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Top 10: No. 2 - Baseball

Top 10: No. 2 - Baseball

WINCHESTER, Va. - For the past two weeks, the Shenandoah University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has been taking a look back at its top moments of 2011-12. Today, we look at our No. 2 highlight: baseball.

The baseball team has achieved significant success in the past four years - two South Region titles and trips to Appleton, Wisconsin for the national championships, a USA South Conference regular season title, a USA South Tournament title, four appearances in the USA South Tournament championship and four straight bids to the NCAA playoffs.

The run this season, which included a fourth straight 30+ win campaign, is our No. 2 highlight.

Heading into the 2012 season, coach Kevin Anderson had to replace two graduated All-Americans, Kevin Brashears '11 and Greg Van Sickler '11, three other position starters including catcher and the vast majority of pitchers who earned mound wins.

In fact, six of the 11 returning pitching wins came from one player - closer Kyle Scallion.

In short, the team was nearly starting over and staring at a rebuilding season.

Except that the team had other plans.

Starting with a 4-2 season opening win over No. 5 Cortland (N.Y.) State, the Hornets served notice that they were again a force to be reckoned with.

Coach Kevin Anderson's club won 11 of its first 15 games, won 12 of 13 from March 3-21 and again were ranked in the nation's Top 25 all season long.

Heading into the conference tournament as the No. 2 seed, SU looked strong in advancing to the tournament championship against archrival Christopher Newport.

Although the Captains won the rubber match of championship appearances with a 7-4 win on championship Sunday, the Hornets looked well-positioned for another bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Three weeks later that bid came and SU headed to CNU to take part in the Newport News Regional as a No. 3 seed.

Shenandoah opened with a 5-4 win over Rowan before taking out its other significant rival, Salisbury, with a 6-1 victory.

Two victories stood between the Hornets and a third trip to Appleton.

Unfortunately, fate did not shine positively on the club, as Salisbury won a 2-1, 14-inning marathon before Christopher Newport ended the Hornets run with a 9-5 victory on Championship Saturday.

Following the season, senior Jake Pendergraft, who sat behind Brashears for three years waiting for his chance, was named as an ABCA All-America.

It is the fourth straight year that a Hornet has been named All-America and Pendergraft is just the eighth different man to earn the honor in program history.

Pendergraft's honor was the top of a host of accolades, as he was one of four to earn All-Region honors and one of two to be named Academic All-District and one of 10 to grab All-USA South accolades.

Just this past week, he capped his accolades by being named as the Virginia State Player of the Year.

Summer Update
June 20, 2012 Summer Update
Four Named All-Region
May 29, 2012 Four Named All-Region
Baseball Headed to CNU
May 14, 2012 Baseball Headed to CNU
Baseball Down One
May 1, 2012 Baseball Down One
Baseball Down Three
April 24, 2012 Baseball Down Three
Baseball Outlasts Messiah
April 17, 2012 Baseball Outlasts Messiah
Baseball Downs Cougars
April 13, 2012 Baseball Downs Cougars
Baseball Downs Bishops
April 12, 2012 Baseball Downs Bishops
Vote for the Hornets
April 8, 2012 Vote for the Hornets
Anderson Wins 400th
April 7, 2012 Anderson Wins 400th
Championship Preview
April 5, 2012 Championship Preview
Baseball Outlasts Tigers
April 5, 2012 Baseball Outlasts Tigers
Baseball Up One
April 2, 2012 Baseball Up One
Baseball Tops E-Town
March 29, 2012 Baseball Tops E-Town
Baseball Lucky Thirteenth
March 27, 2012 Baseball Lucky Thirteenth
Two Earn League Honors
March 26, 2012 Two Earn League Honors
Baseball Up Three
March 20, 2012 Baseball Up Three
Baseball Stings 'Jackets
March 20, 2012 Baseball Stings 'Jackets
Six Earn USA South Awards
March 19, 2012 Six Earn USA South Awards
Baseball Up Three Spots
March 13, 2012 Baseball Up Three Spots
Baseball Stings 'Jackets
March 9, 2012 Baseball Stings 'Jackets
Vote for Baseball!
March 9, 2012 Vote for Baseball!
Baseball Bashes Abington
March 8, 2012 Baseball Bashes Abington
Baseball Tops Dickinson
March 6, 2012 Baseball Tops Dickinson
Baseball Ranked Again
March 6, 2012 Baseball Ranked Again
Baseball Outslugs Ferrum
March 3, 2012 Baseball Outslugs Ferrum
Two Earn USA South Honors
February 27, 2012 Two Earn USA South Honors
Baseball Roars Past Cougars
February 25, 2012 Baseball Roars Past Cougars
Baseball Postponed
February 24, 2012 Baseball Postponed
Baseball Bombs Royals
February 22, 2012 Baseball Bombs Royals
Baseball Powers Past Mounties
February 21, 2012 Baseball Powers Past Mounties
Baseball Bounces Back
February 20, 2012 Baseball Bounces Back
Two Named Player of the Week
February 20, 2012 Two Named Player of the Week
Baseball Swept in Double Dip
February 18, 2012 Baseball Swept in Double Dip
Baseball Opens with Big Win
February 17, 2012 Baseball Opens with Big Win
Baseball to Hold Clinic
January 26, 2012 Baseball to Hold Clinic
Scallion Named Pre-Season AA
January 17, 2012 Scallion Named Pre-Season AA
Vote for SU Baseball!
December 31, 2011 Vote for SU Baseball!
Pendergraft Attends Conference
December 15, 2011 Pendergraft Attends Conference
Baseball Elects Captains
November 14, 2011 Baseball Elects Captains
Summer Update
August 4, 2011 Summer Update
Baseball Adds Nineteen
July 20, 2011 Baseball Adds Nineteen