WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - No. 19/21 Shenandoah University opened up its 2012 NCAA Newport News Baseball Regional Wednesday evening with a 5-4 victory over No. 18/24 Rowan (N.J.).
The Hornets (30-13) rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to take out the Profs (30-14).
Shenandoah, the third-seed in the six-team regional, advances to take on second-seeded Salisbury on Thursday at 4:30.
Wednesday's contest was originally scheduled for a 4:30 start at Captains Park on the campus of Christopher Newport University, but was moved to Plumeri Park at the College of William & Mary after thunderstorms were forecast for the Newport News area.
SU struggled a bit with the delay, as RU jumped on Hornets starter Vince Claudio (7-1) for two runs on four hits and one walk in the first.
Claudio helped himself out by picking off a runner and then got a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.
The twin killing was one of three that Shenandoah had on the day - reliever Kyle Scallion closed the book on the game by getting designated hitter Kevin McMenamin to ground into a bases loaded 6-3 DP.
Scallion posted his fifth save of the spring by recording the final five outs of the contest - coming on with runners on second and third in the eighth, he induced a lineout and groundout to first to put SU three outs from victory.
In the ninth, he recorded an inning-opening strikeout, but then saw the Profs get two singles before intentionally walking four-hole hitter Nick Turano to load the bases.
Trailing 3-1 after RU scored two runs in the first and one in the second, Shenandoah tied the game with a two-run third.
Nelson had the first RBI, on a single to left, before Nick Beall evened matters with a single to right.
Beall, who was one of four SU players with two hits, gave the Hornets the lead in the fifth with a single to right center. His single plated Nelson from second, who had reached on a two-base throwing error by Rowan third baseman Mark Benak.
Claudio allowed four runs (three earned) on 11 hits and two walks while striking out one.
Steven Melchiorre (5-2) took the loss for Rowan. He gave up the five runs (four earned) on 11 hits and one walk.
Melchiorre struck out five.