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Monday, 05 September 2016 16:59

Hickory Crawdads Double Up Lexington

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The Hickory Crawdads shook off two rough offensive games with an outburst of production Sunday night, as the 'Dads collected 15 hits including a pair of home runs to power their way to a 10-5 win over the visiting Lexington Legends at L.P. Frans Stadium.

All nine Hickory batters recorded at least one hit in the game, led by Eric Jenkins who finished 2-4 with a home run, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. The Crawdads scored a run in six of their eight innings at the plate, including a pair of 3-run frames in both the sixth and eighth to go along with single tallies in the first, second, third, and seventh frames.

Jenkins set the tone for the night right out of the gate, as the 'Dads leadoff batter opened the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run to right for a 1-0 Hickory lead. The Crawdads stretched the advantage to 2-0 in the second, when Chuck Moorman singled to center, Luis Silva reached on a hit-by-pitch, and Brallan Perez lined a base knock to right to load the bases for Jenkins, who came through with his second RBI on the night on a sacrifice fly to left.

Lexington got on the board against 'Dads starting pitcher Luke Lanphere in the top of the third, with a solo home run from Ben Johnson cutting the score to 2-1. The Hickory hitters responded with another run of their own in the home half of the frame however, as LeDarious Clark doubled to left, stole third base, and scored on a throwing error by Legends catcher Chase Vallot to push the Crawdads lead to 3-1.

The score held until the sixth, when Lexington third baseman Travis Maezes clubbed a game-tying, 2-run homer to right off of Hickory reliever Chris Dula to deadlock the score at 3-3. The Crawdads lineup quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth though, with the team plating three runs, two earned, to go back on top 6-3. Sherman Lacrus walked and Silva singled to lead off the inning, before Jenkins followed one out later with a single to center for his third RBI of the contest. The second run of the frame then came in on an errant pickoff throw by Vallot behind the plate, before Ti'Quan Forbes delivered an RBI double to right to cap the surge.

The Legends got right back in the game in the top of the seventh, as an RBI single from Marten Gasparini and an RBI sacrifice fly by Colton Frabasilio cut the score to 6-5. The 'Dads would pull away from there however, with doubles by Frandy De La Rosa and Lacrus scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh to push the lead to 7-5. The Crawdads then put the game away in the eighth, with a 2-run homer by Clark and an RBI base knock off the bat of Lacrus giving the home team the 10-5 lead they would go on to win by.

Joining Jenkins with a big night at the plate was Clark, who finished 2-5 with his team-leading 12th home run of the year to go along with a double, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. De La Rosa also solid contest with a 3-5 performance including a double and two runs scored.

Dula (1-0) earned the win for Hickory as a benefactor of the offense's big night, as the right-hander allowed four runs on three hits, two walks and a strikeout during his one inning on the mound. Lexington bullpen arm Franco Terrero (2-2) took the loss with four runs allowed, three earned, on seven hits, one walk, and two strikeouts over three innings pitched.

The Crawdads (35-34/73-66) and Legends (27-42/52-86) will conclude the series and the 2016 season Monday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 pm.

Monday, 05 September 2016 16:55

App State Women's Soccer Edge Out Maryland 2-1

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Appalachian State University women’s soccer battled back from an early 1-0 deficit, scoring two goals in the final 34 minutes to defeat Maryland on Sunday afternoon. The win gives the Mountaineers their first victory against a “Power Five” school in program history.

 

"The team played their heart out today and battled for every ball,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “To come back from behind and regain composure, I thought we were playing really well in the first half, but then we gave up the goal and at halftime we said, ‘We can do this. We’ve had opportunities. If we stay committed to what we do, we’re going to do great things.’ And then we did come out and regain our composure.”

 

Strickland continued, “I thought we had some great performances by so many people. Our midfield battled, our back line stayed together, it wasn’t like it was on one person to carry the group today, so I thought that was pretty awesome. The sidelines were incredible today, too. Even if they didn’t make it out onto the field, everyone was so invested in the team and in the program that it showed that they believed that we were going to find a way to get the result.”

 

The Mountaineers’ (4-2) first-time hosting a member of the Big Ten conference started off with App State getting great looks at the goal, outshooting the Terrapins (2-3-1) 11-5 in the opening half. However, Maryland was able to find a gap in the 23rd minute when Chelsea Jackson made a move at the top of the key, finding room to fire a rocket to the bottom-left corner of the goal to go into the half up 1-0.

 

Appalachian continued the aggressive play in the second before finally breaking the seal on the goal in the 57th minute when Sarah Murphy (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) sent a cross near the goal from right to left for Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) to blast the equalizer home – her third goal of the season. The assist was Murphy’s first in her career.

 

The Black and Gold let the momentum carry them to more attacks, finally ending in the game-winner in the 83rd minute when Jenn Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams (Clemson)) shot a laser at Maryland’s goalkeeper that rebounded off where Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) was able to put it through from two yards out.

 

Her fourth goal of the season, Cline now moves into the program’s all-time top 5 in career goals, tying Dana Murphy (2003-2006) at 20.

 

Goalkeeper Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) received the win, improving to 3-2 on the season. She made two saves off of 11 shots faced, with just the one goal allowed. The Mountaineers also had a team save when Aubrey Fletcher (Berryville, Va./Clark County) headed a shot out of the goal.

 

Maryland split its goalkeeper duties between Katelyn Jenson and Rachel Egyed. Jenson made five saves in the first half before Egyed came in for the second half, making three saves.

 

Appalachian has become familiar with falling behind 1-0, coming back from the deficit three times now (Northern Kentucky, Radford and Maryland) by getting recharged and refocused at halftime. Part of the success came on outshooting opponents.

 

The Mountaineers set a season-high in shots on Sunday, shooting 19 total to Maryland’s 11.

 

Leading App State in the effort was Cline (five), Settle (four) and Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) (three). The three of them also led the team in shots on goal with three apiece.

 

Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), Morgan Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) and Kelly Flanders (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) all had two shots while Bass finished with one on the day.

 

The Mountaineers will now go on the road to face Gardner-Webb on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. before hosting another “Power Five” conference team in No. 15 Texas Tech. Kickoff for the home match is set for 1 p.m.

Monday, 05 September 2016 16:51

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Blanks Lander

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (1-0-1) earned a key regional road victory over Lander (0-2), 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Van Taylor Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE), an All-South Atlantic Conference honoree, scored both goals – one in each half – in the shutout win.


Sophomore forward Marc Fernandez (Barcelona, SPAIN) and junior defender Sercan Cihan (Sundern, GERMANY) assisted on the goals which came at the 14:07 and 69:57 marks, respectively. Both shots were from the right side of the box.


Lander held a 20-12 advantage in shots taken but Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) notched the victory after making eight saves to keep the Bearcats off the scoreboard.


Lander’s goalkeeper, Dean Cowdroy (Canberra, AUSTRALIA), made four saves but suffered the loss. The Bearcats have lost their first two matches of the year after going 14-3-2 last season and earning a berth in the playoffs.


Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts USC Aiken on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team (1-1) won its first match of the year, 2-1, over Lynn (1-1) Sunday morning at Bobby Campbell Stadium.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) broke a one-all tie with the match-winning score with just over 12 minutes remaining in the contest.

 

The Bears opened the scoring at the 9:20 mark of the first half when senior defender Jessica Feronti (Melbourne, Fla.) found the back of the net off a free kick. Both Van Eerden and Feronti tallied their first goals of the year.

 

The contest remained 1-0 until Lynn tied the contest thanks to Donish Cole’s (Boca Raton, Fla.) team-leading third goal of the year in the 50th minute of the match.

 

Lynn held an 8-7 advantage in shots taken while Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) registered the win after stopping two shots. The Fighting Knights’ Alexa Downie (Coral Springs, Fla.) suffered the loss despite making five saves in goal.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts No. 19 North Georgia in its home opener on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Sunday, 04 September 2016 22:16

Late Rally Not Enough in Crawdads Loss

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The Hickory Crawdads made a late push offensively Saturday night to breakup a shutout and bring the tying run to the plate against the visiting Legends. The 'Dads rally would fall short of tying the game however, as Hickory fell to Lexington 3-1 at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the final inning facing their second straight shutout at the hands of the Legends, as the 'Dads were held off the board on four hits over the first eight frames. A leadoff walk by Frandy De La Rosa and a two-out, RBI double from Ricky Valencia got Hickory on the board and brought the potential tying run to the plate, but Lexington reliever Matt Ditman squelched the rally there with a strikeout of Yeyson Yrizarri to end the game.

The 'Dads entered the ninth still in the game due another solid performance by the Crawdads pitching staff. Starter Christian Torres began the night with three scoreless frames before the Legends used a double by Ben Johnson, a single from Tanner Stanley, and an RBI groundout off the bat of D.J. Burt to take a 1-0 lead in the third. Lexington expanded their advantage to 3-0 in the sixth, as Burt led off the inning with a single before Chase Vallot lofted a 2-run home run to left off of Hickory reliever Peter Fairbanks.

The score remained the same until the ninth, when the Crawdads scored their first run of the series but ultimately fell short of a comeback resulting in the 3-1 defeat.

Torres (2-3) took the hard-luck loss for the 'Dads with one run allowed on three hits and two strikeouts over five innings pitched. Legends starter A.J. Puckett (2-3) earned the win after tossing five scoreless frames on two hits and four strikeouts, while Ditman (5) recorded the save for working around the ninth inning run to end the game.

De La Rosa paced the Hickory hitters with a 1-3 game including a double, a walk, and a run scored, while Valencia finished 1-4 with a double and an RBI.

The Crawdads (34-34/72-66) will look to bounce back in game three of their season ending 4-game against the Legends (27-41/52-85) Sunday night, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.

Sunday, 04 September 2016 22:15

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Falls to ETSU

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer was unable to overcome a second-half goal by ETSU, dropping a 1-0 decision on Saturday evening.

 

I am disappointed with the result obviously, but I am really pleased with our effort,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “Unfortunately, we just need to add more quality moments in a 90-minute game to get the desired result on the road. Have to give the credit to ETSU, though, as they played well.”

 

The Mountaineers (0-2) started off the match with a strong defense and the Buccaneers (2-1) was able to meet their effort. For the entire first half, the battle was had over the middle of the field as Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn/Farmington) only had to make one save in his 36:44 of play.

 

The game was played to a deadlock until ETSU’s Cameron Woodfin was able to find some room in the 51st minute and Fletcher Ekern found him on the left side for him to tap it in.

 

Leading Appalachian in shots on goal were Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover)) and Cooper Coughlin (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert), who both were able to put pressure on ETSU’s Jonny Sutherland twice. Also getting shots on the night were Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) and Graham Smalley (Kill Devil Hills, N.C./First Flight).

 

Finishing up in the net for the Mountaineers was Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga), who led the way with two saves and the one goal allowed on seven shots faced.

 

The Apps will continue their road warrior mentality as they travel to play in-state ACC foe, Wake Forest on Tuesday night. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and will be broadcasted live on the ACC Network Extra, viewable on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

Appalachian State University volleyball ended the Black and Gold Invitational going 0-3 over the weekend after being swept in straight sets by Ohio (14-25, 20-25, 23-25) on Saturday evening.

 

The Mountaineers (2-4) struggled from the get-go but received great play from Mikel Coleman (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison) and all-tournament member Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic).

 

Coleman led the team with 10 kills, while Shoff finished with seven kills and four blocks.

 

Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) drove the Mountaineer offense with 34 assists, while Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) controlled the defense with 13 digs.

 

In the opening set, the Bobcats (2-5) got out to a quick 10-4 lead which ballooned to as many as 10 at 20-10. Ohio was able to fend off App State for a 25-14 set one win.

 

Appalachian State came out strong in the second set and held a 6-3 advantage following a Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) kill, but Ohio stormed back and worked its way to a 19-13 lead. The Bobcats were able to carry out the set with a win and take a 2-0 lead in the match.

 

Following an App State timeout and the Mountaineers trailing 17-13, App State began to claw back in the third set. A kill from Coleman brought the Apps to within just one at 23-22. Down 24-23, a service error would seal the match for Ohio.

 

Appalachian State will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 6 when it travels to Western Carolina for a showdown with its former Southern Conference foe. Match time is set for 6 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (1-2) fell to both Lander (3-0) and USC Aiken (3-0) by scores of 3-0 and 3-1, respectively, Saturday on the final day of the Queens Fall Invitational.

Lander 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
The Bearcats defeated the Bears by scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 25-16 in the first match of the day for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Lander was led by Halle Dotson (Titusville, Fla.) with 14 kills while Kendall Korte (Morris, Ill.) added 16 digs as the Bearcats remained unbeaten on the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 10 kills while freshman defensive specialist Anna Smith (Harmony, N.C.) had 18 assists in the setback. The Bears were hurt by a .036 hitting percentage.

USC Aiken 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
After losing the first set, USC Aiken rallied to capture the final three sets and earned the win. The Pacers won by scores of 22-25, 26-24, 25-22 and 25-14.

USC Aiken stayed perfect on the season thanks to Julia Forster (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and Taylor Stratton (Chesapeake, Va.) with 16 and 15 kills, respectively. Lauren Howard (Aiken, S.C.) had a double-double – 46 assists and 14 digs – for the Pacers as well.

Redmond led the way once again with 16 kills in addition to 11 digs while Smith totaled 22 assists and junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) had 21 digs in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Tuesday, September 6, against Catawba on 7:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The match is also the home opener for the Bears.

Sunday, 04 September 2016 22:06

L-R's Black Wins Chick-fil-A Invitational

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams got off to a rousing start Saturday morning at the Chick-fil-A Invitational at the Salisbury Community Park.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.) won the men’s race with a time of 26:45 over the 8K course and led the Bears to a second-place finish out of 10 teams. Louisburg College was the top men’s team on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Corbin Boyles (Maiden, N.C.) ran a 27:31 to place sixth overall for the Bears as well.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Team placed first overall out of 11 schools competing and was led by sophomore Audra Yarber (Abingdon, Va.). Yarber placed second in the 5K race with a time of 20:10. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Kyla Resnick (Woodstock, Ga.) was seventh overall (20:53).

Both the LR Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams will host its annual invitational next Friday, September 9, at Southside Park in Newton, N.C., beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Chick-fil-A Invitational
Salisbury, N.C. – Salisbury Community Park
September 3, 2016

MEN
1. Louisburg 21
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 48
3. Catawba 76
4. Pfeiffer 119
5t. Guilford 155
5t. Barton 155
7. Bluefield State 206
8. Winston-Salem State 223
9. Livingstone 232
10. Bluefield 245

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
1. Jacob Black 26:45
2. Corbin Boyles 27:31
10. Derek Chavis 28:02
17. Josh Adkins 28:48
22. Zack Gross 29:28
29. Brett Haas 30:30
33. Peyton Jones 31:42

WOMEN
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 63
2. Pfeiffer 68
3. Catawba 92
4. Louisburg College 101
5. Winston-Salem State 113
6. Barton 116
7. Guilford 187
8. Livingstone 201
9. Bluefield State 224
10. Salem 265
11. Bluefield 272

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
2. Audra Yarber 20:10
7. Kyla Resnick 20:53
12. Blakely Gantt 21:32
18. Brooke Zeman 22:04
24. Erin Illich 22:34
35. Jessica Rumple 23:40
48. Sheniya Marshall 25:40

Sunday, 04 September 2016 21:53

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Suffers Loss to Open Season

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team (0-1) fell to Virginia State (1-0), 34-9, Saturday afternoon in the 2016 season opener at Moretz Stadium.

 

Virginia State’s Kavon Bellamy (Hampton, Va.) scored twice on the ground and rushed for a game-high 83 yards as the Trojans jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter and remained in control the rest of the way.

 

Virginia State scored touchdowns the first three times it touched the ball including a three-yard scoring run by Bellamy to cap off a nine-play, 85-yard drive on the opening possession.

 

The Trojans quarterback, Tarian Ayres (Buckingham, Va.), passed for 201 yards and a touchdown to go along with 46 yards on the ground as Virginia State held a 445-213 yards advantage in total offense.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne’s lone score came at the end of the first half when redshirt freshman Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.) found senior tight end Ray Beam (Morganton, N.C.) in the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard scoring toss but the Bears were held off the scoreboard the rest of the way minus a safety with 21 second remaining.  Kellar threw for 158 yards on the day.

 

The Trojans’ Trenton Cannon (Hampton, Va.) added two touchdowns – one rushing and one receiving – while Geo Feggins (South Hill, Va.) led all tacklers with 15 in the victory.  For the Bears, senior defensive back Rodney Singleton (Hawthorne, Fla.) finished with a team-high 11 takedowns and recovered a fumble.  Virginia State also totaled four sacks for the contest.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on North Greenville next Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team (0-1) fell to Virginia State (1-0), 34-9, Saturday afternoon in the 2016 season opener at Moretz Stadium.

Virginia State’s Kavon Bellamy (Hampton, Va.) scored twice on the ground and rushed for a game-high 83 yards as the Trojans jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter and remained in control the rest of the way.

Virginia State scored touchdowns the first three times it touched the ball including a three-yard scoring run by Bellamy to cap off a nine-play, 85-yard drive on the opening possession.

The Trojans quarterback, Tarian Ayres (Buckingham, Va.), passed for 201 yards and a touchdown to go along with 46 yards on the ground as Virginia State held a 445-213 yards advantage in total offense.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s lone score came at the end of the first half when redshirt freshman Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.) found senior tight end Ray Beam (Morganton, N.C.) in the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard scoring toss but the Bears were held off the scoreboard the rest of the way minus a safety with 21 second remaining.  Kellar threw for 158 yards on the day.

The Trojans’ Trenton Cannon (Hampton, Va.) added two touchdowns – one rushing and one receiving – while Geo Feggins (South Hill, Va.) led all tacklers with 15 in the victory.  For the Bears, senior defensive back Rodney Singleton (Hawthorne, Fla.) finished with a team-high 11 takedowns and recovered a fumble.  Virginia State also totaled four sacks for the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on North Greenville next Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

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