SU roundup: Hornets fall to Messiah College in baseball

GRANTHAM, Pa. – Host Messiah College held No. 9/19 Shenandoah University to just four hits in a 5-1 non-league baseball victory Wednesday afternoon.

The Falcons (6-9) broke open a close game with a four-run sixth and four MC pitchers held SU to just two hits through the first eight innings on the way to the upset win.

Shenandoah (13-4-1) loaded the bases to start the ninth, but could not sustain the rally as Billy Arens struck out and then John Wilt hit into a 1-6-3 double play to end the contest.

Ryan Mossman and Joe Coleman, the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters in the SU lineup, had singled ahead of Arens’ at-bat.

Ricky Pardo led off the frame by reaching on a hit by pitch.

Pardo, with a third inning single, and J.J. McDaniel, with a single to right center in the sixth, had the Hornets other hits.

Sophomore Tyler Hott (0-2) took the loss. He allowed five runs on six hits in 5.0 innings of work.

Hott had two strikeouts and Randy Tydings had three strikeouts in working the final three innings.

Shenandoah is now off until hosting Virginia Wesleyan Saturday in a noon ODAC doubleheader.

Women’s tennis
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s tennis earned its seventh win of the season Wednesday with a 7-2 non-league victory over Stevenson.

The Hornets (7-3) opened by winning two of the three doubles matches versus Stevenson (2-4) and then swept the top five singles matches to clinch the victory.

Shannon Allin and Caitlin Tilton, playing at No. 1 doubles, were 8-4 victors while Amber Lake and Jeannella Williams opened the day with an 8-1 win at No. 3.

Williams had the match clinching win, defeating Ty-Chelle Williams 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 singles after Tilton was a 6-2, 6-1 winner at No. 4 and Allin 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1.

Lake completed her two-win afternoon with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 5.

Amy Rapp, playing No. 3, had the final win of the day for the hosts. She battled back from a 6-3 loss in the opening set to take the match with 6-1 wins in the final two sets.

Shenandoah continues this homestand with a Saturday ODAC match versus Randolph.

Men’s tennis
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University men’s tennis team earned its second straight victory with a 6-3 non-league win over Stevenson Wednesday afternoon.

Shenandoah (5-6) rallied from a 2-1 deficit following doubles play to take five of the six singles matches over Stevenson (3-3).

Zach O’Neal and Will Leach, who were 8-2 winners at No. 3 doubles, won the final two singles matches for the victors.

O’Neal had the match clinching win, defeating Tony Beres at love at No. 6, while Leach completed the day with a 6-4, 6-1 winner at No. 5.

Steven Baker, Blake Sharp and Matt Hwang were the other singles victors, winning at No. 1, 3 and 4, respectively.

The men host Randolph on Saturday at 1 p.m. in an ODAC contest.

WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University softball team earned its second ODAC doubleheader split Wednesday by taking one of two from Eastern Mennonite.

Shenandoah (6-16, 4-8 ODAC) was a 4-2 winner in the opener before EMU (11-7, 6-6) answered back with an 11-1 win in the nightcap.

The Hornets rode the pitching arm of sophomore Lindsay Corbin (1-6) to the game one victory.

Corbin went the distance, scattering six hits and walking three against four strikeouts to earn her first victory of the season.

Offensively, Corbin helped herself by driving in the Hornets first two runs with a two-out double into the right center gap in the third.

One batter later, she trotted home on Kimberly Brady’s HR to dead center.

Eastern Mennonite made matters interesting with two runs in the sixth and putting the leadoff hitter on in the seventh, but Corbin got out of it with a strikeout and two infield pop ups.

Her defense played well behind her, turning inning ending double plays in the second and third.

The Royals sent 10 women to the plate in the first inning of the nightcap, scoring six runs, and added four more in the second on the way to the five-inning victory.

Brady had the hosts’ game two RBI with a single in the first that scored Lisa Mitro from third.

Mitro (3-5) gave up the 11 runs (seven earned) on eight hits and three walks.

She struck out three in the complete game.

Shenandoah takes to the road this Friday for a 3 p.m. ODAC doubleheader at Randolph.