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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (9-7) fell to Mars Hill (8-6) by an 8-7 score in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championship Saturday afternoon at the Queens Sports Complex.

The Bears, who lost in the title game by one goal for the second straight score, were the third seed in the tournament while the Lions were seeded fourth.

Three players scored twice for the Lions – Anthony Malcom (New Westminster, British Columbia), Jimmy McBride (New Westminster, British Columbia) and Hunter Maggs (Mayfield Heights, Ohio) – as Mars Hill saw its 4-1 advantage at halftime disappear but held on to take the victory.

Malcom’s second goal with 1:10 remaining in the third frame broke a six-all tie and proved to be the game-winning score for Mars Hill.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.) with three goals and two assists despite the loss. Kaish, the Bears’ all-time leading scorer, leaves the program with 165 points.

Senior attacker Jay Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C.) added two goals for the Bears, who lost despite holding a 43-25 edge in shots taken.

Mars Hill’s goalkeeper, Jack Grinewich (Colorado Springs, Colo.), earned the win after stopping 14 shots on the afternoon while Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) made eight saves despite taking the loss.

2015 SAC Men's Lacrosse Championship
All-Tournament Team
Mars Hill - Jake Grinewich (MVP)
Mars Hill - Hunter Maggs
Mars Hill - Anthony Malcolm
Mars Hill - Addison Sowell
Mars Hill - Nathan Stewart
Lenoir-Rhyne - Ned Kaish
Lenoir-Rhyne - Mike Hanlon
Lenoir-Rhyne - Mike Dorcy
Queens- Jonathan Paige
Coker- John Bretton

The Tusculum Softball Team (21-21, 9-13) spoiled Lenoir-Rhyne’s Senior Day with a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader sweep of the Bears (32-17, 12-10), 3-2 and 11-8, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.

Game One – Tusculum 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
The Pioneers’ Bailey Culler (Mount Airy, N.C.) and Kaitlyn Stroinski (Howell, Mich.) each hit a home run as Tusculum was able to hold for the win.

Culler’s home run, a two-run shot, in the second inning gave Tusculum the lead for good while Rachel Medley (Knoxville, Tenn.) earned the win on the mound after going the distance.

Medley, who struck out four batters, surrendered a run in the bottom of the seventh inning but recorded the final out with a runner on base to seal the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) finished with three hits and an RBI while junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) suffered the loss despite striking out nine batters.

Game Two – Tusculum 11, Lenoir-Rhyne 8
The Pioneers hit three home runs and rallied from a 6-1 deficit after three innings of play and surged to the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Ashley Oliver (Newton, N.C.) hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning, her team-leading ninth on the year, and finished with four hits despite the loss.

Tusculum scored nine runs combined in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, to take the lead for good. Robin Stoner (Pleasant Garden, N.C.) started the comeback with a three-run home run in the fourth before Alix Kruel (Horicon, Wisconsin) and Treslyn Reese (Lexington, N.C.) added round-trippers in the fifth frame to give the Pioneers the lead for good. Reese drove in four runs on the day.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, freshman third baseman Averi Miller (Taylorsville, N.C.) finished with three hits and two RBI while Hoskins (19-7) suffered the loss again in relief.

Medley (10-11) won her second game on the day for the Pioneers.

Lenoir-Rhyne will next compete in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championships beginning Thursday in Hartsville, S.C.

Appalachian State University track and field wrapped up the Charlotte Invitational on Saturday, posting five first-place finishes.

Kaytlyn Gill placed second in the long jump with a mark of 18-5 for a new personal best, while Chelsey Hargrave followed in third place with a jump of 18-4.50 and another personal best. Gill and Hargrave then took first and second in the triple jump with marks of 40-1.50 and 39-8.75, respectively. Both were personal bests.

Debra Domermuth took the title in the pole vault event, clearing a height of 11-9.75, while Hunter Welborn took first in the high jump by posting a mark of 5-6.

Brianna Tate added another first-place for the Apps by winning the shot put with a throw of 47-5.75. Jasmine Suydam took second in the discus throw with a throw of 146-10, for a new personal best. The thow ranks fifth all-time in the Appalachian record books.

Shelby Howell placed first in the 800m run, finishing with a time of 2:10.30 for a new personal best. The time puts her fourth all-time in the App State record books.

Micah Hanks earned a personal best in the 200m dash with a time of 25.32, placing ninth.

Appalachian’s relay teams placed second in the 4x100m and the 4x400m relay with times of 46.95 and 3:51.21.

On the men’s side Henry Bustle took fourth in the long jump with a distance of 23-8.75 for a new personal best. Bustle recorded another personal best when he placed fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 48-0.

MyQuon Stout placed third and Nathan Milch placed fourth in the discus throw, recording throws of 150-11 and 149-8.

Matt Layne and Patrick Quinn tied for first in the pole vault. They each recorded a height of 15-3. It was a personal best for Layne.

Ryan Hastings placed third in the 800m run with a time of 1:51.30 for a new personal best.

Stanley Broaden took the title in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.39. Broaden then placed first again when he competed in the 400m hurdles, posting a time of 51.58. This was a new personal best and will rank third all-time in the App State record books.

The Mountaineers earned second and third place in the 100m dash as William Buckley and Marshall McRae tallied times of 10.62 and 10.74. Buckley then took first in the 200m dash with a time of 21.36.

App State’s 4x400m relay team of Josh Hanna, Raphael Rojas, Broaden and Hastings took first-place, posting a time of 3:14.25.

The Mountaineers will return to action when they travel to the Penn Relays next week.

North Piedmont:
Alexander Central: 6
Statesville: 2, Saturday

Alexander Central: 8
South Iredell: 1, Friday

South Mountain Athletic:
Chase: 8
Draughn: 4, Friday

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 10
West Lincoln: 0, Saturday

West Caldwell: 5
Maiden: 2, Friday

West Lincoln: 5
Newton-Conover: 2, Friday

North Piedmont:
Alexander Central: 12
South Iredell: 0, Friday

Freedom: 10
Watauga: 0, Friday

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 10
West Caldwell: 0, Friday

West Lincoln: 5
Bunker Hill: 1, Saturday

Fred T. Foard: 0
Hibriten: 0

Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 9
Maiden: 0

The Hickory Crawdads showed no signs of rust Friday night after consecutive rainouts, as the 'Dads played their first game in three days and came away with a sweep of their doubleheader against the Kannapolis Intimidators with 9-5 and 5-1 wins at CMC-NorthEast Stadium.

Game one saw the Crawdads score in four of their seven innings, plating two in the 2nd, five in the 3rd, and one run in both the 4th and 7th frames. Seven of the 'Dads nine starters ended the night with a hit, including four players with multi-hit games. Hickory was outhit by Kannapolis in the nightcap 7-5, but the Crawdads made the most of their opportunities with a home run, triple, and double to go along with standout pitching from four Hickory hurlers.

The first game was a back-and-forth offensive contest, with the 'Dads season-high 5-run, 3rd inning standing as the difference. Hickory entered the frame with a 2-1 lead thanks to an RBI groundout by Josh Morgan and an RBI single from Michael De Leon in the 2nd. Travis Demeritte started the rally with a leadoff walk and a steal of second base, followed by an RBI double to right by Luke Tendler that plated Demeritte for the frame's first run. After a pop out by Jose Cardona, an RBI triple and RBI double by Eduard Pinto and Jose Trevino respectively brought in two more tallies for the 'Dads. Trevino came home two batters later when Morgan reached on an error, before De Leon picked up his second RBI of the game when he doubled to right to score Morgan and put Hickory ahead 7-1.

The Intimidators countered with two runs in both the 3rd and 4th frames, but solo homers by Demeritte and Tendler gave the 'Dads their 9-5 win. Tendler finished the game 2-4 with his South Atlantic League-leading third home run of the year to go along with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored. Trevino (3-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R), De Leon (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI), and Pinto (2-4, 3B, RBI, 2R) all ended the night with multi-hit games as well, while Demeritte went 1-3 with his first long ball of the year.

Hickory starting pitcher Ariel Jurado (2-0) earned the win after allowing five runs on seven hits, no walks, and three strikeouts over five innings pitched, while Nick Gardewine (1) earned the save with two scoreless frames out of the bullpen. Kannapolis starter Spencer Adams (0-1) took the loss with seven runs allowed, five earned, on eight hits in 2.2 IP.

The Crawdads jumped ahead early in game two as well, with the 'Dads taking a 5-0 lead before the Intimidators put up a run in the 6th to avoid the shutout. Pinto got the offense going in the 1st as he reached on a two base throwing error, took third on a sacrifice bunt by De Leon, and came home to score on a wild pitch to give Hickory a 1-0 advantage without a hit.

The lead jumped to 3-0 in the 3rd when De Leon drew a two-out walk before Ronald Guzman crushed a 2-run homer to right, his first of the season. Newly acquired third baseman Tripp Martin got things going in the 4th with a one-out double to left, followed one batter later by a RBI single from Trevino for a 4-0 'Dads lead. Finally, in the 6th, Martin came through again with a triple to right followed by a wild pitch that allowed him to score and gave the Crawdads a 5-1 lead.

Kannapolis first baseman Chris Curley homered to left to lead off the 6th for the Intimidators lone run, before 'Dads reliever Jefri Hernandez worked around two walks to toss a scoreless 7th and give Hickory the 5-1 win.

Guzman finished 2-3 with a homer and two RBI, while Martin went 2-3 with a triple, double, and two RBI while making his professional baseball debut. Hickory starting pitcher Luis Ortiz earned a no-decision after throwing four shutout innings. Reliever Trey Lambert (1-1) earned the win with a perfect 5th inning including two Ks. Kannapolis starter Yelmison Peralta (0-2) took the loss with four runs allowed, three earned, on four hits, two walks, and one strikeout in five innings pitched.

The Crawdads (6-2) will try to make it three consecutive wins against the Intimidators (3-6) in the third game of their four-game series Saturday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Appalachian State University baseball surrendered three unearned runs, including what turned out to be the game-winner in the top of the 12th inning, in a 4-3 loss to first-place Georgia State on Friday evening at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

The heartbreaking defeat was Appalachian State’s seventh one-run loss of the season. The Mountaineers (11-27, 4-15 Sun Belt) also fell to 4-13 in games decided by two runs or less, including a tough-luck 2-9 mark in Sun Belt Conference play.

With the score knotted at 2-2 in the top of the 12th inning, Georgia State (23-15, 12-3 Sun Belt) took a 3-2 lead on Justin Jones’ one-out RBI single off the left-field wall.

Appalachian State reliever Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) entered the game following Jones’ single with two runners on base. After DeVrieze walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, Mountaineer catcher Zach Hummel (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell), who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the 10th, gave up a passed ball that allowed Georgia State to extend its lead to 4-2.

The Panthers’ fourth run remained unearned when DeVrieze struck out Matt Rose and Joey Roach (.328 and .360 hitters coming into the evening, respectively) to end the inning.

The unearned run in the top of the 12th proved to be costly in the bottom of the frame when the Mountaineers strung together three hits — capped by a two-out RBI single by Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) — to plate a run. However, instead of driving in the tying run, Pierson’s third hit of the game only cut the Mountaineers’ deficit to 4-3. App State’s next batter, cleanup hitter Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline), struck out looking to end the contest with the potential equalizer on second base.

Before the game went to extra innings, it was a classic Friday night pitchers’ duel between Appalachian State’s Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and Georgia State’s Nathan Bates.

Both clubs’ aces were spectacular, with Thurber escaping big jams in the third and sixth innings and Bates not allowing a hit from the second to the sixth, and the game went into the eighth still knotted at 0-0.

Thurber appeared to wiggle his way out of another tough spot in the top of the eighth when he induced a routine groundball with the bases loaded and two outs. However, freshman shortstop Carson Jones’ (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe) throw was in the turf and skipped past senior first baseman Noah Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan), which allowed the first two runs of the game to cross the plate.

The Mountaineers battled back from the 2-0 deficit by stringing together four-straight two-out hits in the bottom of the eighth. Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) started the rally with a line-drive double to right field. Pierson followed with a looping double down the left-field line that scored Dobson and made it 2-1. Brill capped the comeback with a hard single to right that drove in Pierson to pull the Mountaineers even and ultimately send the game to extra innings.

Despite their incredible performances, neither Thurber (9.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) nor Bates (7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K) figured in the decision. Kevin Burgee (3-1) allowed one run over four innings to pick up the win for GSU while Caleb McCann (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) (1-2) was charged with two runs (one earned) in one-third of an inning to suffer the loss.

Offensively, Dobson and Pierson had three hits apiece and Brill and Holmes chipped in with two each to pace Appalachian State’s 12-hit attack.

Georgia State’s top two hitters, Rose and Roach, combined to go 0-for-12 but Jones and David Levy each had three hits for the Panthers.

The teams resume their three-game Sun Belt series on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Smith Stadium.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (10-7) punched its ticket to the finals of the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championship with a 21-6 victory over Coker (9-8) in the semifinals Friday evening at the Queens Sports Complex.

The Bears, the second seed in this year’s tournament, will take on top-seeded Queens (12-5) for the second straight season in the championship Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. Queens defeated fourth-seeded Catawba (9-9) by a 21-5 score in the other semifinal game earlier in the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) led all scorers with five goals while senior midfielder Kirsten Smith (Dunkirk, Md.) and junior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) both scored four times in the win.

Coker, the sixth seed in the tournament, was led by Claudia Jenkins (Keedysville, Md.) with three goals but the Cobras lost for the second time this year to the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 4-3 advantage eight minutes into the game before taking control with five straight scores. The Bears led by an 11-4 score at intermission and never looked back.

Lenoir-Rhyne held the advantage in both shots taken (37-21) and ground balls (20-18) while freshman goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) picked up the win in goal after stopping eight shots.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.), the league’s player of the year and the school’s all-time leading scorer, added three goals and three assists. Coker’s Kaitlyn Vela (Winter Springs, Fla.) suffered the loss in goal despite making eight saves.

Sunday, 19 April 2015 17:45

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Game Suspended

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The Lenoir-Rhyne and Mars Hill South Atlantic Conference baseball game has been suspended.  The game will pick up Saturday at 1:00 p.m., with Mars Hill holding a 9-2 advantage in the top of the eighth inning.  A nine-inning game will follow.  The series is being played at UNC Asheville’s Greenwood Field.