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Appalachian State opened its Sun Belt Conference baseball series at South Alabama with a 9-1 loss on Friday night.

South Alabama scored four times in the bottom of the first inning Friday, and App State responded with a run that followed back-to-back singles from Drew Beck and CJ Brown in the second inning. Beck came home on a double-play groundout.

Alex Leshock and Jason Avers produced the other hits for the Mountaineers (6-17, 0-7).

Appalachian pitchers Colin Schmid, Tristan Helms, Reed Howell and Jason Cornatzer combined for 10 strikeouts against the Jaguars, who moved ahead 6-1 with a two-run fourth.

Of the 10 batters retired by Schmid, six came on strikeouts, but South Alabama drew seven walks against App State's normal Saturday starter. Howell and Cornatzer both had two strikeouts apiece, as Cornatzer allowed one earned run in three innings.

South Alabama (14-11, 4-2) struck first, as a one-out single preceded three consecutive walks. Carter Perkins' RBI single gave the Jaguars a 2-0 lead, and Schmid recorded a 3-2 strikeout with the bases loaded before running the count to 1-2 against Hunter Stokes. He doubled down the left-field line to bring in two more runs.

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team flexed its offensive muscles on Friday, powering its way to a doubleheader sweep against host Guilford Tech at Ronnie Smith Stadium on the campus of Ragsdale High School.

The Red Hawks (23-9, 7-3 in Region X) scored a combined 36 runs in both games against the Titans (2-22, 0-11 in Region X), including a 15-3 seven-inning victory in game one and a 21-3 five-inning win in game two.

 

Game one: Catawba Valley 15, Guilford Tech 3 (seven innings)

 

Behind 12 hits, including two apiece off the bats of Graham Mitchell, Jimmy Marcelli, Garrison Burress and Kyran Russ, the Red Hawks won game one of the doubleheader against the Titans by 12 runs.

Guilford Tech took a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a solo home run by Cory Everett.

However, the Red Hawks responded by scoring six runs in the top of the second inning, including a three-run home run from Graham Mitchell, a two-run double from Jimmy Marcelli and an RBI double by Blake Jeter.

Mitchell homered twice in the Friday’s first contest, including a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning.

Burress also recorded his third home run of the season — a two-run shot off the top of the right center field wall — in the top of the sixth.

Burress’ blast was the first of three home runs in four at bats for Catawba Valley in the inning, including Mitchell’s second home run of the game and a solo home run by Russ.

Mitchell led the Red Hawks with five RBI in the contest, while Marcelli, Burress and Russ each drove in two apiece.

On the mound, CVCC starting pitcher Harry Hatcher earned his team-high fourth win of the season. He allowed five hits, three runs (one earned), three walks and struck out eight batters.

 

Game two: Catawba Valley 21, Guilford Tech 3 (five innings)

Tallying 18 hits and 21 runs, the Red Hawks rolled to an 18-run victory in game two against the Titans on Friday afternoon.

CVCC scored four runs each in the first and third innings, six runs in the second inning and seven runs in the fourth inning en route to its seventh conference win of the season.

Mitchell led the charge for Catawba Valley, driving in three runs on two hits, while Russ, Brett Macchia and Tyler Campbell each drove in two runs apiece. Twelve Red Hawk players were responsible for driving in at least one run in the game.

Red Hawks starting pitcher Trae Starnes picked up his third win of the season. He allowed five hits, three runs (two earned) and two walks, and Starnes also struck out six Titan batters.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (11-6, 2-4) lost in a tough South Atlantic Conference battle to Tusculum (13-4, 4-2), 6-3, Friday afternoon at the Nichols Tennis Complex. The Pioneers are ranked No. 38 in NCAA Division II.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite victories at first and third singles courtesy of junior Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA) and junior Shane O'Dea (Dublin, IRELAND), respectively, and third doubles thanks to the duo of sophomores Paul Lenz (Ratingen, GERMANY) and William Hewett (Wellington, NEW ZEALAND).

Lenoir-Rhyne looks to get back in the win column on Wednesday, April 4, when the Bears travel to Salisbury, N.C., to take on Catawba beginning at 2:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final

No. 38 Tusculum 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3

Friday, March 30, 2018

Greeneville, Tenn. (Nichols Tennis Complex)

 

Singles competition:

1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Marco Meon (TC), 6-3, 6-2

2. Tomas Kmetko (TC) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 6-2, 6-3

3. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Yago Fernandez (TC), 6-2, 6-0

4. Tashique Kader (TC) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-1, 6-0

5. Jorge Cervantes (TC) def. Paul Lenz (LR), 6-3, 6-3

6. Gabriel Yaguar (TC) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 7-5, 6-2

 

Doubles competition:

1. Tashique Kader/Gabriel Yaguar (TC) def. Hamed Gandouz/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-7

2. Yago Fernandez/Toby de Klerk (TC) def. Tales Miranda/Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 8-4

3. Paul Lenz/William Hewett (LR) def. Jorge Cervantes/Eduardo Munoz (TC), 8-2

 

Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (11-6, 2-4 SAC), Tusculum (13-4, 4-2 SAC)

 

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (8-7, 1-5) fell to No. 19 Tusculum (16-0, 6-0) by a 9-0 score Friday afternoon at the Nichols Tennis Complex in a South Atlantic Conference contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne will look to bounce back on Wednesday, April 4, at 2:00 p.m., against Catawba in Salisbury, N.C., while Tusculum faces Queens in a battle of undefeated league foes Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final

No. 19 Tusculum 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 0

Friday, March 30, 2018

Greeneville, Tenn. (Nichols Tennis Complex)

 

Singles competition:

1. #15 Katarina Majorova (TC) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-2, 6-1

2. #53 Franziska Funke (TC) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 6-0, 6-0

3. #25 Annie McCullough (TC) def. Sara Kalkenova (LR), 6-1, 6-2

4. Caitlin McCullough (TC) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 6-3, 6-4

5. Angelica DeVincenzis (TC) def. Sanne Janssen (LR), 8-4

6. Africa Mota (TC) def. Taylor Fredrickson (LR), 8-2

 

Doubles competition:

1. #10 Annie McCullough/Caitlin McCullough (TC) def. Emily Murchland/Sanne Janssen (LR), 8-0

2. Katarina Majorova/Franziska Funke (TC) def. Marta Escanero Funes/Taylor Fredrickson (LR), 8-1

3. Africa Mota/Amber Lackey (TC) def. Sara Kalkenova/Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 8-5

Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (8-7, 1-5 SAC), Tusculum (16-0, 6-0 SAC)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (21-13, 9-7) fell to Lincoln Memorial (22-10, 8-8) by a 12-2 score in a South Atlantic Conference contest Friday at Hennon Field.

Lincoln Memorial’s Dalton Dedas (Louisville, Ky.) hit a two-run home run and Joe Stucky (Powell, Tenn.) added a three-run round-tripper to power the Railsplitters to the victory. Stucky finished with four runs batted in for Lincoln Memorial, who registered 18 hits in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Aaron Stamper (Clemmons, N.C.) gave the visitors a short-lived 1-0 advantage with an RBI single in the top of the first inning. Junior outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) added three hits despite the loss for the Bears.

On the mound, Lincoln Memorial’s Ethan Elliott (Knoxville, Tenn.) improved to 5-2 after allowing an unearned run over eight innings of work to go along with eight strikeouts. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) fell to 1-4 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne still has a chance to claim its fifth conference weekend series of the year with a pair of wins on Saturday.

The Bears’ pitchers have hit the 300-strikeout mark for the year.

Dean continues to lead the team in batting average (.366) this season.

The two teams will wrap up the league series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1pm.

The No. 12 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (30-5, 7-1) moved into sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a doubleheader sweep of Anderson (24-8, 6-2), 10-4 and 6-3, Friday afternoon in a league showdown at Bears Field.

In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne was powered by three home runs – one from freshman outfielder Savannah Moorefield (Claudville, Va.) and two from senior catcher Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) – in the victory. Cates, who drove in four runs as well, now has a team-leading seven home runs on the year.

The Bears took control with a six-run first inning and held on for the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) tallied three hits and two RBI to lead the Bears’ 11-hit attack while junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) (15-2) pitched six scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win.

For Anderson, Abigail Webb (Phenix City, Ala.) drove in a run on a pair of hits while Kayla Pepper (Anderson, S.C.) fell to 8-4 after taking the loss.

In game two, back-to-back sacrifice flies by freshman first baseman Kylee Leonhardt (Lincolnton, N.C.) and senior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer city, N.C.) in the bottom of the fifth inning gave the Bears the lead for good at 4-3 before adding a pair of runs in the sixth frame.

Leonhardt finished with two runs batted in while junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 14-3 on the year after going the distance. Parks allowed just one earned run.

Anderson’s Cailah Niles (Phenix City, Ala.) had an RBI double but Harlie Duncan (Tolono, Ill.) fell to 10-2 after taking the loss on the mound.

Lenoir-Rhyne improved to 16-0 at home this year.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder All-American Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.), who had three hits in the second game, continues to lead the team in hitting (.438). Boone also scored the game-winning run in the nightcap.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Lincoln Memorial in a league doubleheader on Monday, April 2, at 3pm.

The Crawdads will be hosting a Dinner and Movie Night at the ballpark on Friday, April 6th at L.P. Frans Stadium. The free event will begin at 4pm and wrap up at 9pm. 

Fans are invited to bring family and friends out the Frans for a baseball movie beginning at 6:30pm. Kids can run the bases following the movie. The Crawdads will begin giving away prizes every half hour starting at 4:30pm. The festivities will also include a bounce house, speed pitch, carousel, and an arts and crafts table. Fans are welcome to bring their dogs to the stadium. 

The Catawba Farms Crawdads Café and the first base concession stand will be open throughout the event to serve food and refreshments. The 'Dads will be offering Thirsty Thursday pricing on beer and Pepsi products. There will also be $1 hot dogs and free popcorn. 

The 'Dads will have a buy one get one ticket offer for Opening Weekend for the games on Thursday, April 12th to Sunday, April 15th. Claw Club, Silver Slugger and season ticket holders will be able to pick up their packets during the event.

For the 15th consecutive year, Appalachian State University field hockey was honored as a Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team recipient. Additionally, 16 student-athletes were named to the 2017 National Academic Squad and four student-athletes were awarded the prestigious Scholar of Distinction award.

Appalachian State was one of 74 Division I programs to earn the 2017 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award by posting a team GPA of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year. The Mountaineers made the cut with a fall GPA of 3.37.

Appalachian State is one of 18 Division I schools to be named a National Academic Team recipient each year since the award first began in 2003, joining schools such as Harvard University, Columbia University, Yale University, Duke University, Penn State University and Georgetown University.

Student-athletes who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher during the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year are named to the NFHCA Academic Squad. Appalachian State's total of 16 is the most in program history, surpassing a previous high of 15 from 2004, 2008 and 2011.

Seniors Rebecca McLean and Savanna Sheridan were also honored for being named to the list for all four years of their college careers.

Sophomore Rachel Gaines and three first-year students - Chloe Bell, Annette Jarosz and Abby Merrill - achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher and were named Scholars of Distinction.

 

NFHCA National Academic Team
Chloe Bell
Lydia Bullock
Rachel Gaines
Annette Jarosz
Kelli Marshall
Rebecca McLean
Abby Merrill
Melissa Nobile
Maddie Phillips
Kaley Selner
Savanna Sheridan
Meghan Smart
Michelle Taylor
Jillian Ulery
Veerle Van Heertum
Ali Williams

 

Scholars of Distinction
Chloe Bell
Rachel Gaines
Annette Jarosz
Abby Merrill

Appalachian State has added an April 10 nonconference game at North Carolina to the 2018 baseball schedule.

First pitch for that Tuesday game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill.

In a series dating back to 1974, this will be the 29th meeting between the Tar Heels and Mountaineers, who last beat UNC in 1997. Their last meeting occurred in 2015, as current seniors Reed Howell (starting pitcher), Luke Watts (relief pitcher) and Conner Leonard (first baseman) played that day.

North Carolina is currently 15-10 overall and 5-4 in the ACC.

App State's trip to Chapel Hill will follow a weekend home series against Troy and come a day before the Mountaineers play a Wednesday game in Greensboro against North Carolina A&T.

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 7
Patton: 2

Fred T. Foard: 1
East Burke: 0

Hibriten: 3
West Iredell: 2

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 8
Hickory: 1

Freedom: 5
Watauga: 2

McDowell: 3
West Caldwell: 0

St. Stephens: 7
South Caldwell: 0

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