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Shenandoah and Randolph-Macon meet for the ODAC title Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
Shenandoah and Randolph-Macon meet for the ODAC title Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

SALEM, Va. – The Shenandoah University baseball team seeks its third ODAC championship, and second consecutive, with a 9 a.m. contest Saturday morning versus Randolph-Macon.

Shenandoah (30-11) has two chances to win the title and the league's accompanying automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Randolph-Macon (27-9-1), which advanced to the final with a walkoff victory over Virginia Wesleyan Friday afternoon, needs to beat the Hornets twice in order to claim the title.

This contest, which is being played at Haley Toyota Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark, is being moved up by two hours in an effort to beat the storms forecast for later in the day Saturday.

Junior Reeves Lowry (3-3) figures to be the Hornets starting pitcher Saturday. Lowry last pitched on Monday in the squad's opening round series clinching victory over Hampden-Sydney and he comes into his 11th start of the year with a 3-3 record and a 4.50 ERA in 56 innings pitched.

Shenandoah has six starters: Matt Moon, Tristan Baker, Frankie Ritter, Robert Marcelle, Keegan Woolford and Luke Nussman, hitting at least .309 on the year with Moon's .371 leading the way.

Baker, the all-time ODAC hits leader, is hitting .369 and is currently riding a 19-game hitting streak.

Woolford hit his 12th home run Friday morning to cap an 8-6 victory over Macon in the winner's bracket final.

Shenandoah is riding an 11-game winning streak heading into the championship and has reached the 30-win mark for the ninth time in the past 11 seasons.

Jeff Butler leads R-MC in hitting with a .403 average with Mike Nickles hitting .387 and Ryan Duphorn .318. The 'Jackets are hitting .310 as a team.

John Reynolds, Jr. is Macon's starting pitcher remaining with the most starts on his resume this season – the sophomore is 2-0 with a 4.49 ERA in 34 1/3 innings pitched over six starts in 10 appearances.

Nick Roth, Michael Zubovich and Matt Nickles, who are a combined 21-3 this season, have all started games in the past 36 hours with Roth going eight innings, Zubovich seven and Nickles 6 1/3.

If R-MC wins the first game, game two would start 30 minutes after the completion of game one.

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