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Monday, 02 March 2015 09:14

App State Men's Tennis Drop Second Straight

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Despite grabbing an early 1-0 advantage by taking the doubles point, Appalachian State University men’s tennis was unable to hang on in a 4-3 loss at East Carolina on Sunday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (4-6) used victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to take the early edge over the Pirates (8-6), but ultimately dropped four of six singles matches and suffered their second loss of the weekend.

Scott Webster and Jack Maddocks earned a 7-5 in at No. 2 doubles before Trey Morris and Oliver Casey clinched the point with a 6-2 win at the No. 3 spot. It was the third-straight win of the season for the Morris/Oliver duo, which began playing together against NJIT on Feb. 21.

In singles play, Casey came up big with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 1, but the Apps dropped the next two singles matches as ECU was able to tie things up at 2-2.

Webster put the Mountaineers in the driver’s seat with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4 as App State came within a point of securing the victory.

The Pirates were able to rally from there and grabbed wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles to complete the comeback and hand Appalachian State its second loss in as many days.

The Mountaineers return to action on March 9 when they face Northern Illinois in Orlando, Fla. as part of a three-match trip to the Sunshine State.

East Carolina 4, Appalachian State 3
Mar 01, 2015 at Greenville, N.C. (ECU Indoor Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Oliver Casey (APP) def. Tendai Tapfuma (ECU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Nicolas Soriano (ECU) def. Jack Maddocks (APP) 5-7, 7-6, 6-4
3. Fredric Lehfeldt (ECU) def. Zach Bost (APP) 7-6 (5-0), 1-6, 6-3
4. Scott Webster (APP) def. Damien Brenard (ECU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Kasey Countee (ECU) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Colin Roller (ECU) def. Trey Morris (APP) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Colin Roller/Tendai Tapfuma (ECU) def. Zach Bost/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-4
2. Scott Webster/Jack Maddocks (APP) def. Ross Nigro/Fredric Lehfeldt (ECU) 7-5
3. Trey Morris/Oliver Casey (APP) def. Nicolas Soriano/Patriek Wolterbeek (ECU) 6-2

Match Notes
Appalachian State 4-6
East Carolina 8-6

Monday, 02 March 2015 09:12

App State Baseball Falls to Maryland

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Despite a big day by senior Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant), Appalachian State University baseball couldn’t overcome two big innings by Maryland and lost Sunday’s series finale to the 16th-ranked Terrapins, 8-2, at the Perfect Game LakePoint Complex.

With the loss, Appalachian State (4-5) dropped its three-game weekend series to No. 16 Maryland (7-2), two games to one. Maryland edged the Mountaineers, 4-2, in Friday’s series opener before App State won Saturday’s second contest, 9-7.

In Sunday’s rubber match, the Terps scored five runs in the third inning and three more in the fifth to jump out to a commanding 8-0 lead.

Appalachian’s only runs came on a two-run homer by Burris in the top of the sixth. In addition to his second home run in as many days, Burris also doubled in the third inning and finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.

Freshman Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) also had two hits for the Mountaineers while senior Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) doubled in first inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games and reach base for the 39th-straight contest.

Sophomore Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) started on the mound for Appalachian State and allowed five runs in 2.2 innings to suffer the loss and fall to 0-1 on the season. However, four Mountaineer relievers combined to limit Maryland to two earned runs over the final 5.1 innings of the ballgame. Sophomore southpaw Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) headlined the relief effort by allowing just one hit in 2.2 innings out of the bullpen.

Appalachian State returns to action on Tuesday when it makes the short trip to High Point for a non-conference contest. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at HPU’s Williard Stadium.

Monday, 02 March 2015 09:08

L-R Baseball Falls to Lincoln Memorial

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The Lincoln Memorial Baseball Team (9-7, 6-3) completed the South Atlantic Conference weekend series sweep with a 12-3 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (11-5, 4-5) Sunday afternoon at Bears Field.

The Railsplitters took control with a six-run first inning aided by five walks surrendered by the Bears and capped off by a two-run double from Jean Rodriguez (Caguas, Puerto Rico). Lincoln Memorial also pushed its winning streak to six games.

Lincoln Memorial increased its advantage to 9-2 after three innings of work and was never threatened the rest of the way. The Railsplitters were led offensively by Kelvin Brito (Yabucoa, Puerto Rico) with two hits and three runs batted in.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior shortstop Ryan Perkins (Woodruff, S.C.) hit an RBI triple while senior outfielder Josh Murphy (Hudson, N.C.) added two hits and a run batted in despite the loss.

Logan Augustine (Urbandale, Iowa) also scored three runs and Wes Todd (Franklin, Tenn.) improved to the 2-1 after earning the win on the mound for Lincoln Memorial. Todd allowed just three runs in six innings of work to go along with four strikeouts while Augustine pitched the final three innings for his first save of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) fell to 1-1 on the season after taking the loss. The Bears came into the game ranked No. 23 in NCAA Division II but lost their fourth straight contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face fourth-ranked Mount Olive on Tuesday at Bears Field beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 01 March 2015 23:30

CVCC Men's Basketball Season Comes to a Close

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The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball fell to Bryant and Stratton College in the Region X Tournament Sunday afternoon 74-72. CVCC was the sixth ranked team in the tournament and Bryant and Stratton, hosting the tournament, was the number three seed, and ranked 13th in the NJCAA Division 2 polls.

The game saw five lead changes in the second half and Tryle Poindexter scored 19 of his 33 points in the second half. Playing in his last game, Trevin Miller posted all 11 of his points in the second half. Seth Martin also added 11 points for CVCC.

The Red Hawks season ends at 15-16 overall and 10-11 in the conference.

Sunday, 01 March 2015 23:29

App State Men's Tennis Edged Out By Richmond

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Appalachian State University men’s tennis picked up three singles wins, but dropped the crucial doubles point in a 4-3, neutral site loss to Richmond on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (4-5) earned wins at No.3, No. 4 and No. 6 singles, but the Spiders (5-3) cruised to a win in doubles play and earned a critical three-set win at No. 5 singles to pick up the win.

Appalachian’s doubles tandem of Oliver Casey and Trey Morris earned a 6-1 win at the No. 3 spot, but Richmond clinched the first point of the match with a 6-4 win at No. 1 and a 6-2 victory at No. 2 to take an early 1-0 lead.

After dropping the first two singles matches, Jack Maddocks got the Mountaineers back on the board with an impressive 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 3 to cut the deficit to 3-1. Scott Webster grabbed a 6-1, 7-6 victory at No. 4 to make it 3-2 and Jan-Willem Kleynhans tied the contest at 3-3 with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win at the No. 6 spot.

Morris appeared to be on the way to clinching the match victory after winning the first set at No. 5, but eventually fell by a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 final.

The Mountaineers return to action on Sunday when they face East Carolina at 11 a.m. before heading to Florida for three matches next week.

Richmond 4, Appalachian State 3
Feb 28, 2015 at Greenville, N.C.

Singles competition
1. Ethan Dunbar (UR) def. Oliver Casey (APP) 7-5, 6-3
2. Jacob Dunbar (UR) def. Zach Bost (APP) 6-2, 6-2
3. Jack Maddocks (APP) def. Canyon Teague (UR) 6-2, 6-2
4. Scott Webster (APP) def. Caleb Troy (UR) 6-1, 7-6
5. Jonathan Quenard (UR) def. Trey Morris (APP) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
6. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) def. Dylan Trent (UR) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Ethan Dunbar/Jacob Dunbar (UR) def. Zach Bost/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-4
2. Jonathan Quenard/Dylan Trent (UR) def. Jack Maddocks/Scott Webster (APP) 6-2
3. Oliver Casey/Trey Morris (APP) def. Canyon Teague/Caleb Troy (UR) 6-1

Match Notes
Richmond 5-3
Appalachian State 4-5

Freshman Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) drove in five runs and junior Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) had four hits to lead Appalachian State University baseball to a 9-7 victory over No. 16 Maryland on Saturday afternoon at LakePoint Complex.

The victory was Appalachian State’s first over a top 25 team since it beat No. 8 NC State, 6-3, in the 2013 season opener but is the Mountaineers’ 12th win over a power-conference opponent since 2012.

After falling behind 3-1 in the first inning, Appalachian State (4-4) took the lead for good on Leonard’s two-out, three-run double in the top of the third.

An inning later, Leonard delivered another huge two-out hit, this time doubling in two runs to cap a five-run stanza and give the Mountaineers a commanding 9-3 advantage. Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) homered and Atwood had an RBI single to go along with Leonard’s two-run double in the fourth.

Maryland (6-2) scratched its way back into the game with two runs in the fifth inning and another in the sixth to cut App State’s lead to 9-6.

The score remained 9-6 until the bottom of the ninth when the Terps led off with a hit batter and a single to bring the tying run to the plate with no outs. However, Appalachian State senior Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) came on and, despite allowing an inherited runner to score, retired all three batters that he faced to seal the victory.

Atwood (4-for-5) and Leonard (3-for-5) paced a season-best 15-hit attack for Appalachian. Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) and Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) added two hits apiece. Pierson reached base and scored three times, extending his streak of consecutive games reaching base to 38. Coming into the weekend, he was tied for the third-longest on-base streak in the nation.

Freshman southpaw Ryan Ross (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) allowed only two hits in four innings of relief to earn his second win of the young season while Thurber picked up his first save of the campaign.

Appalachian State looks for a series victory when it plays the rubber match of its three-game set with Maryland on Sunday at noon.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (8-18, 6-16) ended the regular season with a 74-71 setback to Mars Hill (11-17, 6-16) Saturday afternoon on Senior Day in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Lions’ Justin Yeargin (Oakland, Calif.) broke a 71-all tie with the game-winning three-pointer with four seconds left. Yeargin finished with 12 points in the victory.

Mars Hill’s Isaiah Cuthbertson (Cleveland, N.C.) led all scorers with 21 points including 15 after halftime as the Lions swept the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne.

The Bears, who ended the year with seven straight defeats, placed five players in double figures despite the setback. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) totaled a team-high 14 points with four treys and redshirt freshman guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) came off the bench to score 12 points in the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 34-31 edge at halftime but Mars Hill was able to rally and take the win. The Lions’ Michael Carson (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) added 19 points on five three-pointers as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) tallied his eighth double-double on the year – 11 points and 11 rebounds – and the Bears shot 55 percent (30-of-55) from the field despite the defeat.

The season ends for both teams as neither has qualified for the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship, which begins on Wednesday with the quarterfinal round.

Sunday, 01 March 2015 23:23

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Beat Mars Hill

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (11-15, 10-12) used a pair of career performances on Senior Day to take down Mars Hill (11-16, 9-13), 82-76, Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guards Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) and Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) combined for 59 points and both set career-highs in the Bears’ season-high third straight victory.

Charles, an All-American, led all scorers with 32 points and became the school all-time leader for career three-pointers made (177) while Gust added 27 points, six rebounds and five assists in the victory.

Mars Hill’s Camille Glymph (Greenville, S.C.), the conference’s leading scorer, finished with a game-high 37 points and Cadence Wilmoth (Glade Springs, Va.) came off the bench to total 17 points despite the loss.

The Bears held a 55-42 edge with 14:19 remaining in the contest on a three-pointer by junior guard Jordan Hiatt (Mount Airy, N.C.) and was able to hold off the Lions in the end after the visitors cut the deficit to one point late in the contest.

Sophomore forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) totaled 10 points and eight rebounds for the Bears, who hit 10 treys including six by Charles in the victory as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne will be the seventh seed in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship and will face second-seeded Wingate on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., in Curry Arena. No. 8 Mars Hill, meanwhile, will travel to Anderson, S.C., to face top-seeded Anderson on Wednesday in the opening round of the tournament as well.

Sunday, 01 March 2015 23:20

CVCC Baseball Takes Two From CCBC-Essex

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CCBC Essex (Baltimore, MD) vs #14 CVCC

Location: Hickory, NC

Date: 2/28/15

Game One
Essex 1 - CVCC 4

Offensive Performers
Skyler Strickland - 2 for 3, 1 HR, 1 3B, 3 RBIs, 1 R
Mykel Davis - 1 for 2
Thomas Waddell - 1 for 2
Alex Minton - 1 for 3

Winning Pitcher - Justin Norton (2-0) 7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 7 Ks

Justin Norton set the tone for the RedHawks throwing a complete game while Skyler Strickland delivered the offensive production belting a 2-run Homerun in the second inning putting the RedHawks on top and they never looked back.

Game Two

Offensive Performers
Randal Ortiz - 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Trevor Lee - 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Andrew Meadows - 1 for 1, 2 BB, 1 R
Ty Andrus - 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Danny Sullivan - 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 R

Winning Pitcher - Bryce Hensley (2-0) 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 10 Ks)

Offense capitalized early off of the Essex pitchers as they struggled to find the strikezone. Bryce Hensley pitched wonderfully going 5 innings and fanning 10 Essex hitters. Aaron Biggerstaff and Taylor Purus combined to finish out the game not giving up a run.

#14 CVCC moves to 7-3 on the year.

Tomorrow's games at Spartanburg Methodist have been moved to Monday at 4:00pm due to incoming weather.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (15-1) split its two games Saturday at the Columbus State University Classic at Cougar Field, falling to Bellarmine by a 4-0 score before downing Flagler by a 10-2 count in five innings.

Bellarmine 4, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
The Knights’ Ally Foster (Louisville, Ky.) and Alicia Miller (Alexandria, Ky.) combined to limit the Bears to just one hit as Lenoir-Rhyne suffered its first loss of the year.

Foster (3-1) earned the win while Miller pitched the final three innings for her first save of the year.

Kelly Ely (Riverside, Ill.) hit a two-run home run while Erica Knollman (Harrison, Ohio) also drove in two runs in the victory for Bellarmine.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) fell to 7-1 on the season after taking her first loss of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne 10, Flagler 2 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) hit a grand slam to key a six-run first inning as the Bears run-ruled the Saints.

Sophomore outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) also hit a pair of two-run home runs while junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) (8-0) remained perfect on the year. Hoskins allowed two runs while striking out a pair of batters.

For Flagler, Dreya Monayarji (Orlando, Fla.) hit a home run while Erin Anderson (Lake City, Fla.) fell to 1-4 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up action in the tournament on Sunday against the host school – Columbus State – at 1:00 p.m.