Area briefs: SU baseball splits doubleheader with Jackets

Posted: March 25, 2013

From Star staff reports

ASHLAND — No. 11 Shenandoah University completed its week with an ODAC baseball doubleheader split with Randolph-Macon Saturday afternoon.

Shenandoah (14-4, 7-3 ODAC) came back to win 8-4 in the nightcap after Macon (8-9, 4-4) was a 10-9 winner in the opener.

Junior Andrew Creamer led the way with a 3-for-5 performance that included three RBIs and a home run. SU had 14 hits in game two.

Creamer also had a three-run homer that brought SU to within one, 10-9, in the top of the ninth in the first game.

His game two home run gave Shenandoah a lead it would not relinquish.

Freshman Michael Scimanico (3-0) earned the win with 41/3 innings of relief work. Scimanico walked six, struck out three and allowed just one run before turning it over to classmate Cameron Lundmark with two outs in the eighth and the tying run at the plate.

Lundmark got that hitter, Jon Witt, to strikeout looking and then induced three fly-ball outs in the ninth to notch his third save.

In addition to Creamer’s three hits, Corbin Lucas, John Wilt, Daniel Freshley and Billy Arens had two apiece.

J.J. McDaniel had three hits in the opener with Joe Bittner driving in a pair.

SU’s game today at home against Wesley has been postponed.

Women’s Lacrosse

Hornets 14, Maroons 11

WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah University women’s lacrosse team ran its winning streak to five games Sunday afternoon with an ODAC victory over Roanoke.

With the win over Roanoke (3-5, 2-1 ODAC), Shenandoah (6-1, 3-0)has now beaten two of the three teams picked ahead of it in the preseason league poll.

SU defeated Lynchburg 17-11 last Saturday afternoon and now sits in a three-way tie with Randolph-Macon and Guilford atop the league standings.

Junior Samantha Sisson, who led all scorers with six goals and one assist for seven points, finished the run by tallying off a Liz Bereit assist at 23:13.

And then Roanoke rallied again.

Roanoke scored five of the game’s next six goals to tie it 10-10 with 9:30 remaining, setting up Sisson to get the game winner.

Senior Amy Rollins had the hosts final three goals, scoring at 5:24, 2:12 and :19.

Roanoke outshot its hosts 27-23 and won 15 of 27 draws. SU held a 19-18 advantage in groundballs.

Hornets goalie Ashley Cross made 11 saves.

Women’s SOFTBALL

Marlins sweep Hornets

VIRGINIA BEACH — Host Virginia Wesleyan kept its ODAC softball record perfect on the season with a pair of victories over Shenandoah Saturday afternoon.

The Marlins (18-4, 6-0 ODAC) erased a 1-0 deficit early in the opener to down the Hornets 5-1 and then were 8-3 winners in the nightcap.

Junior Stephanie Cameron (10-3) took the game one loss for SU (15-11, 5-5). She had five strikeouts and allowed five runs on six hits and one walk.

Morgan Coble and Emily Wilson had the lone hits for the visitors in the opener.

In game two, senior Lauren McCabe had a two-run double in the fourth and freshman Kimberly Brady was 3 for 3 with two doubles and a single.

Senior Jordan Wolford (0-2), the third of three pitchers for the Hornets, took the loss.

Wolford gave up two runs on three hits in one inning of work.

Brittany Guepe had the remaining hit for coach Marlena Kotynski’s club.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Eagles split at Jefferson Invitational

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. — Clarke County High School split a pair of matches at the Jefferson Invitational on Saturday.

The Eagles lost to St. Maria Goretti (Md.) 6-1, but defeated Hampshire (W.Va.) 7-0.

Clarke County’s Jinnie Shake (No. 1, 8-4), Callie Elliston (No. 2, 8-6), Erika Hutchinson (No. 3, 9-7) and Katy Kosiorek (No. 4, 8-0). Shake and Elliston won at No. 1 doubles 8-1, and Hutchinson and Kosiorek also won 8-1 at No. 2 doubles. Clarke (1-3) won by default at No. 3.

Men’s LACROSSE

WildCats 10, Hornets 9

LYNCHBURG — Host Randolph College staved off a late Shenandoah rally to down the Hornets 10-9 in ODAC men’s lacrosse action Saturday evening.

The WildCats (3-5, 1-1 ODAC) won their first-ever ODAC contest on a Jon O’Hara unassisted goal with 3:43 remaining.

Randolph needed O’Hara’s tally as SU (5-3, 0-2) roared back from a 9-3 halftime deficit to tie the contest at 9-9 with 8:37 remaining.

Shenandoah had held the WildCats scoreless from the 6:02 mark of the second (also on an O’Hara goal) until the hosts got the game-winner in the waning moments.

Freshman Matt Justice figured in four of the six SU goals that tied the game.

After senior Bryan Pope scored the only goal of the third with an unassisted tally at 2:24, Justice fed Colin Fowler nine seconds into the fourth to make the score 9-5.

Fowler scored again 16 seconds later, this time off of a Scotty Sweigart assist, before Justice had a natural hat trick with three straight goals at 13:47, 9:21 and 8:37.

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK

Hawkins win two events at I-95 invite

STAFFORD — James Wood senior Amber Hawkins won the 800 meters and 1,600 meters to highlight area performances Saturday at the Brian Watkins I-95 Invitational at Brooke Point High School.

Hawkins took the 800 in 2 minutes, 24.20 seconds and the 1,600 in 5:15.15.

In the team standings, the South County girls won the 20-team invitational with 100 points to top runner-up Colonial Forge’s 61. James Wood was eighth with 24 points and Millbrook was 12th with 16.

Others who scored points for the Colonel girls were Laura Johnson (fifth in the discus, 81 feet, 7 inches), Laura Seymour (sixth in the triple jump, 31-3) and the 4x400 team (sixth in 4:29.42).

Millbrook was led by McKenzie Schrank (second in the 300 hurdles in 49.02, fourth in the 100 hurdles in 16.46) and Mia VanderToorn (fourth in the triple jump, 31-8 ½).

In the boys’ meet, Fork Union won with 91 points to top runner-up Brooke Point’s 79. Millbrook was fifth with 35 points and James Wood was 18th with 6.

The Pioneers were led by Tre White (second in the long jump, 18-0 ½, second in the triple jump, 40-9), Conner Faint (third in the 300 hurdles, 42.31), Justin Neff (third in the discus, 125-5), Tyler Cox-Philyaw (fourth in the 1,600, 4:34.88, sixth in the 800, 2:05.40), Adrian DeNeal (fifth in the long jump, 17-4),

James Wood was led by Owen Bales (fourth in the 110 hurdles, 16.24) and Logan Shiffler (fifth in the discus, 122-4).

COLLEGE TRACK

SU wraps up at Carnival

LEXINGTON — The Shenandoah University track & field teams wrapped up two days at the Washington &Lee/VMI Track & Field Carnival with a number of solid performances.

Freshman Nicole Legare led off the day with a 53-second personal best in the 5,000 meters with a time of 20 minutes, 49.72 seconds.

Breana Hagwood and Jaclyn Mohlmann were seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 100 meter high hurdles with times of 15.70 and 15.78 seconds.

Finally, senior Amanda Theall was second overall — and the top Division-III finisher — in the shot put at 11.62 meters.

BOYS’ TENNIS

Eagles drop pair Jefferson Invitational

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. — Clarke County High School’s boys’ tennis team lost both matches at the Jefferson Invitational on Saturday.

The Eagles lost 7-0 to St. Maria Goretti (Md.) and by the same score to Hampshire (W.Va.).