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

South Caldwell: 5
Hibriten: 3

Non-conference:
Newton-Conover: 6
East Burke: 0

West Iredell: 9
Maiden: 0

The Hickory Crawdads brought out the big bats and arms Friday night in Kannapolis, as the 'Dads clubbed three home runs on offense and blew away 14 batters on the mound en route to an 8-2 over the Intimidators at Intimidators Stadium.

Andy Ibanez, Dylan Moore, and Tyler Sanchez all went deep to pace the Crawdads bats, while Dillon Tate and Joe Palumbo led the way on the mound with 13 of the club's 14 strikeouts. The 'Dads have now begun the defense of their South Atlantic League Championship with a 2-0 record while outscoring Kannapolis by a combined score of 13-3.

The Hickory hitters wasted no time in launching the ball out of the park, as both Ibanez and Moore smashed solo shots to left-center field in the 1st inning to give the Crawdads a 2-0 lead. The 'Dads pushed their advantage to 5-0 with three more tallies in the 3rd. Eric Jenkins started the rally with a one out walk and a steal of second base before coming in to score on an RBI single from Ibanez. Following a walk to Yeyson Yrizarri, Moore came through again with a 2-RBI triple to push the lead to five.

The Intimidators got on the board in the 5th, with singles from Johan Cruz and Cody Daily combining with a throwing error by Frandy de la Rosa at third base to bring in an unearned run and make the score 5-1.

That would be as close as Kannapolis would get however, as the Crawdads got an RBI sacrifice fly from Yrizarri in the 7th and a line-drive, 2-run homer by Sanchez in the 8th to push the advantage to 8-1. The Intimidators picked up one last tally in the 9th on an RBI groundout from Tyler Sullivan before 'Dads reliever Johan Juan finished off the game for an 8-2 victory.

Palumbo (1-0) earned the win for Hickory after tossing 3.1 scoreless innings of relief on one hit, two walks, and 7 Ks. Kannapolis starter Ryan Riga (0-1) was handed the loss after giving up five runs on six hits, three walks, and three strikeouts during his 3.1 innings on the mound.

Moore paced the 'Dads at the plate, finishing 2-4 with a homer, a triple, 3 RBI and a run scored. Ibanez came through with his second consecutive big night by going 2-4 with a home run, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, while Sanchez finished 1-4 with his big fly and 2 RBI.

The Crawdads (2-0) will look to clinch a series win over the Intimidators (0-2) in game three of their four-game series Saturday night at 7:05 pm.

Sunday, 10 April 2016 21:54

Appalachian State Baseball Edged Out by Troy

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Appalachian State University baseball opened its three-game series with Troy on Friday night after winning its last two Sun Belt games vs. Little Rock. The Mountaineers’ (8-22, 3-10 Sun Belt) late-game push came up short in game one, falling to Troy (18-13, 4-6 Sun Belt) by the final of 9-7.

App State fell into a 3-0 hole starting with an RBI double in the second inning followed by two runs in the fourth on an error and a wild pitch.

The Trojans opened up a six-run lead in the bottom fifth when Troy’s Justin Friend came into pinch hit and batted in three runs on a double off the center field wall.

The Mountaineers started to rally in the top of the sixth inning. Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) (Florence-Darlington Tech) and Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) doubled into right field driving in Vernon. Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) hit a single to right field that drove in two runs, cutting the deficit to, 6-3.

After a scoreless seventh, Stroup crushed a high-flying home run over the 30 foot wall in right field with Bauk on first base to bring the Apps within one run in the eighth inning. The two-run blast was Stroup’s second of year and gave him his team-leading 19th RBI.

Troy would answer in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Trojans were aided by a Mountaineer error and rattled off four hits, good for three more runs.

App State made final push in the ninth when they drew two walks and loaded the bases with no outs. Vernon hit into a double play but got one run across the plate. Bauk then added another with an RBI infield single. After Troy issued two more walks, the bases were again loaded, this time just down two runs. Mountaineers were unable to complete the comeback as Leonard went down swinging to end the game.

Mountaineer starter Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock) suffered the loss and fell to 1-5 on the season.

The Mountaineers will be back in action for game two of the series tomorrow afternoon at Riddle-Pace Field. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. ET with Breydan Gorham (Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance) on the mound.

Appalachian State University men’s tennis (12-5) fell short of its seventh-straight win Friday afternoon with a 5-2 setback to Charlotte (11-5) at the Halton Wagner Tennis Complex.

Friday's contest was much closer than the score showed, as two singles matches that went Charlotte's way went to three sets, while the clinching doubles contest for the 49ers was decided by a tiebreak.

The loss snaps the six-match win streak while its the first defeat for Appalachian since Feb. 28. Charlotte claimed the double point and four of six singles matches en route to the win.

Zach Bost (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) were the lone student-athletes to record points for the Mountaineers.

Oliver Casey (Melbourne, Australia/Carey Baptist) and Jack Maddocks (Newbourne, Australia/Lambton) started the day strong for Appalachian toppling Josh Aubrey and Carl Solik, 6-2. With the Mountaineers off to the strong start, Morris and Bost tried to clinch the doubles point as the third pairing but suffered a 6-4 setback to Sam Brazil and Sam Rice.

With the final doubles match coming down to the No. 1 pairings, Scott Webster (Swanbourne, Australia/Scotch College) and (Stellenbosch, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium) fought valiantly but fell in a heartbreaker to Vikram Hundal and J. Massalle Ferrer by way of a 7-6 (7-4) tiebreak, giving the hosts the doubles point and a 1-0 lead going into singles competition.

Morris tied up the contest as the No. 6 in the lineup, 1-1, when he downed his counterpart (Brazil), 6-2, 6-1. Maddocks looked to break the tie in his singles contest but fell to Rice in the three slot, 6-2, 7-5. Ferrer would defeat Casey, 6-4, 6-4, to give Charlotte a 3-1 lead as the No. 2 in the next match to finish.

In No. 1 singles, Webster fought back from a one-set deficit to force a third and final game, but fell 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 to clinch the win for the 49ers.

Bost notched his 13th win of the season in straight sets, including a 7-6 (10-8) first-set tiebreaker before downing A. Garcia Moreno in the second game, 6-3.

Willem-Kleynhans also endured a tightly-contested match at the four spot in three sets, where forced a third set after falling in the first game but suffered the defeat to Oriol Puig, 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 7-5.

The Mountaineers will conclude the weekend with a 1 p.m. match vs. Davidson on Charlotte’s home court.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Abbey Hartsell has been named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Freshman Of The Year, league officials announced today.

The award is part of the league’s annual honors. Queens’ Grace Glaze was named the conference’s women’s golfer of the year while Carson-Newman’s Suzanne Strudwick was voted on as the SAC Coach Of The Year.

Hartsell, a 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference First Team honoree, is second in the league in adjusted scoring with a 77.61 average. In addition, Hartsell tied the league single-round record with a 68 in the second round of the Hilton Head Lakes Invitational on Tuesday, March 8, in Hardeeville, S.C.

Hartsell also finished second overall at the Tusculum Fall Golf Classic (Sept. 28-29, 2015) in Greeneville, Tenn., and led the Bears to a runner-up finish while placing third at Hilton Head Lakes and tying for fifth at the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge (March 20-21) in Charlotte, N.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Championships at the Monroe Country Club in Monroe, N.C., on Sunday, April 10, through Tuesday, April 12.

2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Golf Teams

FIRST TEAM
Grace Glaze, Queens
Abbey Hartsell, Lenoir-Rhyne
Elizabeth England, Carson-Newman
Ciara Rattana, Tusculum
Sydney Gallant, Lincoln Memorial

SECOND TEAM
Makalyn Poole, Anderson
Meredith Hawkins, Carson-Newman
Karly Mims, Newberry
Taylor Hayes, Carson-Newman
Kylie Nizolek, Queens

HONORABLE MENTION
Cristina Casanella, Wingate
Nabila Inak, Newberry
Katie Tomassoni, Tusculum
Caitlin Starrs, Wingate
LeAnn Domitrovits, Wingate
Mikaela Hadaway, Wingate

GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Grace Glaze, Queens

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Abbey Hartsell, Lenoir-Rhyne

COACH OF THE YEAR
Suzanne Strudwick, Carson-Newman

Appalachian State University football announced on Friday morning that it has added three home games to its future schedules. The Mountaineers will host Gardner-Webb on Sept. 22, 2018 and East Tennessee State on Aug. 31, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2024. All three games will be played at Appalachian State’s Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Appalachian State has a nearly century-old history with both NCAA Division I FCS opponents.

The Mountaineers’ series with Gardner-Webb dates back to 1929 and App State leads the all-time series, 7-0. In their most recent matchup, the Mountaineers beat the Runnin’ Bulldogs, 45-7, on Oct. 6, 2007 at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Appalachian State and East Tennessee State have squared off 46 times on the gridiron, dating all the way back to the Mountaineers’ first year of football in 1928. Separated by just 55 miles, the schools were conference-mates in the Smoky Mountain Conference from 1935-37 and in the Southern Conference from 1979 until ETSU disbanded its football program after the 2003 season.

ETSU reinstated football in 2015 and is once again a member of the SoCon. Besides current conference rival Georgia Southern, the Buccaneers will be the first former SoCon foe that Appalachian State has played since the Mountaineers joined the NCAA Division I FBS Sun Belt Conference in 2014. App State leads the all-time series versus ETSU, 31-14-1, including a 16-6 advantage in games played in Boone.

The addition of Gardner-Webb fills out Appalachian State’s 2018 non-conference schedule. The Mountaineers open the ‘18 slate at Penn State (Sept. 1) and Charlotte (Sept. 8) before returning home to play Southern Miss (Sept. 15) and GWU (Sept. 22).

The season opener versus ETSU will give App State back-to-back home games to start the 2019 campaign with a home matchup versus Charlotte set for Sept. 7. The second contest versus ETSU is the first that Appalachian has scheduled for 2024.

FUTURE APPALACHIAN STATE FOOTBALL NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULES

2016
Sept. 3 at Tennessee
Sept. 10 vs. OLD DOMINION
Sept. 17 vs. MIAMI (FLA.)
Sept. 24 at Akron

2017
Sept. 2 at Georgia
Sept. 16 vs. AKRON
Sept. 23 vs. WAKE FOREST
Oct. 28 at Massachusetts

2018
Sept. 1 at Penn State
Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. SOUTHERN MISS
Sept. 22 vs. GARDNER-WEBB

2019
Aug. 31 vs. EAST TENNESSEE STATE
Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE

2020
Sept. 12 at Wake Forest
SEPT. 26 vs. MASSACHUSETTS

2021
Sept. 4 at Wyoming
Sept. 11 at Miami (Fla.)
SEPT. 25 vs. MARSHALL

2022
Sept. 17 at Marshall

2024
Aug. 31 vs. EAST TENNESSEE STATE

TBA
TBA vs. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL

The Hickory Crawdads began the 2016 season in much the same way they finished their 2015 campaign, as the 'Dads kick started the defense of their South Atlantic League Championship with a 5-1 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators Thursday night at Intimidators Stadium.

The Crawdads got contributions from both the pitching staff and the lineup en route to their Opening Day victory, as the 'Dads bats pounded out 10 hits to support a 13 strikeout performance from the Hickory hurlers. Seven on the nine starting position players reached base safely at least once, led by DH Andy Ibanez who finished 4-5 with 4 RBI and a triple in his professional debut.

Starting pitcher Brett Martin led the charge for the pitchers, as the 2015 SAL All-Star struck out 8 while allowing one unearned run over 4 innings pitched. Relievers Tyler Davis, Erik Swanson, and Jeffry Springs combined to go the rest of the way with five more total Ks.

The hometown Intimidators got on the board first with some help from Hickory. Kannapolis leadoff hitter Tyler Sullivan reached on a walk to start the home half of the 1st inning, before teammate Johan Cruz hit a ground ball to Crawdads first baseman Dylan Moore that Moore overthrew to Martin covering the base. The resulting error allowed Sullivan to score all the way from first and gave the Intimidators a 1-0 lead.

The 'Dads responded in the 3rd by taking advantage of an error by Kannapolis. Jose Almonte started the rally with a one-out infield single and a stolen base to put a runner on second. Following a strikeout by Chuck Moorman, Eric Jenkins hit a groundball that was bobbled by Cruz at shortstop allowing Almonte to reach third and putting Jenkins on first. Ibanez made the Intimidators pay with a line drive, 2-RBI triple to center field that plated both Almonte and Jenkins to give the Crawdads a 2-1 advantage.

The 'Dads pushed their lead to 4-1 in the 5th, with a leadoff double from Ti'Quan Forbes, a hit-by-pitch to Almonte, and a one-out bunt single by Jenkins loading the bases for Ibanez who delivered again with an RBI, fielder's choice groundout. Yeyson Yrizarri followed with an RBI infield single to drive in the second run of the frame. Hickory capped the scoring two innings later, as a double by Moorman and another RBI base knock from Ibanez gave the Crawdads the 5-1 score they would win by.

Davis (1-0) earned the win for the 'Dads, with 4 strikeouts over three scoreless innings of relief. Kannapolis starting pitcher Luis Martinez (0-1) took the loss after allowing four runs, two earned, on seven hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over his 5 IP.

Joining Ibanez with a good game offensively were Frandy De La Rosa (1-2, 2 BB) and Almonte (1-3, HBP, 2 R), while Yrizarri finished 1-5 with an RBI.

The Crawdads (1-0) and Intimidators (0-1) will meet again Friday for game two of their 4-game series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Northwestern Conference:
St. Stephens: 11
Watauga: 5

Non-conference:
Bunker Hill: 5
Fred T. Foard: 2

Freedom: 4
Draughn: 3

South Iredell: 8
Bandys: 4

Northwestern Conference:
St. Stephens: 10
Watauga: 0

Non-conference:
Bunker Hill: 6
Hibriten: 5

Maiden: 9
North Iredell: 8

South Iredell: 7
Bandys: 3

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 4
Statesville: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Watauga: 3
St. Stephens: 0