LYNCHBURG, Va. – Mission Accomplished!
The Hornets (34-10) earn the league's automatic berth into the NCAA playoffs with the victory over 2017 champion Roanoke (31-11). SU will find out its regional placement on Monday morning.
After giving up a four-run lead to the Maroons in the sixth, Shenandoah scored four runs in the 10th to pull away.
Sophomore Keegan Woolford, who was named to the All-Tournament team along with Chase Smallwood, Michael Bugonowicz, Luke Nussman, Robert Marcelle, Nick Goode and Tristan Baker, got the rally started by leading off the 10th with a solo home run to right center.
Smallwood followed with a single and after being sacrificed to second, Christian Rice drove him home on a single to center. Marcelle, who had drawn a walk, also scored on the play as the Maroons booted the ball in center for a two-base error.
Rice closed out the scoring by coming home on a Henry Delavergne sacrifice fly.
Bugonowicz came on in relief of Gerard DePhillips and got three straight outs, sandwiching a strikeout around a pair of flyouts, to clinch the championship.
DePhillips (6-1) earned the win with one inning of work. He struck out one and did not allow a hit.
Shenandoah need the extra inning heroics as Roanoke touched up SU starter Michael Prosperi for four runs on five hits in the sixth. The Hornets had a 4-0 lead heading into that inning before Jack Howard, Gavin Candrick and Dean Hermanson all singled to load the bases with one out.
Shell scored the final run of the frame on Sean Guida single to left center.
Three consecutive two-out hits led to the Hornets first run of the game. Nussman started it off with a single to right center and advanced to third on Woolford's single through the right side.
Smallwood, the leading hitter in the ODAC, then laced a single back through the box to bring Nussman home.
Nussman figured into the Hornets second run, looping a single to center with one out in the fifth to plate Henry Delavergne from second.
One batter later, Woolford drove home Baker on a fielder's choice to first. Baker had walked and advanced to third on Nussman's single.
The Maroons switched pitchers for Smallwood, and Smallwood greeted Diego Menses with a sacrifice fly to left center.
Meneses (1-1) took the loss for the Maroons despite pitching 5.0 innings of solid relief. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks.
Notes: The NCAA Tournament berth is the Hornets ninth in the past 10 years... Shenandoah has appeared in three finals - 2014, 2015 and 2018 and won titles in latter two years...
2018 ODAC Baseball All-Tournament Team
P: Michael Bugonowicz, SU
P: Diego Meneses, RC
C: Chase Smallwood, SU
IF: Dean Hermanson, RC
IF: Jack Howard, RC
IF: Robbie Marcelle, SU
IF: Luke Nussman, SU
OF: Nick Goode, SU
OF: Sean Guida, RC
OF: Cole Migliorini, R-MC
DH: Keegan Woolford SU
UT: Jacob Pilarski, VWU
MOP: Tristan Baker, 2B, SU