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Shenandoah baseball notebook: SU overcomes jitters in opener

By Jason Galleske -- sports@nvdaily.com

APPLETON, Wis. -- With Friday's 12-2 win against Farmingdale State College, the Shenandoah Hornets now have 31 games with double-digit hits. They also have scored 10 or more runs in 20 games this season.

Although Shenandoah consistently scored runs throughout the game, coach Kevin Anderson said first-game jitters were still a factor.

"I think we were still nervous the whole game," Anderson said. "We took advantage of some miscues. We kept it within four; we were able to expand the lead."

Anderson said he doesn't mind that his team is a little on edge.

"Who would not be nervous to play in the College World Series?" he said. "[In] game two, hopefully we'll come out a little more relaxed. I need to do a better job, I don't know, to do something to get our guys relaxed. I was always told this: If you weren't nervous, you probably wouldn't care about what you're doing."

Anderson visited Appleton to watch the World Series two years ago to assess the kind of players he needed to get Shenandoah to compete for a national championship. He feels he now has the caliber of player to do that.

"Fortunately, we've been able to attract some good-character kids," Anderson said. "We started building this program off the field first. Our team GPA is over 3.0. We wanted to be good citizens first before good baseball players. I'm the luckiest guy alive. I have great young men."

Notes: Scott Lambert extended his hitting streak to 17 games. Lambert was 3-for-5. The Hornets' 38 wins is a school record ... The Hornets earned some big honors recently as Anderson was named Regional Coach of the Year. Greg Van Sickler was named as a third-team All-American and selected to the all-region first-team. Freshman Cory Nelson, who hit a home run to left field in the eighth inning on Friday, was a second-team selection at designated hitter.

Three Hornets also earned three team all-region. Lambert was named at catcher, junior Jesse Henry at shortstop and sophomore Kevin Brashears in the outfield.

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