The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team concluded the South Atlantic Conference portion of their schedule with a pair of one-run losses on Monday at Tusculum, losing game one 6-5 and game two, 5-4. The Bears dropped all three games to the Pioneers by one run.
LR and Tusculum ended up locked in a one-run ballgame once again in game two of the series. After the Bears put up a four-spot in the top of the sixth, it was the Pioneers who used a two-run homer after an error that put the home team on top for good.
Jackson had the biggest day at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a run batted in and a run scored. Zack Shoemaker also was a stand out for the Bears as he was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and three RBIs to go along with one run scored.
Alex Shirazi was given the start on the mound in game one of the doubleheader, as he allowed four runs on six hits, walked three, struck out three and all in 4.1 innings of work. Kain Kiser, who threw 3.0 innings, took the loss despite giving up a pair of unearned runs on the homerun by Bradley Evans.
The Pioneers were led at the plate by Nate Montgomery (2-for-4, three RBIs) and Evans (2-for-4, two RBIs) whose homer proved to be the series clincher.
The Bears and Pioneers were caught in the third neck-and-neck battle of the series, as it was tied 4-4 heading to the bottom of the seventh inning. It was Tusculum's Bryson Ford who hit the walk-off single up the middle, bringing in Zack Finchum to score the game's winning run.
Senior Hunter Martin, in his second appearance of the weekend, took the loss. Paul Hall was the game's starter and the senior allowed just two hits while striking out seven.
LR was led at the plate by Corbin Watson, fresh off an injury, who went 2-for-3 and a walk. Matthew Freeman was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a homerun that cut this game to 4-3 in the fifth inning.
Tusculum was led at the plate by Ford (2-for-3 with a walk, run scored and one run driven in - the game-winner) and Montgomery whose only hit was a grand slam in the third inning.
Andrew Willis was the starter, and he worked five complete innings but gave up three runs on four hits and walked four while fanning seven Bears batters. Alec Lay worked the two extra innings in the ballgame and held the road team to one hit and no runs, earning his third victory of the season.
The Bears have lost five of the past six games heading into the final game of the season.
Freeman hit his sixth home run of the year in game two, extending his hit streak to 11 games and 15 of the past 16. He also stole his first base of the season in the seventh inning of game two.
Lenoir-Rhyne ended the road schedule with a winning mark of 14-11 in games away from Bears Field.
All three games were decided by one run, the first time that has occurred in a weekend series this spring.
L-R drops to 22-27 overall and 7-17 in the South Atlantic Conference . The Bears will play host to Erskine for the final game of the 2019 campaign on Tuesday with first pitch set for 4 p.m.
The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Augusta GreenJackets 5-1 in Monday's series opener.
The GreenJackets took an early lead, getting a run across in the second inning.
The 'Dads fought back in the third to tie the game at one. Jose Almonte doubled to start off the inning. Ornelas followed up with another double to bring Almonte around to score.
The GreenJackets quickly retook the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. They added on a run in the sixth and one in the eighth to make the score 5-1.
Crawdads starting pitcher Tim Brennan pitched 6 innings yielding 4 runs on 7 hits. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter. Brennan fell to 1-1 for the season and his ERA rose to 2.65.
Abdiel Mendoza pitched three innings of relief, allowing a run. Hever Bueno pitched a scoreless ninth, hitting 99 on the radar gun.
The series continues tomorrow evening with a 6:30pm first pitch. It is Dollar Dog Tuesday which means hot dogs are $1 and dogs can get into the park for a $1 thanks to Hebrew National, Cody Law Firm, WHKY 1290AM & 102.3FM. Craft beers will be $2 tomorrow courtesy of Lowes Foods.
On Senior Day, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team earned a split with Tusculum in the regular season finale on Monday afternoon, winning the first game, 11-6 but dropping the second contest, 8-7. With the split, the Bears clinched a bid to the South Atlantic Conference Tournament this weekend.
After Tusculum plated a pair in the top of the first, Lenoir-Rhyne stormed back with a 3-spot in the bottom of the frame. Talon LaClair drove in one with a single up the middle and Mackensi Swain doubled in two more to give the Bears a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
The offense didn't stop as LR pushed across four more runs in the bottom of the second. Savannah Moorefield's single drove in Macie Gibson and Erin Boone drove in one more with her double to right. LaClair added RBI's number two and three on the game with a single.
A 3-run homer for the visitors narrowed the gap to 7-5 but the Bears rebounded with four in the bottom of the third.
For the game, Lenoir-Rhyne had 14 hits led by a 4-for-4 day from LaClair who finished with five runs driven in. Taylor Beard, Gibson and Moorefield each had two hits and Moorefield scored three times.
For the second straight game, Tusculum scored in the top of the first. In this game, Tusculum pushed across three runs and the Bears would answer with three of their own in the bottom of the frame. Swain drove in a pair with a double and Beard knocked her in with a base hit to right.
Unfortunately, Tusculum would erupt for four runs in the top of the second and one more in the top of the fifth.
Moorefield wouldn't let the Bears go down quietly, homering in her final two at bats. The sophomore clubbed a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth and followed up with a 3-run bomb in the sixth to cut the lead to 8-7.
The Bears had a chance to do more damage than just one run in the bottom of the fifth trailing 8-4. LR loaded the bases with nobody out but failed to push a run across.
Tusculum had 17 hits in the game two, the most hits allowed by the Bears in a game all season.
LR ended the regular season by dropping six of their final seven games. Heading into the week, the Bears were ranked No. 4 in the Southeast Region with the updated regional rankings coming out on Wednesday.
Prior to first pitch, Lenoir-Rhyne honored four seniors. Cassie Healy, Boone, Emily Kenley and Brandi Parks all played in their final game at Bears Field today.
The Bears are 26-18 overall and 9-10 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will return to action on Friday in the opening round of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament. The tournament is hosted by Catawba.
On Monday, the South Atlantic Conference released its AstroTurf SAC Players of the Week, and it was Connor Stanley who earned Defensive Player of the Week honors. This is Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse's third occasion, and second player, to receive Defensive Player of the Week recognition this season.
A sophomore defender, Stanley caused three turnovers and collected six ground balls, aiding the Bears to hold their fifth straight opponent to six goals or less. The Glenelg, Md. native also helped force Coker into 26 turnovers and only 19-for-30 in clear attempts. This is Stanley's first Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season.
2019 SAC AstroTurf Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Feb. 4 – None
Feb. 11 – Justin Messersmith, Newberry
Feb. 18 – Kyle Hornik, Queens
Feb. 25 – Kyle Hornik, Queens
Mar. 4 – Mike DiLegge, Wingate
Mar. 11 – Chris Hagy, Coker
Mar. 18 – Noah Johnson, Lenoir-Rhyne
Mar. 25 – Kevin Geiger, Catawba
Apr. 1 – Sean Moran, Wingate
Apr. 8 – Noah Johnson, Lenoir-Rhyne
Apr. 15 – Alex Cordero, Wingate
Apr. 22 – Connor Stanley, Lenoir-Rhyne
AstroTurf is an official corporate partner of the South Atlantic Conference and title sponsor of the Conference's Player of the Week awards program.
The South Atlantic Conference announced its final AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week honor this season for Women's Lacrosse and Rachel Elmore was named the Offensive Player of the Week after two victories against Mars Hill and Coker.
A senior midfielder, Elmore and the Bears went 2-0 in conference on the week to extend their win streak to four games. The White Plains, Md. native score nine goals in victories over Mars Hill and Coker while adding seven draw controls, two ground balls, and a pair of caused turnovers. This is Elmore's second Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.
AstroTurf is an official corporate partner of the South Atlantic Conference and title sponsor of the Conference's Player of the Week awards program.
2019 SAC AstroTurf Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week
Feb. 4 – Faith Kent, Coker
Feb. 11 – Faith Kent, Coker
Feb. 18 – Kiersten Foust, Mars Hill
Feb. 25 – Erin DePaul, Lincoln Memorial
Mar. 4 – Faith Kent, Coker
Mar. 11 – Erin DePaul, Lincoln Memorial
Mar. 18 – Rachel Elmore, Lenoir-Rhyne
Mar. 25 – Rachel Perrett, Queens
Apr. 1 – Ally Blood, Queens
Apr. 8 – Juliette Cusano, Tusculum
Apr. 15 – Hanna Scott, Queens
Apr. 22 – Rachel Elmore, Lenoir-Rhyne
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team battled back and forth in a pitcher's duel, and the opening game of the weekend series took 12 innings to decide as the Bears drop the Saturday afternoon game, 4-3.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Finals: Tusculum 4, Lenoir-Rhyne 3 (12-Innings)
Records: Tusculum (28-19, 15-7 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (22-25, 7-15 SAC)
Location: Pioneer Park | Greeneville, Tenn.
LR and Tusculum were locked in a 2-2 ballgame from the fourth through the twelfth inning. Lenoir-Rhyne's scoring came from a triple from Will Jones and a single down the line to give the Bears the 2-0 lead. The Pioneers answered with two runs batted in off a single to left center by Jarel McDade, both were unearned runs.
In the eleventh it was Brock Johnson who brought in a run with a double to left center, scoring Jones to put the Bears on top. But a sacrifice fly tied the game and the next inning an error by the road team's shortstop allowed the winning run to be plated in the 12th.
Typically the game three starter, Jake Conroy was given the opportunity to start in game one for Lenoir-Rhyne. Conroy worked 4.2, giving up two unearned runs while scattering four hits and striking out four batters. Hunter Martin took the loss in his fourth inning of work after striking out three in the same appearance.
It was Tusculum's Mitch McCain who earned his fifth win of the year in relief in just 1.1 innings of work. Chares Hall got the start and struck out nine Bears batters in 7.0 innings of work on the mound.
Tusculum was led at the plate by Jaden Steagall and Nate Montgomery who each had two base hits, while Lenoir-Rhyne's Jones had three base hits, an RBI and two runs scored in the game.
The Bears have been on the wrong end of extra-inning games more times than not, as this marks their fourth loss when free baseball is played.
Only one of the Pioneers' four runs were earned, thanks to three LR miscues.
LR drops to 22-25 overall and 7-15 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will play the final two games of conference play in a doubleheader against the Pioneers on Monday afternoon with a start time of 3 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team ran its winning streak to five games with a regular-season ending 11-6 victory at Coker on Saturday afternoon. Ryan Bell scored four times for the Bears and Joe Buduo netted a hat trick as LR turns its sights on the SAC Tournament next week.
After Coker took an early 2-1 lead in the first quarter, Edward Tate scored the equalizer before Bell and Buduo took over. The duo combined to score the next four goals in the game as LR extended the lead to 6-2.
The Bears would take a 7-3 lead into the break, allowing just one goal in the second quarter. Evan Torris opened the scoring in the second half and extended the Bears lead to 8-3 before Bell completed his hat trick with 5:28 left in the third quarter.
The Bears defense held Coker to just 23 shots on the afternoon and the offense pressured the goalie. LR recorded 64 shots in 60 minutes of action and forced Coker into 26 turnovers. The hosts went just 19-for-30 on clear attempts and LR absolutely dominated in ground balls, leading 47-15.
Patrick Sullivan went 17-for-20 on face offs and scooped up eight ground balls. Connor Stanley finished with six ground balls and three caused turnovers and Christian Starcke forced four turnovers.
The Bears have outscored opponents 81-20 in their five game winning streak.
The Bears have won five straight over Coker, with three coming by double digits.
The Bears are 5-7 overall and 4-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will host a SAC Tournament Quarterfinal game on Tuesday against Newberry. Face off is set for 7 p.m.
Twelve different players scored a goal as the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team dominated Coker, winning by a final score of 18-6 on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Bears clinch sole possession of second place in the South Atlantic Conference standings.
Rachel Elmore led the scoring charge for the Bears, scoring four times. Lenoir-Rhyne scored 10 of the first 12 goals in the contest and never looked back. Cathleen Gaffney dished out a team-high three assists and Michelle Tang and Adriana Williams each recorded a pair of helpers. Half of LR's 18 goals on the afternoon were assisted.
Teanna Sieben made six saves to earn the win in goal.
Lenoir-Rhyne dominated in shots, outshooting the hosts 41-19. The Bears grabbed 24 ground balls compared to 16 by Coker and LR finished with 15 draw controls.
Madison Prkna finished the game with three ground balls and a team-high three caused turnovers. Kaley Harris had a season-high five draw controls.
The 11 wins for Lenoir-Rhyne tie for the second-most wins in a single season in program history.
The Bears are 11-5 overall and 7-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. With the regular season concluded, the Bears turn their attention towards the South Atlantic Conference Tournament. The Bears earn a bye thanks to finishing second and will take on the winner of the No. 3 vs No. 6 Quarterfinal matchup. The semifinal will take place on Friday at Wingate with game time TBD.
Appalachian State (29-16, 12-8 SBC) defeated Troy (34-14, 16-6 SBC) in the series finale on Saturday. The Mountaineers took down the Trojans 2-1 in game three after dropping the first two games in a doubleheader on Friday.
With the win, the Mountaineers match the 2006 season win total with 29. It is the most wins since 2013 and second most in program history for App State.
The game remained scoreless through three and a half innings until Troy scored first in the bottom of the fourth. A Trojan walk and double to right center brought home the first run of the game and gave Troy the mid-game lead.
Each pitcher managed multiple strikeouts with their defense backing them up, keeping the offensive opportunites to a minimal.
In the sixth inning, bunts by both Keri White and Caylie Kifer became the largest threats the Trojan defense had faced all game. A single up the middle by Haley Stewart brought home both runners and gave the Mountaineers the lead and eventually the game.
Sydney Holland picked up the well deserved win in game three after suffering the loss in both of the first two games on Friday. Holland improves to 12-8 on the season, picking up two strikeouts on five hits and allowing only one run.
"We beat a very good Troy team today," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "I am so proud of our team's resilience after a tough loss last night. Sydney pitched a great game with tough defense backing her up."
The Mountaineers are back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Western Carolina for a midweek doubleheader. First pitch for game one of the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m. followed by a 4 p.m. game two.
Lenoir-Rhyne's junior Paul Lenz was honored as the 2019 Elite 20 Award winner for men's tennis, presented by the South Atlantic Conference on Thursday, April 18.
This award honors the student-athlete with the top cumulative grade-point average (based on a minimum of 48 credit hours) in each of the league's 20 team championship sports.
Lenz, a junior from Ratingen, Germany has a 3.962 GPA while majoring in international business, completing 78 credit hours.
Prior to the championship weekend, Lenz has racked up 13 singles wins and 13 doubles wins.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team rallied late but fell just short against No. 1 seed and No. 17 nationally-ranked Tusculum on Wednesday afternoon in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Semifinal, falling 4-2.
"Incredible effort from our ladies today and throughout the season," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "The ladies could not have given any more today and we were realistically 1 of 2 points away from playing for a championship. The past three years have been an unbelievable journey. Thank you seniors and thank you to everyone who has supported the program. We wouldn't be where we are without you."
Sanne Janssen and Lucy Whelan earned a 6-2 win in third doubles but Tusculum would grab wins in the first and second spots to earn the point and take the early advantage.
After grabbing wins in second and third singles, Tusculum was on the brink of clinching but the Bears didn't give in. Instead, they battled back led by a 6-2, 7-6 victory by Ally Garofoli in fifth singles that put LR on the board. Following that win, Marta Escanero concluded her career with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win in fourth singles that pulled LR within one of the top team in the league. However, the Pioneers closed out the match with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-7 tiebreaking win in first singles to advance to the championship.
The Bears end the season at 18-5.
Appalachian State built a lead in support of Brandon Boone, and Andrew Papp shut down a comeback attempt before the Mountaineers added some needed insurance in a clutch road win.
App State closed its Sun Belt Conference series at Troy with a 9-7 victory on Saturday afternoon. The Mountaineers improved to 8-9 in league play and 16-21 overall heading into a Tuesday home game against Radford.
Troy (21-19, 9-9) cut into an 8-3 deficit with a four-run bottom of the eighth, which ended with the tying run stranded at third on a popout to first. Luke Allison came through with a two-out RBI single to score Robbie Young from second in the top of the ninth, and relief pitcher Kaleb Bowman followed a difficult eighth inning with a perfect ninth.
Young went to the opposite field on his first career homer to supply one highlight for an offense that totaled 13 hits, including two apiece from Young, Alex Leshock and Tyler Leek.
The Mountaineers used a three-run fifth to break a 2-2 tie and led 5-2 going to the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to a strong start from Boone, who struck out a career-high-tying seven batters and gave up no earned runs in his first five innings of work.
A one-out homer, single and double in the bottom of the sixth led Papp to replace Boone (4-2) with two runners in scoring position. Appalachian maintained its two-run advantage as Papp induced a popout to short and a hard grounder to Young, who flipped to Papp covering first. Rigsby Mosley was out on a bang-bang play at the bag.
Appalachian turned a 5-3 lead into an 8-3 advantage with a three-run top of the eighth, as Leshock scored all the way from first base on a failed pickoff that included throwing errors to first and third. Back-to-back RBI doubles from Kendall McGowan and Joel McDaniel provided a five-run cushion.
The Mountaineers maintained the lead even though Mosley hit a one-out triple with the bases loaded and scored on an RBI groundout in the eighth. A two-out double and a wild pitch put the tying run 90 feet from home, but Bowman retired Sadler Goodwin on his popout to first.
Troy took advantage of a throwing error to score an unearned run in the first, and App State tied the game when Leek scored on Leshock’s two-out single in the second. Young’s leadoff homer in the fourth broke a 1-1 tie before an error while attempting to erase the lead runner on a sac bunt contributed to an unearned run for the Trojans.
Appalachian took the lead for good with its three-run fifth, starting with a one-out walk to McDaniel and Dalton Williams’ RBI double to deep right. Williams scored on Leek’s single up the middle, and Riley Smith followed a Young single with an RBI double to deep left.
App State improved to 3-1 in Game 3 conference starts from Boone, who allowed three runs (one earned) on eight hits in 5.1 innings. He had six strikeouts through three innings and seven Ks through four innings.
The No. 3 seeded Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team dropped a 4-0 decision to the No. 2 seed Queens Royals on Wednesday morning in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Semifinal. The matchup featured a pair of team's ranked inside the top 25 in the nation and the second head-to-head victory for Queens over LR this season.
"I couldn't have asked for any more from these guys this season," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "They have taken the program to an unprecedented level and they should be proud of what they have accomplished. I am already looking forward to working with our returners in the fall and will be forever grateful to our seniors. To everyone who has supported our program this year, thank you. We couldn't have done it without you."
The Bears battled in doubles play but Queens ultimately came away with the point. The Royals narrowly edged Hamed Gandouz and Tales Miranda 6-4 in the third spot and came away with a tough 7-6 victory over Paul Lenz and Rhodri Atkinson in second doubles. The first doubles pairing of Shane O'Dea and Mauricio Hernandez was halted with the score tied at six as Queens clinched the point.
In singles play, Queens pulled away. The Royals took straight set wins in the first, second and fifth spots to clinch the 4-0 victory. Atkinson had won the first set in second singles and O'Dea won his second set but the matches went unfinished after the Queens clincher.
The Bears wrap up an unbelievable season with 18 overall wins to only four losses, and their first-ever trip to the SAC Semifinals. LR also earned its first-ever national ranking and placed six on the All-Conference team.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team placed six players on the Honorable Mention list for All-Conference awards as announced by the league. Two doubles pairs along with three singles players earned the Honorable Mention accolade.
In doubles, Mauricio Hernandez and Shane O'Dea just missed the Second Team despite only playing together for the final six matches. The duo posted a 4-2 mark down the stretch all while playing at the number one spot. In back-to-back weeks, the pair defeated Wingate and Anderson with each team being nationally ranked. Against the Bulldogs top pair, O'Dea and Hernandez earned a 6-4 win to help LR to its first ever win over a team ranked inside the top five in the nation.
Also earning Honorable Mention in doubles was the pairing of Paul Lenz and Rhodri Atkinson. The group posted a 9-4 overall mark and a 7-2 record against conference opponents.
Atkinson also earned Honorable Mention in singles play along with teammates Hamed Gandouz and Tales Miranda. Atkinson won a pair of SAC Player of the Week honors on his way to a 14-5 record and 7-3 mark in SAC play.
2019 SAC Men's Tennis Conference
First Team Doubles
Daniel Belsito / Josep Canyadell, Wingate
Agustin Aran Martin / Julian Bosch, Queens
Spencer Brown / Adam Kush, Anderson
Second Team Doubles
Paolo Bompieri / Joel Dunlap, Queens
Edison Ambarzumjan / Enrico Haas, Newberry
Enrico Giacomini / Roy Stepanov, Wingate
Honorable Mention Doubles
Mauricio Hernandez / Shane O'Dea, Lenoir-Rhyne
Paul Lenz / Rhodri Atkinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
Luca Picci / Ryen Reid, Catawba
Sebastian Muem / Kasper Rolfsen, Queens
First Team Singles
Daniel Belsito, Wingate
Edison Ambarzumjan, Newberry
Agustin Aran Martin, Queens
Josep Canyadell, Wingate
Ignacio Bidegain, Anderson
Tolunay Sumer, Wingate
Second Team Singles
Matt Jones, Wingate
Melwin Krall, Coker
Yago Fernandez, Tusculum
Ryen Reid, Catawba
Mathias Degardin, Queens
Paolo Bompieri, Queens
Honorable Mention Singles
Rhodri Atkinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
Luca Picci, Catawba
Tales Miranda, Lenoir-Rhyne
David Segarra, Lincoln Memorial
David Akinpetide, Tusculum
Hamed Gandouz, Lenoir-Rhyne
Player of the Year
Edison Ambarzumjan, Newberry
Freshman of the Year
Tolunay Sumer, Wingate
Coach of the Year
Michael Cabana, Wingate