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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 4
Statesville: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Watauga: 3
St. Stephens: 0

Natalie Orcutt (Senoia, Ga./Starr’s Mill) continued her exceptional freshman campaign on Wednesday with three home runs in two games and her first-career four-hit game as Appalachian State University softball took game one against Radford 6-1, but dropped the nightcap by a score of 10-6.

“Today was another great effort by Vanessa (Ciocatto) in the circle and Natalie (Orcutt) did a great job of leading us offensively,” said head coach Janice Savage. “In the second game, we lost focus and made too many mistakes, which cost us a ballgame. We will learn from those mistakes, get better tomorrow at practice and take the positives with us into the weekend against Georgia Southern.”

The Mountaineers are now 9-30 overall, which includes a 3-3 mark against the Big South Conference this season, while the Highlanders headed down the mountain with a 21-15 record.

As mentioned above, Orcutt is putting forth a historic effort in her first spring on campus. On the day, she went 6-for-7 with four runs scored, one double, three bombs, three RBI, and 16 total bases. Since a 2-of-16 drought in the South Alabama series and the first two games against UT Arlington, the Senoia, Ga., native has gone 9-for-11 (.818) to raise her average to a team-best .383. That mark is good for seventh in the Sun Belt Conference, sixth in program history and second-best in App State history for a freshman.

Wednesday, Orcutt, Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) and Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) combined to go 15-of-19 (.789) with seven runs, two doubles, four home runs, eight RBI, and 29 total bases. All three now have batting averages above .300 and if Orcutt and Dodd can finish with averages above .300, it’d be the first time in school history two freshmen have done so in the same season.

Game One: App State 6, Radford 1
The Black and Gold scored one run in the first and five in the six for the day’s first contest. In the first, Orcutt hit her first home run of the day, a solo jack to center field. In the sixth, Parker hit a two-run blast and Tiffany Taynor (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) went deep for the first time this season with a three-runner to left.

That was all the run support Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./Delaware State/La Habra) (7-14) needed as she went the distance for the sixth time this season with one earned run given up on five hits. In her last nine appearances, including five starts, the junior hurler has a 2.45 ERA in 34.1 innings pitched with a 3-3 record, and two complete games. During that span, her ERA has come down from 5.58 to 4.63.

Game Two: Radford 10, App State 6
App State scored two runs in the first with an RBI single (Dodd) and an RBI fielder’s choice (Taynor) before another run in the second on Orcutt’s second four-bagger of the day. At that point, the home team was up 3-1 on its visitors.

However, over the course of the next five innings, Radford would outscore Appalachian State 9-3 to pull out the 10-6 victory on the Apps’ home turf. The Mountaineers’ didn’t turn in the best defensive effort for the second game as they had four errors and six of the Highlanders’ 10 runs were unearned.

Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) (2-10) was saddled with the loss in 5.1 innings pitched with nine runs surrendered, only three of which were earned, on eight hits. In relief, Claire Eosso (Moyock, N.C./Currituck County) went two-thirds of an inning and Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Wichita State/Alameda) made her first appearance in over a month with one inning of work.

Next up, App State travels to Georgia Southern for a twinbill on Saturday (1 p.m.) and game three on Sunday (1 p.m.).

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Teams had two athletes – Kevin Baxter and Haylea Salamon – earn weekly South Atlantic Conference honors.

Baxter, a senior from Columbia, S.C., was selected the AstroTurf SAC Men’s Outdoor Track Runner Of The Week. Baxter won the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.13 seconds last Saturday at the VertKlasse Meeting in High Point, N.C. Baxter, who competed against mostly NCAA Division I competition, placed first in the event at the meet for the third straight season.

The time was seventh-best in NCAA Division II and provisionally qualifies him for the national championships for the fourth straight season. Baxter is a two-time All-American in the event (2014-15). In addition, Baxter competed on the Bears’ men's 400-meter relay squad which finished in 42.91 seconds at the meet.

Salamon, a sophomore from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, was voted on as the SAC women’s outdoor track field athlete of the week. Salamon established a new school record in the women’s shot put (38’10.5”), good for 22nd place but was the top non-Division I score. Salamon also competed in the women’s discus (136’11) and the women’s javelin (103’4”) where she placed 13th and 18th overall, respectively, at the VertKlasse Meeting.

Salamon earned NCAA Division II All-American honors (second-team) last spring in the women’s discus and was the 2015 SAC Women’s Outdoor Track Freshman and Co-Field Athlete Of The Year.

Queens’ Nikia Squires was named the AstroTurf SAC Women’s Outdoor Track Runner Of The Week while the Royals’ Bret Myers was selected as the league’s men’s outdoor track field athlete of the week.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Teams next compete at the Aggie Invitational, hosted by North Carolina A&T State University, this Saturday in Greensboro, N.C.

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 21:40

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Rolls Over Newberry

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Lacrosse Team (8-5, 5-0) put away Newberry (5-7, 1-4) by a 20-2 score in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) scored a game-high seven goals while freshman attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) scored five times – all in the second half – as the Bears moved into a first-place tie in the league standings with Queens.

Sophomore midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) added three goals and three assists for the Bears, who put the game away early with five goals in the first six minutes of the contest.

Ajahna Grosvenor (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Alexis Kahler (West Bloomfield, N.J.) scored for Newberry in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) added three goals to increase her team-leading total on the year to 35 while the Bears held big advantages in both shots taken (47-10) and ground balls (49-22) in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne scored 10 goals in both halves while sophomore goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the win after picking up five saves. Newberry’s Brandy Bowman (Irvine, Calif.) put up a valiant effort but suffered the setback despite making 19 stops on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Charlotte, N.C., to take on Queens in a South Atlantic Conference showdown on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2016 winter sports season.

The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.

The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup and recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. Wachovia, and now Wells Fargo, has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.

In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points. Conferences are listed alphabetically by classification.

*Note: Standings reflect only what has been reported to the NCHSAA by Conference Presidents Conference Secretaries and/or Athletic Directors.

In our area conferences:

Southern District 7 2-A: Maiden and Newton-Conover share the conference title after the winter season. Maiden finishing the season with third-place finishes in wrestling and men’s basketball, and Newton-Conover finishing with championships in wrestling and women’s basketball. East Lincoln is in third with a men’s basketball championship and a tied runner-up finish for women’s basketball.
Conference Standings
Maiden 57
Newton-Conover 57
East Lincoln 50.5
Lincolnton 46.5
West Lincoln 40.5
Bandys 35.5
Bunker Hill 35.5
West Caldwell 30.5

South Mountain Athletic 2-A/3-A: Kings Mountain finishes the winter season out in front with top finishes in men’s basketball and women’s swimming along with a third-place finish in wrestling. East Burke is in the second spot, having finished the winter season with second-place finishes in men’s swimming and women’s basketball. Third place Shelby had a top finish in men’s swimming and a second-place finish in men’s basketball.
Conference Standings:
Kings Mountain 37.5
East Burke 31.5
Shelby 30
R-S Central 27
Crest 22.5
Chase 22
Draughn 22
East Rutherford 20.5
Burns 11

North Piedmont 3-A/4-A: Lake Norman is able to take the top spot after the winter season thanks to championships in men’s swimming, women’s swimming and wrestling. In second place is Mooresville with second-place finishes in wrestling and men’s basketball. South Iredell finished third thanks to second-place finishes in men’s and women’s swimming.
Conference Standings
Lake Norman 540
Mooresville 447.5
South Iredell 427.5
Alexander Central 420
North Iredell 370
Statesville 335
North Lincoln 317.5
West Iredell 262.5

Northwestern Athletic 3-A/4-A: Hickory is in first after the winter, thanks to a championship in men’s basketball, a second-place finish in women’s swimming and a third-place tie in women’s basketball. Watauga is in second overall after a fourth-place finish in women’s swimming and a fifth-place finish in men’s. In third is Freedom, with a first-place tie in women’s basketball and a second-place finish in men’s swimming.
Conference Standings
Hickory 133
Watauga 123.5
Freedom 119.5
South Caldwell 114
St. Stephens 112
Patton 105
Fred T. Foard 91
Hibriten 86.5

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 5
Lake Norman: 3

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 10
St. Stephens: 7

Freedom: 5
Patton: 3

Hibriten: 5
Hickory: 3

South Caldwell: 6
Watauga: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 5
East Burke: 2

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 11
Bandys: 4

West Caldwell: 10
Bunker Hill: 2

Maiden: 2
Lincolnton: 1

North Piedmont Conference:
West Iredell: 9
Alexander Central: 7

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
St. Stephens: 3

South Caldwell: 13
Watauga: 9

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 13
Kings Mountain: 2

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 11
Newton-Conover: 10

Bunker Hill: 6
West Caldwell: 0

Maiden: 12
Lincolnton: 2

North Piedmont Conference:
Mooresville: 4
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 4
St. Stephens: 1

Freedom: 1
Patton: 1

Watauga: 3
South Caldwell: 1

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 10
East Burke: 0

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 8
Bandys: 0

Bunker Hill: 3
West Caldwell: 1

Lincolnton: 4
Maiden: 3

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 22:43

Appalachian State Baseball Lose to Campbell

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Tanner Mann-Fix (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic) drove in three runs but assorted miscues proved to be the difference in Appalachian State University baseball’s 9-4 loss to Campbell on Tuesday evening at the North Main Park Complex.

Appalachian State (8-21) committed two errors, threw five wild pitches, left 12 runners on base and had another runner thrown out at the plate in the loss, its third-straight at the hands of Campbell (16-14).

Thanks primarily to Mann-Fix’s two-run triple in the second inning and RBI single in the fourth, App State led 4-3 after four innings, despite the fact that Campbell plated three runs on just one hit in the third.

The Camels retook a 6-4 lead with single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, then broke the game wide open with three unearned runs (courtesy of two Mountaineer errors) in the eighth.

Campbell also got 5.2 innings of scoreless relief from Phil Stokes (1-0), Erik Dowse and Junior Snow to close the ballgame.

Mann-Fix’s three RBI were a career high and his two hits paced Appalachian State’s seven-hit attack. The Mountaineers were without the services of red-hot Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson), who had 10 RBI in the last six games but was a late scratch from Tuesday’s lineup after sustaining an injury during pregame warmups.

Freshman starting pitcher Seth Hardin (Climax, N.C./Providence Grove) struck out a career-high seven in 4.1 innings of work while allowing four earned runs on three hits and just two walks.

Winners of three of their last four Sun Belt Conference games, the Mountaineers return to conference action on Friday when they open a three-game series at Troy. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. ET.

Lenoir-Rhyne (34-8, 11-1) and Catawba (27-10, 11-1) remained tied for first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a doubleheader split Tuesday afternoon at Whitley Field. The Bears won the first contest by a 1-0 score while the Indians prevailed in the nightcap, 3-2, to snap Lenoir-Rhyne’s 15-game winning streak.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 1, Catawba 0
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) threw a two-hit shutout in addition to 11 strikeouts to lead the Bears to the victory.

The Bears scored the lone run of the game in the top of the first inning when sophomore designated player Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) drove in sophomore shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) with an RBI single.

Catawba’s Carley Tysinger (Lexington, N.C.) suffered the loss despite going the distance and allowing one unearned run with 10 strikeouts.

Game Two – Catawba 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
The Indians scored all three of their runs in the second inning and held on to defeat the Bears to salvage the split. Catawba’s Caroline Turner (Kenly, N.C.) highlighted the frame with the game-winning, two-run single.

Lenoir-Rhyne scored an unearned run in the second inning while junior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth in the losing effort.

Catawba’s Tysinger (20-5), who hit an RBI double in the second inning, struck out nine in the complete game victory while Hoskins (11-5) suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., in Anderson, S.C.