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Shenandoah continues ODAC Tournament play Thursday evening at 8 p.m.
Shenandoah continues ODAC Tournament play Thursday evening at 8 p.m.

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University baseball team continues ODAC Tournament play with an 8 p.m. contest Thursday evening at Roanoke.

The matchup between third-seeded SU (28-11) and No. 2 Roanoke (21-16) has been moved up 24 hours in an effort to dodge the storms forecast for the Roanoke Valley this weekend.

In a venue change, this game is set for Kiwanis Field in Salem.

Friday's game two will be played at 11:30 a.m. regardless of outcome Thursday. The winner's bracket game will be played at Haley Toyota Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark and the elimination game at Kiwanis Field.

Details on live stats and video stream will be announced later Wednesday afternoon.

Shenandoah comes into Thursday night's game riding a season-best nine-game winning streak and is hitting .303 as a team.

Tomorrow night's game will be the 20th lifetime meeting between SU and the Maroons in baseball with the Hornets winning 13 of the previous 19 contests.

Shenandoah owns ODAC Tournament wins over Roanoke in 2018 (championship game) and 2017 (first round).

Five players in the likely SU starting lineup: Frankie Ritter, Matt Moon, Tristan Baker, Robert Marcelle and Keegan Woolford, are hitting at least .333 on the year.

In the last 10 games, a streak in which Shenandoah is 9-1 and has scored 79 runs, Baker is hitting .513, Marcelle .421, Ritter .379 and Woolford .325 with four of his 11 home runs.

The Hornets nine-hole hitter, Henry Delavergne, is hitting .345 over that stretch with right-fielder Grant Thompson hitting .333.

Shenandoah is hitting .316 as a team in that 10-game span.

Senior Robert Klinchock, who has tossed a pair of complete games in his last two outings, figures to be the game one starter. Klinchock is 6-4 overall with 52 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings pitched.

Roanoke, with a 21-16 overall record and a 16-6 ODAC mark, missed out on the No. 1 seed by just one-half game.

The Maroons are hitting .270 as a team and have won five straight dating back to an 8-7 loss at Eastern Mennonite on April 20.

Gavin Kandrick is the squad's top hitter at .325 with Jack Howard and Will Merriken hitting .302 and .301, respectively.

Kenny Mackovic and Connor Chiulli are the Maroons top two starters with each making 10 starts this spring.

Mackovic is 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 46 1/3 innings pitched and Chiulli 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 45 2/3.

Kevin Ledford has five of the team's eight saves, a 1.40 ERA and boasts 10.06 strikeouts per nine innings.

The two teams split a pair of one-run games in the regular season.

Tournament capsule:

Shenandoah: Roster | Stats

Roanoke: Roster | Stats

Series Record | Schedule


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