SU roundup: Hornets sweep Bridgewater in softball

BRIDGEWATER – The Shenandoah University softball team earned its first two victories of the season Wednesday afternoon by sweeping an ODAC doubleheader from Bridgewater.

Shenandoah (2-6, 2-2 ODAC) was a 2-0 victor in the opener before taking the nightcap 7-4 in eight innings over the Eagles (5-5, 0-2).

Junior Megan Tripp (2-3) tossed a complete game three-hitter in the opener before getting the win in relief in game two.

Tripp actually started the second game, pitched the first inning and then the seventh and eighth to get the victory.

Tripp struck out four and did not walk a batter in earning the game one victory.

Shenandoah gave Tripp all of the run support she would need by plating an unearned run in the third.

Haley Koeninger led off with a double to left, and after advancing to third on an infield error, came home on Nicole Pierson’s groundout to short.

In the seventh, a leadoff double led to an insurance run.

Kimberly Brady doubled to center and scored on an Ashlyn Drake single.

In game two, the Hornets scored two runs in the second and two in the third before the Eagles answered with two in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

Shenandoah then scored three runs on three hits, the big one a Lindsay Corbin two-run HR, in the eighth to close out the sweep.

Corbin had three hits and scored three runs in the game two victory.

Tripp struck out one and walked two in game two with Lisa Mitro allowing the four runs on seven hits.

Mitro struck out four.

SU opens up its home slate on Thursday with a 3 p.m. non-league doubleheader against Gettysburg.

WINCHESTER – No. 14/25 Shenandoah University played its first tie baseball game in 12 years Wednesday afternoon in a 2-2 non-league tie with Catholic.

Catholic (8-0-1) scored a single run in the first before Shenandoah (7-2-1) answered with one in the bottom of the eighth.

The two teams then traded runs in the 13th before the game was halted due to darkness.

The tie game is the first for the Hornets since SU tied Concordia-Moorhead 9-9 on March 5, 2003 as part of the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Florida.

Shenandoah banged out 12 hits in Wednesday’s contest but left 11 runners on base including ones in scoring position in the second, third, sixth, 12th and 13th innings.

In the 10th, Ricky Pardo was thrown at home on the front end of an attempted double steal with Michael Paul at first.

Catcher Daniel Freshley had three hits and both RBI – he had a sacrifice fly in the eighth and a single through the left side in the 13th.

Billy Arens, John Wilt and J.J. McDaniel had two hits each to back up Freshley.

Sophomore Tyler Hott pitched the first eight innings of the game, allowing one unearned run on two hits and two walks.

Hott struck out five.

Phillip Morse had six strikeouts in four innings of relief work before Matt Riegler pitched the 13th.

SU hosts Hampden-Sydney on Saturday in a noon ODAC doubleheader.

Women’s tennis
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s tennis team earned its fourth straight victory Wednesday afternoon with a 6-3 non-league victory over Southern Virginia.

Shenandoah (6-1) started out by taking two of the three doubles matches before winning four of the top five singles contests over SVU (2-4).

Central graduate and Shenandoah junior Molly Barb and senior Shannon Allin were double winners for the Hornets, combining to win 8-3 at the top doubles spot before Barb won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Allin 6-0, 6-4 at No. 2.

Barb’s win at No. 1 clinched the match.

Amy Rapp and Caitlin Tilton were also double winners. They had an 8-1 victory at No. 3 doubles prior to Rapp winning 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) at No. 4 and Tilton at love at No. 5.

The women take to the road Saturday for a 1 p.m. ODAC match at Roanoke.

Women’s lacrosse
WINCHESTER – No. 10 Washington and Lee University halted Shenandoah University’s five-match women’s lacrosse winning streak with a 9-6 ODAC victory Wednesday evening.

Shenandoah (5-2, 1-1 ODAC) scored the game’s opening goal when freshman Annie McCorry converted a free position shot, but W&L (6-1, 2-0) had an answer.

The Generals answered McCorry’s tally with a free position goal of their own 31 seconds later, and scored the game’s next three goal to take a lead they would not relinquish.

SU was able to cut its deficit to two goals on three occasions, the last following a Cortney Gensemer free position goal with 27:05 to play, but could get no closer.

Washington and Lee answered the Gensemer tally with three straight to take a 9-4 lead with 5:18 remaining before Gensemer and Liz Bereit tallied for the hosts at 3:15 and :15, respectively, to provide the final margin.

W&L outshot the Hornets 26-11, had an 18-12 advantage in groundballs and won nine of 16 draws.

Gensemer led the hosts with three goals, Bereit had two goals and an assists and McCorry one goal.

Shenandoah is back in action on Saturday at 1:00 in a non-league game against McDaniel. At halftime, the program will also welcome back and honor the 2005 USA South Conference championship team.

Men’s lacrosse
ARLINGTON – Host Marymount University used a strong start to key a 16-12 non-league men’s lacrosse victory over Shenandoah Wednesday evening.

Sophomore Stephen LaTona had a co-game-high six goals for SU (4-4) but it was not enough as Marymount (3-4) made an 8-4 halftime lead hold up.

Trailing 13-8 after the Saints scored the final two goals of the third, including the second with 1:39 to play, Shenandoah ripped off a three-goal run to start the fourth and cut the deficit to just two, 13-11, with 10:36 remaining.

Unfortunately for the Hornet faithful, Marymount answered with goals at 8:33 and 7:01 to expand its lead back to four goals and secure the victory.

The two teams traded the final two goals of the contest, with Connor Bishop scoring for SU, to provide the final margin.

MU outshot the Hornets 47-21, had a 50-17 advantage in groundballs and won 23 of 32 faceoffs.

Shenandoah goalkeeper Ben Judy had seven of the game’s nine saves.

In addition to LaTona’s eight points on six goals and two assists, Aaron Paul had three goals and one assist and Bishop two goals.

SU hosts Guilford on Saturday at 4:00 in an ODAC contest.