FOREST, Va. --- Shenandoah University (28-7 overall, 17-3 in ODAC play) put together a 17-win season in league play to secure the program's first ODAC baseball top seed heading into the upcoming tournament at City Stadium in Lynchburg. The Hornets athletic programs are in their second seasons playing under the ODAC banner.
Reigning conference champion Randolph-Macon College (21-13, 14-6) will play out of the second seed, while Bridgewater College (26-11, 13-7) will occupy the third seed. SU, R-MC and BC will be the designated home teams in the opening games of the tournament.
The remaining three seeds were all determined by results on Sunday. Washington and Lee University (18-11, 11-9) lost game one to Virginia Wesleyan College (14-22, 8-12) and trailed early in game two, but a late push by the Generals earned a 9-5 win and the fourth seed in the tournament.
Hampden-Sydney College (26-13, 10-10) and Lynchburg College (23-11, 10-10) ended the season locked for the final two slots, but the Hornets' entrance into the six-team field required some ninth inning heroics. The Hornets trailed Roanoke College (16-18, 7-13), 5-0, until they put up six runs in the seventh. RC responded with two in the eighth, but LC came back with a pair in the bottom of the ninth to punch its ticket to the tournament. Lynchburg will play out of the #5 spot as its head-to-head sweep of H-SC during the regular season gave the Hornets the leg up in conference tiebreakers.
City Stadium, home of the minor league Lynchburg Hillcats, will play host to each of the tournament contests for the ninth consecutive season. Play begins on Thursday, April 24 and runs through championship Sunday on April 27. The first of Thursday's three games begins at 11:00 a.m.
Listed below is the schedule for the 2014 ODAC Baseball Tournament. Due to the double elimination format, play on Saturday and Sunday could be altered depending on the number of teams remaining in the field (scenarios outlined on tournament website).
2014 ODAC Baseball Tournament Schedule Thursday, April 24 GAME 1: #1 Shenandoah vs. #6 Hampden-Sydney- 11:00am GAME 2: #2 Randolph-Macon vs. #5 Lynchburg - 2:30pm GAME 3: #3 Bridgewater vs. #4 Washington and Lee - 6:00pm Friday, April 25 GAME 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 - 11:00am GAME 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3 - 2:30pm GAME 6: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 - 6:00pm Match-ups to be determined by number of teams remaining for games 7-11. Saturday, April 26 GAME 7 - 11:00am GAME 8 - 2:30pm GAME 9 - 6:00pm Sunday, April 27 GAME 10 - 1:00pm if necessary GAME 11 - following Game 10 or at 3:30pm (see scenarios)