DEMOREST, Ga. - No. 13/16 Shenandoah University opened up the Demorest Regional Wednesday afternoon with an 11-3 victory over sixth-seeded Covenant (Ga.).
The top-seeded Hornets, 32-9, scored at least one run in four of the first five innings to seize control of the game over the Scots (26-14).
After CC made matters interesting with a two-run third, Shenandoah scored three in the bottom half of the frame and never let its lead slip below three runs the rest of the way.
Senior Dan Powers scored what proved to be the winning run when he was sacrificed to third and the scampered home as Covenant starting pitcher Garrett Kriston (7-3) overthrew first base on Daniel Freshley's sacrifice bunt.
The error was one of three that the Scots made on the day and one of two charged to Kriston.
Those two teams play tonight at 7 and Thursday's game will be an elimination contest for either the Panthers or Eagles.
Wednesday's game was Thompson's first start in the last five that he did not go the distance. He struck out seven.
After CC loaded the bases on two singles and a hit batter, Anderson turned to Riegler for the final out. The southpaw needed just two pitches to induce a 4-1 groundout.
The top four hitters in the SU lineup combined for 11 hits and five RBI.
Paul and Lucas both drove in two.
Kriston allowed the eight runs (seven earned) on 14 hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings of work.