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Baseball Hosts Hampden-Sydney

Baseball hosts Hampden-Sydney this weekend in a best-of-three ODAC Tournament series.
Baseball hosts Hampden-Sydney this weekend in a best-of-three ODAC Tournament series.

WINCHESTER, Va. – The No. 20 Shenandoah University baseball team opens up ODAC Tournament play Saturday afternoon with a noon contest versus Hampden-Sydney.

Shenandoah, 28-10 and the tournament's fourth seed, hosts fifth-seeded H-SC in a best-of-three opening round series. The two teams are playing for the right to advance to next weekend's four-team ODAC Championships at City Stadium in Lynchburg.

The Hornets and Tigers play game one on Saturday with game two scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. If necessary, game three will take place 40 minutes following the completion of game two.

All three games will be played at Bridgeforth Field in Jim Barnett Park.

Please note that there are special parking restrictions in place for Bridgeforth Field this weekend due to the 91st annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

All fans attending the games need to enter the park via Cork Street (the park entrance adjacent to the Shenandoah campus will be closed) and baseball parking is limited to the gravel lot next to the BMX track.

Overflow parking is available at Daniel Morgan Middle School (across Cork Street from Jim Barnett Park).

SU swept the Tigers (17-19) this year, winning 26-2 and 11-5 on April 14 at H-SC. The Hornets banged out 44 hits in the sweep with 24 of those hits coming in the game one win.

Shenandoah is 16-5 over Hampden-Sydney dating back to 1989, including 11-3 since joining the ODAC in 2013. The two teams have split two ODAC Tournament games, with SU winning in 2014 and H-SC in 2016.

The Hornets are the top hitting team in the ODAC, coming into the tournament with a .337 average, with the Tigers sixth at .299. SU has the third best earned run average, 3.80, and H-SC is seventh at 5.85.

Robert Marcelle is second and Grant Thompson fifth in the league in hitting at .409 and .397, respectively, with Keegan Woolford's 57 RBI leading the league. Woolford is also second in home runs with eight.

On the mound, likely weekend starters Colin Morse, Robert Klinchock and Michael Bugonowicz have five wins each with Bugonowicz also recording four saves.

Morse is second in the league in strikeouts and Bugonowicz fifth.

The Tigers have three men: Nic Graziano, Chase Mayberry and Harrison Moncure, with eight starts on the mound and one: Jimmy Butler, with seven.

Moncure is 4-3, Butler 3-4, Mayberry 2-4 and Graziano 2-4; Butler and Mayberry started that weekend series versus the Hornets last month.

Out of the bullpen, Jonathan Triesler is 3-1 with three saves in 29.0 innings over 13 appearances.

In one of his three starts on the mound, Triesler held Randolph-Macon to just an unearned run on two hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings. H-SC ended up winning that game 8-1.

Chase Counts leads the Tigers at the plate with a third-best-in-ODAC .400 average. Hampden-Sydney has seven players that have made at least 50 at-bats hitting above .300.

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