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Baseball Opens ODAC Tournament Thursday

Baseball Opens ODAC Tournament Thursday

WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University opens the defense of its 2015 ODAC baseball championship tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. versus longtime rival Bridgewater College.

The Hornets, the top seed in the tournament for the third straight year, are looking for a second straight championship.

However, tomorrow's opener will come at a different location. On Wednesday, league officials made the decision to shift day one play of the tournament from Lynchburg City Stadium to the baseball stadium on the Liberty University campus.

The shift was made in order to help ensure that play can be completed tomorrow. There is a 70 percent chance of rain tomorrow in the Lynchburg area, and Liberty's stadium has an artificial turf playing surface. This change should allow a quicker return to play should rain hit the area.

Directions to Liberty Baseball Stadium

No other changes to the schedule are planned. The tournament will move back to City Stadium for the beginning of play on Friday.

Tomorrow's contest versus Bridgewater promises to be another good one in the series between the longtime rivals.

The two teams split the season series this year, with each winning on the other's home field. BC was a 3-0 winner in Winchester on March 22 with Shenandoah returning the favor on April 13 in an 11-9 win.

The two teams split last season as well, with each winning at home, before the Hornets won 4-3 in the second round of the league tournament.

In 2014, the teams met six times, including three times in the ODAC Tournament and once in the NCAA South Regional.

Sophomore Colin Morse started both games on the mound this season versus BC for coach Kevin Anderson's squad, while Bridgewater countered with Ryan Leake in game one and Jordan Showalter in the rematch.

SU is third in the league in hitting to the Eagles fifth with the Hornets' 3.20 ERA the second best in the loop and four spots better than Bridgewater's 4.09. 

For fans unable to make the trip, it will be streamed here.