WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University’s baseball team advanced to the second round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament with a 7-6 win over Hampden-Sydney on Monday afternoon at Bridgeforth Field.
The victory gave the Hornets, the third seed in the tournament, a two-game sweep over the No. 6 Tigers in the best-of-three, opening-round series. SU opened the series with a 5-0 win on Saturday before Game 2 was pushed to Monday due to weather.
Shenandoah will next take on No. 2 Roanoke in a 7:30 p.m. contest Friday night at Haley Field at Salem Memorial Park in Salem.
SU, playing as the visitor on Monday, scored the winning run in the top of the seventh inning on Jamie Naill’s sacrifice fly that drove in Robbie Marcelle, who led off the inning with a double.
Matt Barnes (3-1), who picked up the win on the mound for the Hornets after coming on in relief in the fourth inning, allowed his only hit in his 3⅓ innings of work to open the bottom of the eighth before giving way to left-hander Brandon McKenzie.
McKenzie got the lone hitter he faced to line out to short, and closer Gerard DePhillips induced an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play. DePhillips, who also picked off a runner at second base in the ninth and notched a pair of strikeouts to end the contest, recorded his 11th save in the win to tie the ODAC record set by former Hornet Tyler Hott in 2017.
Hornets second baseman Tristan Baker, who went 3-for-4 and moved into third all-time at Shenandoah in hits, opened the game’s scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first. SU right fielder Grant Thompson also had a two-run double as part of the three-run first inning.
The Hornets gave up their 3-0 lead after a pair of errors in the second inning helped H-SC counter with three runs in the frame. After the teams traded runs in the third, the Tigers chased SU starter Reeves Lowry from the game in the fourth inning after taking a 6-4 lead, which the Hornets erased with two runs in the fifth.
Marcelle, Thompson, Frankie Ritter and Luke Nussman each had two hits for Shenandoah.
Friday’s continuation of the ODAC tournament, a four-team, double-elimination round, begins with a 4 p.m. matchup between No. 1 Randolph-Macon and No. 4 Virginia Wesleyan.