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Baseball Opens Versus Maritime

Tristan Baker is hitting .335 and is one of three players to start all 44 contests this season.
Tristan Baker is hitting .335 and is one of three players to start all 44 contests this season.

WINCHESTER, Va. – The No. 10/10 Shenandoah University baseball team opens up the 2017 NCAA York Regional Thursday evening with a 7:45 p.m. contest against Skyline Conference champion Maritime (N.Y.).

The Hornets, who are tenth in both the ABCA and polls, come into the contest with a 36-8 record and are just two wins from tying the program record for wins in a season.

Coach Kevin Anderson's club, which is making its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past nine years, comes into the game with a .324 team batting average and seven of the nine expected starters hitting at least .335.

Sophomore first baseman Luke Nussman, who has missed the past 12 games while recovering from mononucleosis, leads this group with a .469 average.

Nussman was one of three players, along with starting pitcher Colin Morse and designated hitter Jake Loew, to be named first team All-ODAC and he led the league in hitting with a .526 after in league play.

Morse, the ODAC Pitcher of the Year, figures to get the game one start versus the Privateers. He is 9-0 this season with 81 strikeouts and a 2.60 ERA in 79 2/3 innings pitched.

Maritime is 26-11 on the year and won the Skyline championship with a 14-3 victory over Mount St. Mary.

The Privateers are hitting .333 as a team with Brian McLaughlin hitting a team-high .455 in 132 at-bats over 34 games.

He is one of two active players for Maritime hitting over .400. Chris Deddo has a .409 average with 52 hits in 127 at-bats.

McLaughlin and Deddo combined for 16 home runs this spring.

Travis Bruinsma has made a team-high nine starts on the mound and has an 8-2 record with 41 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings pitched. The freshman righty also has four of the squad's nine complete games.

The winner of Thursday's game plays the winner of the No. 3 Wheaton (Mass.) vs No. 6 Elizabethtown contest on Friday at 7:45. The losers of the Thursday games play each other in a 1:15 elimination contest Friday.

Tournament Capsule:

Tournament WebsiteGame Notes 

Loew Named All-America
July 20, 2017 Loew Named All-America
Loew Named All-America
May 25, 2017 Loew Named All-America
Baseball Faces Hopkins
May 21, 2017 Baseball Faces Hopkins
Macon Upsets Baseball
May 6, 2017 Macon Upsets Baseball
Messiah Upsets Baseball
April 26, 2017 Messiah Upsets Baseball
Baseball Pounds Royals
April 19, 2017 Baseball Pounds Royals
Baseball Holds Spot
April 18, 2017 Baseball Holds Spot
Morse Earns ODAC Accolade
April 17, 2017 Morse Earns ODAC Accolade
Baseball Dominates Saints
April 17, 2017 Baseball Dominates Saints
Baseball Claws Bobcats
April 13, 2017 Baseball Claws Bobcats
Baseball Tops ABCA Poll
April 11, 2017 Baseball Tops ABCA Poll
Baseball Sweeps Wasps
April 8, 2017 Baseball Sweeps Wasps
Baseball Remains No. 1
March 28, 2017 Baseball Remains No. 1
We Are No. 1!
March 21, 2017 We Are No. 1!
Baseball Tops Mounties
March 19, 2017 Baseball Tops Mounties
Baseball Cancelled
March 18, 2017 Baseball Cancelled
Baseball Rises to No. 2
March 7, 2017 Baseball Rises to No. 2
Baseball Swats Beavers
March 5, 2017 Baseball Swats Beavers
Baseball Jumps Ten Spots
February 28, 2017 Baseball Jumps Ten Spots
Baseball Sweeps Case
February 26, 2017 Baseball Sweeps Case
Baseball Outlasts Case
February 25, 2017 Baseball Outlasts Case
Loew Named Player of the Week
February 20, 2017 Loew Named Player of the Week
Baseball Sweeps La Roche
February 19, 2017 Baseball Sweeps La Roche
Baseball Opens with Sweep
February 18, 2017 Baseball Opens with Sweep
Baseball Second in Poll
February 2, 2017 Baseball Second in Poll
Baseball Sixteenth in Poll
January 19, 2017 Baseball Sixteenth in Poll
Loew Named Preseason AA
January 13, 2017 Loew Named Preseason AA
President's List Announced
January 9, 2017 President's List Announced
Academic Honors Announced
January 5, 2017 Academic Honors Announced
Happy Thanksgiving
November 24, 2016 Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Fourth of July!
July 4, 2016 Happy Fourth of July!
Morse Promoted to Auburn
June 27, 2016 Morse Promoted to Auburn
Web 101
August 30, 2015 Web 101