The Hickory Crawdads lost to the West Virginia Power 15-11 in game 3 of the series against the West Virginia Power. The 'Dads fall to 1-8 on the season.
The scoring got started early on a two-run homerun in the top of the 1st by Power first baseman Mason Martin. The Power again put up two runs in the 2nd.
The Crawdads struck back in the bottom of the 2nd with 4 runs to tie the game. Center fielder Pedro Gonzalez led off the inning with a single before stealing second for his third swipe of the season. Second baseman Kole Enright drove him home with a double for the 'Dads first run. Right fielder Chad Smith reached on a throwing error that put runners on the corners. Right fielder Eric Jenkins hit a bases-clearing triple. First baseman Justin Jacobs then followed up with a double to even the score.
The Power closed the gap in the top of the 4th with two more runs in what would be Crawdads starting pitcher A.J. Alexy's last inning. Alexy finished the night with 6 runs (5 earned) on five hits, 4 strikeouts and a walk.
The 'Dads bats sparked back in bottom of the 5th for 3 runs. Enright kicked off the rally with a single. Smith advanced Enright to second, who promptly stole third. Jenkins walked and stole second to give the 'Dads runners in scoring position. Enright scored on a passed ball for to make the lead 2 runs. Jacobs hit his second RBI double of the night to drive in Jenkins. Novoa followed up with an RBI single.
The Power added two more runs in the 6th off Crawdads righty Joe Kuzia on a triple by Power second baseman Rodolfo Castro.
Jacobs racked up his third hit of the night with a single in the 7th. Novoa drove him in with a double to right that extended the 'Dads lead to 10-8.
The Power bats exploded in the top of the ninth for 7 runs to put the Power on top. Power right hander Blake Cederlind struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to seal the victory for West Virginia.
The No. 11 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (40-5, 17-1) swept Carson-Newman (27-17, 7-11), 3-1 and 7-5, to claim the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship outright Saturday afternoon at Vicki-Kazee Hollifield Complex. LR also ran its winning streak to 14 consecutive games.
In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 18-3 on the year and won her 14th consecutive game. Parks struck out four batters in the complete game victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman first baseman Kylee Leonhardt (Lincolnton, N.C.) opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first inning and finished with a pair of hits to lead the Bears. LR freshman outfielder Savannah Moorefield (Claudville, Va.) added a run-scoring single for the Bears.
For Carson-Newman, Katie Pritchett (Ringgold, Ga.) drove in a run but Lacie Rinus (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) fell to 17-9 after taking the loss.
In game two, and trailing by a 4-1 score entering the top of the seventh inning, Lenoir-Rhyne plated three runs to force extra innings then added three more runs in the eighth frame to complete the rally and sweep Carson-Newman.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) tied the contest at four with a two-run home run with two outs in the seventh before Moorefield came through with the game-winning, two-run double in the eighth. Moorefield finished with four hits in the contest.
Freshman Kimberly Blair (Knoxville, Tenn.) (2-0) earned the victory for the Bears while junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) retired the last two batters for her first save of the season.
For Carson-Newman, Rinus hit a two-run home run and finished with four hits and three runs batted in but fell to 17-10 after being tagged with the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 38-2 in its last 40 contests.
LR won its 12th South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship in school history including its seven league title outright and third straight conference championship.
Cates leads the team with 11 home runs on the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Newberry in its regular season finale for a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., at Bears Field.
Louisiana took both games of a Saturday doubleheader against Appalachian State's baseball team, winning 5-4 and 6-2 in Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
App State returns to action next week with consecutive home games against North Carolina Central on Tuesday and Western Carolina on Wednesday.
The short-handed Mountaineers staged late rallies in each game Saturday, following a three-run seventh in the opener with a one-run ninth and then breaking through for two eighth-inning runs in the Sun Belt Conference series finale.
On the mound, App State's bullpen allowed seven hits and just one run in 10.2 innings Saturday.
Andrew Papp, who had two scoreless innings at North Carolina on Tuesday, allowed one hit over three scoreless innings to close Saturday's opener. Will Sprinkle entered the finale in the second inning, pitched 3.2 scoreless innings and lowered his ERA to 0.89 by extending his scoreless streak to 13.2 innings.
Cameron Kepley allowed one run in three innings, and Jason Cornatzer pitched a scoreless ninth.
"Our bullpen was excellent," App State head coach Kermit Smith said. "After a strong appearance earlier in the week, Papp gave us another good outing, and the three freshmen pitched really well. I'm really proud of them."
App State (8-26, 1-14) trailed 5-0 through four innings of the doubleheader opener, and Conner Leonard delivered an RBI single in the seventh after Bradley Davis hit a leadoff double. Leonard moved to third on a double by Jason Avers, and they both scored on an RBI single from CJ Brown. Joel McDaniel's one-out triple in the ninth set up an RBI single from Avers, but a fielder's choice and strikeout ended the game.
The Ragin' Cajuns (20-17, 8-7) led 5-0 through two innings and 6-0 heading to the bottom of the eighth in the second game. Drew Beck hit a two-run single with two away to score Beau Myers and Bailey Welch. Myers walked before Welch was hit by a pitch, and they executed a double steal to put two runners in scoring position for Beck.
In the two games Saturday, Beck (third baseman), McDaniel (shortstop) and Welch (second baseman) made several nice defensive plays while combining for no errors and 17 assists, including 11 in the finale.
Appalachian State University women's tennis (10-10) suffered a 5-2 decision to conclude the regular season at ETSU (11-10) on Saturday afternoon in Johnson City, Tenn.
The Mountaineers have been successful in doubles, but the Bucs claimed the doubles point while claiming three of the five singles matches.
María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) earned a win in singles competition for her 10th win of the season. Emily Gaskins (Marietta, Ga./Walton) notched her second singles triumph of the season. Both victories highlighted App's day that concluded the regular season.
Two of three matches that ETSU claimed in doubles play were by two points. Gaskins and Sandra Anglesjö fell to Alejandra Morales/A. Pascual-Larrinaga in a 7-5 setback.
Alory Pereira/Ioanna Markesini dealt Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and Zacarias a tight-knit setback by two points, 7-5.
The Apps looked to turn the momentum around, but ETSU already had ended up with three of the first four finished contests.
App State will await its Sun Belt Tournament opponent, which will take place in Peachtree City, Ga. this week.
The Appalachian State women's track and field team competed at the Charlotte Invitational, hosted by the University of Charlotte.
In the pole vault, junior Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview), junior Sofia San Miguel (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and junior Lainey Hunnicutt (South Mecklenberg) all cleared 11-11.75, which placed them in a tie for second. The mark also tied a PR for San Miguel and represents new season-bests for both Emery and Hunnicutt.
The 4x100-meter relay tandem of senior Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams), junior K'Lynn Beal (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton), freshman Samra Gibson (Clayton, N.C./Corinth-Holders) and freshman Jessica Dixon (Louisburg, N.C./Broughton) placed third in 47.23 seconds.
Hargrave clocked a new PR in the 100-meter dash in 12.22 seconds and Dixon would also record a new PR in the 400-meter run in 58.23 seconds.
The 5,000-meter run saw freshman Samantha Kolor (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) cross third in 18:12.58 and freshman Sarah Hajnos (Apex, N.C./Apex) place sixth in 18:56.30.
In the 100-meter hurdles, junior Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) was fourth in a PR time of 14.24 seconds. She also placed eighth on the 400-meter hurdles in 1:08.36.
The 800-meter run saw freshman Ann Mosely Whitsett (Homewood, Ala./Homewood) and freshman Jennae Jacob (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) both post new PR's in 2:23.87 and 2:28.89, respectively.
In the 4x400-meter relay, senior Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), junior Molly Pusateri (Canton, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas), Jacob and Whitsett placed seventh in 4:09.89.
On Friday, junior Katelyn Butler (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post) crossed the finish line first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:52.73. Senior Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) finished second in 11:07.83 and junior Emily Fedders (Beckley, W. Va./Woodrow Wilson) placed third in 11:26.06.
Also competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase were freshman Annika Merkh (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddon Township) and Casey Turro (Wake Forest, N.C./Wake Forest), who finished with times of 11:39.78 and 12:19.61, respectively.
Senior Jessica Ricks (Rocky Mount, N.C./Northern Nash) recorded a fourth place finish in the javelin, with a PR toss of 127-0.
In the hammer throw, senior Samantha Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) placed ninth with a mark of 157-06. Senior Ashley Muschiatti (Newark, Del./Padua Academy) and senior Amber Daniel (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) both recorded a new PR in the event, with marks of 153-11 and 144-0, respectively.
Sophomore Sarah Venable (Cary, N.C./Cary) posted a new PR in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:43.04.
For the men, sophomores Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) and Jalen Virgil (Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View), freshman Ben Cignarale (Greer, S.C./Riverside) and the 4x100-meter relay team won their respective events to lead the Appalachian State men's track and field team at the Charlotte Invitational on Saturday.
Graves captured the 110-meter hurdles in a career-best time of 14.39 seconds, which was .12 better than the next closest athlete. Graves also notched a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles in 54.79 seconds.
Virgil, who was running in his first race since high school, won the 100-meter dash in 10.40 seconds His time also ranks as the fourth fastest time in the event in school history and also sits third in the Sun Belt.
Cignarale crossed first in a PR time of 15:32.76 in the 5,000-meter run. Freshman Luke Bennett (Durham, N.C./Voyager Academy) placed fifth with a time of 16:01.74.
Virgil also teamed up with sophomore Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick), freshman Brenton Ervin (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) and freshman De'Shawn Ballard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) for a first-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay in 40.76 seconds.
The Apps saw senior Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) and Jabari Johnson both set new PR's in the 400-meter dash. Hastings finished second in 47.08 seconds and Johnson was 10th in 49.38 seconds. Hastings' mark is also the fourth fastest time in the event in program history.
Ervin also was fourth in the 100-meter dash in 10.74.
Junior Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) was third in the 400-meters in 53.71 seconds and also sixth in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.91 seconds.
Hastings, Graves, Jabari Johnson and Smith teamed up for a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:16.25.
The discus saw sophomore Peter Kenn (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) record a fifth-place finish with a PR toss of 156-0 and sophomore Michael Albert (Buchanan, Va./James River) finish seventh with a mark of 143-9.
Sophomore Jackson Widener (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) was third in the pole vault, clearing 14-9.00.
The Black and Gold placed four in the top-10 in the high jump. Sophomore Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) placed third with a mark of 6-8.00, senior Nick Hinton (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) was fifth with a height of 6-6.00, sophomore Andrew Underal (Yakinville, N.C./West Forsyth) finished sixth with a PR height of 6-6.00 and senior Hampton Harvin (Mt. Pleasant, S.C./Wando) was ninth with a height of 6-4.00.
In the 1,500-meter run, freshman Gable Dershem (Clyaton, N.C./Cleveland) finished eighth in 4:01.73. Senior Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Almance) was 10th in the event in 4:03.01 and freshman Zachary Mercer (Mooresville, N.C./Morresville Senior) finished right behind in 11th-place in a new PR time of 4:03.84.
Sophomore Nic Botett (Dayton, N.J./South Brunswick) recorded an eighth-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 45-11.75.
In the 800-meter run, sophomore Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk Country) recorded a new PR with a fifth-place finish in 1:56.28. Sophomore John Fravel (Roswell, Ga./Milton) also crossed 10th in the event in 1:58.35.
On Friday, Kenn recorded a new PR in the hammer with a toss of 162-10. freshman Evan Hardin (Alworth, Ga./Carl Harrison) was sixth with a mark of 145-02, Albert placed seventh with a PR mark of 142-10 and Botett finished 12th with a season-best mark of 121-08.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Lawson Benfield (Apex, N.C./Apex) was fourth with a PR time of 9:26.06 and senior Evan Georges(Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) finished right behind in fifth, with a new PR mark of 9:28.02.
Sophomore Michael Flanagan (Landenberg, Pa./Tatnall School) clocked a new PR in the 1,500-meter run, crossing the finish line in 3:56.73.
App State will compete again on Friday and Saturday at the Duke Invitational.
The 12th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team split a Saturday conference doubleheader against visiting Brunswick Community College at Henkel-Alley Field.
CVCC (29-11, 11-4 in Region X) rallied to win the first game of the series before being one-hit in a four-run loss in the second game against the Dolphins (23-12, 12-3 in Region X).
Game one: No. 12 Catawba Valley 5, Brunswick 4
The Red Hawks rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to defeat the Dolphins in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday.
Brunswick powered to an early 3-0 lead, scoring three runs in the top of the third inning, including an RBI double by Scott McKeon and an RBI single from Zack Johnson.
After scoring a run in the bottom of the third on an RBI ground out by Cory Watt, CVCC took its first lead of the contest by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, including a sac fly by Watt and an RBI double by Graham Mitchell.
The Dolphins tied the game at 4-4 with an RBI double by McKeon in the top of the sixth inning.
However, a bases loaded single to left field by Cody Payne in the bottom of the eighth inning plated Mitchell, allowing CVCC to come away with the one-run Region X victory.
Red Hawks starting pitcher Julian Smith allowed nine hits, three runs (two earned), two walks and struck out five batters in his five-inning appearance.
Relievers Timothy Davila and Nic Messina closed out the final four innings on the mound, combining to allow two hits, one earned run and four walks, and the duo struck out two batters.
Messina earned the win on the mound — his third of the season.
Game two: Brunswick 5, No. 12 Catawba Valley 1
Dolphins starting pitcher Josh Jarman allowed just one hit, leading Brunswick to a four-run win in the second game of the twin bill on Saturday.
Jarman gave up a leadoff single to Cory Watt in the bottom of the first inning before retiring 23 of the next 27 batters he faced. After stealing two bases, Watt scored in the inning on a ground out by Graham Mitchell.
Brunswick took the lead for good in Saturday’s second game on a two-run homer by Scott McKeon in the top of the third inning.
The Dolphins added two late insurance runs in the top of the fourth inning, scoring on an RBI single by McKeon and a Red Hawk error.
CVCC starting pitcher Harry Hatcher suffered just his second loss of the season. Hatcher allowed eight hits, five runs (three earned), one walk and struck out one batter in his 3.2-inning appearance.
Red Hawk relief pitchers Matthew Dailey and Greg Collins closed out the final 3.1 innings on the mound, combining to give up three hits and no runs. Dailey and Collins also struck out four batters.
The CVCC baseball team finishes its series with Brunswick on Sunday with one nine-inning game set for 11 a.m. at Henkel-Alley Field. The contest was originally scheduled for a noon start, but was moved up due to inclement weather in the forecast.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team (26-18, 12-12) split a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Carson-Newman (22-20, 13-11) Saturday afternoon at the Silver Diamond Complex. The Bears won the first game by an 8-5 score while the Eagles took the nightcap, 5-0.
In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.), who went four-for-four with three runs batted in and a solo home run. The Bears never trailed in the contest.
Senior third baseman Tripp Hamrick (Ellenboro, N.C.) and sophomore shortstop Corbin Watson (Eden, N.C.) added two-run doubles for the Bears, who held a 14-7 advantage in hits in the victory.
On the mound, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) improved to 8-1 after earning the win while senior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) pitched three scoreless innings for his school-record ninth save of the year.
Carson-Newman’s Ethan Goforth (Blacksburg, Va.) finished with three hits and an RBI while Dalton Long (Powell, Tenn.) fell to 2-4 after suffering the loss.
In game two, Carson-Newman broke a scoreless tie with a five-run sixth inning started off by Goforth’s RBI double. Two of the five Eagles’ runs were unearned as the Bears were tagged with four errors in the frame. Goforth finished with two hits while Charlie Brown (Sevierville, Tenn.) totaled three hits and a run scored as well for the Eagles.
On the mound, Carson-Newman’s Matt Bradley (Talbott, Tenn.) pitched six scoreless innings and improved to 1-1 on the year while Lenoir-Rhyne senior Patrick LaGanke (Raleigh, N.C.) fell to 0-2 after being tagged with the loss in relief.
Dean continues to lead the Bears in hitting, averaging .413 at the plate.
Lenoir-Rhyne continues to lead the league in strikeouts thrown with 370.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to the field on Tuesday against Limestone on the road in Gaffney, S.C., beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (14-1, 7-0), ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II, claimed at least a share of its third straight South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship with a 14-6 triumph over Mars Hill (1-12, 0-7) Saturday afternoon at the Ammons Family Athletic Center and Meares Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.), who totaled four goals on the afternoon while freshman midfielder Myles Moffat (Airdie, Alberta, CANADA) added a score and six assists in the victory.
Dickinson scored the game’s first three goals just three minutes into the contest as the Bears raced to a 5-0 advantage and never looked back. LR held the edge in both shots taken (45-27) and ground balls (39-34) in the win.
In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne senior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) stopped nine shots for the victory while Mars Hill’s Ryan Kearney (Tallahassee, Fla.) made 13 saves but took the setback.
Jake Trafton (Wilmington, N.C.) scored twice for the Lions, who suffered their ninth straight loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne won its 10th straight game and 23rd consecutive South Atlantic Conference Regular Season contest.
The Bears are also 6-0 on the road this year and 37-4 in their last 41 games. Lenoir-Rhyne added to its single-season win total (14) as well.
With two goals and two assists, Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) increased his school single-season record totals to 54 goals and 76 points. Buduo leads the league in goals scored as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne has claimed four league regular season titles: 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Lenoir-Rhyne will look to wrap up its third consecutive South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship outright on Saturday, April 21, at 2:00 p.m., when the Bears host Coker for Senior Day.
Appalachian State University men's tennis (11-10) captured a thrilling 4-3 triumph over Davidson (13-6) on Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Tennis Courts.
The Mountaineers snapped a four-match losing streak against a formidable Wildcat squad that won seven of their last eight matches going into the contest and boasted a 7-2 mark at home.
App State claimed the doubles point and won three out of four singles matches to secure the win.
Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) notched their 14th win of the season against Artem Khrapko and Axel Fries in a 6-1 win.
Clinching the 1-0 start for the Black and Gold was Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State), who cruised to a 6-1 triumph Shamael Chaudhry and David Hager for win No. 14.
With the 1-0 edge, Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Brouhgton) came up big to deliver App the 2-0 start with a 6-3, 6-3 over Jack Riazzi. The win was the sixth of the season for Stone.
The Wildcats cut the deficit to one, 2-1 after Pavkovich fell to Hager. But the Apps bounced back winning the next two matches for the victory. Scott topped Khrapko in straight sets for his 15th win of the campaign, the most wins for the senior in singles since his freshman season.
Ben continued his big day, as he clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Fries, which gave Ben his 11th win of the year. It might have been the most significant performance of the season for the freshman, contributing to the doubles tally and the singles match.
Bargeron fell in his match in three frames to Chaudhry. The sophomore was down one set but forced a third set, 3-6, before falling in the final stanza, 6-4.
Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) would fall in his match, but it was a valiant effort against Yash Parikh 2-6, 5-7 (10-3).
App State will await its opponent for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, which will take place from April 18-22 in Peachtree City, Ga.
1. Scott Webster/Milo Bargeron def. Khrapko/Fries 6-1
2. Alex Pavkovich/Ben Webster def. Chaudhry/Hager 6-1
3. Campbell Stone/Alex Brea vs. Parikh/Riazzi, 2-5 (unfinished)
Order of finish: 1, 2*
1. Scott Webster def. Khrapko, 6-4, 6-2
2. Chaudhry def. Milo Bargeron, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
3. Ben Webster def. Fries, 7-5, 6-1.
4. Hager def. Alex Pavkovich, 6-4, 6-2
5. Campbell Stone def. Riazzi, 6-3, 6-3
6. Parikh def. Alex Brea, 6-2, 7-5 (10-3)
Order of finish: 5 ,4, 1, 3*, 6, 2
The Hickory Crawdads fell to the West Virginia Power 6-4, dropping to 1-7 on the season.
The Power got off to an early start, scoring three in the top of the first. Power first baseman Mason Martin drove in third baseman Dylan Busby, who had reached on a fielding error by catcher Sam Huff. Shortstop Oneil Cruz took Crawdads starter Jean Casanova deep for a two-run homer to increase their lead to 3-0.
The Crawdads countered in the bottom of the first with left fielder Miguel Aparicio's solo shot to right center field. They again closed the gap again in the second on shortstop Ryan Dorow's homerun to left center.
The Power led off the top of the third with a walk and a single to drive Casanova out of the game. Lefty Sal Mendez entered the game and got a quick out before allowing a run to score
on a ground out by center fielder Ryan Peurifoy. Left fielder Chris Sharpe also recorded an RBI single to extend the Power's lead to 5-2.
The Crawdads responded by putting a run up in the bottom of the inning to shrink the deficit back down to two. Designated hitter Melvin Novoa singled and advanced to third on third baseman Tyler Ratliff's double. Novoa scored on a groundout by first baseman Yohel Pozo.
The two teams traded runs in the 7th inning to make the score 6-4. Cruz hit his second homerun of the night in the top of the inning for the Power's run. 'Dads center fielder Pedro Gonzalez led off the bottom of the inning with a triple before being singled in by right fielder Justin Jacobs for the game's final run of the night despite loading the bases in the bottom of the eighth.
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 7
Fred T. Foard: 3
West Iredell: 4
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 9
West Caldwell: 1
South Caldwell: 3
St. Stephens: 7
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 18
West Lincoln: 4
East Burke: 5
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 12
Bunker Hill: 11
West Iredell: 6
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 12
West Caldwell: 0
St. Stephens: 1
South Caldwell: 7
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 0
West Lincoln: 4
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 2
Bunker Hill: 0
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 9
West Caldwell: 0
St. Stephens: 2
South Caldwell: 1
Conner Leonard's three-run double gave Appalachian State a first-inning lead, and a strong start from Colin Schmid kept the Mountaineers ahead until the eighth inning of a 4-3 home loss to Louisiana on Friday.
After Leonard's first-inning double inside the bag at third brought home Alex Leshock, Drew Beck and Riley Smith, Louisiana cut its deficit to 3-2 with one earned run and one unearned run in the third.
Schmid (2-4) returned to the mound in the top of the eighth with seven strikeouts, one walk and the one earned run against him on just three hits. Consecutive one-out walks, including one on a 3-2 offering, preceded a wild pitch that put two runners in scoring position.
Daniel Lahare's RBI groundout to second tied the game, and Gavin Bourgeios singled off reliever Luke Watts to break the tie.
Each team totaled five hits, with Leshock going 2-for-4 in his return to the lineup, and Louisiana starter Colten Schmidt (4-0, 1.52 ERA) struck out two batters in eight innings a week after his 10 strikeouts in eight scoreless innings led to a Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week honor.
"Colin pitched his heart out and did a fantastic job on the mound, which is what we see time after time from him," App State coach Kermit Smith said. "It was great to see Conner come through with such a big hit against a talented pitcher, but offense was hard to come by on each side with how well both guys were pitching."
Schmid retired 12 batters in a row before allowing a two-out single in the seventh. Before that, the only hits he had given up were a single and double in consecutive at-bats with one out in the third inning. Louisiana's first run came home on a grounder, and a fielding error on the play enabled another run to score. The frame ended with a lineout to shortstop Joel McDaniel, who fired to first for the double play.
Schmid retired the side in order in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth innings as he pitched a season-high 7.2 innings.
Offensively, Leshock returned after missing almost three full games, and App State's other hits came from McDaniel and Beau Myers. Beck reached base for the 13th straight game by drawing a one-out walk in the first, after Leshock's single and right before a walk to Riley Smith loaded the bases for Leonard.
After Louisiana took the 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth, Leshock led off the bottom half of the inning with a single to center and advanced to second on a two-strike sacrifice bunt from Bailey Welch. Beck's bouncing ball to the left side hit off the third baseman's glove before redirecting to shortstop Hayden Cantrelle, who threw to first for the out, and a foul popout left Leshock stranded at second.
Nick Lee struck out the side in the ninth to record his first save of the season.