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Appalachian State University softball played at archrival Georgia Southern for the first time as a member of the Sun Belt on Saturday, but the Eagles came out on top in both games by scores of 6-2 and 11-7.

The Mountaineers fell to 9-32 overall, 2-12 in the conference, while Georgia Southern improved to 22-17 with a league mark of 8-3. For the day, Pepper Butler and Heather Josey each had three hits to go with Jenny Dodd and Katie Mathewson who had two base knocks apiece. Game two marked Mathewson's second two-hit contest of the year and first since since Feb. 19 against Cleveland State (28 games).

Both of Dodd's hits were home runs as she moved into a tie with Cara Parker for the team lead in homers (nine), while she hit two jacks in one day for the third time this season. With 40 RBI now on the spring, Dodd is the first App State freshman to reach that plateau since Allie Cashion did so with 43 in 2010.

Game One: Georgia Southern 6, App State 2

Georgia Southern was up 3-0 after the first inning before App State scored a pair of runs in the top of the third. With Parker at first, Dodd hit a blast to left field, but that would be all the scoring for the visitors. The Eagles added one in the fourth and two in the sixth to pad their advantage.

Vanessa Ciocatto (7-15) made the start, but lasted just one inning with three earned runs given up. In relief, Claire Eosso went the final five innings with three runs surrendered, two earned, and a season-high nine walks.

Game Two: Georgia Southern 11, App State 7

In the nightcap, the two teams exchanged the lead five times before the home team scored seven in the bottom of the sixth to pull away. Trailing 2-0 in the second, Ally Walters brought in Butler with a fielder's choice and Natalie Orcutt singled in Mathewson.

Georgia Southern went back ahead 4-3 with two more runs in the bottom of the third, but Appalachian wasn't done quite yet. In the fifth, Casey Brescia pushed two runs across with a single up the mdidle and in the sixth, Dodd hit her second home run of the day, a two-run blast to center. At that point, the Mountaineers had their biggest lead of the day, 7-4.

However, App State wasn't able to close it down as the Eagles scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to go up 11-7 and did so against three different Black and Gold pitchers.

Annaleise Kennedy went five innings to start, Ciocatto (7-16) took the loss with a third of an inning pitched and Eosso rounded things out with two-thirds of an inning of work.

Next up, these two teams will play game three of this series on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne (27-13, 8-9) and Lincoln Memorial (24-14, 10-7) split a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Hennon Field. The Bears won the first game by an 8-5 score while the Railsplitters prevailed in the nightcap, 11-2.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Lincoln Memorial 5
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) broke a five-all tie with a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning as the Bears came out on top.

Junior catcher Garrett Vaughn (Charlotte, N.C.) added a solo home run and drove in two runs for the Bears, who also rallied from a 5-3 deficit to take the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) (1-0) pitched the final five-plus innings and earned the victory. Curtis allowed just one run while striking out eight batters.

For Lincoln Memorial, Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa.) finished with two runs scored and a run batted in while Dominic Morabito (Vienna, Va.) fell to 2-3 after taking the loss.

Game Two – Lincoln Memorial 11, Lenoir-Rhyne 2 (seven innings)
Clark broke a 2-2 tie with a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning which proved to be the game-winning hit and the Railsplitters put the contest away with a five-run sixth inning to salvage the split.

Clark finished with five runs batted in while Peyton Sawyer (Knoxville, Tenn.) cleared the bases with a double in the victory for Lincoln Memorial. The Railsplitters’ Ethan Elliott (Knoxville, Tenn.) improved to 8-1 after going the distance.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, senior designated hitter Will Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) and sophomore catcher Cole Fowler (Dobson, N.C.) drove in runs but junior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (1-3) took the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne and Lincoln Memorial wrap up the league series with a single game on Monday in Harrogate, Tenn., beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis (7-12) bounced back from yesterday’s loss with an impressive 4-2 win over archrival Georgia Southern (12-8).

The win for Appalachian is the first conference triumph of the season and snaps the Eagles’ three-match win streak in the process. Appalachian’s win was key as it was the final conference contest of the season.

It was a great win for the Mountaineers in a match that featured three singles matches that went three sets.

“This was a great bounce-back win for us,” said head coach Colin Crothers. “It was huge for us to get a conference win, especially against your archrival and a good team like Georgia Southern. We’re getting better at the right time with the conference tournament around the corner, and I couldn’t be more proud of the team today.”

Appalachian got the ball rolling in doubles action taking two of three matches and going into singles with a 1-0 lead. Clare Cox (Greensboro, N.C.) and Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) dealt Mariana Ranzahue and Lindsay Truscott a 6-3 defeat as the No. 1 tandem. Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) racked up a 6-2 triumph over Mary Phillips Smith and Emilia Bujan, 6-2.

App State took the momentum into singles play, as Swope continued her solid day with a three-set win after coming back from a one-game deficit. Swope defeated Francisca Norregaard, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 as the No. 5 in the lineup. Mackenzie LaSure (Asheville, N.C./Asheville) notched a win under her belt at the four spot in three sets, as she also surged back from a one-set deficit against Bujan, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Machado would go on to win her first set as the No. 2 in the lineup against Ranzahuer, but suffered defeats in the last two games to fall, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Wreder also fell in her singles match in the No. 3 slot to Truscott, 6-0, 6-2, giving the Eagles their second and last point.

Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) partnered up as the No. 2 duo, but their match went unfinished against Riepe and Norregaard. McKayla Zupan's (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) single match went unfinished as well as the No. 6 in the lineup.

The Mountaineers will close the regular season at home against Davidson next Saturday at 10 a.m. Cox, Brianna Armellino and LaSure will be honored on Senior Day for their dedication and commitment to the program.

Catawba Valley Community College rebounded for a 6-4 win at Brunswick Community College Sunday in the 10th inning.

CVCC got a pair of runs in the 10th inning starting off with a Ty Andrus RBI single. Andrus ended the day with a four-for-six day at the plate. He scored a run and had two RBI.

Randal Ortiz went two-for-six with a run scored. Austin Locklear was two-for-five with a run scored and two RBI.

Taylor Purus pitched six innings with three hits, three runs earned and seven strikeouts while allowing only three walks.

CVCC is 18-20 overall and 4-5 in the conference. The Red Hawks will face USC Salkehatchie on the road Wednesday for a doubleheader.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 4/9/2016

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
2 21M Mike Darne Mooresville, NC
3 23D Zachary Dabbs Mooresville, NC
4 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
5 5A Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT
6 6E Enrique Baca , NC
7 77T Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC
8 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
9 21P Matt Piercy Conover, NC
10 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
11 17G Greg Bohanon Jr Arden, NC
12 28B Brandon Setzer Newton, NC
13 18P Casey Pierce Lenoir, 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 28B Brandon Setzer Newton, NC
4 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
5 18P Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
6 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
7 5A Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT
8 21M Mike Darne Mooresville, NC
9 6E Enrique Baca , NC
10 77T Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC
11 23D Zachary Dabbs Mooresville, NC
12 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
13 17G Greg Bohanon Jr Arden, NC DNS

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
2 50R Jaylee Ross Dalton Greensboro, NC
3 9 Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
4 2B Amber Lynn Walkertown, NC
5 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
6 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
7 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
8 25 Jacob York Asheville, NC
9 41 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
10 8 Marion Thomas Marshall, NC
11 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
12 11C Dawson Cram Mooresville, NC
13 47P Kenneth Pardue Millers Creek, NC
14 26 Nicholas Pope Taylorsville, NC

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 50R Jaylee Ross Dalton Greensboro, NC
2 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
3 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
4 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
5 9 Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
6 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
7 11C Dawson Cram Mooresville, NC
8 41 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
9 47P Kenneth Pardue Millers Creek, NC
10 2B Amber Lynn Walkertown, NC
11 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
12 25 Jacob York Asheville, NC
13 26 Nicholas Pope Taylorsville, NC DQ
14 8 Marion Thomas Marshall, NC DNS

Renegades - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
2 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
3 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
4 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
5 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
6 97 Danny Crump, Jr. Morganton, NC
7 6N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
8 4 Gregory Austin Granite Falls, NC DNS

Renegades - Twin I
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 6N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
3 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
4 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
5 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
6 97 Danny Crump, Jr. Morganton, NC
7 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
8 4 Gregory Austin Granite Falls, NC

Renegades - Twin II
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 6N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
3 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
4 97 Danny Crump, Jr. Morganton, NC
5 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
6 4 Gregory Austin Granite Falls, NC
7 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
8 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC

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 32J Jeremy Harrell Newton, NC
5 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
6 16S Jonathon Smith Hudson, NC
7 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
8 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
9 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
10 78 Robert Fink Anticoke, PA

Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
2 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
4 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
5 16S Jonathon Smith Hudson, NC
6 32J Jeremy Harrell Newton, NC
7 78 Robert Fink Anticoke, PA
8 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
9 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
10 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC DNS

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
2 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
3 09F Dillon Faggart Concord, NC
4 70B Travis Baity Hays, NC
5 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
6 45 Tanner Long Kernersville, NC DNS

Super Trucks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
2 09F Dillon Faggart Concord, NC
3 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
4 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
5 70B Travis Baity Hays, NC
6 45 Tanner Long Kernersville, NC DNS

The Hickory Crawdads took a 1-1 tie with the Kannapolis Intimidators and turned it on its head in extra innings Saturday night, as the 'Dads utilized two hits, two walks, two errors, and two hit batsmen to score five runs in the 10th for a 6-1 win at Intimidators Stadium.

The Crawdads improved to 3-0 in 2016 despite only mustering one run on two hits through the first nine innings on a night with a first pitch temperature of 49 degrees. As the game wore on and the temperature dipped into the 30s, the 'Dads were kept in the contest by their pitching trio of Pedro Payano, Brannon Bass, and Omarlin Lopez, who combined to hold Kannapolis to one run despite issuing seven walks to go along with seven strikeouts.

After 9 frames of next to no offense, everything changed in the 10th. Ti'Quan Forbes led off the inning with a single to center followed a sacrifice bunt by Chuck Moorman that Kannapolis pitcher and Hickory native Drew Hasler threw wildly to first resulting in an error and putting runners at the corners with nobody out. Darius Day responded with a go-ahead RBI double to right that broke open the deadlock and put Hickory ahead for the first time with a 2-1 score.

Things escalated from there as pinch-hitter Jose Almonte was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Andy Ibanez, who hit into what should have been an out at the plate but Intimidators catcher Casey Schroeder dropped the throw from second baseman Danny Mendick to allow Moorman to score from third and push the advantage to 3-1. One out later, Almonte came home on a passed ball by Schroeder before Ibanez was came in with a wild pitch to put the 'Dads on top 5-1. The final run of the inning came in three batters later, as Eduard Pinto followed consecutive walks to Dylan Moore and LeDarius Clark with a hit-by-pitch that forced home Yeyson Yrizarri for Hickory's final 6-1 score.

Prior to extras neither team was able to put much together offensively, with Payano and Kannapolis starter Zach Thompson matching each other zero for zero through the early going. The Intimidators got on the board first in the 3rd, when Tyler Sullivan and Johan Cruz both drew walks before Corey Zangari delivered an RBI single to left to put Kannapolis ahead 1-0. The Crawdads responded in the 5th, as Moore reached on a walk, stole second base, and came home on an RBI base knock from Pinto to tie the game at 1-1.

The score remained the same until the 'Dads rally in the 10th, which Lopez made hold up by setting the Intimidators down in the bottom of the frame to finish off the 6-1 Hickory victory.

Lopez (1-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, while Hasler (0-1) took the loss for Kannapolis after allowing two runs, one earned, over his two innings pitched.

Day finished the night 1-3, with a double, a walk, and the go-ahead RBI, while Forbes went 2-4 with a walk and a run scored. Moore also made his presence felt even without a hit, as he finished with three walks, two stolen bases, and a run scored.

The Crawdads (3-0) will go for the 4-game sweep over the Intimidators (0-3) in the series finale Sunday evening at 5:05 pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (8-4, 6-0) pulled out a 12-11 win over Queens (8-5, 5-2) in double overtime Saturday night at the Royals Complex and remained in sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) scored the game-winner at the 2:16 mark of the second overtime as the Bears, ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II, increased their winning streak to seven contests.

Hanlon, who scored four times in the game, leads the squad with 31 goals on the year. Hanlon also dished out three assists and ranks first on the team with 46 points as well.

No. 16 Queens, which rallied from a 10-6 deficit at the end of the third period to force overtime, was led by Garrett Chan (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada) with four goals in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Ben Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga.) added three goals and freshman attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored twice as the Bears were able to pull out the victory.

Queens held the edge in both shots taken (41-39) and ground balls (38-26) and Spencer Corkery (Winchester, Ontario, Canada) added three goals in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after tallying 18 saves on the night while Queens’ Eric Dolan (Hopkinton, Mass.) suffered the loss despite making nine stops.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Lincoln Memorial on Senior Day at 3:00 p.m., next Saturday, April 16, at Moretz Stadium in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Lenoir-Rhyne (35-9, 12-2) and Anderson (26-14, 6-8) split a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the Trojans Complex. The Bears shut out the Trojans, 2-0, in the first contest but Anderson rallied to win the nightcap by a 12-11 score.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 2, Anderson 0
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) threw a two-hit shutout while junior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) hit a solo home run to lead the Bears to the win.

Hoskins struck out nine batters for her third shutout of the year while freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) drew a bases-loaded walk in the second inning for what would prove to be the game-winning run.

Anderson’s Randee Bettis (Hull, Ga.) fell to 5-5 after suffering the loss.

Game Two – Anderson 12, Lenoir-Rhyne 11
Anderson’s Augie Pena (Geneva, Ala.) hit a walk-off, three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh as the Trojans rallied to salvage the split.

Trailing by a 9-5 score, the Bears scored six runs in their half of the seventh highlighted by a game-tying, three-run home run from sophomore shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) but couldn’t hold the lead.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) hit a three-run home run earlier in the contest while Boone totaled three hits and two runs batted in despite the loss. Hoskins (12-6) was tagged with the loss.

For Anderson, Pena totaled four runs batted in while Cailah Niles (Phenix City, Ala.) and Rachael Barefield (Opelika, Ala.) hit solo home runs in the victory. Pena (10-4) was credited with the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Coker in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Wednesday at Bears Field beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis (6-12) suffered a 4-0 setback to No. 43 South Alabama (19-4) on Saturday in Clarkston, Ga.

The Jaguars were too much in taking both doubles matches while capturing the two singles matches they needed to clinch the victory.

Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) suffered a 6-0 defeat to Maria Cinta Papke and Laura Matuskova between a pair of No. 3’s. Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) was downed by Monica Mitta and Alina Zolotareva, 6-2, which gave the Jaguars the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead into singles play.

Morse fell as the No. 5 in the lineup to her counterpart, 6-0,6-0 before Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) fell to Mitta in the No. 2 slot, 6-2,6-2. Clare Cox (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) was dealt a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Laura Valkova.

The doubles match for Cox and Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) went unfinished while Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) Swope and Zupan’s singles match went unfinished as well.

Appalachian will conclude the weekend tomorrow with a showdown against archrival Georgia Southern at 10 a.m.

Appalachian State University baseball took a one run lead into the bottom of the ninth inning during game two of the weekend series with Troy. The Mountaineers (8-23, 3-11 Sun Belt) were unable to keep the Trojans (19-13, 5-6 Sun Belt) off the board in the bottom half of the frame, falling 4-3 after a walk-off single through the left side of the infield.

Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) had not hit a home run in his any of his 245 career plate appearances. That all changed in the top of the third inning when his first career homer sailed over the 30 foot wall in right field. The dinger drove in Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) (Florence-Darlington Tech) and gave the Mountaineers a 2-0 advantage.

Breydan Gorham (Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance) enjoyed on his one of his finest outings today. Gorham pitched seven complete innings while only allowing one run on five hits. Gorham also struck out five batters giving him 34 on the year.

The Trojans cut the Mountaineer lead to a run in the fourth when Joey Denison hit a lead-off triple off the wall. Denison was batted on an error by the third baseman.

Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) came into relieve Gorham at the start of the eighth inning. Howell appearance was short after he walked the first two batters he faced on nine pitches. Bauk came into the game with two men on base and gave up a run that tied the game.

Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) singled into the right center to start off the ninth. The Mountaineers got runners on the corners after Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) was hit by a pitch and Stroup stole third base. Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) (North Carolina) entered the game to pinch hit. Atwood hit a single to shallow right field that brought the go-ahead run across the plate.

Two singles and two stolen bases put Trojans on second and third. After a walk loaded the bases, Trevor Davis hit a ground ball that slipped through the left side of the infield bring home the tying and winning run.

The Mountaineers will be back at Riddle-Pace Field for game three of the weekend series tomorrow. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. ET.