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The Hickory Crawdads fell victim to a relentless offensive attack in Hagerstown Sunday afternoon, as the hometown Suns scored runs in six of their eight offensive innings to hand the 'Dads a 9-3 loss at Municipal Stadium.

All four Crawdads pitchers who appeared allowed at least one run, as the normally singles-hitting Suns slugged a season-high 3 home runs as a part of the 12-hit outburst. After winning the first game of the series 5-4, the 'Dads ended their one-city road trip with three consecutive losses for the first time this year.

Hagerstown jumped on Hickory starting pitcher Peter Fairbanks for two runs in the 1st inning and never looked back, as the Suns went on to score one run in the 2nd, 5th, and 6th innings before scoring two runs in both the 7th and 8th frames. The 1st inning surge came as a result of wildness from Fairbanks on the mound, as the 6'5" hurler walked the first two batters he faced before eventually giving up a 2-RBI single to Ian Sagdal to put Hagerstown up 2-0.

The Suns tacked on a third run in the 2nd, with two singles, a walk, and an RBI, fielder's choice groundout from Kelvin Gutierrez combining to make the score 3-0. Hickory briefly got back in the game in the 4th, as the offense responded to a perfect 3rd inning by Fairbanks with a double to center from Chris Garia and an RBI single by Tyler Sanchez to cut the 'Dads deficit to 3-1.

Hagerstown kept their foot on the gas pedal however, as the Suns plated a run in the 4th on an infield, RBI single from Rhett Wiseman before Ian Sagdal launched a solo home run to right-center field in the 5th to make the score 5-1. Hagerstown brought in two more tallies on two more solo shots in the 7th, as Sagdal went deep for the second time and Austin Davidson connected on his first of the year to put the Crawdads behind 7-1.

The 'Dads got back on the board with a long ball of their own in the 8th when Jose Almonte connected on a solo homer to center for a 7-2 score, but the Suns came back with their last two runs in the 8th to go ahead 9-2. The Crawdads picked up one last tally in the 9th on doubles from Sanchez and Yeyson Yrizarri to end the game at 9-3.

Hagerstown reliever Matthew Crownover (3-0) earned the win with three scoreless innings of relief on one hit and one strikeout. Fairbanks (1-2) took the loss for the 'Dads after giving up four runs on six hits, four walks, and one strikeout over his 3.2 innings pitched.

Sanchez led the Hickory bats with a 3-4 game including a double, 1 RBI, and a run scored, while Almonte went 1-3 with his team-leading third home run of the season.

The Crawdads (11-7) have their first off day of the season on Monday before beginning a 3-game series at home against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Tuesday at 6:00 pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (33-17, 12-12) closed out the regular season with a 5-4, come-from-behind victory over Anderson (19-30, 9-15) Sunday afternoon at Bears Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior designated hitter Will Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) hit the game-winning, run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Bears rallied from a three-run deficit for the second straight game to beat the Trojans.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior outfielder Chase Hathcock (Rockwell, N.C.) also hit a two-run single in the eighth inning as the Bears were able to overcome a 4-1 deficit.

Anderson’s Kyle Bailey (Loganville, Ga.) finished with three hits and drove in two runs but the Trojans couldn’t hold a three-run lead.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, N.C.) (1-0) was credited with the win while senior Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his second save of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior second baseman Ryan Perkins (Woodruff, S.C.) had four hits and an RBI while freshman catcher Zack Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) added three hits and drove in a run as the Bears had 16 hits on the afternoon.

Anderson’s Colby Tollison (Antreville, S.C.) fell to 0-2 on the year after being tagged with the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne will next compete in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Baseball Championship which begins on Thursday, April 28, at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tenn. The Bears are the eighth seed in the tournament and will play fifth-seeded Newberry in the opening round at 4:00 p.m.

The No. 7-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns softball team piled up multiple runs in each at bat – accumulating at least three in each frame – and completed a three-game Sun Belt Conference sweep of Appalachian State with a 14-0 (5 inn.) win on Sunday at Lamson Park.

Shellie Landry led the charge on offense with a home run and four RBI giving her a home run and at least three RBI in all three games of the series and her team-leading 15th multiple-RBI game. Landry's final line for the series was 4-for-8 with three home runs and 10 RBI.

Alex Stewart (20-3, 1.68 ERA) carried a perfect game into the fifth inning before App State's Heather Josey ended the bid with a leadoff single. Stewart struck out nine and picked up her third win of the series, improving to 20-3 overall and 11-0 in Sun Belt Conference action.

With Texas State's win over South Alabama (26-16, 14-6 Sun Belt), which completed the Bobcats sweep of the Jaguars in San Marcos, the Ragin' Cajuns (35-6, 16-1 Sun Belt) now hold a five-game lead over USA in the loss column in the Sun Belt standings and sit two wins away from clinching the conference championship.

The Ragin' Cajuns increased their current win streak at Lamson Park to 17 games and improved to 18-1 at the facility in 2016. The team is two wins shy of reaching 20 on their home turf for the sixth straight season and 25th time in 32 seasons.

No. 7 Louisiana returns to action Saturday-Sunday, April 30-May 1 in Statesboro, Ga., in a three-game series at Georgia Southern (27-21, 11-7 Sun Belt). Games are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. (CDT) both days with a doubleheader on Saturday and single game on Sunday.

Sara Corbello (2-for-3, 2 RBI), Haley Hayden (2-for-3, 3 runs) and DJ Sanders (2-for-4, 3 RBI) all posted multiple-hit games. As a team, the Ragin' Cajuns collected eight multiple-hit performances in the series.

For Hayden it marked her third multiple-hit game of the series increasing her team-leading season total to 14. Corbello gathered her 100th career RBI on a two-run single in the third inning. Sanders reached three RBI for the second time in the series (Game 1 on Saturday) and seventh time this season.

Louisiana hit three home runs marking the team's 25th game (out of 41) with multiple home runs. The Ragin' Cajuns have launched multiple home runs in each of the last 12 Sun Belt Conference games.

The Ragin' Cajuns plated three runs in the first inning with one scoring on a throwing error and two additional runs crossing on bases-loaded walks. App State starting pitcher Claire Eosso issued four walks in the inning.

Louisiana put the game out of reach and built a 9-0 advantage with three-run home runs from Sanders (second inning) and Landry (third inning).

Corbello's two-run single brought the Ragin' Cajuns into double digits and an 11-0 lead after three innings. The finishing touches on the scoring came in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout from Landry and a two-run home run by Kelsey Vincent, her 10th of the season.

Stewart was in command from the onset striking out each of the first five Mountaineers she faced and nine of the first 12 that stepped up to the plate.

Kylee Jo Trahan struck out two of the three batters that she faced in recording the three outs in the fifth inning that completed the sweep of App State (9-40, 2-19 Sun Belt).

DIAMOND NOTES: The Ragin' Cajuns improved to 5-0 all-time vs. App State…The weekend series marked the Mountaineers first visit to Lamson Park…Shellie Landry's four RBI tied her season high (2/12 vs. UAB) and vaulted her into the team lead with 46…Landry is now hitting .457 (16-for-35) with nine home runs and 25 RBI over the last four Sun Belt Conference series (TROY, TXST, GSU, APP)…Kelsey Vincent became the fifth Cajun to reach double digits in home runs, picking up her 10th of the season in the fourth inning...Vincent reached double figures in home runs for the second straight season and picked up the 39th home run of her career leaving her one shy of 40… Haley Hayden has now posted a hit in 32 out of 41 games this season…Hayden's current five-game hitting streak is her ninth different hit streak of the season…DJ Sanders (44), Aleah Craighton (42) and Shellie Landry (46) all joined Lexie Elkins (41) in the 40-RBI club following the weekend's performance…Alex Stewart's victory secured the first 20-win season of her collegiate career…The Cajuns added five more base hits with runners in scoring position on Sunday, increasing the App State series total to 15 which is a season-high for a weekend series (previous high was 14 w/RISP at UT Arlington)…The Cajuns hit .429 (15-for-35) with runners in scoring position against App State…Kara Gremillion continued to shine at third base, fielding all 15 chances in the App State series without an error…For the season, Gremillion has committed only three errors over 112 chances (47 PO, 62 A, 3 E, .973 FLD%)…The Cajuns pitching staff held an opponent to two runs or fewer for the 28th time in 41 games (27-1 record)…Alex Stewart and Kylee Jo Trahan combined for the team's 16th shutout of the season…Stewart has tossed five complete game shutouts and now combined for four other shutouts this season…Sara Corbello continues to strengthen the bottom half of the lineup, having posted at least one hit in 12 of the last 17 games…Since the Troy series (March 25-26), Corbello (now hitting No. 6 in the lineup) is batting a team-best .378 (17-for-45) with seven home runs and 14 RBI…Attendance was 1,463 giving the Ragin' Cajuns a crowd of 1,300-plus for the 13th time in as many playing dates at Lamson Park in 2016…

Sunday, 24 April 2016 22:49

App State Baseball Lose in Extra Innings

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Georgia State scored three runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to hand Appalachian State University baseball a heartbreaking 5-4 defeat on Sunday afternoon at the GSU Baseball Complex.

With the loss, Appalachian State (11-29, 6-15 Sun Belt) dropped its three-game Sun Belt Conference series to Georgia State (18-21, 7-11 Sun Belt), two games to one.

App State sophomore Parker Henderson (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge) broke a 2-2 tie with a two-out, two-run double in the top of the 11th inning. The clutch hit by the third-year sophomore capped a true two-run rally for the Mountaineers. Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) and Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) both singled with two outs before scoring on Henderson’s double to left field.

Bauk (2-2) went to the mound in the bottom of the 11th in search of his fifth save of the season but was only able to record one. Georgia State strung together five hits in the frame, including an RBI double by Jack Thompson and a RBI single by Jaylen Woullard that knotted the score at 4-4.

Following Woullard’s game-tying single, another single and a walk loaded the bases for cleanup hitter Jarrett Hood, who singled over a drawn-in outfield to drive in the winning run.

Georgia State’s 11th-inning comeback erased a furious Appalachian State rally that saw the Mountaineers come back from a 2-0, sixth-inning deficit. Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) drove in App State’s first run with an RBI groundout in the sixth and Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) tied it with a solo home run to right field in the seventh. The homer was Stroup’s team-best fourth of the season.

Appalachian State had several chances to take control late in the ballgame but couldn’t come up with a clutch hit between Stroup’s tying homer in the seventh and Henderson’s go-ahead double in the 11th. The Mountaineers left 14 men on base, including two apiece in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings.

Stroup went 3-for-6 to lead App State’s 10-hit attack. Bauk added two hits and two runs.

The Mountaineers return to action on Tuesday night at BB&T BallPark in Charlotte versus red-hot Wake Forest. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

Appalachian State University women's track and field finished up the War Eagle Invite on Saturday afternoon.

Samantha Campanaro led App State with a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:00.90. Teammate Hana Ratcliffe came in third-place and finishes with a time of 11:04.19.

Both Shelby Howell and Phylissa Greeley took seventh and eighth-place in the 800-meter run. Howell finished with a time of 2:14.49, while Greeley crossed the line in 2:14.90.

In the 1,500-meter run, Elisa Sargent who took third with a time of 4:46.16 and Maria Stickley finished in fifth-place with a time of 4:48.15.

The App State 4x400-meter relay team of Greeley, Catherine Crawford, Micah Hanks and Howell took third with a time of 3:54.99.

In the field, Hunter Welborn claimed fifth-place in the high jump after clearing 5-7. Taylor Drummonds took eight in the pole vault with a height of 12-1.5.

Brianna Tate took fourth in the shot put with a distance of 46-2.5 feet. India McWhorter claimed eighth in the discus with a throw of 150-2.

Men's Track and Field Finishes War Eagle Invite

Appalachian State University men's track and field finished up the second day of the War Eagle Invite on Saturday evening.

The Mountaineers were led by Will Henderson who placed first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:58.00. Evan Georges took fifth with a time of 3:59.93.

Ryan Hastings who took third in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:50.79. Peter Ovendorf finished eighth with a time of 1:54.02.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Stanley Broaden finished eighth 14.29. Broaden took second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.86. Andrew Spear took eighth in the 400-meter race and finished with a time of 54.04.

Jacob Sears and Michael Ellis took third and fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with times of 9:07.44 and 9:08.61, respectively.

The Apps won the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:14.19. The team consisted of Ovendorf, Brandon Smith, Broaden and Hastings.

Phillip Thomas took third in the pole vault with a height of 16-6.75. John Leonard finished ninth in the shot put with a throw of 48-2.75.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 4/23/2016

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 2 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
3 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
4 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
5 82F Rusty Fann Newton, NC
6 4M Dylan Mundy Concord, NC
7 28 Robert Trivette Newton, NC

4-Cylinders - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 2 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 28 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
3 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
4 4M Dylan Mundy Concord, NC
5 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
6 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
7 82F Rusty Fann Newton, NC DNS

Classic Sportsman Racing - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 0G Greg Butcher ,
2 95G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
3 4H Dennis Hinkle Hickory, NC
4 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
5 6W Robert Webb Harmony, NC
6 83 Tom Fenn Lincolnton, NC
7 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC

Classic Sportsman Racing - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 0G Greg Butcher ,
2 95G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
3 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
4 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
5 4H Dennis Hinkle Hickory, NC
6 6W Robert Webb Harmony, NC
7 83 Tom Fenn Lincolnton, NC

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 25D Kate Dallenbach Mooresville, NC
2 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
3 18P Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
4 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
5 23D Zachary Dabbs Mooresville, NC
6 21P Matt Piercy Conover, NC
7 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
8 6E Enrique Baca , NC
9 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC

Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
2 21P Matt Piercy Conover, NC
3 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
4 25D Kate Dallenbach Mooresville, NC
5 18P Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
6 6E Enrique Baca , NC
7 23D Zachary Dabbs Mooresville, NC
8 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
9 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
2 2C Chase Cabre Tampa, FL
3 9 Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
4 26 Nicholas Pope Taylorsville, NC
5 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
6 11C Dawson Cram Mooresville, NC
7 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
8 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
9 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
10 77G Lexi Gay Canton, GA
11 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC DNS
12 41 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC DNS

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 2C Chase Cabre Tampa, FL
2 26 Nicholas Pope Taylorsville, NC
3 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
4 9 Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
5 11C Dawson Cram Mooresville, NC
6 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
7 77G Lexi Gay Canton, GA
8 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
9 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
10 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
11 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC DNS
12 41 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC DNS

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
2 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
3 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
4 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
5 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
6 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
7 32J Jeremy Harrell Newton, NC
8 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
9 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
10 25 Colby Gibson Arden, NC
11 5W Chris Werner Mooresville, NC

Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
3 5W Chris Werner Mooresville, NC
4 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
5 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
6 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
7 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
8 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
9 32J Jeremy Harrell Newton, NC DQ
10 25 Colby Gibson Arden, NC DQ
11 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC DQ

The Hickory Crawdads entered the 9th inning in Hagerstown with a lead for the second straight night on Saturday, but for the second straight night the 'Dads couldn't hold on to that lead as they lost in walk-off fashion to the Suns 7-6 at Municipal Stadium.

Hickory entered the game's final frame in a 5-5 tie before the club scrapped together a run to take the lead at 6-5. Hagerstown immediately went to work against Crawdads reliever Jacob Shortself in the bottom of the inning, with Suns shortstop Edwin Lora lining a double to left to put the tying run in scoring position. Lora moved to third on a wild pitch, and one out later Victor Robles singled to center past the drawn in 'Dads infield to tie the game at 6-6.

The inning fell apart from there for the Crawdads, as Robles stole second before Max Shrock hit a comebacker to the mound that Shortslef held onto for to long resulting in both runners being safe. The Suns then loaded the bases on an infield single by Kelvin Gutierrez before Matthew Page emerged as the hero for the second straight night with a game-winning, infield, RBI single for the 7-6 final.

The 'Dads fell behind early and rallied in the latter innings to take their ill-fated lead. The Suns jumped out to a 1-0 advantage with an unearned run in the 1st when Robles doubled to left, moved to third base on a ground out, and came in to score when Hickory starting pitcher Wes Benjamin threw wildly to third on a comebacker to the mound.

Hagerstown stretched their lead to 4-0 with three more runs in the 3rd. Schrock started the rally with a one-out single to center before Gutierrez reached on a ground ball that ricocheted off of Benjamin on the mound resulting in an infield hit. Page followed with a 2-RBI triple down the right field line while Ryan Ripken delivered an RBI double to center to give the Suns a 4-run advantage.

The Crawdads got back in the game in the 5th, as Yeyson Yrizarri and Frandy De La Rosa both singled and came in to score on a 2-RBI base knock from Chuck Moorman to cut the 'Dads deficit in half at 4-2. Hickory then took their first lead of the night in the top of the 7th, when Jose Almonte lined an opposite field 3-run home run to right that put the Crawdads ahead 5-4.

The Suns quickly responded in the bottom of the frame with a double from Austin Davidson, a fielding error by 'Dads reliever Tyler Davis, and an RBI sacrifice fly by Schrock to tie the game at 5-5.

Hickory then received a gift to start the 9th inning when De La Rosa hit a routine fly ball to center that Robles lost in the lights resulting in a bloop double. Moorman followed with a sacrifice bunt to move De La Rosa to third before Almonte delivered again with a RBI groundout to put the Crawdads ahead 6-5. The lead didn't survive the 9th however, as Hagerstown rallied for their second straight walk-off win with the 7-6 final score.

Almonte finished the game 1-4 with his second homer of the season and 4 RBI to lead the 'Dads. Moorman went 2-3 with 2 RBI and a run scored, while De La Rosa ended the night 2-3 with a double, three runs scored, and two stolen bases.

Hagerstown reliever Mariano Rivera III (2-0) earned the win with one run allowed on one hit and one strikeout over his 2 innings pitched. Shortslef (0-1) took the loss for Hickory.

The Crawdads (11-6) will try to salvage the final game of their 4-game series and earn a split against the Suns (12-5) Sunday afternoon, with first pitch set for 2:05 pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (10-4, 8-0) won the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship with a 12-7 win over Catawba (5-9, 3-5) Saturday evening in the regular season finale at Shuford Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Carson Sterling (Durham, N.C.) led all scorers with four goals as the Bears, ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II, pushed their winning streak to nine games.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) added three goals as the Bears broke a 5-5 tie at halftime by scoring four straight times to start the third period and take control of the contest.

Hanlon, who has a team-leading 36 goals on the year, scored the game-winner at the 12:19 mark of the second half.

Catawba’s Liam Lynch (Marietta, Ga.) tallied a goal and an assist but the Indians failed to have a player score more than one goal in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Ben Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga.) also scored twice for the Bears, who held a 41-35 advantage in shots taken in claiming their second league regular season title in three years.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after making nine saves while Catawba’s Ryan Applegate (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) suffered the lost despite totaling 12 saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne will be the top seed in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship and will take on the winner of fourth-seeded Coker and fifth-seeded Tusculum in the semifinals of the tournament on Thursday at 4:00 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C., on the campus of Queens University.

The seventh-ranked team in the nation, UL Lafayette, won a pair of five-inning games over Appalachian State University softball on Saturday with scores of 13-4 and 14-2.

The Mountaineers fell to 9-39 overall, 2-18 in the Sun Belt, and the conference's top team, the Ragin' Cajuns, improved to 34-6, 15-1 in league play. ULL has now won 27 consecutive Sun Belt series dating back to March of 2013.

For the day, Pepper Butler and Heather Josey each had three hits while Cara Parker had a couple of her own. Butler mentioned how much she likes playing against the Ragin' Cajuns and she has a point. In four career games against them, she is 6-for-9 with three runs scored and two RBI.

Game One: UL Lafayette 13, App State 4 (5 Inn.)

In the twinbill's opening inning, the Black and Gold struck first to go up 1-0. With two outs, Parker doubled to right center before Josey brought her in with a single to left center. However, ULL tied the game up 1-1 in the home half of the first before scoring nine runs in the second to take a commanding 10-1 advantage.

In the top of the third, App State scored its final three runs with Butler's RBI single and Katie Mathewson's two-run double. UL Lafayette added three more runs in the bottom of that inning to win by way of the run rule.

The Mountaineers had a total of eight hits in the first game and became the first Sun Belt team to have more than seven in a single contest against the Ragin' Cajuns this year. Individually, Butler had her first three-hit game since April 22 of last season and both her and Parker reached base in all three of their plate appearances. Also, Mathewson tallied multiple RBI in a game for the first time since April 18 of last season when she had three.

Game Two: UL Lafayette 14, App State 2 (5 Inn.)

For the nightcap, UL Lafayette scored three runs in the first and 11 in the second. Appalachian State's two runs came from Tiffany Taynor's RBI single in the third and Josey's solo shot in the fourth.

Taynor snapped an eight-game skid without an RBI and Josey's blast marked her eighth of the season, which surpassed her career high of seven set in 2015. The sophomore also brought in a run in back-to-back games for the first time since March 18-19 against Troy.

Next up, App State will round out the series with No. 7 UL Lafayette on Sunday and game three's start time is set for 1 p.m. ET.

Sunday, 24 April 2016 22:22

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Sweeps Carson-Newman

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The No. 19 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (43-9, 20-2) won the 2016 SAC Regular Season Championship outright with a doubleheader sweep of Carson-Newman (29-19, 14-8), 1-0 and 4-3, Saturday at the Vickee Kazee-Hollifield Complex.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 1, Carson-Newman 0
Lenoir-Rhyne senior pitcher Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) (16-6) pitched a three-hitter and struck out seven batters in leading the Bears to the victory. The shutout was Hoskins’ fifth of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) drew a bases-loaded walk – scoring freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) – for the lone run of the game in the first inning.

Carson-Newman’s Allison Webster (Charlestown, Ind.) suffered the loss despite allowing just one unearned run with six strikeouts in going the distance.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 4, Carson-Newman 3
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh inning with the game-winning, run-scoring single as the Bears completed the sweep.

Walker and Boone had three hits each while Walker drove in two runs in the victory. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) improved to 9-2 on the season after earning the complete game win.

Carson-Newman, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take the lead short-lived thanks to a three-run fifth inning, was led by Elayna Siebert (Knoxville, Tenn.) with two hits and two runs batted in. Webster (19-11) suffered the loss for the Eagles.

Lenoir-Rhyne will be the No. 1 seed in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship and will take on eighth-seeded Anderson in the quarterfinal round on Thursday at 3:00 p.m.