The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (1-0) shut out Belmont Abbey (0-1), 1-0, in the 2015 season opener Thursday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne scored the lone goal of the match when sophomore midfielder Leon Mueller-Wiesen (Munich, GERMANY) finished off a penalty kick at the 11:24 mark of the first half.
Lenoir-Rhyne was able to hold on from there despite a 13-11 advantage in shots taken by Belmont Abbey on the afternoon.
The Bears’ goalkeeper, freshman Benjamin Lundt (Berlin, GERMANY), earned the shutout victory. Lundt stopped two shots on the day. Belmont Abbey’s Luke Whalen (Lincoln, Ga.) suffered the loss despite allowing just one score. Whalen was also credited with two saves.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Saturday night against Lander, its home opener, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
The Hickory Crawdads returned home and used the friendly confines of L.P. Frans Stadium to snap out of their skid Thursday night, as the 'Dads erased a 2-run deficit with a 7-run rally in the 8th to launch themselves to a 9-4 win over the visiting Rome Braves.
The Crawdads entered the game on a 5-game losing streak in which the team had scored 5 total runs. The first 7 innings of the contest appeared to be more of the same, as the 'Dads bats were held to two runs on five hits over the first 6 innings but remained close thanks to the solid pitching of All-Star Collin Wiles. Hickory broke through at the plate in the bottom of the 8th however, when the bats erupted for 7 runs on 7 hits to turn a 2-run hole into a 5-run advantage and an eventual 9-4 victory.
The 7-run outburst is tied for the largest single inning by the Crawdads this season, with the two home runs hit in the frame also tying a single-inning best.
The majority of the night was a close, well-pitched contest between the 'Dads and Braves. Rome staked themselves to the initial lead in the 2nd on an RBI groundout by Leudys Baez, but Hickory quickly responded in the 3rd with a 2-out, RBI single from rehabbing major leaguer Jurickson Profar to tie the score at 1-1.
The Braves re-took the advantage with the help of the long ball, as both Braxton Davidson and Luis Valenzuela lined solo home runs in the 4th and 5th frames respectively to put Rome back on top 3-2. The Crawdads narrowed the deficit with a solo homer of their own by Carlos Arroyo in the 6th, but the Braves answered in the top of the 8th with an error by Wiles and an RBI single from Jordan Edgerton to once again stretch the Rome lead to two runs at 4-2.
That set the stage for the 'Dads 8th inning rally, an inning that began with a routine groundout to short by Juremi Profar. Eduard Pinto followed and began a streak of six consecutive Hickory hits when he roped a solo blast to right field to put the club down 4-3. Arroyo, Jonathan Meyer, and Chuck Moorman all followed with singles, before a balk by Braves reliever Taylor Cockrell brought in Arroyo and tied the score at 4-4. The Crawdads kept their foot on the gas from there, with an RBI double from Eric Jenkins and a 2-RBI single by Jurickson Profar. One out later, Luke Tendler capped off the monster inning with a 2-run homer off the scoreboard in right center field to give the 'Dads the 9-4 lead they would win by.
All nine Hickory hitters reached base safely at least once, with Jurickson Profar leading the way with a 3-5 night including 3 RBI. Tendler finished 2-4 with his 14th home run of the year, 2 RBI, and a walk, Arroyo went 2-4 with a homer, one RBI and two runs scored, and Pinto had a 1-4 game with a home run, RBI, run scored, and a sacrifice bunt.
'Dads reliever Scott Williams (5-0) earned the win with 1.2 perfect innings out of the bullpen, while Cockrell (1-1) took the loss for Rome with 7 runs allowed on 7 hits and two strikeouts over 1.1 IP. Wiles finished the game with a no-decision after tying a career-high with 7.1 IP in which he allowed four runs, three earned, on 9 hits and three strikeouts.
The Crawdads (78-56/34-32) and Braves (57-79/26-40) will match up again Friday night in game two of the 5-game series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (1-0), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, opened the 2015 season with a 2-0 victory over Lees-McRae (0-1) Thursday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Senior midfielders Emmi Dunn (Reading, Pa.) and Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) each scored a goal and new mentor Gary Higgins picked up his first victory tonight.
Dunn opened the scoring just 74 seconds into the match with a penalty kick goal while Alequine, a two-time All-American, scored in the 63rd minute right in front of the net after taking advantage of a saved shot.
Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 25-11 advantage in shots taken while junior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the shutout victory for the Bears. Leano stopped three shots on the night.
Lees-McRae’s goalkeeper, Alexis Feely (Wake Forest, N.C.), suffered the loss despite making 11 saves on the evening.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Savannah, Ga., to take on No. 13 Barry on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Caldwell: 3
St. Stephens: 0
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Rutherford: 0
East Burke: 3
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Rutherford: 2
St. Stephens: 1
West Caldwell: 2
Lake Norman Charter: 2
The Hickory Crawdads fell into unprecedented territory Wednesday night, as the 'Dads lost their 5th straight game for the first time this season with a 7-1 defeat to the Delmarva Shorebirds at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
The loss completed a series sweep for the Shorebirds against the Crawdads, with the Delmarva pitching staff proving particularly dominant as the 'Dads bats were held to five combined runs and 29 hits over five games and 45 total innings played. The defeat overshadowed a pair of solid performances by the Texas Rangers top two picks in the 2015 Draft, as 1st round selection Dillon Tate threw two shutout innings to start the game while the recently acquired 2nd round pick Eric Jenkins went 1-2 in making his 'Dads debut.
Delmarva jumped ahead with the help of the Hickory defense in the 3rd, as 2-out errors by both Carlos Arroyo at second base and Edwin Garcia at third extended the inning for Shorebirds number two hitter Steve Wilkerson who launched a 3-run home run to right for a 3-0 'Birds advantage.
The Crawdads responded by taking advantage of a Shorebirds defensive mistake in the 4th, as Luke Tendler reached on an E3 from Delmarva first baseman Logan Uxa before an RBI double from Jairo Beras plated Tendler and cut the 'Dads deficit to 3-1.
That would be as close as Hickory would get however, as the 'Birds scored two more runs against Crawdads All-Star Ariel Jurado in the 5th before finishing their offensive output with two final tallies against Hickory reliever Kelvin Vasquez in the 6th to take the 7-1 lead they would go on to win by.
Shorebirds starting pitcher Matthew Grimes (10-7) earned the win after allowing one unearned run on four hits, one walk, and two strikeouts over 6 innings pitched. Jurado (12-1) was given his first loss of the season with five runs allowed, two earned, on six hits and 5 Ks over three innings out of the bullpen.
Both Beras (2-4, 2B, RBI) and Jose Cardona (2-4) finished with multi-hit games for the 'Dads, while rehabbing Ranger Jurickson Profar ended the game 1-3 with a walk.
The Crawdads (77-56/33-32) will now return home to L.P. Frans Stadium for a 5-game series against the Rome Braves to conclude the regular season. First pitch for Thursday's series opener is scheduled for 7:00 pm.
North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 0
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 3
Bunker Hill: 1
West Caldwell: 0
South Piedmont Conference:
East Burke: 0
Alexander Central: 2
West Forsyth: 2
Lincoln Charter: 1
Bunker Hill: 5
North Gaston: 0
West Iredell: 0
South Iredell: 5
South Caldwell: 0
The Hickory Crawdads saw the return of All-Star pitcher Luis Ortiz Tuesday night but it wasn't enough to prevent another loss, as the 'Dads dropped their fourth straight game against the Delmarva Shorebirds with a 6-3 defeat at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
Ortiz appeared on the mound for the Crawdads for the first time since June 15th, with the 2014 1st round draft pick allowing one run on a pair of doubles in his one inning of work. A struggling Hickory offense came to life early with single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th frames to put the 'Dads ahead 3-2, but a 4-run, 5th inning by Delmarva put the club behind for good in the eventual 6-3 defeat.
The Shorebirds stuck for the first run of the night in the 1st when leadoff batter Steve Wilkerson doubled to right off of Ortiz and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Logan Uxa for a 1-0 'Birds lead. The Crawdads answered in the top of the 2nd, with an RBI ground out from Michael De Leon bringing home Jairo Beras the tie the score at 1-1.
The 'Dads jumped ahead in the next frame when the rehabbing Jurickson Profar lined a solo home run to right for his first long ball since coming to Hickory and a 2-1 Crawdads lead. The 'Birds responded in kind in the bottom of the 3rd however, with a solo shot off the right field foul pole by Logan Uxa to once again deadlock the game at 2-2.
Hickory took their final lead of the game in the 4th, with a 2-out, RBI single to center from Eduard Pinto driving home De Leon and putting the 'Dads on top 3-2. The advantage lasted until the bottom of the 5th, when Delmarva erupted for four runs on three hits and two walks against Crawdads reliever Yohander Mendez to take a 6-3 lead.
The 'Dads had one last opportunity to rally in the 7th with a leadoff single by De Leon and a Shorebirds fielding error allowing Pinto to reach, but Delmarva reliever Tanner Chleborad retired the next three batters to end the inning before putting up zeros in both the 8th and 9th to finish off the game.
Shorebirds bullpen arm Nigel Nootbaar (4-2) earned the win with two perfect innings including two strikeouts, while Chleborad (1) picked up the save after throwing three shutout frames. Mendez (3-3) took the loss for the 'Dads after allowing five runs on five hits, two walks, and 4 Ks during his 3.1 frames on the mound.
Both Luke Tendler and Beras finished the game 2-4, while De Leon went 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Crawdads (77-55/33-31) will try to salvage the fifth and final game of their series versus the Shorebirds (68-64/35-29) on Wednesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
For the third time in four matches, Appalachian State University volleyball swept its opponent in straight-sets. The Apps downed Gardner-Webb 3-0 in their season opener at the Holmes Center on Tuesday evening.
"It's always great to win our home opener. I liked the way we worked to be consistent when Gardner-Webb threw their quick system at us," said head coach Matt Ginipro. "I'm very happy with how our offense is evolving and it's good to see multiple people contributing."
The Mountaineers (3-1) battled early on in the first set against the Runnin’ Bulldogs (2-2), but found a way to pull away with midway through at 14-13. Appalachian went on a 11-4 run to close the set and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) led the Apps with four kills in the first set, while Vera Horstmann (Ostbevern, Germany/Northwest College) posted three kills and a .750 hitting percentage. Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) ran the offense with 10 assists.
The second set for the Mountaineers saw a similar late run that propelled them to a dominant set win over Gardner-Webb. With the score 12-11, App State went on a 13-4 run behind sequence that saw four kills and a service error in favor of App State to finish off the Runnin’ Bulldogs in the second.
Gregory once again led with four kills in the set and a .500 hitting percentage. Brown tallied 11 assists, while Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley) recorded seven digs.
The closest set of the three came in the third and final set of the match. App State’s largest lead of seven points at 15-8 would be closed down to three when Gardner-Webb made a late run to cut the deficit to 22-19.
The Black and Gold took advantage of a Runnin’ Bulldog service error and back-to-back kills from Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) to clinch the match.
For the match, Gregory led with 12 kills, while both Horstmann and Keller tallied nine each. App State’s Sun Belt Setter of the Week, Brown, recorded 32 assists and Mahoney led the defense with 13 digs.
"We need to keep improving each match and this weekend will be a big test for us as we gear up for the Sun Belt season," said Ginipro.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday when they begin the Fairfield Inn and Suites Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville, N.C. First match is against Iowa State at 4 p.m.