WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University baseball team enters the 10th regional in program history Friday afternoon with a 4:30 contest versus Kean (N.J.) University.
The Hornets (31-12) meet the second-seeded Cougars (29-14) in the second game of the day at Jim Hynes Field on the Kean University campus in Union, New Jersey.
This is the eighth different state Shenandoah has visited for regional play as the squad has previously been sent to two sites in both Georgia and Pennsylvania as well as Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Shenandoah enters the tournament winners of 12 of its last 13 and is hitting .302 as a team.
Baker, a four-time All-ODAC honoree that was named as the ODAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player for the second consecutive year last week, is currently on a 21-game hitting streak. He is hitting .477 during the streak with 41 hits and 24 RBI in 86 at-bats.
Baker, the starting second baseman, is also the all-time ODAC hits leader and is 12 hits from the No. 1 spot on the Shenandoah career list.
On the mound, senior left-hander Robert Klinchock is 7-4 with a 3.94 ERA in 82 1/3 innings pitched.
Klinchock has thrown complete games in his last three starts and has held opponents off the scoreboard in the last 20 2/3 innings pitched.
In the ODAC tournament, Phillips had five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings pitched with three saves in three appearances.
Kean, a member of the New Jersey Athletic Conference, comes into the tournament with a 29-14 record after having been eliminated from the NJAC Tourney with losses to The College of New Jersey and Rutgers-Newark.
The Cougars are hitting .303 as a team with five starters hitting above .300. Outfielder/pitcher Frank LoGuidice leads Kean at both the plate on the mound as he is hitting .361 with nine doubles and 34 RBI in 158 at-bats while boasting a 7-2 record in 11 starts on the mound.
LoGuidice, a junior southpaw, hits for himself on the days he pitches.
Senior Tyler Hopman has also made 11 starts on the mound and has seven complete games in those 11 starts. The 6'6" right-hander is 4-6 with a 2.80 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 86 2/3 innings pitched.
Live stats and video are available for fans unable to make the trip to northern New Jersey. For fans attending the tournament, ticket prices are as follows:
- Adult: $10
- Seniors/Veterans: $8
- Student: $7
- Child (2-12): $5
- Under 2: free