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Appalachian State closed with a team-309 to finish 10th in a field of 15 teams at the 24th Annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate, which wrapped up Tuesday at Eagles Landing Golf Club.

App State (+66) finished seven shots ahead of UAB (+73) and 12 ahead of Western Carolina (+78). Eastern Kentucky (+24) won a playoff with Murray State to capture the team title, while Kansas State (+26) took third. EKU’s Elsa Moberly finished at 4-under for the event with a 73 (+1) on Tuesday to capture medalist honors by four strokes.

Seniors Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C.) were App State’s top finishers for the tournament. Stinson closed with a 75 (+3) on Tuesday to tie for 37th with birdies on No. 9 and No. 18. Craver finished with a 79 (+7) in the final round to finish 34th.

Freshman Melany Chong (Mississauga, Canada.) closed with a 79 (+7). She was 1-over thru 10 holes after coming up with a birdie on her second hole of the day.

Sophomore Joliana Elias (Jamestown, N.C.) had a team-best four birdies on the day and was 1-under on her first seven holes in her round of 76 (+4) She had three birdies on a five-hole stretch on her back nine in also tying for 44th on the week.

Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C.) finished 66th and shot an 81 (+9) to close out the event.

App’s Patricia Thompson (Granite Falls, N.C.) is tied for 70th playing as an individual and had her best round with an 81 (+9) on Tuesday.

App hosts the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate on Sunday and Monday at Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton, N.C.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 11:27

Hickory Crawdads Release Opening Day Roster

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The Texas Rangers, parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have released the Opening Day rosters for their minor league affiliates, including the 26 total players who will begin the season with the 'Dads.


There are eight total returning players who helped the 'Dads to their seventh consecutive winning season in 2016. Returners include RHP Tyler Ferguson, RHP Jonathan Hernandez, RHP Luke Lanphere, RHP Emerson Martinez, catcher Ricky Valencia, infielders Ti'Quan Forbes & Yeyson Yrizarri, and outfielder Jose Almonte.


The Crawdads boast eight players who are ranked among the Rangers Top 30 prospects by MLB.com, headlined by outfielder Leody Taveras (#3). Joining Taveras in the ranking is Yrizarri (17), Hernandez (20), Ferguson (23), pitcher Tyler Phillips (24), Almonte (25), infielder Anderson Tejeda (27), and outfielder Yanio Perez (29).


The Crawdads open the season with a friendly exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne University on Monday, April 3rd at 6pm, before starting their SAL schedule on the road on Thursday, April 6th in Greensboro. The 'Dads Home Opener is set for Thursday, April 13th against the Kannapolis Intimidators at 7pm. Tickets for all 70 home games are on sale now.


For more information about the Crawdads Opening Day Roster, call the 'Dads front office at (828) 322-3000.

See the full roster by downloading the attachment below.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Collier Stone and Ryan Crompton have been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players Of The Week, respectively. Stone shares this week's award with Wingate's Alex Llerandi.

Both players led Lenoir-Rhyne to victories last week over Young Harris (14-9) and Mars Hill (8-5) on Tuesday and Sunday, respectively.

For the week, Stone totaled six goals and two assists including a four-goal performance in the league road victory over the Lions. For the year, Stone has nine goals, an assist and 10 points. Stone is a junior midfielder from Marietta, Ga.

Crompton, a junior goalkeeper from Frederick, Md., totaled 29 saves for the week including 16 stops against the Lions. On the season, Crompton is 7-1 on the year with a 9.50 goals-against average and 87 saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne (8-1, 5-0), now ranked No. 8 in NCAA Division II, has won eight straight games and sits alone atop the South Atlantic Conference standings. The Bears host ninth-ranked Belmont Abbey (7-2) in a Top 10 showdown on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

Nike/USILA NCAA Division II

National Top 20 Poll

Week 6 – March 27, 2017

1. Limestone 8-0

2. Merrimack 4-1

3. Le Moyne 6-1

4. Mercyhurst 6-1

5. Lindenwood 7-2

6. Adelphi 6-1

7. NYIT 6-1

8. Lenoir-Rhyne 8-1

9. Belmont Abbey 7-2

10. Pace 4-1

11. Seton Hill 3-3

12. Mercy 6-2

13. Tampa 8-3

14. Mount Olive 6-2

15. Wingate 7-2

16. Southern New Hampshire 3-2

17. Saint Anselm 3-1

18. Colorado Mesa 6-2

19. Saint Leo 8-2

20. Bentley 3-1

Receiving Votes: Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Lynn, Queens, Tusculum, Chestnut Hill, Indianapolis, Assumption, LIU Post, Rollins, Lake Erie.

Twelve former Appalachian State University football student-athletes worked out for representatives from 20 NFL teams and two Canadian Football League teams during the program’s annual Pro Day on Monday at the Appalachian Athletic Center and Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility.

Appalachian State’s Pro Day participants included tight end Barrett Burns, offensive lineman Parker Collins, offensive lineman Jamie Collmar, running back Marcus Cox, defensive lineman Tyson Fernandez, linebacker Kennan Gilchrist, safety Alex Gray, linebacker John Law, defensive lineman Nate Norwood, defensive lineman Dezmin Reed, linebacker Toronto Thomas, and defensive back Mondo Williams. All players went through executed a long series of weight room and on-field testing before going through individual position drills.

According to App State’s director of strength and conditioning and professional football liaison Mike Sirignano, the Mountaineers performed well and impressed the assembled scouts on Monday. Defensive back Mondo Williams, a First Team All-Sun Belt selection this season, ran a 4.37 for one of his 40-yard dash times. Linebacker Kennan Gilchrist ran a 4.57 for one of his 40-yard times and showed well with a 35-inch vertical jump and 25 reps on the 225-lb bench press. App’s career rushing leader Marcus Cox showed well with a solid 40 time at 4.58 and a 10-foot broad jump. Safety Alex Gray had strong marks as well with a 4.51 in the 40 and a 35-inch vertical.

Next up for the Mountaineers’ pro football hopefuls are a series of individual workouts with NFL teams. The 2017 NFL Draft is set for April 26-29 in Philadelphia.

2017 APPALACHIAN STATE FOOTBALL PRO DAY

PLAYER NAME 40 YARD VJ BROAD PRO 3-CONE 60 BENCH
Barrett Burns 4.93 4.95 28.5 8'7 4.5 7.19 12.23 19

Parker Collins 5.08 5.17 28 8'8 4.6 8.19 25

Jamie Collmar 5.24 5.20 28 8'4 4.52 7.81 25 25

Marcus Cox 4.58 4.62 30.5 10' 4.5 7.5 11.97 13

Tyson Fernandez 5.37 5.38 24.5 7'8 4.75 7.87 24

Kennan Gilchrist 4.57 4.6 35 9'9 4.47 7.55 11.84 26

Alex Gray 4.51 4.57 35 10'3 4.4 7.4 11.84 15

John Law 4.7 4.71 35 9'11 4.17 7 11.83 19

Nate Norwood 5.17 5.23 27 8'5 4.49 7.31 12.20 25

Dezmin Reed 5 5.02 27.5 8'4 4.6 7.3 12.4 8

Toronto Thomas 5.01 5.07 29 9'2 4.4 7.4 12.64 20

Mondo Williams 4.44 4.37 35 10 4.2 7.1 11.46 8

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Gabby Sousa has been named AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced earlier today.

Sousa, a sophomore attacker from Delran, N.J., tallied six goals, two assists, three ground balls and eight points to lead the Bears to league victories over Lincoln Memorial (13-7) and Brevard (18-3) last Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.

In the victory over the Tornados, Sousa finished with a game-high four goals and a pair of assists as the Bears won their third straight contest. On the year, Sousa is tied for the team lead in goals with 22 and ranks second in points scored with 26.

Wingate’s Arion Pierre has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (7-3) next hosts Tampa (5-6) on Friday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

A beautiful spring day and packed grandstands were in store for the return of the Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series for Cosmo Motors Night at the Races as they roared back into Hickory Motor Speedway with a great slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing.

Leading off the evening would be the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles Late Models and their first of two 40 lap features. Ryan Millington in the #76 would set fast time and start from the point with Cole Glasson in the #5 to his outside. 2-time track champion Austin McDaniel in the #12 would make a return visit to his old stomping grounds and start inside of row 2 with the #98 of Stefan Parsons, son of former Monster Energy Cup driver Phil Parsons, starting to his outside. The battle at the point would be side by side for several laps until Millington would get the edge and nose ahead of Glasson. McDaniel would look to get by Glasson for several laps before finally taking the position and began to chase down the leader, Millington. Millington would ultimately prove too strong and hold off the field for his 3rd win of the year. McDaniel would finish 2nd with Glasson posting up in the 3rd spot. Parsons would come home in 4th with Charlie Watson in the #9 hot on his heels rounding out the top 5.

Next out of the blocks would be the 4 Cylinders with the #17 of Curtis Pardue leading the charge. Pardue would be strong at the wave of the green flag with the #6 of Brian Mundy hounding Pardue for position in 2nd. Mundy would begin to start reeling in the leader until his engine would appear to develop a miss late in the race and relegate him to the runner up position behind Pardue, who would be the first to the checkered flag. Robbie Lewis in the #98 would come home 3rd, with Robbie Trivette in the #11 finishing 4th, and Cody Combs in the #9 rounding out the top 5.

The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would roll off next for their 35 lap feature. Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51 would start from the pole with Monty Cox in the #21 rolling off just to his outside. The veteran pair would run side by side for several laps before Pelfrey would finally pull into the lead with Cox following close behind. The race for the front would end just like that with Pelfrey grabbing his 2nd win on the season and Cox coming home in 2nd. The most exciting battle would be for third as Mitch Walker in the #29, Mark Johnson in the #13, and Pat Rachels in the #34 would all be looking for the last spot on the front stretch podium. Walker and Johnson would battle side by side for the last few laps with Rachels looking to get by them both. At the line Johnson would grab 3rd, Walker would take 4th, and Rachels would round out the top 5.

The always exciting Renegades would roll off next with Darren Dickinson leading the way in his Dickinson Service Center #6. Dickinson would jump to the lead but Kyle DiVanna in the #71 would give a serious charge the entire distance. Dickinson would go on to finish 1st with Kyle DiVanna holding on for the runner up spot. Justin Austin in the #1 would post the 3rd finishing spot, David Hasson in the #83 would finish 4th, and Robert DiVanna in the #71D would round out the top 5.

Firing up next would be the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks and their 30 lap feature with Cody DeMarmels in the #18 leading the way from the pole with Kevin Eby in the #03 to his outside. DeMarmels and Eby would put on a good side by side battle for several laps until DeMarmels would start to nose ahead and drive on to the victory with Eby finishing 2nd. Marshall Sutton in the #64 would come home in 3rd, Trey Buff in the #69 would grab 4th, and Ethan Johnson in the #2 would round out the top 5.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles Late Models would roll off for the last of the their Twin 40 lap events. Ty Gibbs in the #18 would pace the field for race #2 with Colby Howard in the #16 to his outside. Gibbs would grab the early lead with Howard close behind in 2nd and Charlie Watson in the #9 looking to get in the mix. Howard would work his way to the inside of Gibbs and move to the point with Watson following him to grab 2nd. Watson would bide his time and decide when to make his move to the point, getting around Howard. Ryan Millington in the #76 would methodically work his way from the back of the pack and also work his way around Howard, settling into 2nd but aiming for Watson and the top spot. Watson would hold off the 3-time winner, Millington, and also grab his 3rd win on the season as he would be the first to take the checkered flag. Millington would hold on for 2nd but end up with a great NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles Late Models points night. Howard would grab the 3rd spot, Austin McDaniel in the #12 would finish 4th, and Stefan Parsons in the #98 would round out the top 5.

Ending out the night and getting the crowd on their feet would be the Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series presented by Cosmo Motors, as they would roll off 13 semi trucks for the Big Rig feature, and a huge Hickory Motor Speedway crowd cheering them on. Robbie Decker jumped out to the lead at the drop of the green flag from his pole position starting spot, which was a gift from Craig Kruckeberg, who elected to drop to the tail of the line as he was experiencing transmission issues. Justin Ball in his Semi-Truck was quickly making his way through traffic from his 9th starting spot. Ball was making short work of the competition, until he worked his way up to do battle with the Semi-Truck of Tommie Boileau, who was running 2nd. Boileau and Ball put on a thrilling side by side, back and forth battle for the runner up spot while both were slowly closing the gap on Semi-Truck driven by Decker. But at the line, Decker crossed the stripe with a two truck lead over Ball and Boileau, giving Decker the $10,000 winners check while Ball and Boileau would have to settle for 2nd and 3rd. Fan favorite, Chris Kikelhan, would finish 4th after spending the majority of the race drifting his Semi-Truck sideways down the front stretch of the famed 3/8 mile oval. Allen Boles would round out the top 5.

Next week the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will return with the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models taking center stage for the Finish Line Heating & Air Spring Classic with a 100 lap feature and Round #3 of the Paramount Kia “Big 10” Racing Challenge. Also in action are the One Design Super Trucks, Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, 4 Cylinders, and Catawba Realty & Insurance Classic Sportsmen.

Gates will open at 5pm, Qualifying at 5:30pm, Autograph Session at 6:30pm, and Racing at 7:30pm.

Tickets are only $12.50 Adults, $10.50 Seniors/Youth 11-19), and children 10 & under FREE!

For more info check us out at www.hickorymotorspeedway.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 3/25/2017

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
2 6M Brian Mundy ,
3 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
4 9 Cody Combs Lenoir, NC
5 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC

4-Cylinders - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
2 6M Brian Mundy ,
3 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
4 9 Cody Combs Lenoir, NC
5 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC

Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 76 Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
2 5G Cole Glasson Rockwall, TX
3 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
4 98S Stefan Parsons Cornelius, NC
5 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
6 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
7 16H Colby Howard Simpsonville, SC
8 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
9 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
10 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC
11 51P Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
12 1T Thomas Beane Hudson, NC
13 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC DNS

Late Model - Twin I
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 76 Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
2 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
3 5G Cole Glasson Rockwall, TX
4 98S Stefan Parsons Cornelius, NC
5 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
6 16H Colby Howard Simpsonville, SC
7 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
8 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
9 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC
10 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
11 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
12 51P Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
13 1T Thomas Beane Hudson, NC

Late Model - Twin II
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
2 76 Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
3 16H Colby Howard Simpsonville, SC
4 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
5 98S Stefan Parsons Cornelius, NC
6 5G Cole Glasson Rockwall, TX
7 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
8 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
9 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC
10 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
11 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
12 51P Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
13 1T Thomas Beane Hudson, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
2 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
3 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
4 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
5 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
6 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
7 41 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
8 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
9 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
10 7 Holden German York, NC

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
2 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
3 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
4 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
5 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
6 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
7 7 Holden German York, NC
8 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
9 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
10 41 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC DNS

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
2 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
3 1 Justin Austin ,
4 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
5 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
6 18 Casey Meyer Troutman, nc
7 97 Danny Crump, Jr. Morganton, NC
8 51 Robbie Hollifield Morganton, NC
9 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC

Renegades - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
2 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
3 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
4 1 Justin Austin ,
5 97 Danny Crump, Jr. Morganton, NC
6 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
7 51 Robbie Hollifield Morganton, NC
8 18 Casey Meyer Troutman, nc
9 83 David Hasson Newton, NC DNS

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
4 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
5 2J Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
6 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA DNS

Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
4 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
5 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
6 2J Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC DNS

Sunday, 26 March 2017 23:15

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Wins in Extra Innings

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (18-12) outlasted Rollins (17-11), 7-6, in 13 innings Sunday afternoon at Alfond Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) hit the game-winning, run-scoring single in the top of the 13th as the Bears took two of three games from the Tars in the weekend series on the road. Reynolds finished with four hits to lead the Bears

Rollins was able to rally from a 5-0 deficit to force extra innings when Sam LaFontaine (Hudson, Ohio) hit a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Neither team scored again until Lenoir-Rhyne pushed across a run in its half of the 13th inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outfielder Brandon Lam (Bradenton, Fla.) added two hits and two runs batted in while senior John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) (2-2) was credited with the victory.

The Tars’ Mike Murchell (Cheshire, Conn.) also drove in a pair of runs but Joey Vecchione (Marlboro, N.Y.) fell to 1-1 after being tagged with the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Pfeiffer on Tuesday beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (8-1, 5-0), ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division II, reeled off its eighth straight victory with an 8-5 triumph over Mars Hill (2-5, 0-4) Sunday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Meares Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Collier Stone (Marietta, Ga.) scored four goals while freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) added two goals as the Bears remained the lone unbeaten team in league play. Dickinson has a conference-leading 32 goals on the year.

Mars Hill’s Alex Lipsky (Marietta, Ga.) scored a team-high three goals but the Lions suffered their fourth straight setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne and Mars Hill were knotted at four-all late in the third period before the Bears scored four consecutive times to take control. Dickinson scored with game-winner with two seconds left in the third period.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.), the school’s all-time leading scorer (174 points), added three assists in the victory. Hanlon leads the league in assists (24) and total points (47) while the Bears are 19-1 in their last 20 games dating back to last year.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after stopping 13 shots while Mars Hill’s Ryan Kearney (Tallahassee, Fla.) suffered the loss despite making 14 saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Belmont Abbey on Saturday, April 1, at 1:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

Appalachian State University fumbled to the Georgia State Panthers in Game Three of the weekend conference series on Sunday at the Robert E. Heck Softball Complex in Decatur, Ga.

After jumping out to a four-run lead in the opening inning, Appalachian State (12-16, 0-6 SBC) faltered in the second half giving up a grand slam to tie up the score, and Georgia State (21-11, 7-2 SBC) tacked on five more to take the conference sweep, 9-4.

App State mustered up eight hits with Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City,Ga./Starr’s MIill) and Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) both smacking out two apiece and four knocked in RBI including Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth), Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point), Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) and Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail).

On the mound, Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif/La Habra (Delaware State)) (1-5) started the game pitching 4.1 innings with two strikeouts and yielded two earned runs and two walks, and Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) came in relief and pitched 1.2 innings with two strikeouts, and relinquished two earned runs and three walks.

Game Three: GSU 9, App State 4

App State started the game rolling opening the inning with three-straight singles which set the stage for a cascade of RBI to take the early 4-0 lead.

Dodd knocked in Orcutt to break the scoreboard first then Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) stepped up to the plate and drew a walk to load that bases. After that, Appalachian’s batters pounded out a stream of singles and drew one walk to shove the Panthers in a hole.

Despite the deficit, the Panthers matched Apps’ runs off a grand slam in the bottom half of the inning and broke the tie with a RBI single at the bottom of the fourth.

At the top of the fifth, the Mountaineers threatened the Panthers’ lead loading the bases with two outs, but GSU stopped the Black and Gold in their tracks with a strikeout and added four more runs to the board to snatch the series sweep by five runs.

App State softball will return to Boone on Wednesday, March 29 at 3 p.m. for a midweek doubleheader with USC Upstate.

Appalachian State University baseball had another back-and-forth, close battle but was unable to secure wins in the doubleheader against Texas State, falling 7-4 and 2-0 on Saturday.

GAME ONE: TEXAS STATE 7, APP STATE 4

The Mountaineers (10-13, 1-4 Sun Belt) battled back after a grueling 11-inning game on Friday to go toe-to-toe with the Bobcats (15-8, 4-1 Sun Belt) in Game One.

Appalachian was able to turn back-to-back singles by Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) and Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) in to the first run of the game by either squad when Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Grubbs in the first inning.

Texas State was able to take the lead after one run in the second and three runs in the third.

Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) doubled to right field before getting to advance to third on a failed pickoff attempt in the fifth inning. He would later score off a wild pitch to help App State inch closer. A Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) shot through the middle and a Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) walk set up a bunt opportunity for Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) to reach first.

In the seventh, Appalachian tied the game at 4-4 when Vernon tripled to center field before Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) drove him home on a groundout.

The Bobcats would put up two in he eighth and one in the ninth to secure the wins.

On the mound in Game One, Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) went 7.1 innings, allowing six runs and nine hits, while striking two batters before Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)) went the final 1.2 innings, allowing just one run and having one strikeout.

GAME TWO: TEXAS STATE 2, APP STATE 0

The Black and Gold and Texas State spent the second game in a pitchers’ duel on Saturday, squaring off Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) against Nicholas Fraze.

In the low-scoring affair, Watts went six complete innings, allowing just three hits total and the two runs while striking out a game-high six batters on the day.

The Bobcats clawed away by getting one run in the first inning and the sixth inning to get the win, but it wouldn’t be without a fight.

Avery Jackson had his best outing of the season, going 2-3 and drawing one walk on the day. Matt Vernon, Brian Bauk, Tyler Stroup and Drake Zupcic all also got hits on the day to help the effort.

Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) provided relief on the mound for App State, going 2.2 innings and not allowing a hit or a run, striking out three. Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) also saw time out of the bullpen, seeing three batters and allowing no hits or runs, striking out one.

The Mountaineers will now focus on their midweek matchup as they conclude their five-game homestand at Smith Stadium. Appalachian hosts in-state ACC foe Wake Forest on Tuesday, March 28 with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.

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