Goddard stings Yellow Jackets
Brashears and Nelson combine for six of 12 hits in victory
ASHLAND, Va. - No. 1 Shenandoah downed Randolph-Macon 3-1 Friday afternoon in its final tuneup before taking on No. 2 Christopher Newport this weekend.
Shenandoah (21-1) got all of its offense in its first two at-bats against Macon (13-13).
Senior All-American Kevin Brashears led off with a walk and, after advancing to second on an error and third when Greg Van Sickler hit into a double play, scored on a Cory Nelson single to center.
Brashears' classmate, Clint DeHaven, scored what proved to be the game-winning run one batter later when he trotted home on a passed ball.
Brashears, who finished the day 3 for 4, drove in the Hornets final run with a second inning single. This hit drove in catcher Keaton Neeb, who led off the SU second with a single through the left side.
The offense proved more than enough for starter Brian Goddard (3-0), who scattered six hits over 7.2 innings. Goddard allowed one run and one walk and struck out 10.
Kyle Scallion retired the final four Yellow Jackets to post his third save of the spring.
Shenandoah banged out 12 hits in the win, including three from both Brashears and Nelson. Mike Smith and Joey Donofrio both added two hits.
Kyle Hicks (2-1) took the loss after giving up three runs (two earned) on nine hits and two walks in six innings. Jeb Weymouth (1-for-4) singled to center field in the fifth inning for Randolph-Macon's lone run, and designated hitter Cory Jackson went 2-for-4.