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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:55

Appalachian State Baseball Shutout by Georgia

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Three Georgia pitchers combined to throw a five-hitter and Appalachian State University baseball suffered its sixth-straight defeat with a 4-0 loss to UGA on Wednesday afternoon at Foley Field.

Appalachian State (5-11) banged out four hits in the first four innings but managed only one more the rest of the game. The shutout loss was the Mountaineers’ first of the season.

Georgia (12-5) scored the only run it needed on cleanup hitter Daniel Nichols’ solo homer in the bottom of the second inning. The Bulldogs tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to account for the final margin.

App State’s best scoring opportunity of the afternoon came in the fourth inning when Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) doubled into the right-field corner with one out and the Mountaineers trailing just 1-0. However, two pitches later, the scoring threat was squelched when Dobson was caught trying to steal third base.

UGA starter Jared Walsh (2-0) blanked Appalachian over seven innings before Connor Jones and Drew Moody worked a hitless frame apiece to close out the ballgame.

Mountaineer starter Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) surrendered four runs in 4.2 innings of work to suffer his third-straight defeat and fall to 2-3 on the campaign. Despite the three-consecutive losses, Thurber’s ERA has only risen to 2.00 for the season.

After 16-straight games away from home to start the season, Appalachian State finally returns to Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith this weekend for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series versus Texas State. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Appalachian State University Tennis snapped a four-match skid on Wednesday, defeating Bethune-Cookman University 7-0.

Appalachian cruised to a doubles point behind wins from No.1 team, Jan-Willem Kleynhans (Stellenbosch, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium) and Zach Bost (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson), and No. 2 team, Scott Webster (Swanbourne, Australia/Scotch College) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton).

Oliver Casey (Melbourne, Australia/Carey Baptist) topped Alexander Chepik 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 1 singles match. In the No. 2 match Maddocks fought past Walid Gtari 6-4,6-4.

Webster and Bost eased to victory at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots. Kleynhans won 6-3, 6-2 over Gilbert Rotich. Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Madison County) wrapped up the Mountaineers' day with a 6-2, 6-1 victory in the No. 6 spot.

The Mountaineers will be back on the courts at home versus Georgia Southern on Mar. 17th.

Appalachian State 7, Bethune-Cookman 0

Mar 11, 2015 at Daytona Beach, Fla. (City Island Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Oliver Casey (APP) def. CHEPIK,Alexander (BCUM) 6-3, 6-3
2. Jack Maddocks (APP) def. GTARI,Walid (BCUM) 6-4, 6-4
3. Scott Webster (APP) def. ALMEIDA,Greg (BCUM) 6-2, 6-0
4. Zach Bost (APP) def. DELIGNY,Kevin (BCUM) 6-1, 6-1
5. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) def. ROTICH,Gilbert (BCUM) 6-3, 6-2
6. Trey Morris (APP) def. GARAVITO,Diego (BCUM) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Zach Bost/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) def. GTARI,Walid/DELIGNY,Kevin (BCUM) 8-7
2. Scott Webster/Jack Maddocks (APP) def. GARAVITO,Diego/ROTICH,Gilbert (BCUM) 8-2
3. Oliver Casey/Trey Morris (APP) def. BARRERA,Alvaro/CHEPIK,Alexander (BCUM) 8-1

Match Notes
Appalachian State 5-8
Bethune-Cookman 6-8

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:52

Appalachian State Women's Golf Finishes Second

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Appalachian State University women’s golf completed the Seminole State Invitational on Wednesday afternoon, placing second after a final round 307. The Mountaineers shot 612 over two rounds and had three golfers finish in the top ten.

Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) finished tied for third after a second round 78 brought her to a total of 151 for the tournament. Haley Zagoria (Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy) moved up three spots on the leader board to fifth place after a 2-over 74 in the second round.

Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) was also able to improve her score and leader board position on the final day, shooting a 75 and finishing seventh. Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga High School) shot a round two 83 to drop her into a tie for 13th place. Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) shaved six strokes off her round one performance, firing an 80 to finish tied for 30th.

The Mountaineers shot a 17-over 305 first round as a team and opened up a five stroke lead over second-place Seminole State after day one.

Appalachian had four golfers in the top ten. Stinson set the pace for the Mountaineers, firing a 1-over 73. Stinson sat in 2nd place overall. Wood was tied for fourth after a first round 76.

Davis and Zagoria were both tied for eighth place after carding rounds of six-over 78 in the first round. Craver finished day one with an 86, leaving her tied for 42nd place going into the final day.

Appalachian will complete in the Cape Fear Intercollegiate next Sunday in Leland, N.C.

Three Appalachian State University wrestlers are going to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships held in St. Louis. The NCAA announced the complete 330-wrestler field on Wednesday that is comprised of conference champions as well as at-large bids for each weight class.

Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) and Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) booked their tickets to the national tournament in Ashville, N.C. over the weekend by winning their respective weigh class brackets at the SoCon tournament. Defending 125-pound champion, Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) was unable to repeat his title but received an at-large bid to the tournament.

Parisi will be participating in his third NCAA tournament. The Concord, N.C native received an at-large bid his sophomore year and then was the 2014 SoCon Champion. Parisi will take on Josh Martinez (AF) in the play in match for a spot against No. 14 seed Joshua Rodriquez (NDSU). Paris has two career wins at the NCAA tournament.

Longo enjoyed much success in his first campaign with the Mountaineers, going 21-14 capped by a 141-pound SoCon crown. The California native will open his tournament against No. 7 seed Anthony Ashnault (RUT). Longo was named to the SoCon all-freshman team.

After a breakout season that included a 17-match win streak and a heavyweight SoCon Championship, Dejournette earned a No. 12 seed. Dejournette will face Mimmo Lytle (KSU) in the opening round. The Winston-Salem native was an all-conference selection and twice named SoCon wrestler of the week.

NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships begin on Mar. 19 in the Scottrade Center.

Catawba Valley Community College baseball was swept in a doubleheader by Pitt Community College 4-1 and 8-7.

Pitt jumped out ahead 2-0 in the first inning, the Red Hawks added a run in the 6th, but struggled knocking in runs during the game even though they had chances with runners in scoring position.

Skyler Strickland went two-for-three at the plate. Trever Lee went two-for-three with a run. Danny Sullivan went one-for-two and had an RBI.

Justin Norton took the loss on the mound pitching three innings, allowing an earned run and a strikeout.

In game two, the Red Hawks jumped on the board first in the top of the first with a two-run home run by Lou Matarazzo. Pitt took a 7-5 lead in the seventh but the Red Hawks scored two runs with two outs to force extra innings. An error in the bottom of the eighth to the first batter helped Pitt load the bases and a single to centerfield gave Pitt the 8-7 win.

On offense, Trever Lee went two-for-three with a run, an RBI and walking twice. Danny Sullivan was one-for-three with two runs scored. Lou Matarazzo had a three-for-four night with a home run and three RBI. Alex Killian also had a two run home run.

The Red Hawks are 9-9 and will travel to Martinsville, VA to play Patrick Henry in a double header on Saturday.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:31

High School Baseball Results From Tuesday, 3/10/15

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Patton: 7
Hickory: 3

South Mountain Athletic:
Burns: 4
East Burke: 2

Draughn: 5
Chase: 0

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 5
Bunker Hill: 3

Newton-Conover: 4
West Caldwell: 3

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:30

High School Softball Results From Tuesday, 3/10/15

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South Caldwell: 5
Hibriten: 0

South Mountain Athletic:
Chase: 6
Draughn: 3

East Burke: 9
Burns: 4

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 10
Maiden: 9

West Caldwell: 8
Newton-Conover: 7

South Mountain Athletic:
Burns: 7
East Burke: 0

Alexander Central: 1
West Caldwell: 1

Asheville: 2
St. Stephens: 0

Freedom: 3
McDowell: 0

Lincoln Charter: 3
Maiden: 0

Newton-Conover: 2
Thomas Jefferson Academy: 2

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 23:03

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Contest Cancelled

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team's home doubleheader with Winston-Salem State, scheduled for Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., has been called off due to the strong threat of rain and inclement weather.  No make-up date has been set.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 22:59

App State Baseball Doubled Up by Georgia

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Georgia scored one run in the seventh inning and two in the eighth to snap a 3-3 tie and hand Appalachian State University baseball its fifth-straight loss, a 6-3 defeat on Tuesday afternoon at Foley Field.

Appalachian State (5-10) knotted the score at 3-3 on Dillon Dobson’s (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) two-out, two-strike, two-run home run in the top of the seventh but Georgia (11-5) retook a 4-3 lead on Skyler Weber’s RBI single in the bottom of the frame. An inning later, the Bulldogs stretched the advantage to 6-3 on two-run triple by Nick King and the Mountaineers went down in order in the ninth to end the ballgame.

The defeat extended Appalachian State’s longest losing streak of the season. The tough-luck Mountaineers have been outscored by a total of nine runs during the five-game skid and have not lost any of the games by more than three.

Things started out well for the Mountaineers on Tuesday, as they grabbed an early 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout by Dobson in the top of the first.

Behind strong pitching from freshman starter Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Roswell), the score remained 1-0 until Georgia’s Keegan McGovern led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo home run.

In the sixth, the Bulldogs extended the lead to 3-1 on a solo homer by Zack Bowers and an RBI double by Mike Bell.

Georgia’s first advantage of the game was short-lived, however, as Dobson lined a 1-2 pitch from UGA lefty Bo Tucker over the right-field wall for a two-run homer that tied the score at 3-3 with two outs in the top of the seventh. Dobson’s blast was his team-leading third of the season.

Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, Weber gave the Bulldogs the lead right back in the bottom of the seventh before King added the two insurance runs in the eighth. That was more than enough for UGA closer Jared Cheek, who retired App State’s final four batters to seal the win and pick up his fourth save of the season.

Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) led Appalachian’s eight-hit attack with two apiece while Dobson drove in all three of the Mountaineers’ runs. Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a leadoff single in the third inning before leaving the game with a leg injury. His status is day-to-day.

In the finest performance of his young career, Howell surrendered just one run and struck out three in 4.2 solid innings but did not figure in the decision. Junior Caleb McCann (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) was saddled with the first loss of his career after allowing Weber’s go-ahead single in the seventh.

Appalachian State looks to snap the five-game skid on Wednesday when it closes the two-game mid-week series at Georgia. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. and the game can be seen live on SEC Network+.