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It took 17 innings and nearly five hours but the Hickory Crawdads outlasted the visiting Greenville Drive Wednesday afternoon, as an RBI double from Andy Ibanez lifted the 'Dads over the Drive with a 5-4 win at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads and Drive entered the 17th frame tied at 4-4, with neither team having scored since Ibanez deadlocked the score with a solo home run in the bottom of the 7th. After 9 scoreless innings Hickory finally ended the marathon contest when Eric Jenkins singled to center and scored all the way from first on Ibanez's double off the base of the wall in left-center field.

The walk-off hit was the fifth hit of the game for Ibanez, who was just named the South Atlantic League Player of the Week. The Cuba native finished the afternoon 5-7 with a home run, two doubles, three RBI, two runs scored, a walk, and a stolen base.

The win also salvaged the final game of the series for the Crawdads, giving the club a 4-3 homestand and improving their record to 10-4 on the season.

Hickory jumped out to an early lead in the 1st, when Jenkins reached on a fielding error by Greenville third baseman Chad De La Guerra and came in to score on an RBI double from Ibanez. Ibanez came home himself three batters later on an RBI, sacrifice fly by Frandy De La Rosa to give the 'Dads a 2-0 advantage.

The Drive answered in the top of the 3rd, when the club plated a pair of unearned runs on two walks, a single, and an error by Crawdads right fielder Jose Almonte to tie the score at 2-2. The 'Dads quickly retook the lead in the bottom of the frame however when Jenkins tripled to right and came in on an RBI groundout by Tyler Sanchez for a 3-2 Hickory lead.

The score remained the same until the 6th, when the Drive got to Crawdads reliever Johan Juan with a single by Tate Matheny and a 2-run homer from Luis Alexander Basabe to give Greenville the lead at 4-3. Ibanez tied the game at 4-4 one frame later with his solo home in the 7th, before nine straight scoreless innings took the game into the 17th and set the stage for Ibanez's game winner.

Six different Hickory pitchers saw action, with relievers Jeffrey Springs, Adam Choplick, Jacob Shortslef, and Blake Bass combining to throw 10 shutout innings out of the bullpen. Bass (1-0) came away with the win for the 'Dads after working around a single and an intentional walk in a scoreless 17th. Greenville reliever Victor Diaz (0-3) took the loss after allowing the game-ending run in his fourth inning of work.

The Crawdads (10-4) will now take to the road for a 4-game series in Hagerstown against the Suns, with first pitch Thursday night scheduled for 6:05 pm.

Appalachian State University’s 18 athletics programs each achieved an Academic Progress Rate score of 952 or higher in the latest four-year cohort, according to data released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

Implemented in 2003 as part of an ambitious academic reform effort in NCAA Division I, the Academic Progress Rate (APR) holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term. APR scores are based on a maximum of 1,000.

In the latest cohort (beginning with the 2011-12 academic year and ending with 2014-15), all 18 of Appalachian State’s varsity sports programs achieved a four-year APR of 952 or higher, comfortably above the 930 threshold needed to avoid penalties for insufficient performance, including postseason ineligibility. Indoor and outdoor track and field’s APR data was lumped together on the men’s and women’s sides for the first time in 2014-15.

For the third-straight year, women’s golf led the way for Appalachian State with a perfect four-year APR of 1,000. Women’s soccer maintained a near-perfect 998 four-year APR while women’s cross country (995), women’s tennis (992) men’s soccer (984) and women’s basketball (981) all scored above the national average for their respective sports. Other programs boasting an APR of 980 or better include App State men’s tennis (984) and volleyball (983). Appalachian State football’s four-year APR of 955 is the third-highest in the 11-team Sun Belt Conference, behind only UL Monroe (967) and Texas State (961).

“I continue to be pleased and impressed by the academic achievement of all of our sports programs,” Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin said. “I thank and congratulate our student-athletes, coaches, academic services personnel and Appalachian’s faculty and staff for their role in this accomplishment for our University.”

Appalachian State University men’s tennis’ Scott Webster (Swanbourne, Australia/Scotch College) was awarded the Sun Belt’s Men’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week Award, announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Webster is the first student-athlete on the team to win a Sun Belt Conference Weekly Award since the Mountaineers joined the SBC, while the sophomore is the first student-athlete since Sebastien King on April 1, 2014 to garner a conference athlete of the week award when King garnered the honor in the SoCon.

The Australian had an impressive performance with a three-set victory over one of the top student-athletes in the conference in Rise Lanne, who went into the match with a 16-2 mark in singles going into the contest. Webster surged from a one-set deficit before taking the next two frames to defeat Lanne, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Webster’s triumph was pivotal for the Apps, as Georgia Southern claimed a 3-1 deficit before Appalachian stormed back to win the last three points and the match.

Going into the conference tournament, Webster is 12-4 as the No.1 in the lineup and is 10-3 since he was inserted into the No. 1 slot. He is 6-3 over his last nine matches. In his first two seasons at App State, Webster is 30-8 in 38 singles matches. In doubles play, Webster has had a dominant campaign where he is 12-2 with partner Jan-Willem Kleynhans (Stellenbosch, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium).

Webster is part of a squad that has the most wins (13) since the 2012 season when the Mountaineers won 15 matches.

The Mountaineers will look their first Sun Belt Tournament win against No. 3 seed Troy on Friday at 3 p.m. in New Orleans at the City Tennis Park.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field student-athlete Kaytlyn Gill (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) was named Sun Belt Conference Female Field Student-Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Last weekend, Gill finished the Charlotte Invite with a first-place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 41-4.25 feet – the jump was good for sixth all-time in Appalachian State program history. The personal-best also vaulted Gill to the top spot in the Sun Belt this season in the event.

The jump for Gill now ranks her 19th on the NCAA East Outdoor Qualifying list.

At the Charlotte Invite, Gill also ran a leg of the 4x100-meter relay with the team finishing with a time of 47.20.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field student-athlete, Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley), was named the Sun Belt Conference Male Track Student-Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Broaden finished with a pair of first-place finishes last weekend at the Charlotte Invitational in both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles. Broaden ran a personal-best in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.37 and beat the second-place runner by nearly two seconds.

The time for Broaden is third all-time in program history and tops in the Sun Belt this season, while ranking 27th in the country - 12th on the NCAA East Outdoor Qualifying list.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Broaden won with a time of 14.22. Broaden was also a member of the first-place 4x400-meter relay team who won with a time of 3:14.69, a time that sits fourth in the Sun Belt this season.

The Mountaineers will be in action this weekend at the Auburn Invitational.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Patrick Bauer has been named to the 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Men's Tennis Second Team for singles competition, league officials announced today.

Bauer, a senior from Helmstedt, GERMANY, went 10-9 at first singles for the Bears this year including a 7-4 mark against league opponents. In addition, Bauer fashioned a 9-8 mark at No. 1 doubles including five wins against conference competition.

In 2015, Bauer was a second-team all-league honoree in doubles and an honorable mention pick in singles action. In two years, Bauer went 15-7 against South Atlantic Conference foes in singles action and won 11 conference doubles matches.

2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men's Tennis Teams
Sebastian Hall/Connor Kudrick, Wingate
Tim Stierle/Jonas Winkelmann, Tusculum
Per-Erick Soler/Ander Vas, Queens

Leon Seiz/Tashique Kader, Tusculum
Jordan Monosky/Jacob Svantesson, Newberry
Jack Mordey/Mitchell McDonald, Catawba (Tie)
Tom Sizeland/Mark Watt, Coker (Tie)

Nicolas Ascarrunz/Paul Michael Calhoun, Anderson
Jules Athalis/Giovanni Setti, Queens

Tim Stierle, Tusculum
Per-Erik Soler, Queens
Sebastian Hall, Wingate
Fernando Espana, Newberry
Tom Sizeland, Coker
Connor Kudrick, Wingate

Jules Athalis, Queens
Patrick Bauer, Lenoir-Rhyne
Jonas Winkelmann, Tusculum
William Marrafao, Coker
Juan Sebastian Perez, Carson-Newman
Fernando Tous, Newberry

David Taggart, Brevard
Filippo Pezzoli, Wingate
Andor Vas, Queens
Jordan Monosky, Newberry
Josh DuToit, Wingate
Jacob Svantesson, Newberry

Tim Stierle, Tusculum

Jacob Svantesson, Newberry

Adam Jackson, Tusculum

2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Tennis Teams
Carlotta Nassi/Melissa Laing, Queens
Amanda Carrillo/Vanessa Ortiz, Newberry
Claudia De Andreis/Maria Garcia, Wingate

Kealee Heffner/Erin Mills, Tusculum
Ivey Welborn/Rebecca Bruning, Anderson
Marta Gonzalez/Caroline Nielson, Queens

Liz Renteria/Erisa Onchi, Catawba
Jennifer Mezei/Bailey Palmer, Coker
Marta Pinol/Roksolana Prudyvs, Lincoln Memorial

Carlotta Nassi, Queens
Elizabeth Williamson, Newberry
Claudia De Andreis, Wingate
Elena Vasilyeva, Lincoln Memorial
Franziska Funke, Tusculum
Kealee Heffner, Tusculum

Rebecca Bruning, Anderson
Maria Gonzalez, Queens
Alis Harris, Carson-Newman
Samantha Echevarria, Mars Hill
Melissa Laing, Queens
Marta Pinol, Lincoln Memorial (Tie)
Jil Corsato Owsianka, Carson-Newman (Tie)

Amanda Carrillo, Newberry
Patricia Guerreiro, Carson-Newman
Emily Waters, Tusculum
Layla Tanik, Wingate
Erisa Onchi, Catawba

Carlotta Nassi, Queens

Claudia De Andreis, Wingate

Michael Cabana, Wingate

Appalachian State University volleyball and head coach Matt Ginipro announced the addition of two student-athletes for the upcoming 2016 season on Wednesday. Mikel Coleman (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison) and Sydney Farthing (Boone, N.C./Watauga) will officially join the Black and Gold.

“I’m very happy to have Mikel and Sydney join our 2016 recruiting class,” said Ginipro. “I’m looking forward to getting them in the gym in August.”

Mikel Coleman
5-8 • Outside Hitter
Farmington Hills, Mich.

Coleman will join the Black and Gold after an outstanding prep career at Harrison High School. She was named 2014 and 2015 OAA all-league and 2015 Offensive MVP, while serving as team captain for two years. Coleman also played club volleyball for Legacy Volleyball Club. She was a member of the 2014 Big South Dream Team and was named to the 2014 North Coast Power League all-league team.

Coleman, a versatile athlete, was a 2014 all-state runner for the track and field team at Harrison in the 4x100-meter relay.

Ginipro’s Comments: “Don’t let her height fool you. Mikel is a high flyer and she told me she touched 10 feet two inches the last time she tested with her club. She will be a great addition to our outside hitting group where we are going to be pretty young after graduating Emily [Corrigan] and Jess [Keller].”

Sydney Farthing
5-5 • Libero/Defensive Specialist
Boone, N.C.

Farthing lettered all four years at Watauga High School and received her team’s Defensive Player of the Year award her last three seasons. Farthing earned Best of Preps for the High Country county last season. She was an honorable mention as a junior, prior to being named all-conference for her senior campaign. Farthing was the conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and was a member of the all-tournament team last year for her club volleyball team.

Ginipro’s Comments: We are always looking to add to our ball control and it’s great that we were able to do that right here in Boone. Sydney is a talented player who comes from a great family who are big App State fans. She has very good touch on the ball and has developed into a good reader of the game over the past year.”

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 11
Statesville: 6

Northwestern Conference:
Patton: 6
Fred T. Foard: 3

St. Stephens: 7
Hickory: 6

South Caldwell: 8
Freedom: 4

Watauga: 6
Hibriten: 5

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 8
Draughn: 0

Shelby: 4
East Burke: 2

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 5
Bandys: 0

Bunker Hill: 8
Linconton: 5

East Lincoln: 7
Newton-Conover: 2

West Lincoln: 11
West Caldwell: 2

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 11
Lake Norman: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 10
Patton: 0

South Caldwell: 10
Freedom: 5

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 5
Kings Mountain: 1

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 19
Lincolnton: 0

Maiden: 14
Bandys: 0

Newton-Conover: 5
East Lincoln: 2

West Lincoln: 4
West Caldwell: 0

North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 2
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Patton: 0

Hickory: 1
St. Stephens: 0

Southern District 7:
Lincolnton: 3
Bunker Hill: 1

Maiden: 6
Bandys: 0

Newton-Conover: 2
East Lincoln: 1

West Caldwell: 7
West Lincoln: 0

Wake Forest scored in each of the first six innings of a wild 15-9 win over Appalachian State University baseball on Tuesday evening at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Appalachian State (10-27) led 3-1 after one inning and 4-3 after two but Wake Forest (23-17) plated six runs in the top of the third inning and never relinquished the lead.

After the Demon Deacons took a 9-4 lead with its six-run third, the Mountaineers immediately cut the deficit to 9-6 with two runs in the bottom of the frame. However, while Wake Forest kept scoring in the middle innings (three runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth), App State’s bats went cold and the Demon Deacons grabbed a commanding 14-6 advantage.

The score remained 14-6 until the ninth when Wake Forest scored a single run in the top of the inning and Appalachian closed the scoring on a three-run home run by freshman pinch-hitter Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) in the bottom of the stanza.

Curtis’ homer capped an power-packed evening that saw the teams combine for seven home runs (four by Wake Forest, three by Appalachian State). Prior to Tuesday’s power surge, there had been only nine home runs hit over the first 13 games of the season at spacious Smith Stadium.

Eight different Mountaineers contributed to App State’s 12-hit attack. Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County), Caleb McCann (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) and Curtis all homered and freshman designated hitter Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) finished 3-for-3. McCann’s homer was the first of his career. The senior, who transitioned from a full-time pitcher to a two-way player this season, also doubled in a 2-for-3 showing that raised his batting average to .312 on the season.

Wake Forest’s Logan Harvey, a late addition to the starting lineup after regular catcher Ben Breazeale was sidelined during pregame warmups due to illness, went 2-for-4 with five RBI and the first two home runs of his career. His first homer was a back-breaking grand slam during the Deacons’ six-run third inning.

Appalachian State returns to Sun Belt Conference action this weekend with a three-game series at Georgia State. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the GSU Baseball Complex in Decatur, Ga.

Next Tuesday, the Mountaineers and Demon Deacons meet again at BB&T BallPark in Charlotte. Game time is set for 6 p.m.