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Baseball Opens Tonight

Baseball Opens Tonight

ROME, Ga. – No. 9/11 Shenandoah University begins its quest for an NCAA regional baseball championship tonight with a 6 p.m. game against longtime Division III power Marietta (Ohio).

The 28-15 Pioneers, who are ranked No. 30 in the ABCA poll, have won six national championships in their baseball history. The last national championship for the 2016 Ohio Athletic Conference champs was in 2012.

Shenandoah is 32-10 on the season after earning the No. 1 seed at the ODAC Tournament for the third straight year.

Coach Kevin Anderson will start senior left-hander Michael Scimanico (7-1) tonight in the opening game.

Scimanico, a three-time All-ODAC honoree, has a 22-3 career record with 216 strikeouts in 203 2/3 innings pitched.

In addition to his seven wins in eight decisions this season, Scimanico has a season record 90 strikeouts in 70.0 innings pitched. His 1.93 ERA leads SU and was third in the ODAC.

He will face a Marietta lineup that is hitting .317 as a team with four players: Greg Peffley, Mike Hale, Tim McCoy and Connor Golden, hitting at least .350.

Senior righty Christian Herstine figures to be the game one starter. Herstine, in addition to earning OAC Pitcher of the Year honors, is 9-3 with three complete games and two shutouts in 96.0 innings pitched.

The Pioneers have a 3.63 team ERA with opponents hitting .245 against them.

Shenandoah is hitting .302 as a team with junior Abel Arocho leading at .401. Classmate Jake Loew is second at .385 and leads the Hornets in doubles, triples, home runs and runs batted in.

For fans not making the trip to northwest Georgia, tonight's game will be streamed over the web. Links can be found here

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