Shenandoah defeats CNU for title
Championship is the first-ever for the Hornets
BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Shenandoah completed its run to the 2011 USA South Conference Tournament championship Sunday afternoon with a 4-2 victory against regular season champion Christopher Newport.
The championship is the first-ever for Shenandoah (27-14) and means that the Hornets will be representing the USA South in the 2011 NCAA playoffs.
The bid to the NCAA's is also the first in school history for the program.
The victory completed a magical day in which SU defeated No. 2 Greensboro 8-0 to reach the championship and then swept CNU 4-1 and 4-2 to claim the title.
Junior Brooke Over, who won five games in the tournament and was named as tournament MVP, made the final two Captains walk the plank by getting a popout and a groundout to end it.
Over came on in relief of sophomore Jordan Wolford (7-2) with runners on second and third and one out.
After inducing the popout to shortstop Heather Sink, Over issued an intentional unintentional walk to league Player of the Year Jessie Atkinson to load the bases with two out.
Over then got Lauren Rowley to hit a comebacker to herself, where she flipped to first baseman Lauren McCabe for the tournament clinching out.
Trailing 2-0 heading into the third, Shenandoah scored three runs on four hits to take the lead for good.
Jolisa Jones led off with a single before Renoula Jones beat out a sacrifice bunt for a hit. After Sink moved both Joneses up 60 feet with another sacrifice, Ashley Plaugher plated Jolisa Jones with a sacrifice fly to center.
Freshman Morgan Coble then tomahawked a ball into left center for the tying run. Coble eventually scored what proved to be the game-winner as an unearned run when losing pitcher Krista Townsend (7-2) could not handle Shatora Lane's hit back through the box.
The final run, in the sixth, also was scored thanks to an error.
Wolford, who relieved Amanda Litwin with two outs in the second, struck out four in 4 2/3 to pick up the win. She turned it over to Over after issuing two walks to start the CNU seventh.