By Rachel Levy
The Shenandoah University baseball team currently resides in second place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) as it closes in on tournament time. The Hornets took the gold last year in the ODAC championship against Virginia Wesleyan College earning them a bid into the NCAA tournament.
Right now they are 26-8 overall, and 12-5 in conference. Randolph-Macon (first in ODACs) and Washington and Lee (third) are also 12-5 in conference. The Hornets won both of their games against Washington and Lee, but split against Randolph-Macon. The other two top-three teams were also split against each other. Each team has a few more games against other ODAC teams that will help place them one, two, and three for the tournament. Virginia Wesleyan and Bridgewater are close behind, but the men have already played the both this season, splitting with both teams.
This season the men have produced two ODAC Player of the Weeks so far. In early March, senior outfielder Joe Coleman got the honor. More recently, junior shortstop, John Wilt received the honor. If the men continue how they’ve been, they will be able to get a few All-ODAC players at the end of the season.
They will finish out their regular season playing four games in the span of one week, with the final two games being away against Lynchburg on April 23. They will soon afterwards find out their seed ranking, and who they will be playing in the first round which starts on April 28. The entire ODAC tournament will take place during Apple Blossom, with the championship game on that Sunday, May 1. If the men keep at it, they could make a run at a repeat gold, in Lynchburg, Va. against the top six teams in the ODAC.
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