Baseball starts with winning weekend
By Rachel Levy, Sports Editor
Shenandoah University’s baseball team won all four games in their opening weekend of season on Feb.18-19. The men played two doubleheaders against Miserconcordia University and La Roche College.
In the first game of the weekend against Miserconcordia University, the Hornets won 5-4 in seven innings.
Junior Colin Morse was starting pitcher and faced 22 batters. Senior Dan Cameron hit the only homerun of the game and the first of the Hornets season. Cameron also scored the winning run of the game on a hit by freshman Michael Cruz. Sophomore pitcher Matt Burns finished out the game against six batters to earn his first win of the season.
In the second game against Miserconcordia University, Shenandoah won 6-3 in seven innings. Sophomore left-hander pitcher Zach Teeple started the game facing 18 batters. Junior Dylan Stouffer hit a homerun early in the first inning putting the Hornets up 1-0. Shenandoah scored the rest of their runs in the second inning with Tristan Baker, Abel Arocho, Donnie Forgacs, Chase Smallwood, and Denzel Johnson all reaching home plate. Teeple was credited with the win and closing pitcher senior Tyler Hott with the save.
The next day Shenandoah beat La Roche 5-3 in the first game. Freshman Gerard DePhillips was starting pitcher and faced 26 batters. Arocho had the most runs of the game with two runs on three hits. The Hornets scored four of their runs in the sixth inning with Arocho, Cameron, Robert Marcelle, and Nick Goode all adding a tally. Senior Neil Dutton was closing pitcher and faced the last five batters earning his first save of the season.
The Hornets completed their sweep with an 11-10 win against La Roche College. Shenandoah scored at least one run in each of their six innings at bat.
In the long game Shenandoah cycled through five different pitchers and junior Michael Bugonowicz earned the win and Hott earned his second save of the season. In the fourth inning senior Jake Loew hit the Hornets only homerun of the game, who also earned three runs throughout the game. Seven different players earned at least one run including: Baker, Arocho, Stouffer, Loew, Forgacs, Goode, and Nate Loman.
The Hornets will be back with three games against Case Western Reserve University this weekend, Feb. 25-26.