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Despite battling hard up and down the lineup, Appalachian State University men's tennis was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament by nationally-ranked South Alabama, 4-1, on Friday at the UNO Tennis Center.

The Mountaineers (10-12), who entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed, dropped several close contests as the Jaguars (15-8) advanced to Saturday's semifinal, where they will face No. 2 seeded UT Arlington.

South Alabama, which earned the No. 3 seed at the tournament and entered the match ranked No. 69 nationally, grabbed the first two points of the match and rode the momentum to a victory.

Tuki Jacobs grabbed a win over Appalachian's Zach Bost (6-0, 6-1) at the No. 4 spot for the first point before Juan Troglia snagged a victory against Jack Maddocks (6-2, 7-5) at No. 3 to give the Jags a 2-0 advantage.

The Mountaineers would pick up their lone point of the day when Scott Webster earned a 6-0, 7-5 win against Tim Srkala at No. 2 singles. Webster, who was named as the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year less than 24 hours before, improved to 18-4 on the season with the win.

With a 2-1 lead, South Alabama was able to close things with two more wins as Olivier Gingras took down Jan-Willem Kleynhans (6-4, 7-5) at the No. 5 spot.

Daniel Leitner, the Sun Belt Player of the Year, finished off the contest by picking up a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win over Oliver Casey at the No. 1 spot. Leitner entered the contest ranked No. 89 in the latest ITA Singles Rankings.

Trey Morris led USA's Manuel Belda 1-0 in the third set at No.6, but the match went unfinished after South Alabama clinched the winning point. The doubles portion of the match was not played as the teams played under the ITA Shortened Format.

Appalachian State returns all but one player for next year, including all four of its all-Sun Belt selections in Casey, Maddocks, Morris and Webster.

#69 South Alabama 4, Appalachian State 1
Apr 17, 2015 at New Orleans, La. (UNO Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. #89 Leitner, Daniel (USA) def. Oliver Casey (APP) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
2. Scott Webster (APP) def. Srkala, Tim (USA) 6-0, 7-5
3. Troglia, Juan (USA) def. Jack Maddocks (APP) 6-2, 7-5
4. Jacobs, Tuki (USA) def. Zach Bost (APP) 6-0, 6-1
5. Gingras, Olivier (USA) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-4, 7-5
6. Belda, Manuel (USA) vs. Trey Morris (APP) 4-6, 6-4, 0-1, unfinished
Match Notes
Appalachian State 10-12
South Alabama 15-8; National ranking #69
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (4,3,2,5,1)
2015 Sun Belt Conference Men's Tennis Championship Quarterfinals
#3 South Alabama vs. #6 Appalachian State
ITA Shortened Format: Singles played first, Doubles played if necessary
T-3:15 A-150

History was made on Thursday evening when Appalachian State University softball exploded for 37 runs in a doubleheader sweep over Radford - extending its winning streak to three games.

The Mountaineers’ (12-26) broke a program record for runs scored in a doubleheader with 37, while the 20 runs in Game Two topped the single-game record by one run. App State scored 26 runs in two games against N.C. Central on April 25, 2009.

The 20 runs topped the previous high of 19, which App State scored in a 20-19 loss to UNCG on April 26, 2014.

In 12 games leading up to last Sunday’s 14-5 win at Georgia State, the Mountaineers scored 31 total runs. Including Sunday’s win and the doubleheader sweep on Thursday, App State has scored 51 runs in just 17 innings.

Game One: App State 17, Radford 0 F/5

Appalachian scored at least a run in all five innings in its Game One triumph. The Mountaineers got off to a hot start and never looked back, scoring five runs in the first, seven in the second, two in the third and fourth and one in the fifth.

Following a Tiffany Taynor (Edgewater, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) single to lead off the first, Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) deposited a pitch over the right field wall for a 2-0 lead.

With a 5-0 lead in the second, Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) and Caroline Rogers (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) collected RBI singles, while Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter) worked a bases loaded walk.

Later in the inning, Taynor stroked a three-run triple into the right field corner to further extend the App State advantage.

With a 12-0 lead, Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) would crush a two-run homer. Butler would go on to hit a solo home run in the fifth for her second of the day.

Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) went the distance for the first complete game of her career and first career shutout. Williford went five innings and scattered four hits, while striking out four.

Game Two: App State 20, Radford 3 F/5

Appalachian State picked up right where it left off in Game One and then some. The Apps scored 12 runs in the opening inning, keeping their foot on the gas pedal for a two-game sweep.

In the midst of the 12-run first, the Mountaineers got RBI singles from Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes), Josey and Heichen. Caroline Chambers (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) hit her team-leading seventh home run of the season to cap off the inning.

The Apps would then score four more runs in the second and four in the fifth to clinch the program record for runs in a single game.

Amanda Salentine (Chanhassen, Minn./Chanhassen) doubled in the first RBI of her career in a four-run second that also saw RBI singles from Taynor and Josey.

In the fifth, Butler would hit her third home run of the day - a three-run shot to drive in Parker and Rogers. The record-breaking run would score on a Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) RBI groundout to shortstop.

Butler led the Mountaineers offensively, finishing 3-for-4 with three home runs, eight RBI and six runs scored. Taynor finished 5-for-10 with six RBI. In total, 10 Mountaineers collected multi-hit games in the sweep.

Williford started the second game and went 4.0 innings and was charged with three runs on five hits. Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) came into the game in relief and got the final three outs without allowing a hit, walking two and striking out one.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, April 18 for a doubleheader with No. 9 UL Lafayette in a Sun Belt Conference series. The Ragin’ Cajuns will come to the High Country as the highest nationally ranked team to play at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (9-6) defeated Coker (9-4), 14-9, in the semifinals of the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championship Thursday evening on the campus of Queens University.

With the victory, the third-seeded Bears will now play Mars Hill (7-6) in the finals on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The fourth-seeded Lions defeated No. 1 Queens (8-8) by a 12-11 score in the other semifinal game earlier in the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne is also advancing to its second straight South Atlantic Conference Championship Final. The Bears fell in last year’s contest to Queens.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) with four goals and two assists as the Bears avenged an earlier loss to the second-seeded Cobras.

Hanlon scored three of his goals in the final period as the Bears took control after entering the final stanza tied at seven with seven scores in the final 10 minutes.

The Bears’ Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.), the school’s all-time leading scorer, added three goals as Lenoir-Rhyne ended the contest on a 4-0 run. Senior midfielder Jon Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) also scored twice as the Bears held a decisive advantage in both shots taken (41-21) and ground balls (29-20).

Coker, the league regular season co-champion, was led by John Bretton (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.(Mendon, Mass.) and Josh Smith with three goals each despite the loss.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) notched the victory after stopping four shots while Coker’s Tim Ryan (Glocester, R.I.) suffered the loss despite making eight saves. The Cobras also saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end.

Scott Webster was named as the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year as Appalachian State University men’s tennis saw four players earn all-conference accolades, the Sun Belt announced on Thursday evening at its 2015 Championship Banquet.

Webster was named as the Sun Belt’s Freshman of the Year after finishing an incredible 17-4 in singles play this season. Webster rotated between the No. 2 (3-1), No. 3 (6-1) and No. 4 (8-2) spots in the lineup.

He posted an 11-match winning streak from Feb. 1 – Mar. 27, including a win over Andy Lau from No. 57 Troy. Webster was also solid in doubles play, posting an overall record of 12-7, which included a 10-4 mark at No. 2 singles with fellow Australian Jack Maddocks as the pairing earned second team all-Sun Belt honors.

With the honor, Webster becomes the second player in school history to earn a conference Freshman of the Year honor. Matt Lucas was the 1998 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year.

Oliver Casey was named a second team singles and doubles selection. He posted a 12-9 record in singles play while competing exclusively at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Casey’s honor is the third all-conference honor of his career after he was named as a SoCon all-freshman and second team doubles selection last year.

Casey posted an 8-4 mark with partner Trey Morris in doubled play as the duo earned a second team all-Sun Belt nod. The combo of Casey/Morris played primarily at the No. 3 spot, where they posted an 8-2 mark.

The Mountaineers are seeded No. 6 at the Sun Belt Tournament and will face No. 3 South Alabama at 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis junior Clare Cox was named as a second team all-Sun Belt Conference selection, the conference announced on Thursday evening at its 2015 Tennis Championship Banquet.

Cox finished 14-9 in singles play while competing exclusively at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Her performance this season marked the third-straight year in which she has finished with at least 10 singles victories.

It also marks her fourth all-conference honor. Cox was named as the Freshman of the Year and an all-freshman selection by the Southern Conference in 2013 and was a second team all-SoCon selection last season.

In addition to her impressive singles record, Cox also finished with six victories at No.1 doubles with partner Mackenzie LaSure. Appalachian State was defeated in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament by a 4-3 final against No. 10 Arkansas State in a match played on Thursday morning.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (30-15, 10-8) swept a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Lincoln Memorial (20-20, 9-9), 11-1 and 2-1, Thursday at Neely Field. The Bears have now won four straight games, all on the road.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Lincoln Memorial 1 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) and junior outfielder Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) each drove in three runs as the Bears run-ruled the Lady Railsplitters.

In addition, junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) earned the win after scattering five hits and striking out seven batters in the complete game for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne, who finished with 12 hits in the game, broke the contest open with a five-run third inning highlighted by a two-run single from Landreth.

For Lincoln Memorial, Jennifer Moose (Statesville, N.C.) drove in the Lady Railsplitters’ lone run while Samantha Smith (Knoxville, Tenn.) suffered the loss on the mound.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 2, Lincoln Memorial 1
The Bears were able to sweep the Lady Railsplitters thanks to a two-out, game-winning, two-run home run from Landreth in the top of the seventh inning.

Hoskins (17-5) was credited with the victory once again after pitching the final three innings and holding Lincoln Memorial scoreless to go along with three strikeouts.

Smith (8-10) suffered the loss despite allowing just two runs in going the distance while Savannah Couch (Colonial Heights, Va.) drove in the Lady Railsplitters’ lone run in the bottom of the second inning with a sacrifice fly.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Queens in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, 16 April 2015 23:05

Hickory Crawdads Game Rained Out

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The Hickory Crawdads April 16th game in Kannapolis against the Intimidators has been postponed due to rain. The two teams will make the game up with a doubleheader on Friday, April 17th beginning at 5:05 pm.

The rainout marks the second consecutive day that the 'Dads have not played due to rain. The Crawdads home finale against the Asheville Tourists was canceled on April 15th, and will be made up in Asheville with a doubleheader on April 21st.

The Crawdads will be on the road for the next week, with a four-game series against the Intimidators, before moving on to Asheville for a 3-game set. The 'Dads will return home to L.P. Frans Stadium on Thursday, April 23rd to start a 4-game, weekend series against Kannapolis.

Thursday, 16 April 2015 23:02

App State Men's Tennis Game Postponed

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The Sun Belt Conference announced that the time and venue of Friday's Sun Belt Tournament quarterfinal contest between Appalachian State University men's tennis and South Alabama will be moved to 9 a.m. ET at the UNO Tennis Center.

The change was made as heavy rain is forecast for the afternoon in New Orleans. The match was originally slated for 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

The Mountaineers (10-11) enter the tournament as the No. 6 seed while the Jaguars (14-8) are the No. 3 seed.

The Catawba Valley Community College Baseball team announced that Freshman Left Handed Pitcher Bryce Hensley has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association DII Pitcher of the Week for April 6-12.

Hensley threw a no-hitter vs. conference opponent New River CC in Radford, VA. Hensley threw 6.0 innings with 14 strikeouts and allowed only 1 walk.

Hensley has pitched in 10 games for the Red Hawks this season throwing 53.0 innings. Hensley currently has an earned run average on 1.87 and in conference games has a 0.33 era. Hensley is also ranked in the top 25 nationally with 2 shutouts (6th), 4 complete games (7th), 55 strikeouts (17th), and the 1.87 era (23rd).

This is the second time this season a Red Hawk has received the national recognition of a player of the week. In week 7 (March 16-22) sophomore third baseman, Danny Sullivan, received the recognition. The Red Hawks sit in first place of the Carolinas-Virginia Conference with a 10-2 record and have an overall record of 24-16. The Red Hawks will travel to Surry CC in Dobson, NC this weekend for a 3 game conference series. A double header is scheduled on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.

Despite rallying from a one-point deficit to send the contest to doubles play, Appalachian State University women's tennis saw its season come to an end in a heartbreaking, 4-3 loss to Arkansas State in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Thursday at City Park Center.

The Mountaineers (9-15) and Red Wolves (4-12) both fought against the elements as rain caused a 25 minute delay two hours into the match. Due to the poor weather conditions, the ITA Shortened Format was used - meaning the doubles portion was only played if the match was tied after singles play.

In a back-and-forth contest, Arkansas State grabbed the first point of the match when Tamara Slijepevic defeated Clare Cox by a 6-1, 6-1 score at No. 1. Melissa Machado would answer for Appalachian as she scored a straight-set win at No. 5 (6-4, 6-0]) to the the contest at 1-1.

Moments later, the Red Wolves would go up again as Julie Gaugery topped Gabrielle Wreder, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), in a highly competitive match at No. 2 singles. Mackenzie LaSure would knot the contest at 2-2 when she earned a win for the Mountaineers at No. 3 (6-4, 4-6, 6-4).

With the match tied and two singles contests remaining, Sabina Jeresic put Arkansas State just one point shy of victory when she grabbed a 7-5, 6-4 win over Brianna Armellino at the No. 4 spot.

On the brink of elimination, the Mountaineers would get a huge lift from Megan Mullen as she rallied from a first-set loss to earn a 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-2 win that sent the match to doubles play.

The Red Wolves earned the first doubles win via a 6-2 win at No. 3 before Appalachian's No. 2 duo of Machado/Mullen pulled out a 6-3 win, setting up an heart-stopping finish as the match came down to the winner of No. 1 doubles.

In the end, it would be Arkansas State's tandem of Jeresic/Slijepevic whole would emerge victorious over Appalachian's team of Cox/LaSure. The 6-2 win gave the Red Wolves the match-clinching fourth point and set them up to face No. 2 Georgia State in Friday's quarterfinal round.

Arkansas State 4, Appalachian State 3
Apr 16, 2015 at New Orleans, La. (City Park Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Slijepcevic, Tamara (ASU) def. Clare Cox (APP) 6-1, 6-1
2. Gauguery, Julie (ASU) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. Pisani, Victoria (ASU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
4. Jeresic, Sabina (ASU) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 7-5, 6-4
5. Melissa Machado (APP) def. Stefanov, Chiara (ASU) 6-4, 6-0
6. Megan Mullen (APP) def. Krsmanovic, Sofia (ASU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Slijepcevic, Tamara/Jeresic, Sabina (ASU) def. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-2
2. Melissa Machado/Megan Mullen (APP) def. Krsmanovic, Sofia/Pisani, Victoria (ASU) 6-3
3. Gauguery, Julie/Heeps-Eriksen, Jess (ASU) def. Gabrielle Wreder/McKayla Zupan (APP) 6-2

Match Notes
Arkansas State 4-12
Appalachian State 9-15

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,5,2,3,4,6)

2015 Sun Belt Conference Women's Tennis Championship First Round

#7 Appalachian State vs. #10 Arkansas State

ITA Shortened Format: Singles played first, Doubles if necessary

RAIN DELAY: Approximately 25 minutes beginning at 9:57 AM CT