Shenandoah drops Eastern Mennonite
Brashears posts RBI and run to key Hornet offense
WINCHESTER, Va. – No. 1 Shenandoah combined dominant pitching with timely hitting Monday evening to down Eastern Mennonite 5-0 in non-conference baseball action.
Senior Ben Hendrickson (5-0) held EMU (9-23) to just one hit and struck out nine in giving Shenandoah a measure of revenge against the Royals. EMU is one of two teams to defeat SU (28-2) this season, winning 4-3 in Harrisonburg on March 25.
Hendrickson would not allow a repeat performance, as he retired the first 11 Royals in order before walking Dylan Smith two outs in the fourth. Hendrickson, who owns two one-hitters in his career, set down the next eight before hitting a bump in the seventh.
Smith was hit by a pitch with one out before right fielder Beau Bangeldorf lined a clean single through the left side for what turned out to be Eastern Mennonite's only hit of the day.
Hendrickson got out of the jam with two groundouts and finished the game by retiring the final eight hitters in order.
Shenandoah got all of the offense it would need in the third inning when sophomore Kurt Krout led off with a double to center, moved to third on a Kevin Brashears single to left and scored when Joey Donofrio doubled down the right field line.
Brashears gave the Hornets a second run by scoring on a Clint DeHaven groundout.
SU scored single runs in the sixth and eighth to provide the final margin. Brashears, Donofrio and Krout each had two hits.