On Campus: Sherando grads making impact at Shepherd

Several former Sherando standouts are contributing to the success of Shepherd University’s baseball team this season. Tre Porter (Sherando ’12), Jacob Carney (Sherando ’13), John Bentley (Sherando ’13) and Chase Smallwood (Sherando ’14) are helping the Rams to a great start.

Porter is batting .423 (11-for-26) with two home runs, 11 runs scored and five RBIs. He also has drawn a team-best seven walks and leads the team with seven stolen bases. Porter has started and played in eight of Shepherd’s 10 contests.

Carney has a .267 (12-for-45) batting average. He has one double, two RBIs and nine runs scored. He also has four stolen bases. He has started all 10 games for the Rams.

Bentley has an ERA of 5.79. He has appeared in three games and made two starts with one save. Bentley has pitched 14 innings and struck out 10. Smallwood has played in and started one game for the Rams.

In the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday, Carney led the Rams to an 8-7 victory over Pitt-Johnstown with two hits, two runs scored, two walks and an RBI. Porter went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Rams beat Pitt-Johnstown 11-4. Porter drew two walks and had a run scored. Bentley picked up the save by pitching three innings in relief. He struck out three and allowed just one hit.

In a 14-9 victory over Post University on Feb. 27, Porter stole three bases, went 1-for-4 with two walks and two runs scored. Carney was 2-for-5 with a run scored and a walk.

Senior spark: Taylor Henry (Skyline ’12) is doing her part to help Georgetown University’s softball team this season.

The senior has started all 21 games for the Hoyas and has 13 hits, two doubles and five RBIs. She has also drawn six walks and has one stolen base.

Henry has also been very sharp defensively. The third baseman has a team-best 55 assists and has 25 putouts.

In an 8-4 loss to Ohio State on March 11 at a tournament in Tempe, Arizona, Henry went 1-for-4 with an RBI and had a team-high for assists as well as three putouts.

On March 6 in a 16-1 victory over Columbia, Henry had one hit, one RBI and a run scored and a walk.

Highlander power: Adam Whitacre (Sherando ’15) hit his first collegiate home run for Radford University recently.

The freshman had a solo homer in the ninth inning against Hartford on March 5 in a 3-1 loss. Whitacre started the season off with a bang as well as he had a hit and two RBIs in his first game of the year against Mercer on Feb. 21, a 9-2 loss.

For the season Whitacre has three hits, three RBIs, three runs scored and has drawn four walks.

The Highlanders are 2-15 overall and play at USC Upstate on Friday.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com