Shenandoah tops N.C. Wesleyan
Hornets’ offense takes control blasting three home runs
BURLINGTON, N.C. -- No. 12 Shenandoah opened up its final USA South Conference Baseball Tournament on Thursday afternoon with a 5-3 victory against North Carolina Wesleyan.
Shenandoah wasted little time jumping on NCWC starter Brandon Roberts (4-4) as leadoff hitter Joey Donofrio sent Roberts' first offering over the right-field fence.
The home run was one of three that the Hornets hit on the day -- Jake Pendergraft led off the fourth to the deepest part of the park in left center before Corbin Lucas had a solo shot to start off the eighth.
SU needed Pendergraft's dinger as the Bishops had one run in the second and one in third, the latter a Hayden Williams solo home run off the right-field foul pole.
In the second, Pat Laffin, who tallied a game-high three hits, had a leadoff double to center, was balked to third and scored on a wild pitch.
Nick McMahon (6-0), making his first start against a conference opponent, gave up three runs on five hits in 8.0 innings before turning it over to Matt Riegler after giving up a leadoff double in the ninth.
McMahon struck out three and walked three while retiring nine in a row from the third through sixth innings.
Riegler induced two groundouts before striking out Williams looking to end the game.
Tucker Brown led the SU offense with two hits in three at-bats and Lucas drove in a pair of runs.