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Georgia State grabbed the doubles point and won four-straight singles matches to send Appalachian State University women’s tennis to a 5-2 loss on Saturday at the Bruce David Lubel Memorial Tennis Center.

The Mountaineers (6-9) dropped their sixth-straight match in the process while the Panthers (8-8) bounced back from a loss to South Alabama on Friday.

Georgia State seized early momentum when it earned victories at No. 2 (8-6) and No. 3 doubles (8-3) to take the doubles point. The Panthers also led by a 7-2 score at No. 1 doubles when the point was secured.

In singles play, Georgia State earned four-straight points by winning in straight sets at No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 singles to clinch the match and take a 5-0 lead.

Appalachian State was able to get on the board twice as Clare Cox earned her 10th victory of the season with a win at No. 1 singles (1-6, 6-4, 7-6). Gabrielle Wreder picked up the Mountaineers’ second point when she snagged a 7-6, 7-6 win at the No. 5 spot.

The Mountaineers return to action on Sunday when they face nationally ranked Wake Forest at 4:30 p.m.. The Demon Deacons are ranked No. 61 in this week’s ITA Rankings.

Georgia State 5, Appalachian State 2
Mar 21, 2015 at Mobile, Ala. (Bruce David Lubel Memorial Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. Grgan,Masa (GSU) 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
2. Rasolomalala, Niri (GSU) def. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-1, 6-3
3. Roudami,Chaimaa (GSU) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 6-1, 6-3
4. Golanova,Veronika (GSU) def. Melissa Machado (APP) 6-2, 6-4
5. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) def. Tere-Apisah,Marcia (GSU) 7-6, 7-6
6. Kamoe,Tarani (GSU) def. McKayla Zupan (APP) 6-1, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Rehse,Kristin/Rasolomalala, Niri (GSU) vs. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 7-2, unfinished
2. Grgan,Masa/Kamoe,Tarani (GSU) def. Megan Mullen/Melissa Machado (APP) 8-6
3. Golanova,Veronika/Tere-Apisah,Marcia (GSU) def. Gabrielle Wreder/McKayla Zupan (APP) 8-3

Match Notes
Appalachian State 6-9
Georgia State 8-8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,6,2,4,5,1)

Appalachian State University softball dropped two Sun Belt Conference games on Saturday to South Alabama. App State dropped Game One 6-1 and fell in heartbreaking fashion in Game Two, 3-2.

Game One: South Alabama 6, App State 1

The Mountaineers (9-15, 0-8 Sun Belt) were put into an early hole when the Jaguars (20-6, 4-3 Sun Belt) plated three runs in the opening inning off of a two-run double and an RBI single.

The Apps would tack on their lone run of the contest in the fifth inning. On a Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) pop out to shortstop, Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) bluffed going home and when she did the Jaguars’ Kaitlyn Griffith threw a low ball to third that go away and allowed Gomez to score.

It looked as if the Mountaineers would begin to chip away being down just two runs, but the Jags erased that thought with three more runs in their half of the fifth. South Alabama got a three-run double from Stephanie Pilkington to extend the lead to 6-1.

Gomez led Appalachian at the plate going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter), Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) and Caroline Chambers (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) also tallied one hit each.

Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) started the game and went 3.0 innings and allowed four hits and three runs (two earned) and struck out two.

In to relieve Ciocatto, Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) threw 1.2 innings and allowed three runs on five hits and fanned one Jaguar. Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township/Monmouth) pitched the remaining 1.1 innings and gave up just one hit, while striking out one batter.

Game Two: South Alabama 3, App State 2

The Apps got off to a great start in game two when Warnock hit a two-run homer that cleared the right field fence for an early 2-0 lead.

The home run for the senior catcher was her third of the season and ninth of her career. It tied her career-high for homers in a season – Warnock has hit three homers each of the past two seasons.

The Jaguars’ Kaleigh Todd would cut the lead in half with an RBI single to shortstop in the second inning.

The score would remain 2-1 through 6.1 innings. With one out in the seventh inning and runners on second and third, South Alabama’s Blair Johnson hit a walk-off triple into the right field corner to score two runs and give the Jags a 3-2 win.

Kaitlin Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) started the game for the Mountaineers and pitched 1.0 inning and gave up two hits and one run, while walking three.

In the second inning, Schoelkopf would relieve Williford and pitch 5.1 innings. The senior allowed six hits and two runs, while striking out two and walking two.

Warnock and Tiffany Taynor (Edgewater, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) both collected two hits a piece, while Gomez, Heichen and Josey picked up a hit each.

The Mountaineers will return to action tomorrow for the series finale with South Alabama. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. ET.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (22-9, 3-3) swept a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Brevard (6-12, 0-6), 5-0 and 10-3, Saturday afternoon on the road.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Brevard 0
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) threw a four-hit shutout, her fifth of the season, while improving to 11-3 on the year in addition to 11 strikeouts to lead the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning on a solo home run by junior third baseman Jordin Phillips (Havelock, N.C.) and added a pair of runs in the fifth and seventh frames, respectively.

Phillips finished with two hits and three runs batted in to lead the Bears offensively while Brevard’s Jamie Hrobak (Mill Spring, N.C.) fell to 4-4 after taking the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 10, Brevard 3
Lenoir-Rhyne took control early in the contest thanks to a five-run second inning on its way to a doubleheader sweep of Brevard.

Sophomore first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) highlighted the frame with a two-run single and finished with three hits and three runs batted in to lead the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) added four hits and two RBI while junior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) (11-6) earned the win in the circle.

For Brevard, Michelle Ray (Hillsborough, N.C.) finished with three hits and an RBI while Casey Whitaker (Spartanburg, S.C.) fell to 1-4 after suffering the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts GRU Augusta in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, 22 March 2015 23:07

CVCC Baseball Sweeps Lenoir CC

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Catawba Valley Red Hawks vs. Lenoir CC Lancers
Kinston, NC
Doubleheader Conference Opener

Game 1 (9 innings):
CVCC 7 - LCC 4

Offensive Leaders:
Danny Sullivan 3 for 4, 1 rbi, 1 BB
Randal Ortiz 2 for 3, 1 rbi, 1 run, 1 SB
Mykel Davis 2 for 5, 1 rbi, 2 runs, 1 SB
Clay Hodges 2 for 4, 1 SB
Trevor Lee 2 for 4, 1 Rbi, 2 runs

Winning pitcher - Justin Norton (3-1) 7.0 ip, 7 hits, 3 earned runs, 4 K
Save - Aaron Biggerstaff (1) 2.0 ip, 1 H, 0 earned runs, 2 K

Offense dominates with 14 hits.

Game 2 (7 innings):

CVCC 5 - LCC 0

Clay Hodges 2-4, 1 rbi, 1 SB
Danny Sullivan 3 for 4, 1 rbi, 2 R, 1 SB (Danny Sullivan was a homer away from the cycle.)

Winning pitcher - Bryce Hensley (3-1) 7.0 ip, 5 H, 0 earned runs, 5 K (complete game shutout)

Game 3 of conference series tomorrow at 12:00pm.
12-13 overall, 2-0 conference

Lenoir-Rhyne (19-12, 8-10) and Brevard (13-16, 8-12) split a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. The Tornados took the first game by a 12-7 score while the Bears won the second contest, 15-2.

Game One – Brevard 12, Lenoir-Rhyne 7
The Tornados jumped all over the Bears early and took a 12-0 advantage midway through the fourth inning thanks to the play of Blaine Durham (Westfield, N.C.) on their way to the victory.

Durham hit a bases-clearing double in the second inning and a three-run home run in the fourth frame while finishing with seven runs batted in to lead the Tornados. John Slade (Providence, N.C.) added a three-run triple in the first inning for Brevard as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne scored the last seven runs of the game but the deficit was too great to overcome. Freshman first baseman Dylan Slack (Poca, W.Va.) hit a three-run home run for the Bears in the ninth inning, the first hit in his collegiate career, despite the loss.

On the mound, Brevard’s J.D. Chaplain (Black Mountain, N.C.) (3-2) earned the win after pitching seven innings and striking out seven batters while Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, N.C.) (1-2) suffered the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 15, Brevard 2 (seven innings)
The Bears used a 10-run fifth inning to break open a close contest while avenging the game one loss and salvaging the split against the Tornados.

Trailing by a 2-1 score, Lenoir-Rhyne took the lead for good after plating four runs in the fourth inning highlighted by a two-run single from sophomore first baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.).

Newcomer added a two-run double in the fifth inning and finished with four hits and four RBI to lead the Bears. Junior third baseman Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) and junior shortstop Ryan Perkins (Woodruff, S.C.) both drove in three runs as well for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Senior Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) improved to 4-3 after going the distance for the home team. Vieitez struck out four batters for Lenoir-Rhyne’s first complete game of the season. Brevard’s Zac Joyce (Walkertown, N.C.) (2-4) was tagged with the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Winston-Salem State on the road on Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 22 March 2015 22:59

App State Baseball Downs UL Monroe

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Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) went 5-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored and Jeffrey Springs (Belmont, N.C./South Point) threw a 139-pitch complete game to lead Appalachian State University baseball to a 7-5 win over UL Monroe on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Combined with Friday night’s 7-0 shutout win, Appalachian State (7-15, 2-6 Sun Belt) clinched its first-ever Sun Belt Conference series victory. The Mountaineers go for the three-game sweep over ULM (11-9, 1-4 Sun Belt) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Smith Stadium.

Dobson’s five-hit game was the first by a Mountaineer since Daniel Kassouf also went 5-for-5 against Elon on March 23, 2012. Three of Dobson’s first four hits drove in runs, including RBI doubles in the fifth and sixth innings that helped Appalachian State grab a commanding 6-1 lead.

Making the 36th start of his career, Springs tossed his first complete game. The senior southpaw kept ULM at bay for much of the afternoon, allowing just one run on four hits through six innings to help the Mountaineers stake the 6-1 lead.

ULM broke through for single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to cut the deficit to 6-3 but Appalachian State added a big insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on Conner Leonard’s (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) two-out RBI double down the left-field line.

With over 100 pitches already under his belt, Springs surrendered three-straight hits to begin the ninth inning and ULM cut the Mountaineers’ advantage to 7-5. However, after a visit to the mound, head coach Billy Jones elected to leave Springs in the ballgame and the senior rewarded his skipper’s faith in him by retiring the Warhawks’ final three batters to cap the gutsy effort.

Springs scattered 10 hits and recorded a career-high-tying 11 strikeouts to earn his first win of the season and even his record at 1-1. The victory was his first since a 10-6 triumph over The Citadel on April 13 of last season.

In addition to Dobson’s five-hit performance, Bradley Morton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) went 2-for-4 with a double to help lead the Mountaineers’ 11-hit attack.

Anthony Herrera, Dalton Todd and Robbie Podorsky had two hits apiece for ULM.

NOTES: Appalachian State has won consecutive games for the first time since victories over Villanova and Canisius on Feb. 14 and 21 ... Dobson raised his batting average from .296 to .337 with the 5-for-5 day ... Springs’ complete game was the Mountaineers’ second-straight after Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) tossed a 7-0 shutout against ULM on Friday night ... the back-to-back complete games mark the second time in less than a year that Appalachian State pitchers have gone the distance in consecutive outings ... Jamie Nunn (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) and Tyler Moore achieved the feat on March 28-29 of last season against UNC Greensboro ... now a member of the Roswell Invaders of the independent professional Pecos League, Moore was among the 942 in attendance at Smith Stadium on Saturday ... the overflow crowd of 942 at newly renovated 827-seat Smith Stadium was Appalachian State’s largest since a stadium-record 1,116 was on hand for a 2-0 win over rival Georgia Southern on April 6, 2013.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field wrapped up the first day of events at the Wake Forest Open on Friday.

Maria Stickley and Shelby Howell earned 16th and 17th-place finishes, respectively, eaching posting times of 4:44.67. The times was a personal best for both athletes.

The Mountaineers found success in the 5,000 meter run as Dana Cox took first with a time of 17:24.76, while Samantha Campanaro followed in fourth (17:34.41) and Brittany Williams finished fifth (17:39.88). The times were personal bests for Cox and Campanaro.

Brianna Tate led the Apps in the field events, getting sixth-place finish in the hammer throw with a mark of 156-2. Tate added a third-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 44-7.5. Ashley Muschiatti placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 43-10.

While Tate already holds the third-best shot put throw in App history, Muschiatti now joins the list after today with the ninth-best throw.

The Mountaineers return to action for day two of the Wake Forest Open tomorrow, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Appalachian State University women’s track wrapped up the Wake Forest Open on Saturday by posting six top-five finishes and one first-place finish in the meet.

Catherine Crawford started off the day with a seventh-place finish in the 200 meter dash, posting a time of 25.04. The Apps earned another seventh-place when Hana Ratcliffe received a time of 10:32.71 soon after in the 3,000 meter run.

The Mountaineers had three athletes place in the long jump on Saturday with Kaytlyn Gill leading the way with a 17-0.5 jump.

Chelsea Farr and Debra Domermuth rounded out the Apps in the pole vault event, each posting marks of 11-1.75.

Appalachian will return to action when they travel to the Raleigh Relays, hosted by NC State on March 27-28.

Appalachian State University men's track and field finished up the Wake Forest Open on Saturday, posting ten athletes with top-five finishes.

The men started off the day with a third-place finish in the 4x100 relay, posting a time of 41.46.

Stanley Broaden was a highlight of the day, placing first in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 52.73. The time was the seventh-best in the App State all-time records list.

Ryan Hastings finished third in the 800 meter run on Saturday morning with a time of 1:52.8, while William Buckley earned a personal best of 21.90 in the 200 meter dash, finishing tenth.

In the field events Henry Bustle led the team by placing second in the long jump with a mark of 23-3.75.

The Mountaineers will return to action when they travel to the Raleigh Relays on March 27-28.

Sunday, 22 March 2015 22:48

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Falls to Pfeiffer

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Lacrosse Team (5-4) fell to Pfeiffer (7-2) by an 11-8 score Saturday afternoon at N.E. Lefko Field.

The Falcons, who won their third straight game, were led by Kyle Pauwels (Kamloops, British Columbia) with four goals as Pfeiffer jumped out to a 7-1 advantage midway through the second period and was able hold off the Bears.

Three players scored twice for Lenoir-Rhyne – senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.), senior midfielder Jon Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) and junior midfielder Carson Sterling (Durham, N.C.) – in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne cut the deficit to one goal on two occasions – 7-6 and 8-7 – in the third period but couldn’t get any closer. Pfeiffer responded with three straight goals to put the match away.

Derek Thomas (Georgetown, Ontario) score three times as well for Pfeiffer, who won despite Lenoir-Rhyne holding advantages in both shots taken (40-35) and ground balls (25-24).

Pfeiffer’s Michael Moorehead (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) earned the win in goal after playing the second half and stopping six shots. Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) suffered the loss while freshman Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) played 41 minutes in goal and made six saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne does not play again until Saturday, March 28, against Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference game on the road beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, 20 March 2015 22:53

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Defeats St. Leo

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (4-5) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 13-12 victory over Saint Leo (6-4) Friday afternoon at University Turf Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Kirsten Smith (Dunkirk, Md.) scored a team-high five goals including four before intermission as the Bears held on in the end after taking a 12-7 advantage midway through the second half.

Saint Leo was led by Kelsey Burns (Howell, N.J.) with five goals but the Lions trailed the entire contest in suffering their second straight setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) and senior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.), the school’s all-time leading scorer, each finished with a pair of goals as the Bears survived four consecutive scores by the Lions late in the contest.

Caroline Fraser (Little Compton, R.I.) totaled two goals and three assists as well for the Lions, who fell despite holding advantages in both shots taken (37-30) and ground balls (22-18).

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) made 14 saves and earned the win in goal while St. Leo’s Brittany Millsap (St. Louis, Mo.) played the first half and suffered the loss. Millsap made seven stops for the Lions.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday when the Bears host Queens at 4:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

Making the first weekend start of his career, senior pitcher Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) threw a four-hit shutout to lead Appalachian State University baseball to its first-ever Sun Belt Conference victory, a 7-0 triumph over UL Monroe on Friday night at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Thurber (3-4) needed only 102 pitches to record the first complete game of his career. The right-hander, who had only three starts in 62 career appearances coming into the evening, struck out seven, walked none and shattered his previous career high of six innings pitched.

Freshman Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) provided the only runs Thurber would need in the bottom of the first inning when he drove in two with a double off the wall left-center field.

Appalachian State (6-15, 1-6 Sun Belt) stretched the lead to 4-0 in the third inning on Dillon Dobson’s (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) team-leading fifth home run of the year and a two-out RBI triple by Noah Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan).

A two-run double by Alex Leach (Charlotte, N.C./Audrey Kell) highlighted a three-run seventh inning that gave the Mountaineers a commanding 7-0 advantage. Leach’s pinch-hit, two-out, two-run double came on the first pitch that he faced this season. The fourth-year junior missed the first 20 games of the campaign due to a hip injury.

The run support was more than enough for Thurber, who faced the minimum number of ULM batters through 3.2 innings and retired 13-straight hitters to close out the ballgame. The only two Warhawks that reached scoring position did so with two outs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively.

With the shutout effort, Thurber lowered his season ERA to 1.71 and upped his incredible strikeout-to-walk ratio to 29-to-2.

Dobson and Leonard led the Mountaineers’ 11-hit offensive attack with three apiece. Dobson also scored three runs and Holmes matched Leonard with two RBI.

The victory snapped Appalachian State’s 10-game losing streak, a frustrating skid that included losing five of its first six Sun Belt games by two runs or less.

ULM (11-8, 1-3 Sun Belt) lost for only the second time in its last seven outings and saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.

Appalachian State looks to seal its first Sun Belt series victory on Saturday when it hosts ULM for the second game of the three-game weekend series. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Smith Stadium.

NOTES: Appalachian State was 7-for-19 (.368) with runners on base and 6-for-14 (.429) with two outs on Friday evening ... the Mountaineers came into the game hitting .236 with runners on base and .251 with two outs ... the shutout was Appalachian State’s second of the season ... Thurber worked the first six innings of the Mountaineers’ 4-0 win at High Point on March 3 ... the win at HPU was Appalachian State’s last victory before the 10-game losing streak that it snapped on Friday night ... Thurber’s previous career high of 6.0 IP came in the shutout win at HPU on March 3 and in a relief appearance against Davidson on March 2, 2013 ... the complete-game shutout was the first by a Mountaineer since Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) blanked Virginia Tech, 11-0, on April 22 of last season ... in four starts, Thurber is 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA, .195 opponents’ batting average, 11 strikeouts and one walk in 24.2 innings ... Dobson’s fifth home run of the season was the 22nd of his career, which pulls him within four of the all-time top 10 at Appalachian State ... junior center fielder Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) will miss a minimum of 2-3 weeks due to a shoulder injury sustained while making a diving catch last Saturday versus Texas State ... for the third time in Appalachian State’s four home dates this season, the contest was played with a steady mist falling throughout much of the game.