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Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic
Bunker Hill: 4
West Lincoln: 2

Hickory: 9
Alexander Central: 3

Causby Classic
East Burke: 7
Draughn: 2

Freedom: 17
West Caldwell: 6

Lincoln Charter: 6
Patton: 4

Shelby Easter Tournament
South Caldwell: 4
Shelby: 0

Hananah Invitational
Academic Magnet (SC): 10
Maiden: 7

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Golf Team moved up four places to finish seventh overall at the Tennessee River Rumble Intercollegiate which concluded Wednesday at the Tennessee National Golf Club.


LR shot a 613 (+37) on the par-72, 7,119-yard course while Carson-Newman surged to victory after sitting in a ninth-place tie after the first round. The Eagles shot a 602 (+26).


Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior Brad Robinson (Newcastle, UNITED KINGDOM), who tied for seventh overall with a seven-over 151. Lincoln Memorial’s Dan Bradbury won the tournament with a 146 (+2).


Lenoir-Rhyne senior Jordan Vogler (Pilot Mountain, N.C.) aced the par-three, 198-yard third hole.


Lenoir-Rhyne will next compete in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf Championship beginning this Sunday, April 8, and lasting through Tuesday, April 10, at the Cobbs Glen County Club in Anderson, S.C.


Tennessee River Rumble Intercollegiate
April 3-4, 2018 – Final Results
Loudon, Tenn.
Tennessee National Golf Club
Lincoln Memorial University, host


Par: 72
Yards: 7,119


1. Carson-Newman 602 (+26)
2. Lincoln Memorial 604 (+28)
3. Wingate 606 (+30)
4. King 608 (+32)
5. Young Harris 609 (+33)
6. Belmont Abbey 610 (+34)
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 613 (+37)
8. Mars Hill 619 (+43)
9. Brevard 620 (+44)
10. Catawba 621 (+45)
11. Walters State CC 623 (+47)
12. Hillsdale 627 (+51)
13. Belmont Abbey “B” 633 (+57)
14. Tusculum 634 (+58)
15. Lincoln Memorial “B” 644 (+68)
16. Belmont Abbey “C” 701 (+125)


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
11t. Brad Robinson 151 (+7)
29t. Jordan Vogler 154 (+10)
32t. Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen 155 (+11)
32t. Dawson Walker 155 (+11)
58t. Jackson Bailey 160 (+16)


The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (12-6, 3-4) pulled out an exciting 5-4 victory over Catawba (5-9, 2-6) Wednesday afternoon at the Johnson Tennis Center in a South Atlantic Conference contest.


Lenoir-Rhyne took control by winning all three doubles matches. Sophomores Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) and Paul Lenz (Ratingen, GERMANY) both earned victories in singles and doubles competition for the Bears.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Coker in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday beginning at Noon at the YMCA of Catawba Valley. Catawba faces league-foe Mars Hill on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.


NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final

Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Catawba 4

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Salisbury, N.C. (Johnson Tennis Center)


Singles competition:

1. Luca Picci (CAT) def. Hamed Gandouz (LR), 6-4, 7-6

2. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Lucas Miller (CAT), 4-6, 7-5, 7-6

3. Ryan Reid (CAT) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 6-3, 5-7, 6-3

4. Cason Hiers (CAT) def. Tomas Hons (LR), 7-6, 6-1

5. Samuel Schwarz (CAT) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

6. Paul Lenz (LR) def. Adam Rocko (CAT), 7-6, 6-4


Doubles competition:

1. Shane O'Dea/Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Luca Picci/Lucas Miller (CAT), 8-3

2. Tomas Hons/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Cason Hiers/Ryan Reid (CAT), 8-6

3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Adam Rocko/Samuel Schwarz (CAT), 8-5


Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (12-6, 3-4 SAC), Catawba (5-9, 2-6 SAC)


Thursday, 05 April 2018 07:01

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Defeats Catawba

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team (9-7, 2-5) picked up a much-needed victory over Catawba (4-11, 0-8), 6-3, Wednesday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at the Johnson Tennis Center.


Three players – juniors Emily Murchland (Mount Victoria, NEW ZEALAND) and Sara Kalkenova (Astana, KAZAKHSTAN) and freshman Sanne Janssen (Maastricht, NETHERLANDS) – won at both singles and doubles play for the Bears.


Lenoir-Rhyne also snapped a five-match losing streak.


Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Coker in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday at Noon at the YMCA of Catawba Valley while Catawba hosts Mars Hill in a league contest Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.


NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Catawba 3
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Salisbury, N.C. (Johnson Tennis Center)


Singles competition:
1. Erisa Onchi (CAT) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 6-1, 6-1
2. Sophie Hirsch (CAT) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 7-5, 6-4
3. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Olivia Wooldridge (CAT), 7-5, 6-2
4. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Kristen Rocko (CAT), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
5. Sanne Janssen (LR) def. Emily Corcoran (CAT), 6-3, 6-0
6. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Kirstin Saltus (CAT), 2-6, 6-3, 10-6


Doubles competition:
1. Emily Murchland/Sanne Janssen (LR) def. Erisa Onchi/Olivia Wooldridge (CAT), 8-7
2. Kristen Rocko/Sophie Hirsch (CAT) def. Taylor Fredrickson/Marta Escanero Funes
(LR), 8-6
3. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Emily Corcoran/Kirstin Saltus (CAT), 8-6


Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (9-7, 2-5 SAC), Catawba (4-11, 0-8 SAC)


The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (5-7, 5-0) remained unbeaten in South Atlantic Conference play with a 16-4 victory over Mars Hill (2-8, 0-5) Wednesday afternoon at Meares Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) led the way with a game-high six goals while junior midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.) scored four times as the Bears raced to a 12-2 halftime advantage on their way to the easy victory.

LR sophomore attacker Cathleen Gaffney (Allentown, Pa.) dished out five assists for the Bears, who held advantages in both shots taken (22-14) and ground balls (26-11). Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) made three saves and picked up the win.

For Mars Hill, Olivia Hokanson (Crofton, Md.) scored her team-leading 37th goal of the year but Alexandria Holleran (Hendersonville, Tenn.) suffered the loss in goal despite five stops.

Sousa now has a team-leading 40 goals on the year – which ranks third in the league – while Elmore has 31 scores for the Bears.

LR is tied with Catawba for first place in the league standings.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Lincoln Memorial on Senior Day in a South Atlantic Conference game Saturday beginning at 4pm.

The No. 12 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (34-5, 11-1) continued its torrid winning pace with a doubleheader sweep of Wingate (13-23, 3-7), 4-0 and 4-3, in South Atlantic Conference action Wednesday at the Bulldogs’ complex. LR also pushed its winning streak to eight games.

In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne’s offense was led by sophomore designated player Mackensi Swain (Pinetown, N.C.) with a two-run home run and a solo home run from freshman first baseman Kylee Leonhardt (Lincolnton, N.C.). Leonhardt now has eight home runs on the year.

Junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 16-3 on the year and won her 12th straight decision. Parks threw a six-hitter while striking out six batters for her fifth shutout of the year.

Wingate’s Aubrey Reep (Eastover, N.C.) fell to 11-9 after taking the loss.

In game two, once again, the Bears jumped out to a 4-0 advantage but this time had to hold on for the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) had a two-run double and drove in three total runs while Leonhardt added three hits and an RBI double as the Bears finished with 10 hits in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.), the reigning league player of the week, improved to 17-2 after earning the complete game win.

For Wingate, Jordan Floyd (Wilmington, N.C.) hit a solo home run in the seventh inning but Rachel Weidner (Greenville, N.C.) fell to 1-8 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne has won 32 of its last 34 games and is now four games up in the South Atlantic Conference standings.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Mars Hill on Senior Day in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2pm.

Thursday, 05 April 2018 06:56

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Announces 2018 Schedule

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team – under first-year Head Coach Drew Cronic – has announced its schedule for the 2018 campaign. The slate includes five games at Moretz Stadium.


The Bears open the season on the road against West Alabama in Livingston, Ala., on Thursday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. LR will be looking to avenge last season’s setback to the Lions, who finished 10-3 on the year and won the Gulf South Conference Championship. West Alabama also earned the top seed in the region and finished the year ranked No. 12 in the nation.


Lenoir-Rhyne’s other non-conference contests include North Greenville (September 8 at 7:00 p.m.) and Fort Valley State (October 20 at 6:00 p.m.) on the road and UNC Pembroke (October 27 at 2:00 p.m.) at Moretz Stadium.


Lenoir-Rhyne hosted Fort Valley State in a 2012 NCAA Division II First Round Playoff game, the first postseason appearance by the Bears in 50 years. The Bears won by a 21-6 score.


Lenoir-Rhyne’s first home game is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, at 6:00 p.m., against Mars Hill in the South Atlantic Conference opener. LR also hosts league-foes Tusculum (September 29 at 6:00 p.m.), Limestone (October 13 at 2:00 p.m., for Homecoming) and Catawba (November 10 at 2:00 p.m., for Senior Day).


The Indians are the Bears’ oldest rival. The two schools have met 97 times with Catawba holding a 49-44-4 edge in the all-time series.


Lenoir-Rhyne plays Wingate (September 22 at 6:00 p.m.), Newberry (October 6 at 4:00 p.m.) and Carson-Newman (November 3 at 1:00 p.m.) in league games on the road. Wingate finished 9-2 on the year, captured the SAC Regular Season Championship and ended the season ranked No. 24 in the nation.


2018 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Schedule







Aug. 30


West Alabama

Livingston, Ala.

7:00 p.m.

Sept. 8


North Greenville

Tigerville, S.C.

7:00 p.m.

Sept. 15


#Mars Hill

Hickory, N.C.

6:00 p.m.

Sept. 22



Wingate, N.C.

6:00 p.m.

Sept. 29



Hickory, N.C.

6:00 p.m.

Oct. 6



Newberry, S.C.

4:00 p.m.

Oct. 13


#Limestone (Homecoming)

Hickory, N.C.

2:00 p.m.

Oct. 20


Fort Valley State

Fort Valley, Ga.

6:00 p.m.

Oct. 27


UNC Pembroke

Hickory, N.C.

2:00 p.m.

Nov. 3



Jefferson City, Tenn.

1:00 p.m.

Nov. 10


#Catawba (Senior Day)

Hickory, N.C.

2:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University head field hockey coach Meghan Dawson officially announced the signing of eight student-athletes to the 2018 class.


The incoming class features student-athletes from six different states, including Kentucky, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


"I am extremely excited to introduce our recruting class for 2018," head coach Meghan Dawson said. "This class is extremely diverse on the field bringing different talents and skill sets. It is exciting to see where this class will stand within our current group."


Mikayla Barrow • F • Hatfield, Pa.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner in field hockey at North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pa. … scored 44 career goals and recorded 16 assists … coached by Shannon McCracken … named first team all-conference as a junior and second team all-conference as a senior … selected as North Penn’s Most Improved Player as a sophomore … also earned four letters in lacrosse … played club field hockey for the FSC Falcons … named the PhilaFieldHockey Attacker of the Week twice … as a member of the FSC Falcons U16 team, won the National Indoor Tournament J Pool Championship in 2016 and the Junior Premier Indoor League Championship in 2015 … her U19 team qualified for the 2017 National Club Championship.


PERSONAL: Full name is Mikayla Cora Barrow … daughter of Kelly and Doug Barrow … born Feb. 14, 2000 (18 years old) … has two siblings, Cassidy (21) and Kolby (16) … major is undecided.


Roxy Day • M/D • Virginia Beach, Va.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year member of the First Colonial High School field hockey team in Virginia Beach, Va. … played in the Virginia 6A State Finals all four years, winning a state championship in 2015 … on a team that was ranked in the MaxPreps Top 25 all four years … coached by Beanie Schleicher … also played club field hockey for the Saints Hockey Rocks under head coach Scotty Tyson … helped lead the Rocks to a No. 1 national ranking by Max Field Hockey in August 2017.


PERSONAL: Full name is Roxanne Rose day … guardian is Maureen Day … born May 23, 2000 (17 years old) … has one sibling, Jolie (12) … major is undecided.


Georgia Kelso • F • Raleigh, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four varsity letters in field hockey at Cardinal Gibbons High School … a three-year starter for the Crusaders that tallied 25 goals and 34 assists over four seasons … named to the NCHSAA 4A all-state team as a senior … made first-team all-conference as a sophomore, junior and senior … nominated for and played in the North Carolina All-Star game as a freshman, sophomore and senior … served as team captain during her senior year … also received four letters in track and field … also played club field hockey for the Carolina All Stars under coach Grant Fulton … competed in the USAFH National Indoor Tournament in 2018 and 2017 … finished first in her team’s respective bracket at the NFHCA U19 Spring Fling in 2017 … helped lead the All Stars to a second place finish at the USAFH Presidents Day U19 Showcase in 2017 … played club field hockey alongside fellow 2018 signee Ines Yofre.


PERSONAL: Full name is Georgia Katherine Kelso … parents are Jill and David Kelso … born January 31, 2000 (18 years old) … has two siblings, Mary Callan (16) and Hank (14) … plans to major in exercise science and then attend graduate school to become a physical therapist … comes from a family that has competed in DI athletics, including her father David who wrestled at Missouri State … cousin Jackson Teeling played Division I soccer at Drake University … cousin Charlie Schulte currently plays DI football at Drake … her uncle Vince Tobin was a defensive back at the University of Missouri and later became a defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts before serving as the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals from 1996-2000 … another uncle, Bill Tobin, played in the NFL for the Houston Oilers and later become the general manager of the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.


Sydney Lee • F/M • Richmond, Va.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterwinner in field hockey at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Va. … scored a career total of 33 goals with 15 assists … coached by Margie Snead … named first team all-conference as a sophomore … named to the 2016 NFHCA High School National Academic Squad … named a scholar-athlete for field hockey and lacrosse in 2013 and 2014 … served as a team captain for field hockey … a member of Trinity’s 2015 Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) championship run in 2015 … two-time state runner-up in 2016 and 2017 … also earned four letters in lacrosse … also played club field hockey for Panthers United under Betsy Ellis … participated in the Disney Showcase, National Indoor Tournament, NFHCA Winter Escape and the College Connection Shooting Star Showcase.


PERSONAL: Full name is Sydney Kate Lee … daughter of Kimberly and David Lee … born May 4, 1999 (18 years old) … has one sister, Isabel (13) … plans to major in communication sciences and disorders to become a speech therapist.


Lindsey Russell • D • East Syracuse, N.Y.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four varsity letters for field hockey at East Syracuse Minoa Central High School … awarded Most Valuable Player in 2015 and 2016 … as a senior, scored six goals and dished out seven assists, earning her All-State honors … received first team all-league honors as a senior, junior and sophomore and second team all-league honors as a freshman … coached by Kate Harris … also earned one letter in track & field … played club field hockey for the Southern Tier Storm … coached by Stephanie Collins … part of a team that won a 2016 Shooting Stars Showcase Pool.


PERSONAL: Full name is Lindsey Marie Russell … guardians are Jeanie and Don Kells and Donald Russell … born July 27, 2000 (17 years old) … has one sister, Emilie (23).


Anna Smarrelli • M • Mt. Airy, Md.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year captain and four-year member of the Linganore High School field hockey team in New Market, Md. … scored 29 career goals with 17 assists … was named first team all-county as a junior … received first team all-conference honors her sophomore and junior seasons … may receive honors for senior year … played in the 2014 Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) Class 3A state championship as a freshman … coached by Mary Cate Henry … also played club field hockey for Freedom Hky under coach Sarah Dawson … her U19 team finished third in the USA Field Hockey Club Rankings … played in the national club championship in 2016 and 2017 … led her team to first place finishes in the Junior Premier Indoor League (JPIL) and Junior Premier Outdoor League (JPOL) … named the 2016 JPOL Region 7 U16 MVP.


PERSONAL: Full name is Anna Mildred Smarrelli … parents are Janine and Greg Smarrelli … born January 31, 2000 (18 years old) … has three siblings, Vincent (27), Gina (24) and Joe (21) … plans to major in speech-language pathology … her father, Greg, attended Appalachian State … brother Vincent played baseball at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and played minor league baseball … sister Gina played field hockey at Slippery Rock University.


Brenna Schoenbachler • M • Louisville, Ky.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four letters as a member of the Mercy Academy field hockey team … named to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) field hockey junior all-star team in 2016 and the senior all-star team in 2017 … a three-time member of the all-regional team … earned first team all-state honors as a junior and senior … led Mercy Academy to a state runner-up finish in 2014 … was a Miss Kentucky Field Hockey nominee … served as a team captain during her senior season … also played club field hockey for IFHCK under coach Yasser Hayat … helped lead her U16 team to a Regional Club Championship and her U19 team to a USAFH National Indoor Qualifier Tournament championship.


PERSONAL: Full name is Brenna Marie Schoenbachler … daughter of Kristi and Steve Schoenbachler … born June 17, 2000 (18 years old) … has one brother, Brad (26) … plans to major in biology with aspirations to attend medical school after graduation.


Ines Yofre • F • Chapel Hill, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three varsity letters for field hockey at Chapel Hill High School … named to the NCHSAA 3A all-state team as a senior … named all-conference as a junior and senior … served as team captain for the Tigers during her season and received the team leadership award … was coached by Rachelle White … also earned two varsity letters in lacrosse … also played club field hockey for the Carolina All Stars under coach Grant Fulton … competed in the USAFH National Indoor Tournament in 2018 and 2017 … finished first in her team’s respective bracket at the NFHCA U19 Spring Fling in 2017 … helped lead the All Stars to a second place finish at the USAFH Presidents Day U19 Showcase in 2017 … played club field hockey alongside fellow 2018 signee Georgia Kelso.


PERSONAL: Daughter of Ricardo Yofre and Lucrecia Reumann … born July 27, 2000 (18 years old) has two siblings, Ricardo (14) and Francisco (10) … plans to major in marketing.

Thursday, 05 April 2018 06:42

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Edges Out Lander

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (23-14) was able to hold on for a 9-8 victory on the road over Lander (12-21) Tuesday evening in a mid-week regional contest at Dolny Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 5-0 advantage – aided by a two-run home run from senior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) in the fifth inning – and were able to hold on for the victory.

Sophomore shortstop Corbin Watson (Eden, N.C.) added a bases-clearing triple in the eighth frame and drove in four runs for the Bears, who won despite the Bearcats’ 13-7 advantage in total hits.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Jake Conroy (Binghamton, N.Y.) improved to 3-0 after pitching five scoreless innings and striking out five batters while senior Patrick Laganke (Raleigh, N.C.) registered the final three outs for his first save of the year.

For Lander, Colton Yeager (Jacksonville, Fla.) drove in two runs but J.D. Cook (Asheville, N.C.) fell to 3-4 on the year after taking the loss. The Bearcats scored twice in both the eighth and ninth innings but couldn’t get any closer.

With the victory over the Bearcats, the Bears already eclipsed last year’s win total.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Friday when the Bears host Tusculum on Friday at 6pm.

Thursday, 05 April 2018 06:40

Appalachian State Baseball Gets Win at Radford

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Kendall McGowan gave Appalachian State a first-inning boost with a two-run homer, and starting pitcher Brandon Boone made the lead hold up with seven strong innings in a 5-1 victory at Radford on Tuesday night.

Boone enjoyed the longest outing of his brief career as the Mountaineers (7-19) improved to 4-1 in midweek road games this season. He struck out six batters and allowed one run on four hits, with the only damage coming on a solo homer with two outs in the fourth inning.

Boone (2-2) lowered his ERA in a starting role to 3.10 before giving way to senior reliever Luke Watts, who pitched two scoreless innings.

McGowan (2-for-5, two RBIs) and Joel McDaniel (2-for-2, double) led an App State offense that finished with seven hits. Beau Myers pushed the lead to 3-0 with a sacrifice fly, Alex Leshock (1-for-4) had the final two RBIs and Conner Leonard (1-for-3) scored twice.

“A really complete win,” App State head coach Kermit Smith said. “It started with Kendall’s home run and Brandon Boone’s outing. Any time you can jump out to an early lead and then get seven strong out of your starter, you have to feel good about that.

“You have to point to Beau’s sac fly and Leshock’s two two-out RBIs as key points in the game, as well. I’m proud of our guys. We need to take this momentum into the weekend.”

The Mountaineers went to work immediately, with Bailey Welch delivering a one-out double into the right-field corner in the top of the first inning and moving to third on a fielding error. McGowan, who served as App State’s designated hitter, drove an 0-1 pitch over the left-field fence for his second career homer.

App State moved ahead 4-0 with a two-run fourth, as walks to Riley Smith, Leonard and McDaniel loaded the bases with one out. Myers brought home Smith with a sacrifice fly to center, and Leshock’s single to right field allowed Leonard to score.

Appalachian capped the scoring with a run in the eighth, when Leshock drew a bases-loaded walk to complete a two-out rally. Leonard and McDaniel singled with two away before Myers was hit by a pitch.

After the two-out homer by Radford’s Matt Roth in the fourth inning, Boone retired nine of the last 11 batters he faced. A strikeout began a perfect fifth, and the only blemish in the sixth was a two-out infield single in which Richard De la Cruz beat Boone to first as he covered the bag on a bouncing ball to Leonard. Smith promptly threw out De la Cruz on a steal attempt.

Boone recorded two strikeouts in a scoreless seventh, with Leonard producing the second out by making a foul-territory catch as he collided with the brick wall beyond the first-base dugout. Boone followed a walk with another strikeout and was congratulated by his teammates as he returned to the dugout.

Watts had three strikeouts and stranded five baserunners over the final two innings.

Radford (10-17) loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but Leonard fielded a high chopper toward first and threw home to Smith for a forceout before Watts induced an inning-ending groundout to Drew Beck at third.

Watts followed a leadoff single in the ninth with two strikeouts, and the Highlanders had two runners in scoring position after a two-out single was misplayed. A lineout to Myers in left ended the game.

The Mountaineers return to action Friday, when they are scheduled to host Troy in the opening game of their first Sun Belt Conference home series of the season.

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