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One night after being held to a season-low two runs the Hickory Crawdads offense bounced back with a season-high 10 tallies Saturday night, as the 'Dads used a 7-run 6th inning to propel them to a 10-2 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators in front of 2,525 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Hickory hitters needed only 9 hits to produce their double digit run total thanks to a lot of help from the Intimidators, as the road team handed out 5 walks to go along with three errors and a hit batter. All three errors and two of the five free passes came in the big 6th frame, resulting in five of the seven runs being unearned.

The Crawdads initially fell behind in the game, as Kannapolis got on the board with a bases loaded wild pitch by Jonathan Hernandez in the 1st before scoring another run on a solo home run from Corey Zangari in the 3rd for a 2-0 Intimidators lead. The 'Dads responded with a 2-out rally in the 4th, that saw both Dylan Moore and Tyler Sanchez draw walks before Frandy De La Rosa crushed the first pitch he saw over the left field wall for a 3-run homer and a 3-2 Hickory lead.

The score remained the same until the 6th, when the Crawdads sent 12 men to the plate and scored 7 runs, two earned, on five hits, three errors, and two walks to push their advantage to 10-2. Yeyson Yrizarri started the frame with an infield single followed by a walk to Moore and a throwing error from Intimidators third baseman Cody Daily that allowed Sanchez to reach and Yrizarri to come home for the first tally of the frame. Following a strikeout by De La Rosa, Eduard Pinto delivered an RBI base knock to right to bring in the second run and Jose Almonte reached on a catcher's interference call to load the bases. Ninth place hitter Darius Day then drew an RBI walk to force home another run before Eric Jenkins picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice.

Andy Ibanez was next up and delivered the biggest hit of the big inning with a 2-RBI double to left-center field. That brought Yrizarri to the plate for his second appearance of the frame, and the 19-year-old came through again with an RBI single through the left side of the infield to plate the final run of the inning and put the 'Dads ahead by eight runs.

Hickory reliever Johan Juan finished it off from there with three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to complete the 10-2 Hickory victory.

Hernandez (1-1) earned the win for the Crawdads, as the right-hander settled down after a rocky first frame to throw 6 innings with two runs allowed on four hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. Kannapolis starter Johnathan Frebis (1-1) took the loss with five runs given up on five hits, four walks, and 2 Ks during his 5+ innings on the mound. Juan (1) earned the save for Hickory for closing out the game.

Eight of the nine starters for the 'Dads scored at least one run in the contest, led by Moore who went 2-2 with 2 walks, two runs scored, and his team-leading fifth stolen base of the year. Yrizarri also had a multi-hit game going 2-5 with an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base, while Pinto finished 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. De La Rosa went 1-4 with his second homer of the season and 3 RBI.

The Crawdads (8-2) will go for the series win over the Intimidators (4-6) in the finale Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 3:00 pm.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field wrapped up day two of the Charlotte Invite on Saturday with four first-place finishes.

The Mountaineers were led by those first-place finishes. Kaytlyn Gill (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) claimed first place in the high jump with a distance of 41-4. Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) took second in the event with a jump of 40-10.5. Hargrave took first place in the long jump with a distance of 19-1.5, while Ila Mumford (Rural Hall, N.C./Parkland) took sixth in the long jump with a jump of 18-1.75.

Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga/East Carolina) finished in first place in the pole vault with a height of 12-3.5, while Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) claimed fourth with a vault of 10-11.75. The fourth first-place finish for App State was India McWhorter (Stony Point, N.C./Alexander Central) in the discus with a throw of 151-9.

In the 800-meter run, Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) placed second with a time of 2:18.67. Finishing right behind Moser was Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) and Sarah Hoffert (Cary, N.C./Cary) in second and third place, respectively. Sargent finished in 2:18.95 and Hoffert crossed the line in 2:19.52.

Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) took seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.41, while Brooke Brekke (Neillsville, Wis./Neilsville) took fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.14.

In the relays, the 4x100-meter team of Chapman, Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview), Hargrave and Gill finished in third with a time of 47.20. The 4x400-meter relay team of Chapman, Micah Hanks (Yorktown, Va./Tabb), Crawford and Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) took third with a time of 3:54.45.

Audrey Florence (Cedar Grove, N.C./Cedar Ridge) took second in the high jump with a height of 5-5 and Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley) finished second in the shot put with a distance of 47-5.25. Shea Wheeler (Rutherforton, N.C./Polk County) claimed fifth in the javelin with a throw of 119-0.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday, April 22 with the Auburn Invitational, which spans two days and will conclude on Saturday, April 23.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field finished up day two of the Charlotte Invite on Saturday with four first-place finishes.

The Mountaineers were led by their five first-place finishes. Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) took first in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles. In the 110-meter race, Broaden finished with a time of 14.22 and a time of 51.37 in the 400-meter race.

Two of App State’s relays also took first on Saturday. In the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Eric Price (Charlotte, N.C./Rocky River), William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill), Antonio Marcano, Jr. (St. Louis, Mo./Metro Academicaid) and Marshall McRae (Red Springs, N.C./Red Springs) finished in 40.79. The 4x400-meter relay team of Peter Ovendorf (Weddington, N.C./Weddington), Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd), Broaden and Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) finished in 3:14.69.

Buckley finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.60 and also took sixth in the 200-meter race with a time of 21.82. In the 400-meter dash, Hastings took fourth with a time of 48.28. Will Henderson finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.04.

In the field, Phillip Thomas (Cary, N.C./Cary) took second in the pole vault with a height of 15-11 and Isaiah Relliford (Jacksonville, N.C./White Oak) finished fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 47-0.25. Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Chris School) finished back-to-back in third and fourth place, respectively, in the shot put. Milch finished with a throw of 53-8.25, while Parham finished with a distance of 52-2.75.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday, April 22 with the Auburn Invitational, which spans two days and will conclude on Saturday, April 23.

Appalachian State University baseball managed only four hits against South Alabama right-hander Hunter Soleymani and lost to the 23rd-ranked Jaguars, 8-1, on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Coupled with Appalachian State’s 4-3 win on Friday, Saturday’s result evened this weekend’s three-game Sun Belt Conference series at a game apiece. The rubber match is set for Sunday at noon (please note change from original game time) at Smith Stadium.

Soleymani was the story of Saturday’s contest, as he needed just 102 pitches to toss the complete-game four-hitter. The right-handed senior was not overpowering (he struck out only three) but he kept the Mountaineers off-balance for much of the afternoon with his breaking ball and induced 13 groundball outs.

Appalachian State freshman Breydan Gorham (Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance) matched Soleymani pitch-for-pitch through three innings but the Jaguars benefited from two Mountaineer errors to break a scoreless tie with an unearned run in the fourth.

South Alabama (27-9, 16-1 Sun Belt) went on to score two runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh to take a commanding 8-0 lead. App State (9-26, 4-13 Sun Belt) committed four errors on the afternoon, which led to half of USA’s eight runs being unearned.

Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) broke up Soleymani’s shutout bid with a towering solo home run in the eighth. The homer was Atwood’s first of the season and the first by a Mountaineer at Smith Stadium in 2016.

No. 9 hitter Adam Wolfe went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored to lead South Alabama’s 11-hit attack.

The Catawba Valley Community College swept New River Community College 10-0 and 12-0.

In game one, Ty Andrus went three-for-four, with two triples, two runs scored, and RBI and a stolen base. Brandon Ford went two-for-two, with a solo home run, a dounle and two runs scored. Walker Smith went two-for-three, with a home run, and three RBI.

Charles Hall picked up the win with five innings pitched, allowing only one hit with two strikeouts.

In game two, Craig Zalewa went three-for-three, with three doubles, with three runs scored and three RBI. Ty Andrus went two-for-three, with two runs scored and a stolen base. Brandon Ford went two-for-two, with a triple, three runs scored and a walk. Seth Hubbard went one-for-two, with a home run and three RBI. Randal Ortiz went one-for-two, with a home run, two runs scored and a walk.

Aaron Biggerstaff was the winning pitcher for the Red Hawks. He pitched 4.2 innings, allowing only one hit and striking out five.

CVCC moves to 20-22 (6-5) on the year.

The Wingate Baseball Team (27-17, 11-10) swept a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Lenoir-Rhyne (29-16, 9-12), 9-4 and 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Ron Christopher Stadium.

Game One – Wingate 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
The Bulldogs’ Shane Billings (Kernersville, N.C.) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning and finished with three runs batted in to lead Wingate to the victory.

Wingate took control early and led by a 6-1 advantage heading into the seventh inning thanks to a three-run fifth inning highlighted by a two-run double from Tyler Simmons (Charlotte, N.C.).

Both senior shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) and freshman outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) drew bases-loaded walks but the Bears managed just six hits in the contest and left 17 men on base.

On the mound, Wingate’s Brandon Donahue (Charlotte, N.C.) improved to 6-2 on the year after earning the win while Tyler Brown (Suffolk, Va.) registered the final out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning for his fifth save of the season. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Va.) fell to 3-3 after suffering the loss.

Game Two – Wingate 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 2 (seven innings)
The Bulldogs rallied from a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to complete the sweep of the Bears.

Wingate’s Micah Goodwin (Rougemont, N.C.) hit the game-tying, two-run single before Bailey Connell (Waxhaw, N.C.) came through with the game-winning, RBI double – scoring Goodwin – in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) had a run-scoring single but junior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) fell to 2-2 after taking the loss.

Wingate’s Hunter Morgan (Summerfield, N.C.) (2-2) was credited with the win after allowing just one earned run with eight strikeouts while Brown pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the save, his sixth of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Winston-Salem State on Tuesday night beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (9-6, 6-1) celebrated its Senior Day in style with a 19-5 victory over Lincoln Memorial (3-11, 0-7) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.), the team’s lone senior, totaled four goals and four assists as the Bears remained in sole possession of second place in the South Atlantic Conference standings.

Lincoln Memorial’s Amara Moss (Woodbridge, Va.) finished with a team-high three goals but the Lady Railsplitters suffered their sixth straight defeat.

Lenoir-Rhyne led by a 9-2 score at halftime and were never threatened the rest of the way. The Bears also got three goals each from freshman attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) and freshman midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.) in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne held the margin in both shots taken (38-23) and ground balls (30-24) while junior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) scored twice to increase her team-leading total on the year to 38 goals.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) totaled 11 saves and earned the victory in goal while Lincoln Memorial goalkeeper Shannon Novak (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) also made 11 stops but took the loss.

The Bears play in a South Atlantic Conference game Saturday afternoon, at 4:00 p.m., in the regular season finale at Catawba.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (9-4, 7-0) claimed at least a share of the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championship with a 15-7 victory over Lincoln Memorial (6-5, 2-5) Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Moretz Stadium.

Senior midfielder Carson Sterling (Durham, N.C.) scored a game-high six goals including five in the first half as the Bears, ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II, increased their winning streak to eight contests.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) added five scores – four in the second half – as the Bears won the league regular season title for the second time in three seasons.

Sterling scored the first three goals of the game as the Bears held a 6-1 advantage at halftime and never looked back.

The Railsplitters were led by Billy Kopsky (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Kyle Arcuri (Patchoque, N.Y.) with two goals each in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 47-36 edge in shots taken while junior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) totaled two scores and two assists and increased his team-leading goal total to 33 on the year.

In goal, the Bears’ sophomore Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the victory after stopping 15 shots while Lincoln Memorial’s Joe Medel (Virginia Beach, Va.) made nine saves despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up the regular season on Saturday, April 23, in Salisbury, N.C., when the Bears take on Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference contest beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 17 April 2016 21:55

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Sweeps Lincoln Memorial

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (39-9, 16-2), ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, swept Lincoln Memorial (19-26-1, 7-11), 10-0 and 5-4, in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 10,
Lincoln Memorial 0 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) hit a grand slam in the first inning and finished with five runs batted in while sophomore shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) drove in four runs to lead the Bears to the victory.

The Bears put the contest away early – leading by a 10-0 score after three innings – in run-ruling the Lady Railsplitters. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and sophomore outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) both finished with three hits and two runs scored in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) improved to 14-6 after taking the win. Lincoln Memorial’s Brianna Taylor (Ooltewah, Tenn.) fell to 10-12 after suffering the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Lincoln Memorial 4
Walker broke a 4-4 tie with the game-winning, run-scoring ground out in the bottom of the sixth inning while Hoskins pitched a scoreless seventh inning for her fourth save of the year as the Bears swept the Railsplitters.

Lincoln Memorial scored four times in its half of the sixth inning highlighted by a two-run home run from Samantha Smith (Knoxville, Tenn.) to tie the score but came up short after falling behind by a 4-0 margin.

Walker finished with three runs batted in while Kenley and junior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) both hit solo home runs for the Bears in the win. On the mound, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) improved to 7-2 with the victory. Smith (8-9) was tagged with the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Queens in Charlotte, N.C.in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader taking place on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University men’s tennis (13-6) couldn’t have ended the regular season in better fashion than a thrilling 4-3 win over archrival Georgia Southern (15-6) Saturday evening at the Wallis Tennis Center.

The Mountaineers fell in doubles play that gave the Eagles the 1-0 lead, but won four singles matches to take home the victory.

“I couldn’t more proud of the guys today”, said head coach Bob Lake. “We battled with resiliency and dug deep when we needed to. This was a statement win for us after dropping two matches last week, and this gives us momentum going into the conference tournament next week.”

With the match tied at 3-all and Ze Moya leading Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) in the final match, Maddocks fought back from a 5-2 deficit to clinch the victory for the Mountaineers in a win that will certainly give the team confidence and momentum heading into the Sun Belt Tournament next weekend.

Appalachian gave Georgia Southern just its second loss in the past eight games, while the home loss for the Eagles was just their fourth setback in 10 matches at Wallis Tennis Center.

The hosts took both doubles matches en route to taking the 1-0 lead. Oliver Casey (Melbourne, Australia/Carey Baptist) and Maddocks fell to JC Alcala and Eddie Landin as the No. 2 pairing. Zach Bost (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) would go on to suffer a 6-3 setback to Christian Kerrigan and Nico de Groof, 6-3.

App State stepped up in the singles portion of the match, with Morris tying the contest up with a straight-set, 6-2, 6-1 triumph over de Groof as the No. 6 in the lineup.

Casey bounced back to give the Mountaineers a 2-1 lead with his 6-2, 6-1 win over JC Alcala. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (Stellbosch, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium) had a chance to push the lead to two points, but fell in three sets after coming back from a one-set deficit to force a deciding set, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

With the match tied, 2-2, Daniel Casablancas toppled Bost, 6-3, 7-6, to give the Eagles the lead, 3-2. But the final two matches belonged to the Apps, as Scott Webster (Swanbourne, Australia/Scotch College) valiantly stepped up and came back from a one-set deficit to defeat Rise Lanne, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Webster gave Lanne just his third loss of the season in 19 singles matches, which set up Maddocks’ match-winning victory.

App State will await to hear its opponent for the Sun Belt Tournament taking place in New Orleans on Wednesday. Both the men’s and women’s tournament go by ITA rankings as opposed to the conventional head-to-head competition in conference play.

Appalachian State women’s tennis (7-13) showcased a valiant effort in a 4-3 setback to a tough Davidson (15-4) squad Saturday afternoon at Varsity Courts on Senior Day.

Seniors Brianna Armellino (West Palm, Fla./Home School), Clare Cox (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) and Mackenzie LaSure (Asheville, N.C./Asheville) were honored before the match for their dedication and commitment to the App State program.

The Mountaineers took home the doubles point but Davidson claimed four of six singles victories to ensure its 15th win of the season.

Despite Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) falling in their doubles match as the No. 2 pairing to Elaina Cummer and Sarah Stein, 6-0, the Mountaineers dug deep to take the final two doubles contests.

Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) downed Ava Todd and Jenna Brunner by a score of 6-3 to knot the doubles portion up. The No. 1 duo of Cox and Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C/Weddington) clinched the point for App State when they dealt Anna Feaster and Ally Sexton a 6-3 defeat.

Leading 1-0 going into singles play, the Wildcats picked up the first three singles matches to surge to a 3-1 lead. Wreder fell to Todd 6-1,6-0 as the No. 3 in the lineup before Machado suffered a 7-5, 6-0 setback to Gabrielle Centenari. LaSure playing as the No. 4 in the lineup, was toppled by Megan Scholvinck, 6-2, 6-2.

Down to the final three matches of the day, the Apps never gave up. Cox continued her solid day with a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the No. 1 slot to Sexton, bringing Appalachian to within one, 3-2. In a marathon three-set match, Swope would take the first set, 6-3, before Cummer forced a third set,6-2.

The third set between the No. 5’s went back and forth into a tiebreak where it was much of the same. However, Cummer came back from a 5-2 deficit in the tiebreak to clinch the match for the Wildcats.

If Swope would have had more luck, the Apps would be talking about having serious momentum, as Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) finished the day with a three-set win, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. The freshman came back after being down a set before roaring back for the victory.

App State will await to hear its opponent for the Sun Belt Tournament taking place in New Orleans on Thursday. Both the men’s and women’s tournament go by ITA rankings as opposed to the conventional head-to-head competition in conference play.