SU roundup: Eagles snap Hornets’ winning streak

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BRIDGEWATER – Host Bridgewater ended No. 6/8 Shenandoah University’s six-game baseball winning streak with a 7-5 ODAC victory Wednesday afternoon.

Shenandoah (20-5-1, 15-3 ODAC) found itself in a 4-0 hole to Bridgewater (22-10-1, 11-7) after two innings before battling back with two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to tie the contest at 5-5.

The Eagles then went back on top to stay with two runs on three hits in the eighth off of a pair of Hornets relievers.

Sophomore Ryan Kinter (1-1) took the loss after allowing the two runs on two hits. He faced two hitters before turning it over to senior Matt Riegler.

Brendan Howell drove in what proved to be the game-winning run on a single through the left side.

SU had 10 hits in the game to six for BC – junior Ryan Mossman, who started on the mound and pitched 6 2/3 innings, was 2 for 4 and batterymate Daniel Freshley 3 for 4 with an RBI.

Joe Coleman was 2 for 3 from the No. 9 spot in the order.

Mossman, who opened the day by recording final two outs from the April 8 halted game, allowed five runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks.

He also struck out four.

Shenandoah is back in action on Thursday at 5 p.m. in a non-league contest against Elizabethtown.

GRANTHAM, Pa. – Host Messiah College swept a non-conference softball doubleheader from Shenandoah Wednesday afternoon, winning 3-0 and 8-3.

Sophomore Lindsay Corbin threw a four-hitter in the opener, but was left on the short end of a 3-0 decision.

Corbin (2-9) scattered the four hits over 6.0 innings of work, but Messiah (22-7) made them count with one run in the second and two in the third to down SU (9-21).

The Hornets banged out seven hits of their own, including two each from Megan Vanderburgh and Kimberly Brady, but left eight runners on base.

Shenandoah had runners in scoring position in the first, second, fifth and sixth innings.

In the nightcap, the Falcons scored one run in the first and four in the third off of game two starter Lisa Mitro (5-7).

Mitro allowed the eight runs (six earned) on 14 hits and two walks.

Cassie Green led the offense with three hits and Nicole Pierson added two with a pair of RBIs.

SU is back in action on Saturday in an ODAC doubleheader against Emory and Henry.

Women’s lacrosse
BRIDGEWATER – The Shenandoah University women’s lacrosse team earned its third straight ODAC Tournament berth thanks to a 10-9 victory at Bridgewater Wednesday evening.

Shenandoah (11-3, 7-1 ODAC) led throughout, but had to hold on as Bridgewater (6-8, 3-5) scored the final three goals of the contest.

Leading 10-5 after freshman Annie McCorry converted a free position shot with 7:38 remaining, SU saw its hosts score at 6:52, 6:03, 4:15 and 3:42 to make it a one-goal contest.

Shenandoah then won the ensuing draw and combined a long offensive possession with a strong defensive effort to hold the Eagles without a shot for the remainder of the contest.

Junior Miranda Rudacille opened the scoring for the victors with an unassisted goal at 27:24, and after Liz Bereit broke a 2-2 tie with an unassisted tally at 12:02, the Hornets would lead the rest of the way.

Coach Lindsey Lutz’ squad took a 4-3 lead into the break and scored six of the first eight goals of the second to lead that five-goal lead with 7:38 remaining.

McCorry had three goals and Rudacille two during this run.

Both women finished with three goals on the night while Cortney Gensemer had two goals and an assist and Bereit a goal and three assists.

SU outshot its hosts 24-20 while BC had a 15-14 advantage in groundballs and won 14 of 21 draws.

Shenandoah continues this regular-season ending road trip with a Saturday game at Virginia Wesleyan. The Hornets can still reach the No. 2 seed in the ODAC Tournament, but will need wins over the Marlins Saturday and Randolph-Macon next Wednesday to earn the bye into the tournament semi-finals.

Men’s lacrosse
WINCHESTER – Randolph-Macon earned its third ODAC men’s lacrosse victory of the season Wednesday night with a 9-8 overtime victory over host Shenandoah.

Kyle Keepers scored his sixth goal of the game for Macon (6-9, 3-4 ODAC) with just nine seconds remaining in the first OT to give the ‘Jackets the win over Shenandoah (4-9, 0-6).

The Hornets had a pair of excellent chances in the preceding minute, missing high on a pair of shots before Aaron Paul was stripped of the ball as he attempted to dodge toward the R-MC goal.

Macon immediately cleared the ball and set up a play for Keepers, who took a Tyee Buttrey feed and ripped a point blank shot past SU goalkeeper Ben Judy.

Judy, who had 17 saves on the evening, had no chance on the off-stickside shot.

Keepers’ sudden victory goal ended a comeback bid for the Hornets in which the hosts erased a three-goal deficit in a span of 4:58.

Trailing 8-5 after Coleman Adams scored off of a Sam Mayer assist, SU scored at 6:19, 6:07 and 1:21 to knot the game at 8.

The tying goal came in a clearing situation against a 10-man ride – Kyle Shea threw a 60-yard pass to Connor Bishop on one bounce and Bishop deposited a 12-yard shot into a open goal to bring the contest back to level.

Shenandoah had the last possession of regulation, but Macon keeper Thomas Smith was able to turn aside Paul’s shot just before time expired.

R-MC outshot SU 46-37 and had a 37-33 advantage in groundballs. SU scooped up 22 of 33 groundballs in the second half to climb back into the contest.

Macon won 15 of 20 faceoffs.

The Hornets travel to Randolph for a 1 p.m. ODAC contest Saturday afternoon.