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Lenoir-Rhyne (24-11, 4-4) and Wingate (17-11, 6-2) split a South Atlantic Conference Softball doubleheader Thursday afternoon at Bears Field. The Bulldogs took the first contest, 2-1, before the Bears earned the shutout win in the nightcap by a 6-0 score.

Game One – Wingate 2, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
The Bulldogs’ Emily Usiak (Matthews, N.C.) hit a solo home run before adding the game-winning, run-scoring double in the fifth inning to lift Wingate to the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s lone run of the contest came in the second inning thanks to an RBI single by freshman shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.).

Wingate’s Stacey Houser (Mooresville, N.C.) went the distance and earned the victory on the mound. Houser scattered seven hits and struck out five batters in the game.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) fell to 11-8 after taking the loss. Hole allowed just two runs in addition to seven strikeouts while pitching into the seventh inning despite the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Wingate 0
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) hit a two-run home run and finished with three hits and three runs batted in while junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) pitched a complete game shutout as the Bears salvaged the split with the Bulldogs.

Hoskins improved to 13-3 on the season after scattering seven hits with six strikeouts for her sixth shutout of the year.

Phillips’ home run, her team-tying seventh of the season, gave the Bears a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the third inning and Lenoir-Rhyne never looked back. Freshman second baseman Averi Miller (Taylorsville, N.C.) added a two-run single as well for the Bears.

Meanwhile, Houser (11-8) suffered the loss for the Bulldogs.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Carson-Newman in a league doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Clare Cox picked up her 11th singles win of the season, but Appalachian State University women’s tennis was unable to score another point as it fell by a 6-1 final to Charlotte on Thursday at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex.

The Mountaineers (6-11) dropped their eighth-straight contest as the 49ers (7-8) grabbed the doubles point and won in straight sets at five of six singles spots.

Cox teamed with Mackenzie LaSure to pick up a hard-fought, 8-7 (9-7) win at No. 1 doubles, but Charlotte grabbed an 8-6 win at No. 2 and an 8-4 win at No. 3 to grab the doubles point and the early 1-0 lead.

In singles play, Cox improved to 11-6 on the season as she grabbed a 6-4, 6-4 win at the No. 1 spot. LaSure suffered a 6-1, 6-1 loss at No. 2 and Brianna Armellino was topped by a 6-2, 6-2 score at No. 3.

Gabrielle Wreder dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision at No. 4 while McKayla Zupan fell by a 6-2, 6-1 score at the No. 6 position. Melissa Machado put up a solid effort at No. 5, but was unable to grab the win as she lost by a score of 7-5, 6-4.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday when they square off with UNCG before traveling to Western Carolina on Sunday.

Charlotte 6, Appalachian State 1
Mar 26, 2015 at Charlotte, N.C. (Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. Victoria Pahlett (CHA) 6-4, 6-4
2. Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-1, 6-1
3. Lisa Grosselius (CHA) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 6-2, 6-2
4. Fleur Holtkamp (CHA) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 6-3, 6-3
5. Tyler Baker (CHA) def. Melissa Machado (APP) 7-5, 6-4
6. Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) def. McKayla Zupan (APP) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. Fleur Holtkamp/Victoria Pahlett (CHA) 8-7 (9-7)
2. Lisa Grosselius/Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) def. Melissa Machado/Megan Mullen (APP) 8-6
3. Tyler Baker/Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Gabrielle Wreder/McKayla Zupan (APP) 8-4

Match Notes
Appalachian State 6-11
Charlotte 7-8

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team swept a doubleheader against the Belmont Abbey JV winning game one 22-2 and winning game two 16-2.

Game one: CVCC 22, Belmont 2 (5 innings)

Offensive Leaders:
Clay Hodges 5-5, 4 doubles, 4 runs, 1 RBI
Randal Ortiz 3-4, 2 homeruns, 5 RBI, 2 runs
Ivan Acuna 4-4, 3 doubles, 3 RBI, 4 runs
Danny Sullivan 3-5, homerun, 2 RBI, 2 runs
Trever Lee 3-5, homerun, 3 RBI, 3 runs
Lou Matarazzo 3-5, homerun, 3 RBI, 3 runs

Winning Pitcher: Brandyn Norton (2-2), 2 runs, 3 hit, 3 K, 2 BB

Red Hawks offense was on fire posting 22 runs on 25 hits while the pitching staff shut down Belmont to 2 runs on 4 hits. Red Hawks scored in every inning a 5 inning shortened game. Including a 8 run third and 7 run fourth. Every player in the starting lineup recorded a hit while 8 of the 9 had at least 2 hits.

Game two: CVCC 16, Belmont 2 (5 innings)

Offensive Leaders:
Thomas Waddell 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs
Brandon Ford 2-4, 2b, 5 RBI, 1 run
Skyler Strickland 2-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI

Winning Pitcher: Gavin Huffman (1-2) 2.0, 0 runs, 1 hits, 3 K, 1 BB

Red Hawks offense stays hot in game 2 recording 16 runs on 11 hits. The Red Hawks had a 10 run second inning and never looked back.

Red Hawks are 15-13 on the season. They will play Patrick Henry in the conference home opener this weekend. There will be a double header on Saturday starting at 1:00pm

Catawba Valley Community College baseball player Danny Sullivan was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II player of the week for of March 16-22.

Sullivan went 13-23 in 6 games for a .565 average while scoring 6 runs and 3 RBI. Sullivan hit 6 extra base hits with 4 doubles, a triple and a home run. Sullivan also added 2 stolen bases and helped lead the Red Hawks to a 4-2 record including a conference opener sweep over Lenoir CC where he went 7-12 and in a game was a homerun short of the cycle.

The NJCAA Player of the Week recognizes the top players and pitchers in the nation for each division. This is the first Red Hawks baseball player named for this season.

Thursday, 26 March 2015 07:21

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Falls to Pfeiffer

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The Pfeiffer Baseball Team (19-13) defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (20-13) by an 11-4 score Wednesday night at Bears Field in non-conference action.

The Falcons, winners of four straight games, were led by Izzy Perez (Miami, Fla.) with a three-run home run and Zac Chilton (Pilot Mountain, N.C.) with a solo home run, three hits and three runs batted in.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led offensively by junior second baseman Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas). De La Rosa hit a two-run home run in the first inning and finished with a game-high four hits despite the loss.

Perez’s home run was part of five-run third inning which gave the Falcons the lead for good. Pfeiffer totaled 16 hits on the night.

Pfeiffer’s Keith Little (Mooresville, N.C.) started the game and was credited with the victory. Little improved to 4-3 on the year.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, sophomore first baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) added two hits and a run batted in while junior Wes McGuire (Richmond, Va.) (2-4) suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play this Friday against Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn., beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, 26 March 2015 07:20

Appalachian State Baseball Nipped by Wake Forest

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Wake Forest scored seven runs — six of them unearned — in the top of the eighth inning to rally from an 8-4 deficit and defeat Appalachian State University baseball, 11-8, on Wednesday night at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Appalachian State (7-18), which fell into a three-run hole early in the ballgame, rebounded for two runs in the third inning, two in the fourth and three in the sixth to grab the commanding 8-4 lead, which it took into the eighth.

In the top of the eighth, Wake Forest cut the Mountaineers’ advantage to 8-5 with a two-out RBI single by pinch hitter Kevin Conway but one batter later, App State reliever Ryan Ross (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) induced what looked like an inning-ending flyout to right field. However, sophomore Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson), making his third appearance of the season in the outfield after missing the first month of the campaign with a leg injury, dropped the ball and two runs scored to cut the Appalachian lead to 8-7.

Wake Forest’s Jonathan Pryor followed Stroup’s error with an RBI single that knotted the score at 8-8.

After Ross hit the next batter with an 0-2 pitch to load the bases, the freshman southpaw produced another fly ball to right field for what could have been the final out of the inning. Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, Stroup misplayed the ball near the warning track, allowing it to fall to the ground and one-hop the wall for a three-run triple that gave the Demon Deacons an unlikely 11-8 lead.

Appalachian State put runners on base in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings but couldn’t push across any more runs.

The fateful eighth inning overshadowed what was an otherwise strong performance for the Mountaineers, who came up four outs short of their first season sweep of Wake Forest since 2008 and their first season sweep of any Atlantic Coast Conference club since they took two games from Duke in 2012.

At the plate, App State banged out 12 hits, highlighted by Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, three RBI and three runs scored. Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount), Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan), Noah Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) and Bradley Morton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) chipped in with two hits apiece. Stroup drove in two runs.

The downside offensively was that Appalachian State left a season-high 15 runners on base.

On the mound, relievers Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) and Robert Whaley (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) combined for 4.1 innings of scoreless relief to allow the Mountaineers to rally in the middle innings. DeVrieze was particularly impressive with seven strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work. Whaley’s scoreless inning came in his first appearance of the season after missing the first 24 games due to a personal issue.

Defensively, Appalachian State turned a season-high four double plays but committed three errors that led to just four of Wake Forest’s 11 runs being earned.

Wake Forest (17-10) was led by right fielder Stuart Fairchild, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. The Demon Deacons have won three-straight and four of their last six games.

Appalachian State looks to shake off the heartbreaking defeat this weekend when it travels to UALR for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series. Game times are set for 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Little Rock, Ark.

Appalachian State University softball dropped both games of a doubleheader to Campbell on Wednesday. The Mountaineers (9-18) fell in Game One 5-1 and lost Game Two 5-0.

Game One: Campbell 5, App State 1

The Camels (18-13) got on the board first in the opening inning on a Stephanie Jones fielder’s choice.

With a 1-0 advantage in the third inning, Campbell used two RBI singles to extend their lead to 3-0 over the Mountaineers.

Campbell then scratched across one run in each of the next two innings to take a 5-0 lead into the sixth.

After a scoreless sixth, App State would finally get on the board with a Caroline Chambers (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) solo home run to left field. The homer for Chambers was her third of the season and her career.

The Apps managed just three hits in the contest with Tiffany Taynor (Edgewater, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) and Caroline Rogers (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) netting singles to go along with Chambers’ long ball.

Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township/Monmouth) got the start and pitched 2.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits to go along with three strikeouts. Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) pitched 1.1 innings in relief and gave up one run (not earned) on three hits.

Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) finished the remaining 2.1 innings and allowed one run on three hits.

Game Two: Campbell 5, App State 0

The Mountaineers fell behind early again in Game Two when the Camels scored on an RBI single to go up 1-0.

Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) started in the circle and pitched effectively for the Apps in 4.1 innings. Johnson allowed two runs (one earned) on six scattered hits. The redshirt junior also struck out three in the game.

Johnson held the Camels to one run through the first three innings before allowing one in the fourth when Campbell plated a run on a Mountaineer error.

With a 2-0 lead, Campbell stretched its lead with a three-run sixth inning. Back-to-back RBI doubles and two consecutive wild pitches led to the offensive outburst for the Camels.

Williford pitched 1.1 innings and surrendered three runs on three hits. Schoelkopf pitched the final out of the sixth.

Appalachian State will return home to Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium this weekend when it hosts UT Arlington in a Sun Belt Conference series. The Mountaineers will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 and then a single game at 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 29.

The Queens Women’s Lacrosse Team (8-4, 5-0) took control of the South Atlantic Conference race with a 13-10 triumph over Lenoir-Rhyne (4-6, 3-1) Wednesday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

The Royals, ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II, were led by Kelly Dowd (Stony Point, N.Y.) and Maggie Masters (Annapolis, Md.) with three goals each as Queens increased their winning streak to four games in the process.

Lenoir-Rhyne was paced by freshman midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) with a match-high four goals and a pair of assists while senior midfielder Kirsten Smith (Dunkirk, Md.) and junior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) both scored twice in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 3-2 advantage on a goal by Smith at the 18:08 mark of the first half on a free position shot before Queens took control by scoring nine of the game’s next 11 goals.

The Bears tried to rally with three goals in the final two minutes but the deficit was too great to overcome.

Danielle Horoschak (Jarrettsville, Md.) stopped nine shots to earn the win in goal for Queens, who held a 29-26 edge in shots taken. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) suffered the setback despite making nine saves as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Tampa on Friday afternoon at Moretz Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Meghan Dawson, a two-time national champion at North Carolina who helped lead Bucknell to the 2014 Patriot League regular-season championship as an assistant coach, has been named Appalachian State University field hockey’s head coach, director of athletics Doug Gillin announced on Wednesday.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Coach Dawson to the Appalachian State family,” Gillin said. “Meghan’s values of academic integrity, social responsibility, competitive excellence and providing a world-class experience for student-athletes align perfectly with our core values at Appalachian State. I thank the members of our search committee, chaired by associate athletics director Troy Heustess, for their hard work and the outstanding job that they did of identifying one of the best young coaches in the sport. I’m excited for the future of Mountaineer field hockey!”

Dawson comes to Appalachian State from Bucknell, where she has served as an assistant coach since 2013. The Bison won 21 games in Dawson’s two seasons with the program, highlighted by a 13-6 campaign in 2014 (Bucknell’s first winning season in five years) and the program’s first-ever Patriot League outright regular-season championship.

Dawson’s coaching resume also includes stints with the USA Field Hockey Futures Program (2014-present), as head coach of two club teams (Lewisburg, Pa. Bison Field Hockey Club from 2013-15 and Chapel Hill, N.C. Carolina All-Star Field Hockey Club U16 team in 2012) and as an assistant coach at Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern Regional H.S. (2012) and with the Berlin, N.J. Spirit of USA Field Hockey Club (2012-13). Most notably, as an assistant at Eastern Regional H.S. in 2012, she helped lead her high-school alma mater to the New Jersey Group IV state championship.

Dawson is no stranger to championships as a player either, having advanced to four Final Fours and winning the 2007 and 2009 national titles as a defender at North Carolina from 2007-11. In 94 career games, including 73 starts at back, she recorded seven goals and five assists.

She was a two-time all-region performer at UNC, a 2010 all-NCAA Tournament honoree and the recipient of the Tar Heels’ prestigious Marjorie Moses Schwab Unsung Hero Award. She was also invited to participate in the 2011 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Senior Game but did not play because she was still competing for UNC.

Dawson played at North Carolina under the tutelage of head coach Karen Shelton, a member of the NFHCA and USA Field Hockey Halls of Fame.

Following her collegiate career, Dawson was a member of the United States Field Hockey Developmental Squad, competing at the highest level of field hockey in the world and earning a silver medal at the 2011 Champions Challenge.

As a standout prep player at Eastern Regional H.S., she was a two-time NFHCA all-American and New Jersey Player of the Year, a three-time all-region, all-state, all-conference, all-group and all-South Jersey performer and helped lead her squad to four-straight state championships. She also played basketball and softball, earning all-conference recognition on the hardwood.

Dawson, 26, is one of eight siblings in an ultra-athletic family. Her sister, Rachel, also played field hockey at North Carolina and was National Player of the Year in 2007. Rachel and sisters, Natalie and Sarah, who played collegiately at Iowa, were all members of the U.S. National Team. Her brother, David, played football and baseball at Monmouth and brother, Andrew, played football and baseball and Williamson Technical School.

Dawson graduated from North Carolina in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

“I’m really excited and thankful for the opportunity to be Appalachian State University field hockey’s head coach,” Dawson said. “I am thrilled to work with our student-athletes and to quickly engulf myself in the University culture and family .”

Full Name: Meghan Emily Dawson
Birthdate: Dec. 13, 1988 (26 years old)
Alma Mater: North Carolina, 2011 (communications)

Coaching Experience
2013-14: Bucknell (assistant coach)
2014-present: USA Field Hockey Futures Program (assistant coach)
2013-15: Bison Field Hockey Club, Lewisburg, Pa. (head coach)
2012-13: Spirit of USA Field Hockey Club, Berlin, N.J. (assistant coach)
2012: Eastern Regional H.S., Voorhees, N.J. (assistant coach)
2012: Carolina All-Star Field Hockey Club U16 (head coach)

Professional Playing Experience
2011-13: United States Field Hockey Developmental Squad

Collegiate Playing Experience
2007-11: North Carolina

“Meg is absolutely wonderful and a joy to be around. She played a huge role in our progress over the last couple years, particularly last season when we had eight shutouts, 13 wins and won the Patriot League regular-season championship for the first time — one of the most successful seasons in program history! Furthermore, Meg is an incredibly positive and supportive person by nature and when you combine that with her competitive drive and hockey knowledge, she will be an amazing leader for Appalachian State’s program. We’re really sad to see her go but wish her the very best at App State!”
— Head Coach Jeremy Cook, Bucknell University

“I’m so pleased and excited for Meghan. She comes from a great hockey family, with all of her sisters excelling in the sport, but she’s also distinguished herself in her own right. As a player here at UNC, she was a calm and steady force on the field, mature beyond her years and poised under pressure. She’s done an excellent job as an assistant coach at Bucknell and I think she’s well prepared to take the next step as Appalachian State’s head coach.”
— Head Coach Karen Shelton, University of North Carolina

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