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Wednesday, 04 March 2015 23:38

Appalachian State Baseball Falls to NC State

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Appalachian State University baseball traveled to Doak Field to take on the NC State Wolfpack on Wednesday night. The Mountaineers fell 6-4 to NC State after an eighth inning rally plated the go-ahead run.

NC State (7-3) started fast, scoring two runs in the first inning. Preston Palmeiro reached on a fielder’s choice that scored the runner on third. Palmeiro was driven in two batters latter to make 2-0 Wolfpack lead.

Appalachian would settle in after a scoreless second inning, and got on the scoreboard in the third when Michael Pierson’s (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) Sacrifice fly brought Carson Jones (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe) across home plate. One Inning later Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) hit a towering home run to left center field to even the score at two apiece.

Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) pitched two solid innings, giving up no runs and one hit before making way for Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) in the fourth. Watts struck out two batters in his one inning of work.

In the fifth inning, Pierson hit a single through the left side of the infield allowing Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) to reach third. With the hit, Pierson has now reached base in 41 straight games, the longest streak in the country.

NC State’s Evan Brabrand entered the game and threw three wild pitches that brought both Burris and Pierson home to give Appalachian a two run lead.

The Wolfpack would fight to even the score in the seventh inning. Down 4-3 with the bases loaded, Palmeiro singled to center field and tied the ballgame. Appalachian got out of the inning when Andrew Knizner grounded into a double play.

In the eighth, Jake Armstrong’s RBI double drove the winning running in. Appalachian wasn’t able to get anything going in the ninth and saw Pierson to ground out third base to end the game.

The Mountaineers will be back in action this weekend in Statesboro, Ga. for a three game Sun Belt series versus Georgia Southern.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (12-15), the seventh seed in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship, took down second-seeded Wingate (21-9), 80-69, Wednesday night at Cuddy Arena in the quarterfinal round.

Lenoir-Rhyne will face third-seeded Newberry (19-10) in the semifinals of the league tournament on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., in Greenville, S.C., at Timmons Arena. Newberry downed Lincoln Memorial (14-15), the sixth seed, in the opening round at home by a 66-57 score in Newberry, S.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) scored a career-high 33 points to go along with 10 rebounds as the Bears won their fourth straight game.

Charles, a three-time first-team all-league pick, scored 24 points after halftime and hit six treys in the victory as well.

Senior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) added 14 points and sophomore forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) tallied a double-double – 12 points and 10 rebounds – for the Bears, who pulled off the upset.

Wingate was led by Chantal Dunbar (Virginia Beach, Va.), who scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds while Andrea Bertrand (Midlothian, VA.) added 14 points in the losing effort. The Bulldogs hit just two-of-15 three-point attempts (13 percent) as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne led at halftime by a 36-30 advantage and stayed ahead of Wingate the rest of the way. The Bears increased their margin to 15 points – 71-56 - on a lay-up by Charles with 3:05 remaining in the contest on their way to the win.

The Bulldogs held the edge in rebounding – 42-32 – but turned the ball over 15 times and shot just 41 percent (28-of-68) for the game.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Will Perry has been named a 2014-15 All-South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball honorable mention selection, league officials announced today.

Perry, a junior guard from Wake Forest, N.C., finished first on the team in scoring (15.3 ppg), free throw percentage (.906) and three-pointers made (60). Perry’s free throw percentage also ranks second in the league.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished the season with an 8-18 mark including a 6-16 ledger in league play.

2014-15 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Basketball Teams

Lorenza Ross, Lincoln Memorial
Demarkus Smith, Newberry
K.J. Arrington, Catawba
Carson Brooks, Carson-Newman
Luquon Choice, Lincoln Memorial
Darius Moose, Brevard

Errick Bethel, Coker
Ryan Daye, Wingate
Rob Lewis, Queens
Sean Morgan, Queens
Chase Mounce, Tusculum
Keenan Peterson, Lincoln Memorial

Isaiah Cutherbertson, Mars Hill
Jerrin Morrison, Catawba
Will Perry, Lenoir-Rhyne
Chris Ross, Anderson
Donte Samuels, Coker
Myson Jones, Anderson

Jerrin Morrison, Catawba
Charles Clark, Carson-Newman
Dorian Pinson, Lincoln Memorial
Jameel Taylor, Catawba
Maurice Howard, Anderson (tie)
James Stepp, Newberry (tie)

Lorenza Ross, Lincoln Memorial

Jerrin Morrison, Catawba

Josh Schertz, Lincoln Memorial

Points Per Game - Errick Bethel, Coker, 19.9
Three Pointers Per Game - Javon Price, Tusculum, 3.50
Rebounds Per Game - Matt Shown, Tusculum, 8.9
Blocked Shots Per Game - Chase Mounce, Tusculum, 2.04
Field Goal Percentage - Sean Morgan, Queens, 59.8
Assists Per Game - Lorenza Ross, Lincoln Memorial, 5.6
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio - Valentine Bauer, Mars Hill, 2.76
Steals Per Game - Trey Marshall, Coker, 2.38
Three Point Field Goal Percentage - Luquon Choice, Lincoln Memorial, 43.7
Free Throw Percentage - Myson Jones, Anderson (SC), 92.1
Team Scoring Offense - Newberry, 90.5
Team Steals - Newberry, 267
Team Field Goal Percentage -Lincoln Memorial, 50.3
Team Field Goal Percentage Defense - Lincoln Memorial, 37.0
Team Assists - Newberry, 500
Team Rebounding - Lincoln Memorial, 1,201
Team Blocked Shots - Lincoln Memorial, 128
Team Three Point Field Goal Percentage - Lincoln Memorial, 42.0
Team Scoring Defense - Lincoln Memorial, 62.5
Team Free Throw Percentage - Carson-Newman, 73
Team Assist-to-Turnover Ratio - Lincoln Memorial, 1.37

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (12-6) broke open a close game with a 10-run seventh inning in rolling to an 18-8 win over No. 4 Mount Olive (14-3) Wednesday afternoon at Bears Field.

Sophomore first baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) capped off the frame with a grand slam as the Bears snapped a five-game losing streak in the process.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior designated hitter Adam Venditti (Charlotte, N.C.) and outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) added solo home runs as the Bears set a season high for runs in a contest.

Mount Olive jumped out to a 5-2 advantage early in the contest thanks to a three-run home run from Joe Koehler (Tampa Bay, Fla.) and a two-run inside the park home run from Zak Orrison (Fuquay-Varina, N.C.) in the second inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior second baseman Brantley Rumford (Rock Hill, S.C.) also drove in four runs for the Bears and connected on the game-winning, two-run single in the seventh inning as well.

On the mound, sophomore Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) improved to 4-1 on the year after pitching two scoreless innings and striking out six batters.

Mount Olive’s Jose Serrano (Haines City, Fla.) fell to 1-1 after being tagged with the loss. Koehler drove in four runs to lead the Trojans offensively in the losing effort. Mount Olive also saw its six-game winning streak come to an end.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Friday against Catawba in Salisbury, N.C. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.

Redshirt-freshman Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) hauled in Freshman of the Year, all-Southern Conference team, and all-freshman team for the 2014-15 season, the league office announced on Wednesday.

“I am proud of Nick’s development throughout the year,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “He is primed and ready to compete at the SoCon and NCAA tournament.”

The 165-pounder finished the season with a 18-9 overall record, including an 11-3 dual meet mark. Kee was the only Mountaineer to make it through the Southern Conference schedule unscathed, posting a perfect 7-0 record.

The Laurinburg, N.C. native earned SoCon wrestler of the week honors on Feb. 4 and was ranked as high as 28th in the NCAA coaches’ panel rankings. Kee marks the second straight Appalachian wrestler to receive SoCon Freshman of the Year honors.

Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) joined Kee on the all-conference team after a breakout year for the Mountaineer heavyweight. Dejournette won his first 17 matches of the season and finished with a 29-4 record with a 15-2 mark in dual meets. The Winston-Salem native earned Southern Conference wrestling Athlete of the Month for November, as well as being named SoCon wrestler of the week twice during the 2014-15 season.

The Mountaineers placed two wrestlers outside of Kee on the all-freshman team. True-freshman Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) and redshirt-freshman Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) both earned spots on the team after their successful seasons. Longo ended the season with a 18-14 record while going 5-2 in the SoCon at 141 pounds. Przybysz finished the year strong, winning seven of his last eight matches and posted a 6-1 SoCon mark.

The Mountaineers will head to Asheville N.C. this weekend to compete in the Southern Conference Championship on Saturday.

2014-15 Wrestler of the Year

Sean Boyle, R-Sr., 125, Chattanooga

2014-15 Freshman of the Year

Nick Kee, 165, Appalachian State

2014-15 All-Southern Conference Team

125 – Sean Boyle, R-Sr., Chattanooga
133 – Nick Soto, Sr., Chattanooga
141 – Mike Pongracz, So., Chattanooga
149 – Ryan Mosley, R-So., Gardner-Webb
157 – Aaron Walker, R-So., The Citadel
165 – Nick Kee, R-Fr., Appalachian State
174 – Jake Residori, Jr., SIUE
184 – Scott Patrick, R-Sr., Davidson
197 – Scottie Boykin, So., Chattanooga
HWT – Denzel Dejournette, R-So., Appalachian State

2014-15 All-Freshman Team

Nick Kee, Appalachian State
Mike Longo, Appalachian State
Forrest Przybysz, Appalachian State
Ty Buckiso, The Citadel
Tyler Marinelli, Gardner-Webb
Angelo Silvestro, SIUE
Justin Lampe, Chattanooga

Appalachian State University women’s track and field had three student-athletes named to the all-conference team, announced by the league on Wednesday.

“As we completed the Sun Belt indoor championship, we are excited about the athletes that distinguished themselves at a very high level,” said head coach John Weaver. “That group for the women was highlighted by Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who became our first women’s Sun Belt champion. We are excited that we had six all-conference performers, which has very vividly shown us what we have to do to be successful. We absolutely believe that as we make this transition and now know what it takes to be successful in the Sun Belt, we can rise to that occasion.”

Van Ord was honored following her program and meet record time in the 5,000 meter run. Van Ord set the Sun Belt Conference championship time by finishing in 16:39.75 and becoming the first Mountaineer to be a Sun Belt champion. The sophomore also placed second in the 3,000 meter run with a personal-best time of 9:45.08.

Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) also earns all-conference honors for her performance in the 800 meter run. Howell placed second and finished in a personal-best time of 2:11.25. The time puts Howell second all-time in program history.

The distance medley relay team that consisted of Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts), Brooke Brekke (Neillsville, Wis./Neillsville), Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) and Allison Cook (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) earned all-conference honors for finishing in third place. The team finished in a time of 11:59.29, which was season-best in the event for the Mountaineers.

App State will open the outdoor portion of its 2015 schedule on Friday, March 20 for the beginning of the Wake Forest Invitational.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field had six student-athletes named to the Sun Belt all-conference team, announced by the league on Wednesday.

“As we completed the Sun Belt indoor championship, we are excited about the athletes that distinguished themselves at a very high level,” said head coach John Weaver. “That group for the men was highlighted by Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) who became our first men’s Sun Belt champion. We are excited that we had six all-conference performers, which has very vividly shown us what we have to do to be successful. We absolutely believe that as we make this transition and now know what it takes to be successful in the Sun Belt, we can rise to that occasion.”

McFoy was named for his performance in the 5,000 meter run and became the first men’s Sun Belt champion. McFoy won with a time of 14:31.90, which bested his previous top time by over 30 seconds – it also places the junior third all-time in program history.

Freshman Kimani Hoffman (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) broke out in a big way during the indoor season and became one of the Mountaineers’ most consistent jumpers. Hoffman took second in the triple jump with a jump of 50-4.00 feet, which was good for a personal-best.

Also earning all-conference honors was the distance medley relay team. The squad finished in 10:07.93 – good for a season-best in the event. Members of the relay team were Raphael Rojas (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell), Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor), Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) and Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./Quince Orchard/LaSalle).

The Mountaineers will open the outdoor portion of their 2015 schedule on Friday, March 20 when they compete at the Wake Forest Invitational.

Two members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Basketball Team garnered 2014-15 All-South Atlantic Conference accolades – Jazmine Charles and Jenni Gust – league officials announced today.

Charles, a senior All-American guard from Lexington, N.C., earned first-team all-league honors for the third straight year. Charles leads the squad in scoring (17.2 ppg), free throw percentage (.836), steals (36) and three-pointers made (48) this year.

Charles, the 2013-14 South Atlantic Conference and Southeast Region Player Of The Year, became the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (177) last game and ranks fifth on the school’s career scoring list with 1,562 points.

Gust, a senior guard from Colfax, Wis., picked up all-league laurels for the second straight year. Gust currently ranks second on the team in scoring (13.7 ppg), three-pointers made and steals (26) and blocked shots (14).

Lenoir-Rhyne (11-15), the seventh seed in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship, will face second-seeded Wingate (21-8) tonight at Cuddy Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the quarterfinal round.

The semifinals and finals of the league tournament championship will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Furman University’s Timmons Arena in Greenville, S.C.

2014-15 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Basketball Teams

Sierra Simpson, Anderson
Samantha Creed, Newberry
Camille Glymph, Mars Hill
Chantal Dunbar, Wingate
Haylee Lepaio, Newberry
Jazmine Charles, Lenoir-Rhyne

Jada Huntley, Catawba
Bri Johnson, Catawba
Katie Williams, Brevard
Tanesha Stenson, Coker
Jenni Gust, Lenoir-Rhyne
Andrea Bertrand, Wingate

Chole Bully, Catawba
Lesley Woods, Anderson
Brittany Hill, Wingate
Shelby Tricoli, Wingate
Tatum Burstrom, Carson-Newman
Jasmine Franklin, Anderson

Terri Rogers, Catawba
Jessica Simerly, Carson-Newman
Nicola Handreck, Newberry
Shea Coker, Lincoln Memorial
Allison Hodge, Carson-Newman

Sierra Simpson, Anderson

Terri Rogers, Catawba

Jimmy Garrity, Anderson

Points Per Game - Camille Glymph, Mars Hill, 23.9
Three Pointers Per Game – Camille Glymph, Mars Hill, 3.59
Rebounds Per Game - Chantal Dunbar, Wingate, 10.0
Blocked Shots Per Game - Lacey Singletary, Queens, 3.15
Field Goal Percentage - Haylee Lepaio, Newberry, 46.7
Assists Per Game - Sierra Simpson, Anderson, 4.7
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio - Brittany Hill, Wingate, 2.43
Steals Per Game - Brittany Hill, Wingate, 2.93
Three Point Field Goal Percentage - Katie Williams, Brevard, 42.4
Free Throw Percentage - Camille Glymph, Mars Hill, 88.2
Team Scoring Offense – Anderson, 71.3
Team Steals – Wingate, 280
Team Field Goal Percentage - Lincoln Memorial, 42.9
Team Field Goal Percentage Defense – Anderson, 38.1
Team Assists – Newberry, 418
Team Rebounding – Lincoln Memorial, 1,241
Team Blocked Shots – Lincoln Memorial, 112
Team Three Point Field Goal Percentage - Wingate, 37
Team Scoring Defense – Wingate, 58.7
Team Free Throw Percentage - Mars Hill, 76.2
Team Assist-to-Turnover Ratio - Newberry, 0.96

With temperatures expected to climb well into the 70s in Raleigh on Wednesday, Appalachian State University baseball and NC State have agreed to make up their previously cancelled game on Wednesday evening at NC State’s Doak Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

Appalachian State (5-5) and NC State (6-3) were originally scheduled to square off on Feb. 15 in Raleigh but that game was washed out due to cold and snow. The contest was not expected to be made up but with terrific weather in the forecast on a mutual open date, the clubs arranged late Tuesday evening to meet less than 24 hours later.

With the addition of the contest versus NC State, Appalachian State is now in the midst of playing 7-of-11 games against power-conference opponents. Last week, the Mountaineers split four games against Wake Forest (a 10-1 win on Feb. 25) and No. 16 Maryland (won 1-of-3 contests from Feb. 27-March 1 in Emerson, Ga.). Next Tuesday-Wednesday, App State visits Georgia for a two-game series.