandoah, 10-2-1 on the season after doubleheader sweeps of Penn St.-Altoona and Hampden-Sydney, a single victory over Washington and Lee and a 2-2, 13-inning tie versus Catholic last week before beating Dickinson on Monday, is No. 11 in the NCBWA/D3baseball.com poll and No. 21 in the ABCA poll.

That represents a three-place improvement in the D3baseball.com poll and four spots in the ABCA poll.

Shenandoah has 347 points in the D3baseball poll to come in one point behind No. 10 UW-Stevens Point and 16 points clear of Southern Maine.

Salisbury, with eight first-place votes and 595 points, is the nation’s new No. 1. The Sea Gulls are one point in front of No. 2 Cortland (N.Y.) State.

In the ABCA poll, UW-Whitewater remains as the No. 1 team, with Cortland State second and Salisbury third.

The Hornets have 143 points in that poll to trail Webster (Mo.) by 25 points.

Women’s lacrosse

WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah women’s lacrosse team completed its non-league slate with a 19-4 victory over former USA South rival Ferrum.

The Hornets (6-3) jumped all over the Panthers (7-4) for nine of the game’s first 10 goals.

After Ferrum scored two of the final three goals of the first, Shenandoah scored three goals in the initial 4:53 of the second to begin the running clock.

This run, with three different women scoring goals for the Hornets, highlighted a 9-1 second half for the victors.

Ferrum’s lone goal of the second came with 19:27 to play.

Nine different women scored goals for the Hornets, including freshmen Jackie Hemler and Tess Rivera scoring their first collegiate goals.

Four women: Britanny Arndt, Annie McCorry, Miranda Rudacille and Liz Bereit, had three goals each.

Bereit led this group with an additional two assists for five points while sophomore Becky Bove had two goals and two assists for four points.

Rachel Levy led the defensive effort with five saves. SU also caused 14 turnovers and broke the Panthers clear on six occasions.

SU outshot its former conference foes 25-12, had a 22-13 advantage in groundballs and won 16 of 24 draws.

Shenandoah is back in action on Saturday at Hollins in a 2 p.m. Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest.