Area briefs: Smith wins state indoor high jump title

Posted: February 25, 2013

From Star staff reports

LYNCHBURG — Sherando senior Chris Smith won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 6 inches at the Group AA State Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday at Liberty University.

Smith, who won the Group AA outdoor state high jump title in the spring, won by two inches over Smithfield’s Marquis Childress.

Other local athletes who placed at the meet were Handley sophomore Dontae Mauck in the 55 meters (fourth in 6.61 seconds); Judges senior Lisa Meneau in the 300 (sixth in 41.86); James Wood senior Amber Hawkins in the 1,600 (sixth in 5:17.59) and the 1,000 (eighth in 3:08.86); Colonels sophomore Katie Houser in the high jump (eighth with a 5-2); and Sherando senior Nisha Moore in the 500 (seventh in 1:21.45).

In the team competitions, Blacksburg won the boys’ meet with 58 points, Lafayette was second with 56, Sherando tied for 18th with 10, and Handley tied for 26th with 5. Tabb won the girls’ meet with 56 points, Blacksburg was second with 45, James Wood tied for 29th with 5, Handley was 36th with 3, and Sherando tied for 37th with 2.

BASEBALL

Hornets sweep Crusaders

WINCHESTER – No. 23 Shenandoah University ran its baseball winning streak to four games with a non-league doubleheader sweep over Susquehanna University Sunday afternoon.

Shenandoah (4-1) was 5-4 and 6-5 winners over the Crusaders (0-2).

Both wins came in walk-off fashion as junior Andrew Creamer delivered a bases-loaded single in the opener before freshman John Wilt did the same in the nightcap.

The Hornets trailed 5-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh of game two and quickly tied the game on a leadoff single by Corbin Lucas, who was sacrificed to second and then came home on Nick Beall’s single to left center.

After Beall was balked to second, Andrew Creamer was intentionally walked and then Daniel Freshley loaded the bases with a single to left.

Wilt wasted little time in finishing matters, lining a clean single to left to score pinch runner Cameron Lundmark with the game-winning run.

Freshman Billy Arens (1-0), who threw the final four innings, earned the win on the mound. He allowed just one hit and one walk against one strikeout in recording the final 12 outs.

Creamer and Wilt both drove in two runs with Creamer getting three hits and Wilt two.

In the opener, Shenandoah jumped out to a 4-1 lead and was three outs from victory before Susquehanna tied it with three runs on three hits in the seventh.

The Hornets loaded the bases on a single and two walks, bringing Creamer to the plate with one out.

The junior delivered, ripping a single down the right- field line to bring home sophomore J.J. McDaniel with the game-winning run.

Freshman Ryan Mossman (2-0), the third SU pitcher, earned the win. Mossman delivered a strikeout with runners on second and third to retire the Crusaders in the top of the seventh.

Junior Joe Bittner drove in two runs in the game one victory.

WOMEN’S SOFTBALL

Hornets split opener with Averett

WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah University softball team opened its 2013 season Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader split versus former USA South Conference foe Averett.

Shenandoah (1-1) came back to win game two 9-2 after falling 9-1 to the Cougars (4-2) in the opener.

Junior Stephanie Cameron (1-0) threw a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts in the nightcap to salvage the split for the Hornets.

SU banged out 16 hits in the game two victory, including three each by Madison Bradley, Morgan Coble and Denise Mitchell. Mitchell and Kimberly Brady both drove in three runs in the win.

Shenandoah was held to just five hits in the opener.

Senior Jordan Wolford (0-1) took the loss in the opener. She allowed seven runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks in 113 innings of work.

Brady and Heather Sink had two hits apiece in the nightcap.

Men’s Lacrosse

Hornets 11, Crusaders 6

READING, Pa. — Shenandoah University opened up its 2013 men’s lacrosse season with a non-league victory over Alvernia.

After Alvernia (0-1) scored the opening two goals of the game in the initial 3:19, the Hornets roared back with a 4-2 run to finish the first half.

Shenandoah took its first lead on a Jeff Geddis to Matt Justice goal with 7:33 remaining in the second before the Crusaders knotted the score at 4-4 on Daniel Frantz goal at 6:56.

Coach Mike Kruger’s club then took a lead it would not relinquish with the first three goals of the third period, including the third goal of the game by freshman Matt Justice and the second by sophomore Aaron Paul.

SU outshot its hosts 42-23, won 12 of 20 faceoffs and was 16 of 20 on clears. The two teams split 86 groundballs.

Tyler Quinn had five saves for the Hornets.

Justice and Paul each had three goals and one assist for SU, and Colin Fowler added two goals and two assists.

Men’s Tennis

Hornets 9, Blazers 0

WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah University men’s tennis team earned its first victory in nearly two years Saturday night with a victory over Hood College.

Shenandoah (1-1) snaps an 18-match losing streak with the victory over Hood (0-5). SU had not won since an 8-1 victory over on March 25, 2011 against Ferrum.

The Blazers brought just four players to the match, giving Shenandoah a 3-0 lead before it stepped on the court due to forfeits at Nos. 5 and 6 singles and No. 3 doubles.

SU needed to win just two matches to clinch the win, and the Hornets accomplished that task with an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles and an 8-1 victory at No. 2.

Senior Michael Milanov and freshman Steven Baker had that win at No. 1 and then finished their night’s with a identical 6-0, 6-0 victories in the top two singles matches.

Milanov downed Chad Love and Baker topped Luis Cotto. Those four also made up the No. 1 doubles contest. Jeremy Parel won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 and Will Leach 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 to complete the sweep.