The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (47-11) fell to Catawba (38-14) in the second game of the day by a 2-1 score as the Indians were able to capture 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championship Sunday night at Byerly Park Field. The Bears forced a second contest after winning the first game by a 3-1 score.
Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Catawba 1 (game one)
Lenoir-Rhyne junior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) hit a solo home run while senior third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) finished with three hits and a pair of run-scoring doubles as the Bears were able to survive.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 11-0 on the year after earning the complete game victory. Parks allowed just one run while striking out five batters.
For Catawba, Morgan Brann (Beulaville, N.C.) drove in a run with a double in the sixth inning while Carley Tysinger (Lexington, N.C.) suffered the loss despite going the distance and striking out eight batters.
Catawba 2, Lenoir-Rhyne 1 (game two)
The Indians finally came through and captured the league tournament championship thanks to Delane Smith’s (Wake Forest, N.C.) walk-off, run-scoring infield single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Bears tied the score in the top of the sixth inning on junior first baseman Sydney Landreth’s (Disputanta, Va.) sacrifice fly after Caroline Turner’s RBI single in the second frame.
Tysinger (31-9) struck out seven batters in the complete game victory while senior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) fell to 3-2 after taking the loss for the Bears.
Catawba earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament. Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked No. 15 in the nation and third in the region, will wait to see if they earned an 11th appearance in the national postseason tournament. The top eight teams in each region qualify for the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
The Hickory Crawdads turned to their team speed and base running for offense Sunday afternoon, as the 'Dads tied a season-high with six stolen bases while a great slide around a tag at the plate by Dylan Moore in the 7th scored the go-ahead run in the club's 4-3 win over the Lexington Legends at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads struggled with men in scoring position for much of the game, with the team going 2-12 in that scenario while stranding 8 runners at either second or third base. The 'Dads were finally able to cash in on an opportunity in the 7th though, as Moore tagged up from third and slide around the tag at home to score the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly from Yeyson Yrizarri.
The great slide highlighted a day of running for the Crawdads, as the team stole 6 bases for the third time this season to increase their South Atlantic League-best total to 60 on the year. Frandy De La Rosa led the stealing spree with two swiped bags, while Chris Garia, Moore, Darius Day, and Chuck Moorman all contributed one steal apiece.
Hickory took the initial lead on the afternoon in the 2nd, when Yrizarri double to left and Moorman singled to right to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Two outs later, Yrizarri finally scored on a wild pitch by Lexington starter Nolan Watson before Day came through for the 'Dads with an RBI triple off the base of the center field wall for a 2-0 advantage.
The Legends responded with an unearned tally in the 3rd, as a single from Cody Jones, a walk to Tanner Stanley, and a throwing error by Moore at first base combined to cut the score to 2-1. Lexington then used the long ball to take the lead in the 4th, as Michael Hill connected on a 2-run shot to right for his first home run of the season and a 3-2 Lexington advantage.
The Crawdads tied up the score at 3-3 in the 5th, when the club got 4 walks and 4 steals in the frame only to have the run come in on an RBI sacrifice fly by Yrizarri. Two innings later Yrizarri came through again, with a shallow fly ball to left that proved just deep enough to score Moore from third and give the 'Dads the 4-3 score they would win by.
Yrizarri finished the game 1-2 with a double, 2 RBI, and a run scored, while Moore went 2-3 with a double, a run scored, one walk, and one stolen base.
Hickory reliever Joe Palumbo (2-0) earned the win with 2.1 perfect innings out of the bullpen including 3 strikeouts. Lexington reliever Yunior Marte (2-1) took the loss after giving up 1 run on 2 hits, 4 walks, and 5 Ks over his 3 IP.
The Crawdads (16-8) will go for the series win over the Legends (10-14) in the finale Monday morning, with first pitch from L.P. Frans Stadium scheduled for 10:30 am.
Five former Appalachian State University football student-athletes have agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with National Football League teams. The deals include wide receiver Bobo Beathard (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) joining the Arizona Cardinals, offensive lineman Davante Harris (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood) joining the Indianapolis Colts, wide receiver Malachi Jones (Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett) joining the Atlanta Falcons, wide receiver Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) joining the Detroit Lions and defensive back Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) joining the New York Jets.
Beathard appeared in 51 games at Appalachian State from 2011-15, which was tied for the most among all student-athletes on the Mountaineers’ history-making 2015 squad. The 5-10, 190-pound wideout caught 34 passes for 495 yards and five touchdowns in his collegiate career, including 14 receptions for 265 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2015. His 18.9-yards-per-reception average in ‘15 was good for second on the team and would’ve ranked 22nd nationally if he had enough catches to qualify for the official NCAA statistical rankings. Beathard also handled return duties for much of his collegiate career and finished with a 21.4-yard average on 34 career kickoff returns and returned a punt for a touchdown in 2014 at UL Lafayette.
Harris excelled on both sides of the ball during his Appalachian State career. The 6-6, 300-pounder started 18 games at offensive tackle over his final three seasons, including 12 starts as the Mountaineers’ all-important left tackle as a senior. He was a key cog for an App State offensive line that ranked fourth nationally in fewest sacks allowed (.85 per game) and paved the way for a rushing attack that ranked sixth nationally (271.5 ypg) in 2015. Individually, he surrendered only one sack, was credited with 55 knockdowns and owned an 81-percent job grade in 12 games last season, en route to second-team all-Sun Belt Conference honors. Before moving to offense, he earned NCAA Division I FCS freshman all-America recognition as a defensive lineman in 2012 (34 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, one sack).
Jones caught 124 passes for 1,711 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons at Appalachian State, including 25 receptions for 463 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2015 and 36 catches for 585 yards (both career highs) and three touchdowns as a junior in 2014. The 6-2, 215-pounder appeared in all 49 games during his Mountaineer career with 35 starts, including 13 starts as a senior. His 18.5 yards-per-catch average as a senior was the highest of his career and would’ve ranked 28th nationally had he not fallen one catch shy of qualifying for the national statistical rankings. He was an NCAA Division I FCS freshman All-American after recording 32 catches for 370 yards and two touchdowns in 2012. Jones comes from an NFL pedigree, as his late father, Andre Jones, played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, his brother, T.J. Jones, is a wideout for the Lions, his uncle, Phillip Daniels, played 14 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins and his godfather, Raghib “Rocket” Ismail recorded over 5,000 receiving yards in nine NFL seasons.
McElfresh came to Appalachian State as an unheralded walk-on in 2011 and went on to lead the Mountaineers with 38 receptions for 466 yards in just 12 games as a senior in 2015. The 5-10, 180-pounder caught at least one pass in 11-of-12 games as a senior and led all App State wideouts with six touchdown receptions. He finished his collegiate career with 106 catches for 1,305 yards and 13 touchdowns and also rushed 13 times for 97 yards (7.5-yard avg.) and three touchdowns. The former walk-on served as a team captain as a senior and made 29 starts over his final three seasons.
Middleton earned first-team all-Sun Belt recognition as a junior in 2014 and was an honorable-mention all-conference selection as a senior in 2015. He finished his Appalachian State career with 201 tackles (126 solo, 75 assists), 10 tackles for loss and eight interceptions. The 6-0, 210-pounder had his finest statistical season as a junior, when he recorded 74 tackles, six tackles for loss, four interceptions and six pass breakups in 12 games at free safety. He moved to strong safety as a senior and tallied 53 tackles with three pass breakups in 13 games. He made 33 starts in 50 games as a Mountaineer, including 30-straight to finish his career and 12 as a true freshman in 2011, when he was named an NCAA Division I FCS freshman all-American. He graduated from App State in 2015 and pursued a master’s degree in public administration during his final season with the Mountaineers. In the summer of 2015, he worked with campus leaders to lobby the North Carolina legislature for a new building to house Appalachian State’s Beaver College of Health Sciences.
Appalachian State has a long history of former student-athletes making regular-season NFL rosters as undrafted free agents, including current New Orleans Saints running back Travaris Cadet, Houston Texans offensive lineman Kendall Lamm and Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tony Washington.
With the addition of five undrafted free agents, plus defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County), who was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, there are now 13 former Mountaineers currently in the NFL ranks. The list also includes Cadet, offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore (49ers), Lamm, punter Sam Martin (Lions), defensive back Demetrius McCray (Jaguars), wideout Brian Quick (Los Angeles Rams) and Washington.
The No. 15 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (46-10) split its two games on Saturday to advance to the finals of the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championship at Byerly Park Field. The Bears will face second-seeded Catawba (37-13) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., and will need to beat the Indians twice.
Catawba 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
The Indians snapped the top-seeded Bears’ 10-game winning streak with a 5-2 triumph in a winner’s bracket contest.
Catawba’s Gina Gerone (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Morgan Brann (Beulaville, N.C.) hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the top of the sixth inning to give the Indians the lead for good. Gerone and Caroline Turner (Kenly, N.C.) both drove in a pair of runs to lead Catawba into the championship game.
Lenoir-Rhyne scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning highlighted by a run-scoring single by sophomore pinch hitter Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.).
Catawba’s Carly Tysinger (Lexington, N.C.) improved to 30-8 on the year after limiting Lenoir-Rhyne to just two hits while striking out seven batters. Freshman Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) (9-3) took the setback for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Queens 1 (five innings)
The Bears scored three runs in each of the first, second and third frames to run-rule the Royals (25-27) and moved back into the championship game for a rematch with the Indians.
Junior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) hit a two-run home run in the second inning while Cates added a two-run home run in the Bears’ half of the third inning as the Bears stayed alive.
Senior third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) and sophomore shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) added two hits and two runs batted in each for the Bears, who totaled 12 hits in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) improved to 3-1 on the year after going all five innings and striking out three batters for the victory. Queens’ Evie Scott (Eden, N.C.) fell to 9-8 after taking the loss.
Appalachian State University women's track and field wrapped up the Mountaineer Open on Saturday. The Mountaineers finished the day with nine first-place finishes in a great showing.
Early in the day, Brianna Tate took first place in the shot put with a throw of 48-2.75. Amber Daniel finished sixth in the event with a distance of 40-6.75. Ashley Muschiatti took ninth with a throw of 38-5.5.
India McWhorter claimed the top spot in the discus with a throw of 146-8. In the hammer throw, Tate finished fourth with a throw of 176-1 and McWhorter took seventh with a throw of 164-2.
Darlene Girardeau and K'Lynn Beal finished fourth and fifth in the long jump with distances of 18-8 and 18-3, respectively. Ila Mumford took second in the triple jump with a distance of 37-5.
App State claimed another first-place finish in the high jump with Hunter Welborn clearing 5-7.25. In the pole vault, Taylor Drummonds finished second with a height of 12-5.5, while Hannah Emery took third with a vault of 12-1.5.
Christina Shearon and Kate Butler took the top two spots in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with times of 11:51.91 and 11:54.53, respectively. The App State women's 4x100-meter relays team took first with a time of 46.75 - the team was made up of Imani Chapman, Girardeau, Micah Hanks and Catherine Crawford.
Elisa Sargent finished first in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:39.68. Chapman claimed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.58. Girardeau took the top spot in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.17.
In the 400-meter dash Crawford finished first with a time of 56.09. Two Mountaineers claimed the top two spots in the 800-meter run with Shelby Howell and Phylissa Greeley finishing with times of 2:12.86 and 2:13.94, respectively.
Brooke Brekke finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.46. In the 200-meter dash, Girardeau finished with a time of 24.89.
Men's Track and Field Finishes Mountaineer Open
Appalachian State University men's track and field wrapped up the Mountaineer Open on Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Mountaineers finished the day with five first-place finishes.
Early in the meet, Ellsworth Parham took second in the shot put with a throw of 54-6 and Nathan Milch took third with a distance of 53-11. Parham also took second in the discus with a throw of 157-2 and Milch took fifth with a throw of 151-4.
Milch finished second in the hammer throw with a distance of 175-11 and Mason Lasater finished fourth with a throw of 155-6.
Isaiah Relliford finished fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 46-11.75. In the high jump, Nick Hinton finished in a tie for second with a height of 6-5.
Tristian Shaver took fourth in the pole vault with a height of 15-5, while Matt Layne took sixth with a vault of 15-1.
Both Ryan Shannon and Evan Laratta took first and second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with times of 9:37.58 and 9:38.64, respectively. The 4x100-meter relay team of Marshall McRae, Antonio Marcano Jr., Russell Price and William Buckley took first with a time of 40.81.
Evan Georges and Chris Anderson finished third and fourth in the 1,500-meter run with times of 3:57.86 and 4:00.44, respectively.
Stanley Broaden claimed first place in both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles. Broaden ran a time of 14.17 in the 110 hurdles and a time of 51.61.
In the 400-meter dash, Garrett Hammonds finished fourth with a time of 49.47. Ryan Hastings finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:51.32. In the 200-meter dash, Buckley finished second with a time of 21.54.
The San Francisco 49ers selected Appalachian State University defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) with the third pick of the fifth round (142nd overall) in the 2016 National Football League Draft on Saturday.
Blair is 26th NFL Draft pick in Appalachian State history and the first since Demetrius McCray was selected in the seventh round of the 2013 Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Blair is the Mountaineers’ highest draft pick since Brian Quick was chosen with the first pick of the second round by the St. Louis Rams in 2012. The 6-2, 284-pounder was also the first Sun Belt Conference player to come off the board in this year’s draft.
The 2015 Sun Belt Defensive Student-Athlete of the Year, Blair led the conference with 19 tackles for loss (tied for 12th nationally) and ranked second in the league with 7.5 sacks as a senior in 2015. He also tallied 71 total tackles (third on team, t-26th in Sun Belt), two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception that he returned 30 yards for a touchdown in a 44-41 triple-overtime win over Troy on Oct. 31.
Blair started all 51 games that he suited up for during his Appalachian State career and finished with 53.5 tackles for loss (fifth in school history) and 20.5 sacks (10th in school history). In addition to being named the Sun Belt’s top defensive performer in 2015, he was also a three-time all-conference honoree (Sun Belt - 2014 and 2015, Southern Conference - 2012) and an NCAA Division I FCS freshman all-American in 2011.
Blair becomes the eighth former Mountaineer currently in the NFL ranks and joins fellow Appalachian State alum Daniel Kilgore with the 49ers. The number of App State representatives in the NFL will soon grow even larger as several former Mountaineers are expected to sign as undrafted free agents throughout the weekend.
After a nearly four-hour weather delay, the No. 15 Queens Women’s Lacrosse Team (17-2) finally prevailed over Lenoir-Rhyne (11-7), 16-8, to capture the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championship Saturday night at the Royals Athletic Complex.
The Royals, winners of 12 straight games, defeated the Bears in the league championship for the third consecutive year.
Queens’ Abigail Paulus (Pickerington, Ohio) led all scorers with five goals and four assists while Brittany Larranaga (Orlando, Fla.) scored three times as the Royals held a clear advantage in shots taken (36-15) and ground balls (27-12) in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) and freshman attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) both scored two goals while Benedetto dished out a pair of assists in the losing effort.
A goal by Sousa at the 23:13 mark of the second half cut the Royals’ lead to 7-5 but Queens then took control by scoring eight of the next nine goals.
Queens’ goalkeeper, Christine Wiese (Chesapeake Beach, Md.), earned the win after stopping five shots while Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) suffered the loss despite totaling 14 saves on the night.
2016 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse
Championship All-Tournament Team
Madi Malone - Tusculum
Bethany Davis - Catawba
Claire Wach – Lenoir-Rhyne
Ines Flueck – Lenoir-Rhyne
Aubriana Benedetto – Lenoir-Rhyne
Gabby Sousa – Lenoir-Rhyne
Brittany Larranaga - Queens
Hannah Scott - Queens
Gabby Farina - Queens
Bridgette Larranaga - Queens
Kelly Dowd - Queens
Abigail Paulus – Queens (Tournament MVP)
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams put on a strong performance at the Mountaineer Open Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium on the campus of Appalachian State University.
Lenoir-Rhyne had three second-place finishes in the meet: sophomore All-American Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) in the women’s discus throw (146’1”), senior Victor Brannan in the men’s long jump (23’1”) and the men’s 400-meter relay team (42.48).
The relay squad consisted of freshmen Emanuel Jackson (Greenville, S.C.) and C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.), junior Evin Sims (Greenwood, S.C.) and sophomore Calvin Edwards (Salisbury, N.C.) for the Bears.
In addition, freshman Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) was third in the women’s 400-meter dash (56.97 seconds) while Williams placed fourth in the men’s 200-meter dash with a time of 21.69 seconds for Lenoir-Rhyne.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American Kevin Baxter (Columbia, S.C.) finished the preliminaries of the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.20 seconds, tying for a season-best. Baxter, who has provisionally qualified for the national championships for the fourth straight year in the event, was competing at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Baxter missed the finals by just 0.01 seconds.
The Bears next compete in the Aggie Last Chance in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday, May 15, on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.
Appalachian State University softball dropped games two and three of the series with Texas State on Saturday afternoon by scores of 5-2 and 14-5 in five innings.
The Mountaineers fell to 9-43 overall and ended their 2016 Sun Belt slate with a record of 2-22. The Bobcats have won six of their last seven to improve to 33-18 including 12-9 in conference action. Their final league series of the regular season will be on May 6-7 when they host UT Arlington.
On the day, Cara Parker led the offense with three hits in six at-bats, two runs scored and an RBI. Jenny Dodd and Megan Walker had two hits apiece while one of Dodd's went for a home run, her 10th of the season. Walker snapped an 0-for-24 skid dating back to March 22 (17 games) with a hit in each game.
That game-one blast for the Black and Gold catcher tied her with Parker's 2014 mark for the most by a freshman in program history and pulled the team within two of the single-season record of 45 set last season.
With Parker's 10 home runs on the year, her and Dodd became the first App State duo with 10-plus home runs each in program history. Those two also represent the first time two Mountaineers have had at least 40 RBI apiece in the same season since Allie Cashion (46) and Meghan Smith (41) in 2011.
Game One: Texas State 5, App State 2
Heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, App State trailed Texas State 4-0. In that half inning, though, Dodd hit her solo shot to cut the deficit to three. After the Bobcats added a fifth run in the sixth, the Mountaineers continued to battle.
In the bottom of the seventh, Parker singled in Walker before a passed ball that moved both her and Tiffany Taynor into scoring position. Pepper Butler then represented the tying run, but she grounded out to second to end the game.
Vanessa Ciocatto (7-19) went seven innings and gave up five earned runs on eight hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
Game Two: Texas State 14, App State 5 (5 Inn.)
In the nightcap, Texas State scored in each of the five innings with four runs in the first, one in the second, three in the third, four in the fourth, and two in the fifth. The Black and Gold countered with one in the fourth and a five spot in the fifth.
That run in the fourth scored when Natalie Orcutt singled in Parker. In the fifth, two runs scored when Dodd reached on an error by the third baseman and Butler brought in a pair with a single to right field.
In the circle, Ciocatto (7-20) threw a third of an inning, Claire Eosso was responsible for two-thirds and Annaleise Kennedy the final four frames.
Next up, Appalachian State will host North Carolina A&T on Thursday for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. inside Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium.
The Hickory Crawdads lost an early lead and never had a chance to respond Saturday night, as the Lexington Legends rallied for 4 runs in the top of the 5th shortly before the rain began to fall resulting in a 4-3 Hickory loss after 5 innings at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads looked well on their way to extending their winning streak to five games when they plated two runs in the 2nd and one more tally in the 3rd for a 3-0 lead. The game turned on its head in the 5th however, when the Legends got to 'Dads starting pitcher Wes Benjamin for 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk to make the score 4-3.
The game continued through the top of the 6th when the rain began to fall and the contest was suspended. Following a 49-minute delay, the contest was officially called giving the Crawdads a 4-3 defeat in 5 innings.
Hickory jumped out to their early advantage in the 2nd, when the club scored 2 unearned runs on two hits, three stolen bases, and an error. Yeyson Yrizarri got things started when he reached on a fielding miscue by Lexington third baseman Michael Hill. The 19-year-old Crawdad then proceeded to steal both second and third base and come home to score two outs later on an infield, RBI single from LeDarious Clark. Clark then took off running as well, as he stole second base before being driven in on an RBI single to center by Chris Garia for a 2-0 'Dads lead.
The score grew to 3-0 then next inning as Andy Ibanez reached on an infield base knock, moved to second base on a throwing error by Legends pitcher Corey Ray, took third base on an infield single from Dylan Moore, and ultimately scored on a safety squeeze bunt by Tyler Sanchez.
The Crawdads seemed to be in control from there as Benjamin shutout Lexington over the first four frames on just two singles and a walk. The Legends got to the right-hander in the 5th however, with back-to-back singles by Josh Banuelos and Michael Hill along with a walk to ninth place hitter Tanner Stanley combining to load the bases with one out. Leadoff batter D.J. Burt brought in the first run with an RBI single to left, before Martin Gasparini plated two with a ground ball base knock to left. Samir Duenez finished off the surge with an RBI groundout to put Lexington ahead 4-3.
The 'Dads went down in order in the bottom of the 5th while the Legends did the same in the top of the 6th before the rain fell and the game was called with the 4-3 Crawdads defeat.
Ray (1-1) earned the win for Lexington with 3 runs allowed, 0 earned, on six hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over 5 innings pitched. Benjamin (1-1) took the loss for the Crawdads after giving up 4 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 6 Ks over his 5 IP.
Ibanez finished the game 2-3 with a double and a run scored to lead the 'Dads bats, while Ti'Quan Forbes went 1-2 with a double.
The Crawdads (15-8) and Legends (10-13) will play again Sunday afternoon, with first pitch from L.P. Frans Stadium scheduled for 3:00 pm.