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Luis Carpio hit a run-scoring double in the first inning, leading the Columbia Fireflies to an 11-2 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Sunday.

The double by Carpio started the scoring in a five-run inning and gave the Fireflies a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Michael Paez hit an RBI single and Jay Jabs hit a three-run double.

The Fireflies later scored in three additional innings to finish off the blowout, including three runs in the fifth.

Paez homered and singled, driving home four runs for Columbia.

Columbia right-hander Jordan Humphreys (5-0) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings. Opposing starter Demarcus Evans (0-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing seven runs and five hits over two innings.

Yanio Perez homered and doubled, driving in two runs for the Crawdads.

The Crawdad fall to 9-15 on the first half of the season. Hickory is off Monday and goes on the road to West Virginia starting on Tuesday.

In another close Sunday afternoon outing in conference play, Appalachian State University baseball simply couldn’t bring home enough runs against Arkansas State, dropping the rubber match 4-1 at Smith Stadium.

The Mountaineers (18-26, 7-14 Sun Belt) were led by Jared McCarver (Alvarado, Texas/Alvarado), who hit his first home run with the Black and Gold, while the Red Wolves (22-21, 10-11 Sun Belt) were able to plate two runners in back-to-back innings to secure the game.

McCarver was one of five Diamond Apps to get a hit on the day, with Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County), Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson), Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) and Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) joining him.

Both Appalachian’s Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) (L, 2-5) and A-State’s Peyton Culbertson (W, 4-5) battled for four scoreless innings to begin the game with Watts tossing three no-hit.

The Red Wolves then broke the ice by getting two runs in the fifth and sixth off six hits total. Appalachian was able to respond with McCarver’s leadoff jack to left field, but wouldn’t be able to claw closer in the game.

App State’s bullpen would only allow one-hit innings the rest of the way to give the offense a chance, starting with Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) giving 2.2 innings of relief and allowing just two hits while striking out one. Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) closed for App, pitching a no-hit ninth inning while getting one strikeout.

The Mountaineers will head back out on the road, finishing its season series with UNC Asheville down the mountain before heading to Troy for league play next weekend. First pitch on Tuesday, May 2 is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Despite holding a 3-1 lead, Appalachian State softball fell to UTA 14-3 on Senior Day after the Mavs turned in two three-run frames and closed the ballgame with a seven-run seventh inning on Sunday at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Softball Stadium in Boone.

Appalachian State (14-31, 2-18 SBC) made seven connections in game three, and Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) was perfect at the plate going 3-for-3 with three singles and scored one run. Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Deleware State)) grabbed her 19th start of the season and pitched 2.2 innings, and Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) (9-12) came in relief for 4.1 frames and rang up five Mavericks to bring her season total to 111 strikeouts.

Game Three: UTA 14, App State 3

After a quick first inning, the Mavs (26-22, 12-12 SBC) started rolling in the second scoring one run on three hits and had two in scoring position, but Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) fielded her third double play as a Mountaineer to end the top of the second down by one.

In the third and fourth innings, the Mavs put two runners in scoring position in both outings, but Longanecker pulled App State out of the jam twice inducing two quick outs in the third and ending the fourth fanning two Mavericks.

Then the tables turned at the bottom of the fourth when App State jumped out to a 3-1 lead. With two outs on the board, Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) blasted a home run that hit the side of the Sofield Indoor Facility to tie the game up at one apiece. With the momentum on Appalachian’s side, Stewart and Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) followed Dodd with a single and a walk respectively, and White plated them in with a two-run RBI to left field.

At the top of the fifth, the Mavs regained the lead scoring three runs on three hits and one error to hold the one-run advantage, and added three in the sixth for the 7-3 lead.

Then at the top of the seventh, the Mavs extended their lead to 14-3 tacking on seven runs to put game three out of reach for the Mountaineers.

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App State softball will host their last opponent of the season, NCCU, Wednesday, May 3 for a doubleheader at 6 p.m at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium for Bingo Night.

Preston Scott had a walk-off double in the 10th inning, as the Hickory Crawdads defeated the Columbia Fireflies 9-8 on Saturday.

Yanio Perez scored the game-winning run after he led off the inning with a single.

The Crawdads tied the game 8-8 in the bottom of the ninth when Leody Taveras hit an RBI single, driving in Anderson Tejeda.

Reliever C.D. Pelham (1-0) went three scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out three and walking one to get the win. Joseph Zanghi (0-2) didn't record an out and allowed one run in the South Atlantic League game.

Perez homered twice and singled, driving in four runs and scoring three in the win. Scott homered and doubled, driving in two runs.

Andres Gimenez homered and singled for the Fireflies.

Hickory improved to 5-1 against Columbia this season.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field finished up their only home meet of the season at the Ike Belk Track at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers posted 28 top-five finishes en route to a strong day on the track and in the field for the Black and Gold.

Amber Daniel took third in the shot put with a throw of 38-9.00 feet. She placed fifth in the discus (106-6.00) and ninth in the hammer (137-11.00). Samantha Welborn took fifth in the hammer with a throw of 162-8.00, while Jessica Ricks finished 10th (127-6.00).

In the long jump, Darlene Girardeau placed first with a leap of 19-0.00 feet, while Chelsey Hargrave took second (18-5.00), K’Lynn Beal placed fourth (18-2.50), Ila Mumford finished fifth (18-1.00) and Makaila Roberts took sixth (17-9.50).

After finishing second in the long jump, Hargrave placed first in the triple jump with a jump of 42-0.75 feet. Beal finished second (40-5.50) and Mumford took fourth (34-9.00).

Makayla Roten won the high jump after clearing 5-7.25 feet. In the pole vault, Taylor Drummonds finished second with a jump of 12-6.75, while Lainey Hunnicutt took third with the same height.

Hannah Emery finished fifth in the vault with 11-7.00 and Sofia San Miguel finished seventh (11-1.00).

Appalachian State’s 4x100-meter relay team finished first with a time of 45.98. The team consisted of Catherine Crawford, Girardeau, Hargrave and LaBria King.

In the 1,500-meter run, Tristin Van Ord won the event with a time of 4:37.78 with Hana Ratcliffe right behind in second-place with a time of 4:38.05. Elisa Sargent finished fourth (4:40.20), Katie Farina in fifth (4:40.49), Sarah Venable in sixth (4:44.80), Emily Fedders in ninth (5:00.14), Megan Scannell in 10th (5:02.74), Natalie Richardson took 12th (5:12.17), Madison Simmons placed 14th (5:12.98) and Alison Peters took 15th (5:27.75).

Imani Chapman placed first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.28, while Roberts took second with a time of 14.48.

Girardeau won the 100-meter dash (11.85), while King finished in second (11.93). Crawford took first place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.11. Spencer finished third in the 800-meter run (2:26.25).

Brooke Brekke finished second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.21) and 10th in the 200-meter dash (27.53). King took second in the 200 meters with time of 24.42.

In the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Grace Brooks, Kayla Hall, Alison Peters and Ratcliffe finished sixth with a time of 4:30.51.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field wrapped up its only home meet of the season on Saturday with the conclusion of the Mountaineer Meet.

The Mountaineers posted 22 top-five finishes en route to a strong showing on the Ike Belk Track inside Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Jordan Johnson blew away the competition in the long jump with a top jump of 23-10.00 for a first-place finish. That finish qualifies Johnson for Junior Nationals.

Michael Albert finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 48-4.75, while Nicolas Botett took eighth with a throw of 47-10.75. In the discus, Ellsworth Parham took sixth (149-7.00), while Botett finished seventh (148-5.00), Albert finished eighth (147-2.00), Mason Poteat finished ninth (142-5.00) and Peter Kenn took 11th (137-11.00).

Kenn took second in the hammer (162-3.00), while Albert finished seventh (127-4.00), Botett finished eighth (127-0.00) and Poteat took ninth (121-4.00).

In the high jump, Jordan Dale finished in a tie for first with a jump of 6-8.00, while Cole Finch finished third (6-5.50), Daniel Lauffenburger took fourth (6-3.50) and Nick Hinton took fifth (6-1.50).

Phillip Thomas finished second in the pole vault with a jump of 15-6.25, while Matt Layne took eighth (13-0.75) and Jackson Powers placed 10th (11-1.00).

The Mountaineers’ 4x100-meter relay team, consisting of Will Buckley, Johnson, Elliott Graves and Antonio Marcano Jr., finished first with a time of 41.04.

In the 1,500-meter run, Evan Georges took first with a time of 3:56.00, while Collin Loy took fourth (4:00.64), Michael Flanagan finished fifth (4:01.56) and Ian Foley finished eighth (4:06.70).

Graves took first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.61 and Andrew Spear finished second with a time of 14.79. In the 100-meter dash, Buckley took first with a time of 10.46, while Marcano Jr. finished second with a time of 10.60.

Ryan Hastings won the 400-meter dash (47.36) and Josh Hanna finished third (48.50). Jaxon Roberts finished fifth (50.69) and Powers took 11th (55.88).

Sean Doyle finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.31. Spear won the 400-meter hurdles (53.45) and Graves finished second (53.59).

In the 200-meter dash, Jabari Johnson finished first with a time of 22.06, while Hanna took second (22.32) and Roberts placed eighth (23.64).

The Mountaineers’ 4x400-meter relay team consisting of Hanna, Hastings, Spear and Brandon Smith finished first with a time of 3:25.59.

Despite holding a one-run lead for the first three innings, Appalachian State University baseball was unable to overcome an 11-hit day for Arkansas State, falling 5-3 on Saturday afternoon at Smith Stadium.

The Mountaineers (18-25, 7-13 Sun Belt) dropped just their third game in their last eight while the Red Wolves (21-21, 9-11 Sun Belt) snapped their four-game losing streak.

Appalachian got on the board in the first inning when back-to-back singles by Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) and Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) allowed Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Forsyth) to get a sacrifice fly, bringing in Vernon, to get the 1-0 lead.

Both teams went scoreless as pitchers dueled until the fourth inning when Arkansas State was able to plate four runs off four hits to take the lead.

Trying to work themselves back into the game, the Black and Gold scored one run in the six, after Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) and Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) drew walks. To bring home Jackson, Bradley Davis (Woodruff, S.C./Woodruff) continued his impressive week at the plate by singling up the middle to get one of his team-high two RBI on the day.

A-State would score one in the seventh, but Appalachian continued to threaten in the eighth as Jackson and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) hit back-to-back leadoff singles before Jackson hit a chopper down the right field line to plate one. The Apps forced a pitching change with the winning run at the plate and runners on first at second, but they would be unable to claw any closer on the day.

Southpaw Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) took his usual Saturday start and went 4.0 innings before Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)) provided relief. Schaeffer went 2.1 innings allowing just one hit and one run, striking out three before Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) and Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) finished off the game.

Mason finished with two strikeouts and allowed just two hits in his 2.1 innings of work.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (46-11), ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II, was eliminated from the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship with a pair of losses to Carson-Newman (42-11) and Coker (41-16) by scores of 1-0 and 4-3, respectively, Saturday at Byerly Park.

The Eagles and Cobras will play for the league championship on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Carson-Newman 1, Lenoir-Rhyne 0

The Eagles’ broke a scoreless tie when Kristen Toppel (Roanoke, Va.) came through with the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out as Carson-Newman advanced to the title game.

Carson-Newman’s Lacie Rinus (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) threw a two-hit shutout to lead the Eagles. Rinus improved to 25-5 after striking out nine while freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) suffered the loss despite allowing one unearned run.

Coker 4, Lenoir-Rhyne 3

The Cobras’ Tayler Barcomb (St. George, S.C.) hit a two-run home run as Coker was able to hold on and beat Lenoir-Rhyne to advance to the finals on Sunday.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite solo home runs from senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.).

For Coker, Augusta Jackson (Kingsland, Ga.) improved to 8-2 after taking the win while Christine Carver (Waxhaw, N.C.) pitched the final three innings for her fourth save of the year. Miller (14-7) was tagged with the defeat.

Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked fifth in the region, will now wait and see if it advances to the NCAA Division II Playoffs which begins with the Southeast Region Tournament (Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14).

For the first time in school history, Appalachian State University softball snatches a Sun Belt Conference series victory downing UTA in a doubleheader, 2-0 and 3-2, on Saturday, April 29 at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Softball Stadium in Boone.

“I thought that we threw very well today,” said head coach Janice Savage. “I thought Vanessa pitched great in the first game and Kenzie came in and closed it out. I thought Kenzie gutted it out a lot in game two, especially going the full seven. We made it interesting there in the seventh inning in the second game, but I was proud to see us close it out and finish the game. I would like to see fewer errors tomorrow, but I am excited for us to get back on the field.”

Appalachian State (14-30, 2-18 SBC) snapped an 18-game skid on Saturday and picked up their first conference win since edging the Mavs (25-22,11-12 SBC 4-3) 4-3 on April 3, 2016. The Black and Gold also seized their first conference series win since App downed Furman in 2014. Also, game one’s 2-0 victory is the first time the Mountaineers shut out a Sun Belt foe since joining the conference in 2015.

Game One: App State 2, UTA 0

App State’s tough pitching and sound defensive performance silenced the Mavs in game one, as Megan Walker’s (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) two-run RBI was enough to down the Mavericks 2-0.

A pitcher’s duel dominated the first two and a half innings until Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) smacked out the first hit of the game. Right after that, Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) drew a two-out walk to put two on for the Mountaineers. After an illegal pitch had advanced the runners to third and second, Walker knocked the freshmen home to end the third up by two.

At the top of the sixth, the Mavs put up their best offensive inning threatening to score with two on base, but a flyout stranded the pair to end the inning.

With three outs left to take game one, Longanecker neutralized UTA’s offense retiring the batters in order to blank the Mavericks, 2-0.

White highlighted the offense with a perfect 2-for-2 output and scored one run.

Ciocatto (2-10) set the tone for the Apps in the circle limiting the Mavs to one hit and one walk. Then at the top of the sixth, Longanecker came in relief for the save holding the Mavs to two hits and did not give up any walks.

Game Two: App State 3, UTA 2

Despite a seventh inning rally by the Mavericks, Taylor Riverburgh’s (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) two-run RBI in the fourth was enough to hold off UTA to extend App State’s win streak against the Mavs to three-straight games.

App State jumped on the board first off a sac. fly by Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) for the early 1-0 lead at the end of the second.

At the top of the third, the Mavericks were eager to take the lead with two runners in scoring position, but Longanecker pulled the Apps out of the tight situation with a strikeout.

In the fourth, Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) opened the bottom half crashing out a single through the left side, and Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) and Stewart loaded the bases drawing back-to-back walks. After Maddy Bloom (Princeton Junction, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro North), who pinch ran for Josey, was tagged out heading home on a fielder’s choice, Rivenburgh pinched in and paved the way for two to dash home for the 3-0 advantage.

Down by three, UTA was in dire need of striking up something offensively and cut App State’s lead to 3-2 scoring off two consecutive RBI at the top of the seventh, but Longanecker’s cat-like reflexes stopped UTA from scoring again, throwing the batter out at first to edge the Mavs, 3-2.

Four ladies crashed out hits in game two and Longanecker (9-11) pitched her seventh complete game in 7.0 innings and struck out two in the process.

Several members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Teams competed at the Mountaineer Outdoor Open Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) finished second in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 56.35 seconds while freshman Annelle Grealis (Gastonia, N.C.) was runner-up in the women’s high jump (4’9”).

In the men’s competition, sophomore C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.) placed third in the 200-meter dash (22.42).

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Liberty Twilight Qualifier on Wednesday, May 3, in Lynchburg, Va.

Yanio Perez hit a two-run home run and had three hits, driving in three as the Hickory Crawdads beat the Columbia Fireflies 11-7 on Friday.

Hickory took the lead in the first when it exploded for six runs, including a three-run home run by Yeyson Yrizarri.

After Columbia scored two runs in the second on a home run by Desmond Lindsay, the Fireflies cut into the deficit in the third inning when Dash Winningham hit an RBI single, scoring Gene Cone.

The Crawdads later added two runs in the third and fourth innings and one in the fifth to secure the victory.

Kaleb Fontenot (1-0) got the win in relief while Columbia starter Blake Taylor (0-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

Hickory improved to 4-1 against Columbia this season.

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