SU roundup: Hornets win baseball opener

SALEM — No. 14/17 Shenandoah University opened up its 2015 baseball season with an Old Dominion Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep over Roanoke on Monday afternoon.

Shenandoah (2-0, 2-0 ODAC) was an 11-2 winner in the opener before taking the nightcap 8-1 over Roanoke (1-4, 0-2).

In game one, seniors Daniel Freshley and J.J. McDaniel each had three hits, with McDaniel driving in four runs as SU (1-0, 1-0 ODAC) won its season opener for the fifth time in the past six years.

Junior Ryan Mossman (1-0), who came on in relief of starter Darrell Thompson, earned the win with 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Mossman allowed four hits and one walk while striking out three.

Thompson pitched the initial 3 1/3 innings and allowed two unearned runs on on two hits and seven walks.

Thompson, the 2014 ODAC Pitcher of the Year, struck out two.

The Hornets scored at least one run in all but the first and six innings; coach Kevin Anderson’s squad broke open a 4-2 ballgame with a three-run fifth.

McDaniel proved all of that fifth-inning offense with a three-run home run.

All nine hitters in the SU lineup either hit safely or drove in a run.

Shenandoah scored four runs in the first and two more in the third before riding the pitching performance of junior Michael Scimanico (1-0) in the nightcap.

Scimanico allowed an unearned run on three hits and two walks in six innings of work in game two.

Phillip Morse worked the seventh and eighth, striking out three, before Matt Riegler got the final three outs to close out the sweep.

Corbin Lucas had three hits with John Wilt, Freshley and Nolan Overby getting two each in the nightcap.

Overby had a solo homer to cap the four-run first.

Freshley drove in three runs.

Shenandoah is back in action on Wednesday at Washington and Lee.

Women’s tennis

VIRGINIA BEACH — Shenandoah earned its first ODAC victory of the 2015 season Monday afternoon with a 5-4 win at Virginia Wesleyan.

Shenandoah (3-1, 1-1 ODAC) found itself down 2-1 to the Marlins (0-2, 0-2) following the doubles portion of the event, but rallied for the win by taking the No. 2 and Nos. 4-6 singles matches.

After Amy Rapp and Caitlin Tilton got the Hornets on the board with an 8-0 victory at No. 3 doubles, senior Shannon Allin was a 6-1, 6-1 victor at No. 2 singles to put SU within striking distance.

Rapp, Tilton and Amber Lake then swept the final three singles matches in straight sets to seal the victory.

Rapp was a 7-5, 6-1 winner at No. 4, Tilton 6-1, 6-0 triumphed at No. 5 and Lake won at love at No. 6.

SU continues spring break action on Wednesday versus Marietta in a neutral site match played in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Men’s tennis

VIRGINIA BEACH — Host Virginia Wesleyan did not drop a set in earning a 9-0 ODAC men’s tennis victory over Shenandoah on Monday afternoon.

VWC (3-3, 2-1 ODAC) opened by dropping just seven games in sweeping the three doubles matches over Shenandoah (2-3, 0-3).

The Marlins then won the six singles matches in straight sets.

The closest singles match came at No. 3, where Blake Sharp fell 6-7 (4), 3-6.

The men continue this spring break trip with a Thursday match in Hilton Head, South Carolina versus Albion (Mich.).

Men’s golf

BEAUFORT, S.C. — The Shenandoah men’s golf team stands 13th after day one of the TaylorMade Intercollegiate hosted by Ohio Wesleyan at Dataw Island.

Playing the par 72, 6,789-yard Cotton Dike course at Dataw Island, South Carolina, the Hornets had a 336 in the morning 18-hole round before coming back to shoot a 341 in the afternoon round.

Shenandoah stands 13th in the two-day, 54-hole event.

Doc Schulte and Evan Cocke paced SU in the second round with a pair of seven-over-par 79s, while Cocke had a two-over-par 74 in the morning round.

The tournament concludes Tuesday morning.

Women’s golf

BEAUFORT, S.C. — Freshman Sara Eadie opened up her spring schedule for the SU women’s golf team with a 116 Monday afternoon at the TaylorMade Invitational hosted by Ohio Wesleyan.

Playing at the 5,900-yard, par 72 Morgan River Course, Eadie had the 116 to come in 37th after day one of the two-day, 36-hole event.

There are 45 women in the field.

The tournament concludes Tuesday.


LYNCHBURG — Host Lynchburg College banged out a combined 20 hits in sweeping an ODAC softball doubleheader from Shenandoah on Monday afternoon.

Lynchburg (6-2, 2-0 ODAC) was an 11-3 victor in game one before taking game two 15-0.

Both games were halted after five innings due to the NCAA mercy rule.

Sophomore Lindsay Corbin gave SU (0-4, 0-2) the early lead in the opener with a two-run home run in the top of the first, but LC answered with two runs in the third.

After the two teams traded single runs in the fourth, with Shenandoah scoring its run on a Cassie Green RBI double, Lynchburg scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game after five.

Junior Megan Tripp (0-2) took the loss after allowing nine runs (seven earned) on six hits and four walks in four innings of work.

Corbin led a five-hit SU attack with a 2 for 2 performance that included the two-run homer.

Lynchburg scored 10 runs in the first inning of game two and held Shenandoah without a hit in completing the sweep.

Corbin (0-2) was the game two loser after allowing 10 runs on seven hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Shenandoah is back in action on Friday versus Allegheny in the first game of the Roanoke Bash.