SU roundup: Hornets win on walk-off
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LYNCHBURG – Top-seeded Shenandoah University is now one win away from the 2015 ODAC Baseball Championship after defeating third-seeded Randolph-Macon 3-2 in 12 innings Friday night.
Senior Daniel Freshley drilled a bases loaded single into right center with one out in the bottom of the 12th to send the Hornets (26-7-1) past Macon (24-8).
Freshley’s walkoff hit, the second of the day for SU, plated Joe Coleman from third.
Coleman led off the SU 12th by reaching on an error, and after moving into scoring position when Billy Arens was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on a John Wilt sacrifice bunt.
The Yellow Jackets then elected to intentionally walk Michael Paul, setting the stage for Freshley to get the game-winning RBI.
Freshley laced his single into deep right center, allowing Coleman to trot home with the Hornets second walkoff win of the day.
SU had put itself in position to play this winners bracket final by beating Bridgewater 4-3 on a J.J. McDaniel bases loaded single.
The win over the ‘Jackets also gives Shenandoah the day off Saturday and sends the squad into a 1 p.m. Sunday championship versus the remaining team in the tournament.
Roanoke, Virginia Wesleyan and Randolph-Macon will all battle beginning Saturday morning at 9 a.m. for the right to face SU – Roanoke faces VWC in that 9 a.m. game with the winner taking on Macon at 12:30.
The winner of that contest will have to beat Shenandoah twice to claim the 2015 title.
Coach Kevin Anderson’s Hornets rallied from two one-run deficits in the game, including a Wilt two-out, RBI single in the 10th.
Senior Matt Riegler (2-1), who pitched the final 2 2/3 innings in relief of junior Ryan Mossman, got the win. Riegler allowed one hit and struck out two.
Mossman scattered eight hits and allowed two runs (one earned) and three walks against seven strikeouts.
Shenandoah starting pitchers Michael Scimanico and Mossman pitched 18 1/3 of a possible 21 innings and allowed just two earned runs.
Shenandoah 4, Bridgewater 3
LYNCHBURG – Top-seeded and No. 8/10 Shenandoah eliminated fourth-seeded Bridgewater from the 2015 ODAC Baseball Tournament with a 4-3 walkoff victory Friday afternoon.
Senior J.J. McDaniel drilled a one-out, bases loaded single to left center in the ninth to score Billy Arens from third with the winning run.
McDaniel, who finished the day 4 for 5, was in position to play the hero as Arens led off the SU (25-7-1) ninth with a single to center, was sacrificed to second and following an intentional walk to Michael Paul, stole third.
Daniel Freshley loaded the bases by drawing a walk off reliever John Woodard, who had come on for Justin Petock (1-1) after Petock gave up the Arens single and the intentional pass to Paul.
McDaniel lined a 1-2 fastball into the gap in left center, allowing Arens to trot home with the winning run.
The hit, the ninth of the game for the Hornets, made a winner of junior Michael Scimanico (6-0).
Scimanico threw a 119-pitch complete game, striking out eight and walking two.
The southpaw allowed just four hits, two of which happened in a three-run Bridgewater (23-13-1) eighth.
The Eagles used two SU errors to score two unearned runs and take a 3-1 lead; Shenandoah answered with two in the bottom of the frame to knot the game at 3-3 heading into the ninth.
Scimanico worked a 1-2-3 ninth, setting the stage for the offense to win it in walkoff fashion.
Designated hitter Nolan Overby had the big hit in the Hornets eighth, plating McDaniel and Freshley with a triple into the right field corner.
McDaniel and Freshley both reached with singles to center off of Petock.
Arens had two hits to back up McDaniel and drove in the Hornets first run of the game with a single to right in the seventh.
The win put Shenandoah into a “winners bracket final” against Randolph-Macon Friday night at 8:30 p.m.
The winner of that contest advances to the championship game.
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University men’s tennis team completed its regular season Friday afternoon with a 9-0 non-league victory over Ferrum.
The Hornets (9-8) opened with three dominant doubles victories over the Panthers (4-12) and then five of the six singles matches in straight sets.
SU dropped just two games in doubles as the No. 1 team of Steven Baker and Jesse Ewing and the No. 3 tandem of Will Leach and Matt Hwang both won at love.
Blake Sharp and Kelly Sykes completed the doubles sweep with an 8-2 victory at No. 2.
Leach did not drop a set all day as won at love at No. 5 with Zach O’Neal matching that feat at No. 6.
The Hornets completed the sweep with straight set wins from Baker at No. 1, Ewing at No. 2, Sharp at No. 3 and Hwang at No. 4.
Sharp had the only three set match, winning 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-4).
Shenandoah now moves on to ODAC Tournament play, taking on No. 1 Washington and Lee on Saturday.