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2A Fourth Round:
Bunker Hill: 1
Smoky Mountain: 0
The Bears advance to the Regional Finals taking on East Davidson, in a best two-of-three series next week.

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Ivan Vieitez has been named to the 2014 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-American Third Team in baseball. Vieitez is the first player for the Bears to garner All-America accolades since Dan Ford (honorable mention) in 2008.

Vieitez, a sophomore outfielder from Miami, Fla., earned All-Southeast Region honors by three different publications - Daktronics, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the American Baseball Coaches Association - and was a First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference pick for the second year in a row this spring.

Vieitez led the league in batting average (.451), third-best in the nation, in addition to team-leading 39 runs, 65 hits, 15 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 38 runs batted in, a .694 slugging percentage and a .539 on-base percentage.

Vieitez was also the Bears' top pitcher, sporting a 5-5 record with a team-best 2.95 earned run average, three complete games, two shutouts and 46 strikeouts.

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2014 Daktronics NCAA Division II
Baseball All-America Teams

C - Nolan Johnson, Jr., Minnesota State
1B - Giancarlo Brugnoni, Sr., Grand Valley State (Mich.)
2B - Daniel Fraga, Sr., North Carolina-Pembroke
3B - Tony Viger, Sr., Augustana (S.D.)
SS - Will Kengor, Sr., Slippery Rock (Pa.)
OF - Austin Kaiser, Sr., Colorado Mesa
OF - Jamie Potts, Jr., Grand Valley State (Mich.)
OF - Nick Thimesch, Sr., Drury (Mo.)
DH - Wes Koenig, Sr., St. Edward’s (Texas)
UTIL (non-pitcher) - Kyle Dalton, Jr., Concordia-St. Paul
UTIL (pitcher) - Kye Winter, Sr., Augustana (S.D.)
SP - Dan Altavilla, Jr., Mercyhurst (Pa.)
SP - Tyler Badamo, Sr., Dowling (N.Y.)
SP - Jason Hoppe, Sr., Minnesota State
SP - Jordan DeLorenzo, Jr., West Florida
RP - Ben Criscuolo, Fr., Southern New Hampshire

C - Steve Hazel, Jr., Georgia College
1B - Joey Miller, Sr., Concord (W. Va.)
2B - Logan Knox, Jr., Regis (Colo.)
3B - Frank Crinella, So., Merrimack (Mass.)
SS - Erik Lunde, Sr., Lander (N.C.)
OF - Bret Blevins, Sr., Concord (W. Va.)
OF - Chris Knott, Sr., East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
OF - Brandon Reitano, Sr., Mount Olive (N.C.)
DH - Stephen Dezzi, Jr., Tampa (Fla.)
UTIL (non-pitcher) - Richard Mejia, Sr., Adelphi (N.Y.)
UTIL (pitcher) - Frank Samiuk, Jr., Wilmington (Del.)
SP - Craig Brooks, Jr., Catawba (N.C.)
SP - Brannon Easterling, Sr., St. Edward’s (Texas)
SP - Paul Hvozdovic, Sr., Shepherd (W. Va.)
SP - Preston Packrall, Sr., Tampa (Fla.)
RP - Jesse Cooper, So., Seton Hill (Pa.)

C - Spencer Wolfe, Jr., Shepherd (W. Va.)
1B - Connor Lewis, Sr., Lander (N.C.)
2B - Kevin Zak, Jr., Grand Valley State (Mich.)
3B - Tyler Ding, Sr., Tampa (Fla.)
SS - Todd Standish, Sr., Minnesota State
OF - Michael Danner, Sr., Tampa (Fla.)
OF - Patrick Grady, Sr., Lander (N.C.)
OF - Ivan Vieitez, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)
DH - Nico Delerme, Sr., East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
UTIL (non-pitcher) - Zach Stone, Sr., Millersville (Pa.)
UTIL (pitcher) - Troy Cruz, So., UC-San Diego
SP - Nick Baker, Sr., Cal. State-Chico
SP - Will Landsheft, Sr., Drury (Mo.)
SP - Trevor Oaks, So., California Baptist
SP - Jamie Tremi, Jr., Wilmington (Del.)
RP - Reese Gregory, So., St. Cloud State

Sal Giardina (C, Lynn, Fla.); Stetson Olson (1B, Minnesota State); Jake Peterson (2B, Augustana, S.D.); Ryan Cranmer (3B, Newberry, S.C.); Tony Piazza (3B, Regis, Colo.); Brody Miller (SS, Montana State-Billings); Michael Lott (OF, Shepherd, W. Va.); Cody Robinson (OF, Northeastern State, Okla.); Brad Wilson (OF, Central Missouri); Patrick Rients (DH, Southwest Minnesota State); Alex DeBellis (UT non-pitcher, Lynn, Fla.); Taylor Taska (UT pitcher, Texas A&M-Kingsville); Jonathon Wandling (UT pitcher, Southern Indiana); George Asmus (SP, Sonoma State, Calif.); David Heintz (SP, Tampa, Fla.); Brad Lohse (SP, Cal. State-Chico); Chris Murphy (SP, Millersville, Pa.); Luke Barker (RP, Cal. State-Chico); Bill Mendek (RP, Lynn, Fla.)

Ron Lenz Pitcher of the Year: Dan Altavilla, Mercyhurst University (Pa.)
Ron Lenz Player of the Year: Giancarlo Brugnoni, Grand Valley State University (Mich.)

A two-run home run by Georgia Southern’s Stryker Brown in the top of the fourth inning proved to be the difference in Appalachian State University baseball’s season-ending 2-1 loss on Friday in the Southern Conference Tournament at Riley Park.

Brown’s two-run homer to right field gave Georgia Southern a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Fifth-seeded Appalachian State (21-34) cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the inning when Tyler Zupcic (Charlotte, N.C./Providence), who led off the frame with a single to right-center field, scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Alex Leach (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell).

However, that would be the only runs either team would muster in the pitching-dominated affair. The one-run output was especially frustrating for the Mountaineers, who stranded baserunners in six of the game’s nine innings and left the tying run on second base in the eighth and ninth.

Making the first start of his career, Appalachian freshman Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) surrendered just two runs over 4.1 innings of work but suffered the tough-luck loss after giving up Brown’s homer in the fourth. Relievers Zach Joyce (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson) and Robert Whaley (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) combined to allow just two hits over 4.2 scoreless innings to close out the ballgame.

Preston Troutman (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) and Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) paced Appalachian State’s seven-hit attack with two apiece.

Georgia Southern (36-21) used seven pitchers to cobble together the seven-hitter. With the victory, No. 4-seeded Eagles advance to Saturday’s SoCon semifinals and must beat No. 8 Furman twice to advance to Sunday’s championship game.

NOTES: Appalachian State suffered its 11th one-run loss of the season and fell to 7-16 in games decided by two runs or less ... Pierson reached base in 30-straight games to close out the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Kevin Baxter placed first in his heat in the preliminaries of the men's 110-meter hurdles Friday at the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships and advanced to the finals at Grand Valley State Stadium.

Baxter, a sophomore from Columbia, S.C., finished with a 14.15 in the third of three heats. The finals, which features nine competitors, takes place on Saturday at 5:55pm.

Friday, 23 May 2014 22:05

App State Men's Basketball Signs Three

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Appalachian State men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox announced the addition of three players to his squad for the 2014-15 season. All three signees will join the Mountaineers for Fox’s inaugural season after enjoying outstanding prep careers. The group consists of guard Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) and forwards Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) and Milos Kostic (Hammond, Ind./IMG Academy).

“I am excited to add these players to our roster,” said Fox. “They represent a solid foundation for which to build on both on the court and in the classroom. They provide toughness, versatility and skill to our roster. They have been tested at some of the best high schools and prep schools in the country and I am excited to get them here and have them begin working on contributing to the rebuilding of App State basketball."

Jake Babic
6-5 • 183 • Guard
Oakville, Ontario
The Kiski School

Babic comes to Appalachian after an outstanding prep career that saw him . During the 2013-14 season, Babic attended The Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pa. where he averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game to earn MVP honors for the Cougars. He played high school ball at St. Ignatius of Loyola in Oakville, Ontario and earned MVP honors as a junior and senior as well as Athlete of the Year accolades. Babic averaged 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds per game in his high school career. He also played AAU ball for the Northern Kings where he averaged 17 points, six assists and five rebounds. A multi-sport athlete, Babic also lettered in volleyball, soccer and badminton in high school and was named as MVP of the volleyball team as a senior.

Griffin Kinney
6-8 • 220 • Forward
Delaware, Ohio
Fork Union Military Academy

Kinney will join the Mountaineers following one year at Fork Union Military Academy where he averaged 15 points and six rebounds per game. He provides Appalachian with an additional inside presence who can also step out and connect from long range. An athletic forward, Kinney also played lacrosse in high school, helping lead Hayes (Ohio) High School to a OHSLA Club Division state title as a senior while scoring seven goals in the state championship match en route to offensive MVP honors.

Milos Kostic
6-8 • 225 • Forward
Hammond, Ind.
IMG Academy

Kostic spent one season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. following a highly successful high-school career at Bishop Noll (Ind.). In his one year at IMG, the Serbian-born Kostic averaged 16 points and seven rebounds while helping lead his squad to a 24-2 mark during the regular season and a spot in the prestigious, eight-team National Prep Championships. He also provides the Mountaineers with a solid post presence who can score from anywhere on the floor.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 23:08

Crawdads Continue to Surge With Home Win

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The Hickory Crawdads brought their red-hot road bats back home with them Thursday night, as the 'Dads scored eight unanswered runs over the middle innings to beat the visiting Charleston RiverDogs 9-4 in front of 1,883 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

After scoring 10 runs in each of their last two wins in Kannapolis, the Crawdads carried the streak back to Hickory with their nine runs coming on 11 hits. All nine starters ended the game with at least one base knock, with three different 'Dads having a multi-hit game. Kellin Deglan (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R) and Nomar Mazara (2-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R) were the driving forces behind the Crawdads middle innings rally, while Evan Van Hoosier (2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R) chipped in as well from the leadoff spot.

Prior to the mid-game explosion, the Crawdads were locked in a back and forth affair with the RiverDogs. The 'Dogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the 2nd, before the 'Dads answered in the bottom of the inning on a solo homer to left by Guzman to tie the game at 1-1. Charleston picked up single runs in both the 3rd and 4th frames for a 2-1 advantage, but Hickory answered again in the bottom of the 4th with a bases-loaded, 2-out, 2-RBI double down the right field line by Deglan to deadlock the game once more at 3-3.

The Crawdads would take over from there, scoring eight unanswered runs from the 4th through the 7th to stake out a 9-3 lead. The 'Dads broke up the 3-3 tie in the 5th, when Van Hoosier launched a solo blast to left for a 4-3 score. The lead ballooned to 9-3 in the 7th, when the 'Dads tied a season high by scoring five runs in the inning. All nine batters came to the plate in the frame, with Nick Vickerson's RBI single and Ryan Cordell's bases loaded, RBI walk scoring the first two runs before Mazara cleared the bases with a 3-RBI double to left.

The RiverDogs would score one last unearned run in the top of the 9th when Deglan threw wide of first on a pickoff play for his first error of the season, but Hickory reliever Felix Carvallo got the final two batters out to end the game with the 9-4 Crawdads victory.

The two starting pitchers both took no-decisions after pitching four innings apiece, with Tyler Smith of the 'Dads allowing three runs on four hits while Caleb Smith of the 'Dogs gave up three runs on five hits. Hickory reliever Ryne Slack (2-2) earned the win with three shutout innings out of the bullpen, including a season high five strikeouts. Charleston bullpen arm Giovanny Gallegos (1-4) gave up six runs on six hits over 2.1 innings pitched to take the loss.

The win is the third straight for the Crawdads (22-23) who have now won six of their last eight contests to climb within a game of .500. The loss is the third straight for the RiverDogs (23-22). The 'Dads and 'Dogs will play the second game of their four-game series Friday night at 7:00 pm.

Alexander Central: 10
Lake Norman: 3
The Cougars advance to the semifinals taking on either North Davidson or Northwest Guilford.

Furman’s Greg Harrison hit a two-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand Appalachian State University baseball a heartbreaking 3-1 Southern Conference Tournament loss on Thursday evening at Riley Park.

With the loss, No. 5-seeded Appalachian State (21-33) falls into the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament and faces No. 4 Georgia Southern (35-21) in an elimination game on Friday at 3 p.m. The winner of that game must beat No. 8 Furman (26-31) twice on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s winner-take-all championship game.

Thursday’s game was a classic pitchers’ duel between Appalachian State’s Jeffrey Springs (Belmont, N.C./South Point) and Furman’s Tyler Wood.

Springs allowed only two hits and struck out 11 over eight innings but was saddled with an unearned run in the fourth inning when Appalachian State third baseman Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) mishandled a two-out grounder that allowed Furman’s Hunter Burton to come home from third with the first run of the game.

The score remained 1-0 until the top of the ninth when Wood joined Springs as the victim of a costly error. With runners on first and second and two outs, Appalachian State’s Alex Leach (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) hit a grounder to second that was booted by Furman second baseman Jordan Simpson to load the bases.

Appalachian’s next batter, Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury), drew a five-pitch walk that forced Dobson home with the tying run. The Mountaineers nearly took the lead when Ozzy Gonzalez (Miami, Fla./South Miami) followed Bauk’s walk with a flare into left field but Furman’s Carter Grote made a terrific diving catch to send the game to the bottom of the ninth knotted at 1-1.

In the bottom of the ninth, Appalachian State reliever Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) walked Grote after jumping ahead 0-2 in the count to put the winning run on base. However, the leadoff walk proved to be inconsequential when Harrison drove the first pitch he saw from Thurber just inside the fair pole in left field for the game-winning home run.

Despite Furman’s late-game heroics, the game was decided on the basepaths as a controversial call and two baserunning errors likely cost the Mountaineers several runs.

In the top of the first inning, Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) tagged up from second on Preston Troutman’s (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) long flyout to right field. Stroup easily advanced to third but Furman made a quick appeal to second base and umpire Darion Padgett called Stroup out — giving Appalachian no runners on base with two outs instead of a runner on third with one out. The disputed call proved to be big when the Mountaineers followed with a single and a double that likely would have given App State an early 2-0 lead.

The Mountaineers also had two doses of self-inflicted damage on the basepaths when Bauk was easily thrown out at third after tagging up on a shallow fly ball to right field in the fifth and when Tyler Zupcic (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) was also gunned down at third when trying to advance from first to third on Dillon Dobson’s (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) one-out infield single in the ninth.

Like Springs, Wood did not figure in the decision after his sterling outing. Furman’s right-hander scattered eight hits over 8.2 innings, walked two and struck out five while surrendering only the unearned run in the ninth. Alex Abrams (8-2) got the final out of the ninth to earn the win while Thurber (1-7) suffered the loss.

Pierson and Zupcic had two hits apiece to lead Appalachian State offensively.

NOTES: Appalachian State suffered its 11th one-run loss of the season ... the Mountaineers fell to 5-6 all-time versus Furman at the SoCon Tournament ... Springs’ 8.0 IP and 11 strikeouts were career highs ... the southpaw’s previous career high for innings pitched was 7.1 at Georgia Southern on March 23 and his previous career high for strikeouts was eight at Samford on May 11 ... Pierson reached base for the 29th-straight game but Troutman’s 22-game streak was snapped.

Former Appalachian State University football coach Jerry Moore has been selected for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation announced on Thursday. The College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014, which includes Moore and 15 other inductees, will be formally inducted on Dec. 9 at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 9 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

The winningest coach in Appalachian State University and Southern Conference history, Moore compiled a 215-87 record in his 24 seasons at Appalachian State (1989-2012), including 10 SoCon championships, 18 postseason appearances and an unprecedented three-straight NCAA Division I FCS/I-AA national titles (2005-07). In 31 years as a head coach, Moore was 242-135-2, which is good for 15th all-time among NCAA Division I coaches. In 2012 alone, Moore passed coaching legends Bo Schembechler (234 victories), Billy Joe (237) and Woody Hayes (238) on the all-time wins list.

While he enjoyed success at nearly every stop of his 51-year coaching career, his 24 seasons at Appalachian State cemented Moore’s standing as one of college football’s all-time great mentors.

He led the Mountaineers to three-consecutive national championships from 2005-07, making Appalachian the first program to ever win three-straight titles at the FCS level and the first Division I institution (FCS or FBS) to accomplish the feat in 61 years. Appalachian became the first institution from the state of North Carolina to ever win an NCAA football championship at any level when it defeated Northern Iowa, 21-16, in the 2005 national-title game, a feat it repeated with wins over Massachusetts (28-17) and Delaware (49-21) in the 2006 and ‘07 NCAA Division I Football Championship finals.

Moore also led the Mountaineers to seven SoCon championships in an eight-year span (2005-10, ‘12), making Appalachian State only the second program to achieve that feat since the venerable league began crowning a champion in 1933. Appalachian won 26-straight conference games — the second-longest run of league victories in SoCon history and the longest in 51 years — from 2007-10.

Additionally, Appalachian State became a household name when Moore led his troops to perhaps the biggest and most prominent upset in college football history, a 34-32 triumph over the University of Michigan in the 2007 season opener. The victory over Michigan, college football’s all-time winningest program which came into the contest ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, marked the first time that an FCS team ever toppled a nationally ranked FBS opponent. The victory also compelled the AP to change its long-standing history of only accepting votes for FBS teams in its Top 25 poll, which allowed the Mountaineers to become the first FCS team to ever receive votes in the poll, which they did on three occasions in 2007.

Moore is no stranger to individual awards, as he is a three-time American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year (2005, ‘06, ‘07) and the only Division I (FCS or FBS) mentor in the 77-year history of the award to win it three years in a row. He also won the 2006 Eddie Robinson Award (National Coach of the Year) from The Sports Network, is a six-time AFCA Regional Coach of the Year (1994, ‘95, 2005, ‘06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10) and a record eight-time SoCon Coach of the Year (1991, ‘94, ‘95, 2005, ‘06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10). In 2009, he was named the Liberty Mutual FCS Coach of the Year, an award that included $50,000 for Moore’s favorite charities and $20,000 for the Appalachian State Alumni Association scholarship fund. He was inducted to the Southern Conference Hall of Fame in March.

Under Moore, Appalachian State players earned all-conference recognition 257 times and received all-America honors on 99 occasions. He also coached the only two-time winner of the Walter Payton Award (FCS National Player of the Year), Armanti Edwards in 2008 and ‘09, and the only two-time winner of the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS National Defensive Player of the Year), Dexter Coakley in 1995 and ‘96.

In addition to his nearly quarter-century tenure at Appalachian State, Moore also served as head coach at North Texas (1979-80) and Texas Tech (1981-85) and spent 15 seasons on the staffs of legendary mentors Hayden Fry (1965-72 at SMU), Tom Osborne (1973-78 at Nebraska) and Ken Hatfield (1988 at Arkansas). Moore began his coaching career with four seasons as an assistant coach at Corsicana H.S. in Texas (1961-64).

Prior to embarking on his legendary coaching career, Moore made his mark as one of the nation’s premier players at Baylor from 1958-60. He ranked among the nation’s top 10 in receptions while serving as a team captain for the 11th-ranked Bears as a senior and graduated from Baylor with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics in 1961. A native of Bonham, Texas, Moore was an all-state performer on the gridiron and earned 14 varsity letters in four sports at Bonham H.S. He is a member of the Bonham Athletics Hall of Fame and the town honored one of its most prominent sons when it declared Feb. 18, 2008 to be “Jerry Moore Day” in the hamlet of 9,900 located 75 miles northeast of Dallas.

Moore was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Generally, coaches are not eligible for induction until three years following their exit from coaching but coaches over 70 years of age become eligible immediately following the end of their coaching careers. Schools submitted nominations for the Hall’s Class of 2014 last fall and Moore was elected from a national ballot that included 162 players and 12 coaches.

Joining Moore in the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame class are college-football legends Dre Bly (DB, North Carolina, 1996-98), Tony Boselli (OT, Southern Cal, 1991-94), Dave Butz (DT, Purdue, 1970-72), Shane Conlan (LB, Penn State, 1983-86), Joe Hamilton (QB, Georgia Tech, 1996-99), John Huard (LB, Maine, 1964-66), Darrin Nelson (HB, Stanford, 1977-78, 1980-81), Willie Roaf (OL, Louisiana Tech, 1990-92), John Sciarra (QB, UCLA, 1972-75), Sterling Sharpe (WR, South Carolina, 1983, 1985-87), Leonard Smith (CB, McNeese State, 1979-82), Derrick Thomas (LB, Alabama, 1985-88), LaDainian Tomlinson (TB, TCU, 1997-2000), Wesley Walls (TE, Mississippi, 1985-88) and coach Mike Bellotti (Chico State, 1984-88 and Oregon, 1995-2008).

Moore is Appalachian State’s second College Football Hall of Famer, joining linebacker Dexter Coakley, who was inducted in 2011.

In addition to December’s induction ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria, Moore will also be honored with the other 15 inductees during a National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015. His accomplishments will be forever immortalized at the new $66.5-million College Football Hall of Fame, which currently under construction in Atlanta and scheduled to open in August.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Kevin Baxter will compete in the men's 110-meter hurdles at the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Grand Valley State Stadium. The preliminaries take place on Friday at 6:35 p.m.

Baxter, a sophomore from Columbia, S.C., has the top time in the nation this year in the event. Baxter clocked a wind-aided 13.81 seconds at the VertKlasse Meeting on Saturday, April 5, in High Point, N.C.

Baxter advanced to the national championship in the men's 110-meter hurdles last year and won the event three times this spring including a first-place finish at the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Championships on Saturday, April 19, at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex in Hickory, N.C.

Baxter broke the 14-second barrier in the men's 110-meter hurdles three times as well this year including a 13.95 at the Penn Relays on Saturday, April 26, in Philadelphia, Pa.

At the Penn Relays, Baxter finished fifth and was the top NCAA Division II competitor in the event.

Baxter is also Lenoir-Rhyne's first-ever male indoor track and field All-American after finishing sixth in the men's 60-meter hurdles (8.01 seconds) at the 2013 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala.