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Shenandoah Holds Off Eagles, 6-3

Brett Jones stretches for a throw at first base.

WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah snapped a 3-3 tie with two runs in the seventh inning and the Hornets escaped a base-loaded, no outs jam in the top of the ninth-inning Tuesday to defeat Bridgewater College, 6-3, in ODAC baseball action.

Bridgewater took the early lead with a run in the top of the second. Jacob Talley doubled down the left-field line and scored on a single by Brett Jones for a 1-0 Eagles' lead.

Shenandoah (21-6, 9-3 in the ODAC) grabbed the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Chase Smallwood led off with a single and Henry Delavergne was safe when his sacrifice bunt was misplayed for an error. Both runners moved up on a double steal and both scored on Robert Marcelle's single to center as the hosts took a 2-1 lead. Marcelle swiped second and scored on Luke Nussman's single up the middle, making the score 3-1.

The Eagles answered with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to tie the score. Cameron Stanley reached on an infield single and Jones followed with a homer to left-center to tie the game at 3-3.

The score remained deadlocked until the bottom of the seventh. One-out singles by Tristan Baker and Marcelle put runners on first and second and both advanced a base on a wild pitch. Baker scored in a single by Keegan Woolford and Marcelle crossed the plate on Nussman's sacrifice fly as the Hornets moved ahead 5-3.

Shenandoah added an unearned run off Eagles' reliever Jordan Showalter in the eighth to lead 6-3, but the lead wasn't safe as the Eagles loaded the sacks with no outs in the top of the ninth. 

Jones led off the inning with a single and Phillip Herber reached on an infield error. The Hornets went to the bullpen, but relief pitcher Derrick Snider walked Eagles' pinch-hitter Jake Bailey to load the bases. Austin Batten then hit a grounder back to the mound and the Hornets got the force out at home for the first out of the inning. Shenandoah made another call to the pen and reliever Tyler Ritenour got out of the jam by getting Jacob Grabeel to hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

Chad Lenz gave the Eagles a strong start on the mound as the lefty worked seven innings, allowing five runs, just three earned, on nine hits. Lenz struck out 11 and walked two.

Jones paced the offense, going 3-for-4 and driving in all three runs.

Bridgewater (16-13-1 overall, 5-9 in the ODAC) returns to action Wednesday afternoon when the Eagles host Stevenson University in a non-conference contest.