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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 07:43

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Wins Third in a Row

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team (8-7, 3-2) made it three wins in a row with a 5-4 victory over Catawba (9-11, 0-8) Tuesday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Hickory High School.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led at the top of its lineup in seniors Zorica Djuric (Belgrade, SERBIA) and Dominique Bruce (Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA).

Djuric won at first singles, Bruce prevailed at No. 2 singles and the duo teamed up to win at first doubles over Catawba’s Liz Renteria (Miramar, Fla.) and Kristen Rocko (Johns Creek, Ga.) by an 8-3 score.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C., beginning at 3:00 p.m., at Thursday afternoon.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Catawba 4
March 31, 2015
Hickory, N.C.
Hickory High School
Singles competition:
1. Zorica Djuric (LR) def. Liz Renteria (CAT), 6-4, 6-3
2. Dominique Bruce (LR) def. Kristen Rocko (CAT), 6-1, 6-3
3. Maddy Henderson (CAT) def. Lucy Stofberg (LR), 7-5, 6-3
4. Lela Sparks Thompson (LR) def. Sloan Kessler (CAT), 6-1, 6-1
5. Lauren Sledd (CAT) def. Jessica Rumple (LR), 6-3, 6-4
6. Rachel Rudisill (CAT) def. Maggie Brown (LR), 7-5, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Zorica Djuric/Dominique Bruce (LR) def. Liz Renteria/Kristen Rocko (CAT), 8-3
2. Lela Sparks Thompson/Taylor Snowdon (LR) def. Maddy Henderson/Lauren Sledd (CAT), 8-4
3. Sloan Kessler/Rachel Rudisill (CAT) def. Jessica Rumple/Amanda Bryan (LR), 8-6
Records: Catawba (9-11, 0-8 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (8-7, 3-2 SAC)

Six different players drove in runs and four pitchers combined to allow just two earned runs in Appalachian State University baseball’s 8-3 win over High Point on Tuesday evening at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

With the victory, Appalachian State (8-21) snapped an agonizing six-game losing streak and completed a season sweep of High Point (14-13). The Mountaineers beat the Panthers, 4-0, on March 3 in High Point, N.C.

Fifth-year senior Noah Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) opened the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning and Appalachian State never trailed en route to its 14th win in the last 17 meetings with High Point.

Freshman Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) provided perhaps the biggest hit of the game with a two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning that turned a slim 3-1 lead into a more comfortable 5-1 margin.

The Mountaineers went on to stretch the advantage to 8-1 before the Panthers plated two runs in the bottom of the eighth to cut it to 8-3. HPU threatened to pull even closer with two runners on base and two outs in the eighth but freshman Ryan Ross (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) got App State out of the jam by coming out of the bullpen and inducing an inning-ending groundout.

Ross retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the victory.

Holmes led the Apps offensively by going 2-for-4 with a double to go along with his third homer of the season in the second. Grayson Atwood (Mount Pleasant, N.C./Mount Pleasant) also homered and had two hits while Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) finished 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored to help pace Appalachian’s nine-hit attack.

In addition to Leonard, Holmes and Atwood combining to drive in four runs, Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount), Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) and Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) each had an RBI for the Mountaineers.

On the mound, freshman starter Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Roswell) struck out seven and did not allow an earned run over 4.2 solid innings before giving way to Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline), who earned the win with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. DeVrieze, a sophomore southpaw, evened his record at 2-2 on the season.

Josh Greene had three hits for High Point, which lost for only the fifth time in its last 17 games.

Appalachian State returns to action on Wednesday when it makes the short trip to Greensboro, N.C. to face North Carolina A&T. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Greensboro’s historic War Memorial Stadium.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (26-13, 6-6) recovered with a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader sweep of Coker (19-16, 5-5), 7-2 and 8-2, Tuesday afternoon at Saleeby-Stokes Field.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Coker 2
Freshman designated player Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) and junior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) each drove in a pair of runs as the Bears rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take the win.

Kenley’s two-run single highlighted a five-run fifth inning and proved to be the game-winning hit for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) improved to 14-4 on the year in addition to eight strikeouts while Coker’s Tabitha Allen (Williamston, S.C.) (11-11) suffered the loss.

Riley Morris (Murrells Inlet, S.C.) and Carley Bailey (Lancaster, S.C.) drove in runs for the Cobras despite the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Coker 2
The Bears scored the first eight runs of the game on their way to completing the doubleheader sweep of the Cobras.

Lenoir-Rhyne took control with a five-run third inning which included two-run singles for junior third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) and junior outfielder Ashley Oliver (Newton, N.C.).

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) upped her record to 12-9 with the win. For Coker, Megan Strickland (Georgetown, S.C.) drove in both runs while Brittany Long (Leesville, S.C.) (8-3) suffered the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Lincoln Memorial on Friday in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader in Harrogate, Tenn.

The Lindenwood (Mo.) Men’s Lacrosse Team (6-1) scored with 12 seconds left in overtime to pull out a 15-14 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (6-5) Tuesday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Jon George (Carmel, Ind.) scored the game-winning goal and finished with three scores while Josh Coons (Carmel, Ind.) added a game-high five goals as the Lions rallied from an 8-5 deficit at halftime to take the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior midfielder Carson Sterling (Durham, N.C.) with four goals while senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.), the Bears’ all-time leading scorer, added two goals and an assist despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman long stick midfielder Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) scored with 43 seconds left in the fourth period to force overtime before Lindenwood pulled it out.

Lindenwood, overcoming its first loss of the year in its prior contest, held the advantage in both shots taken (39-35) and ground balls (33-22).

In goal, Lindenwood’s Ben Besancenez (St. Louis, Mo.) earned the win after making 10 saves while freshman Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) suffered the loss for Lenoir-Rhyne despite stopping nine shots as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Mars Hill, N.C., to face Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Scott Webster earned his team-leading 14th singles win of the season and two other players picked up their 10th singles victories of the year as Appalachian State University men’s tennis hammered visiting UNCG, 6-1, on Tuesday at the Appalachian Tennis Courts.

The Mountaineers (8-9) snagged the doubles point to earn the early 1-0 lead and clinched the match with Webster’s win at No. 3 singles to snap a three-match losing streak to the Spartans (8-8) and improve to 4-1 at home this season.

UNCG looked as if it might have the early edge when it took an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles, but Appalachian’s No. 3 tandem of Oliver Casey/Trey Morris tied it with an 8-4 win and the No. 2 team of Webster/Jack Maddocks clinched the point with an 8-6 victory.

Casey and Morris improved to 6-3 as a pairing this season while Maddocks and Webster won their fourth-straight doubles contest to improve to a team-best 10-4.

In singles play, Zach Bost scored Appalachian’s second point of the day when he earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at the No. 4 spot before Morris gave the Mountaineers a commanding 3-0 lead with a straight-set win at No. 6 (6-2, 6-2).

Webster’s 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 3 gave App State the match-clinching fourth point as he improved to 14-3 in singles play this year, including a sterling 6-1 mark at the No. 3 spot.

Jan-Willem Kleynhans bounced back from a first-set loss to earn a win at the No. 5 spot (1-6, 6-4, 6-3) before the Spartans snagged their lone point of the day when Connor Thompson topped Maddocks in three sets (7-6, 2-6, 10-7).

Casey finished off singles play with a 7-5, 2-6, 10-7 victory at the No. 1 spot to make the final 6-1. In the process, Casey improved to 10-7 on the season. Morris, who earned the win at No. 6, also moved to 10-7 on the year.

Appalachian State is back in action on Friday when it travels to take on ETSU before playing a neutral site match against Georgia State in Johnson City, Tenn. on Sunday.

Appalachian State 6, UNCG 1
Mar 31, 2015 at Boone, N.C. (Appalachian Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. Oliver Casey (APP) def. Randy Phillips (UNCG) 7-5, 2-6, 10-7
2. Connor Thompson (UNCG) def. Jack Maddocks (APP) 7-6, 5-7, 10-6
3. Scott Webster (APP) def. Daniel Mack (UNCG) 6-4, 6-1
4. Zach Bost (APP) def. Gaston Murray (UNCG) 6-1, 6-1
5. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) def. William Albright (UNCG) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
6. Trey Morris (APP) def. James Gray (UNCG) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Randy Phillips/Connor Thompson (UNCG) def. Zach Bost/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 8-6
2. Jack Maddocks/Scott Webster (APP) def. William Albright/James Gray (UNCG) 8-6
3. Oliver Casey/Trey Morris (APP) def. Daniel Mack/Gaston Murray (UNCG) 8-4

Match Notes
UNCG 8-8
Appalachian State 8-9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,6,3,5,2,1)
T-3:27 A-47

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (22-15) scored 12 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on its way to a 17-9 victory over Montreat (7-26) Tuesday evening at Bears Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior second baseman Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) hit a grand slam to highlight the sixth inning as the Bears rallied from a 7-1 deficit to take the win.

Senior designated hitter Brantley Rumford (Rock Hill, S.C.) added his team-leading sixth home run of the year and junior catcher Colby Dishmond (Statesville, N.C.) and sophomore first baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) added a pair of hits and three runs batted in each for the Bears as well.

Dishmond’s two-run double in the sixth frame proved to be the game-winning hit as well and Lenoir-Rhyne finished with 18 hits in the contest.

For Montreat, Eli Ledford (Asheville, N.C.) hit a solo home run and Chandler Musselwhite (Charlotte, N.C.) drove in a pair of runs despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Landon Elks (Shelby, N.C.) improved to 5-0 after being tagged with the win while Montreat’s Kevin Hughes (Fairview, N.C.) (0-1) took the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Wednesday against King on the road in Bristol, Tenn. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.

The Catawba Valley Community College defeated USC-Lancaster in both games of a doubleheader on the road. In game one, CVCC won 15-4 and in game two, CVCC won 9-4.

In game one, Brandon Ford went three-for-four with three runs score and four RBI. Skyler Strickland went three-for-three with a home run, two runs, four RBI and a stolen base. Nick Horning took the win on the mound with four innings pitched, allowing only two hits and one earned run.

In game two, Danny Sullivan hit a solo homerun with 2 outs in the last inning to help send it in to extras. USC-Lancaster loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with one out and Kyle Ramsey ended the threat with a strikeout and got a groundball to end the inning. The Redhawks broke it open in the ninth, including a steal of home by Ty Andrus.

CVCC is now 19-14 and has won 9 of their last 10. CVCC will return to conference play on Friday with a Double Header against 1st place Brunswick. On Saturday CVCC will play Brunswick at he Crawdads stadium in conjunction with the Crawdads open house. The Crawdads will hold an Easter egg hunt from 11:30-11:45 in the field before CVCC plays Brunswick at 12:00pm.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:35

App's Sydnor Named to First Team All-State

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Appalachian State University women’s basketball senior Maryah Sydnor (Radford, Va./Radford) capped off her record-breaking career at Appalachian by being named NCCSIA first-team all-state by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association on Monday.

Sydnor was tabbed first-team all-conference earlier this month after leading the Mountaineers in their inaugural Sun Belt season by averaging 17.5 points per game. She finished the season ranked second in the conference in scoring average and ranks 65th in the nation.

The senior is also one of the league’s top rebounders, averaging 8.8 boards per game for a third-place ranking in the Sun Belt. Sydnor held the top-spot in the conference in free throw percentage all season, posting a mark of 84.9 percent to rank 39th in the nation.

The Radford, Va. native has amassed 456 points and 230 rebounds this year, scoring 1,821 points over her career to put her third in total career points in the Appalachian record books. She has recorded 29 career double-doubles and 90 double-digit scoring games over the past four seasons.

Sydnor’s best performance of the season came at Troy on Jan. 19 when she scored 31 points and tallied 11 rebounds, while shooting 10-14 from the floor. She will go down in the Appalachian State women’s basketball record book in at least eight other categories.

For the second time this year, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Lauren Donovan has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Donovan, a senior midfielder from Hollywood, Md., totaled eight goals, three assists, 11 points and 11 ground balls in leading the Bears to a pair of wins last week.

Donovan totaled three goals in a 15-6 win over Tampa at home on Friday before a four-goal, two-assist performance versus Wingate on the road in a 21-7 conference triumph Saturday night in Wingate, N.C.

Donovan, who leads the team with 33 goals, 16 assists and 49 points this year, also won the award in late February. Donovan is second in the conference so far this year in points scored as well.

A 2014 First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree, Donovan is Lenoir-Rhyne’s all-time leader in goals scored (142), assists (75), total points (217) and ground balls (206).

Coker’s Marabeth Durden was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (6-6, 4-1), winners of two straight games, returns to action on Saturday evening against Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference contest at 5:30 p.m., in Newberry, S.C.

Appalachian State University baseball took a three-run lead into the eighth inning against University of Arkansas at Little Rock but fell in the series finale, 7-5, in extra innings at Gary Hogan Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (7-21, 2-10 Sun Belt) took a 5-4 lead in the top of ninth on Conner Leonard’s (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) RBI single that drove in Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) and sent the game into extra innings, but Joesph Palino hit a two-run home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the 10th to seal the victory and weekend series sweep for the Trojans (10-13, 7-4 Sun Belt).

Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) got the Sunday start and pitched well for Mountaineers, going seven innings with no walks and three strike outs. Holden had only given up one run going into the eighth. The freshman gave up a home run to the first batter he faced in the eighth which cut the Mountaineer lead to two. Holden’s day ended after the next batter reached on an infield single.

With a man on first base, Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) entered the game to relieve Holden. DeVriese saw the UALR center fielder reach on a bunt and then two batters later gave an RBI double that brought the tying run to third base. Tanner Rockwell then flew out the center field allowing the runner on third to tag a score, knotting the game at four runs apiece. Ryan Ross (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) entered the game and struck out his first batter to get out of the inning.

In the ninth inning, Burris singled up the middle and then stole second to get into scoring position. Burris then advanced on Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) ground out. With two outs, Leonard singled through the hole in the left side of the infield to plate the go-ahead run. The game looked to be over when with one out UALR second baseman hit a ground ball to Pierson who tried to turn the double play by flipping the ball to Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) for the out at second, but Dobson’s throw was not in time to get Kyle Barret out at first.

With Runners on the corners, pinch hitter Ryan McSwain doubled into left field, bringing the tying run across the plate. Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) kept the Mountaineers alive with an incredible diving catch in center field to end the inning.

The Mountaineers got two men on base with one out in the top of the 10th, but Bauk grounded into a double play and UALR escaped the inning. Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) came into the game for Ross. Brill walked the first batter but then retired the next two, bringing Palino to the plate with two outs. Paulino made the most of his first at bat of the game and hit the game-winning home run.

The home run marked the third-straight walk-off loss of the weekend for the Mountaineers, who fall to 2-12 in games decided by two runs or less this season.

The Mountaineers will try to bounce back with two midweek games against High Point at home on Tuesday and at North Carolina A&T on Wednesday.