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Appalachian State University softball fell to Coastal Carolina in a conference doubleheader, 5-1 and 3-2, on Friday at the Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium in Conway, S.C.

Appalachian State (14-32, 2-21 SBC) pounded out six hits on Friday, and Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) and Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) turned in multiple-hit performances. Dodd went 2-for-5, and Mathewson went 2-for-6, which included a solo jack in game two, her ninth of her career.

Game One: Coastal Carolina 5 , App State 1

The Chanticleers (31-22, 9-16 SBC) jumped onto the boards first scoring one run in the opening inning off a sac. fly, and added on another in the second on a RBI single for the 2-0 lead.

At the top of the third, the Mountaineers got within one after Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) generated a two-out walk and stole second to set the stage for Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) to knocked her in.

After the third, the score vacated at 2-1 as both pitchers and defenses neutralized the batters until CCU scored on a throwing error to regain a two-run lead at the end of the fifth.

In the sixth, the Chanticleers extended their lead to 5-1 scoring on a fielder’s choice error and a sac. fly, and retired the Apps in order in the seventh to trump the Mountaineers in game one.

Stewart and Dodd cranked out App State’s two hits, and Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif/La Habra (Delaware State)) (2-11) and Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) pitched a combined 6.0 innings.

Game Two: Coastal Carolina 3, App State 2

After two and a half scoreless innings, the Chanticleers jolted out to a 3-0 lead pounding out a one-run RBI double and a two-run jack over the left field fence to end the third.

In the fifth, Mathewson sparked some life into Appalachian’s offense cutting CCU’s lead to 3-1 with a solo home run over dead center, her third of the season. Soon after that, the Apps loaded the bases and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./Lincoln) drew a RBI walk to shrink Coastal’s lead to 3-2.

After retiring CCU’s batters in order at the bottom of the fifth and sixth, App State was eager to rally back into the game only down by one. Laura Sales (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage) answered the call opening the seventh with a walk, but Appalachian couldn’t bring her home and fell short to Coastal 3-2 in game two.

Mathewson highlighted the offense going 2-for-3 and cranked out two extra-base hits, one double and one homer.

Williford started things off in the circle and pitched 5.0 innings with one strikeout, and Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, N.C./Winter Springs) (9-13) pitched for 1.0 outing and rang up one Chanticleer.

Carlos Munoz singled three times, and James Marvel allowed just five hits over six innings as the West Virginia Power beat the Hickory Crawdads 5-1 on Thursday.

Marvel (2-2) allowed one run while striking out seven to pick up the win.

Hickory cut the deficit to 2-1 in the fourth after Shaq Matta hit an RBI single, scoring Ti'Quan Forbes.

After West Virginia added a run in the fourth when Arden Pabst scored on a ground out, the Power extended their lead in the seventh inning when Trae Arbet hit a two-run single.

Michael Matuella (0-1) went 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits in the South Atlantic League game.

The Crawdads fall to 10-17 on the first half of the season. Hickory will open up a series against the Hagerstown on Friday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Basketball Team and Head Coach Everick Sullivan have announced its fourth signee for the 2017-18 campaign with the addition of Tyson McClain.

McClain, a 5-11 guard from Spartanburg, S.C., led Dorman High School to the squad’s first-ever state championship this past year. In addition, McClain was the MVP of the 5A State Title Game.
McClain averaged 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals while earning all-region and second-team all-area honors.

McClain joins Mason Hawks, R.J. Gunn and Emmanuel Wembi in this year’s class as the Bears continue to build for the future.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Golf State Championship begins on Monday. The 2A class will play at Beacon Ridge, while the 3A class plays at Fox Ridge.

In the 2A class, Draughn will compete as a team with Seth Perry, Alex Parker, Ben Leonard, Dillon Robinson and Carson Ashely. Individually competeing are Logan McNeely of Newton-Conover and West Caldwell's Matt Gurnsey. In the 3A class, St. Stephens will compete with the team of Bryce Hull, Trent McLauchlin, Caden Powell, Nolan Medley and Jack Hammond. Individually competing are Hibriten's Dawson Walker and Patton's Ben Sholar.

Both tournaments are two day, 36-hole events.

North Piedmont Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
Alexander Central: 5
South Iredell: 1

Northwestern Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Hibrien: 1

Hickory: 9
South Caldwell: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 14
East Burke: 0

Southern District 7 Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
Bunker Hill: 5
Bandys: 4

West Caldwell: 10
Newton-Conover: 8

North Piedmont Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
West Iredell: 5
Alexander Central: 4

Northwestern Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
Fred T. Foard: 19
Hibriten: 12

South Caldwell: 13
St. Stephens: 3

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 11
Kings Mountain: 10

Southern District 7 Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
East Lincoln: 3
Bunker Hill: 2

West Lincoln: 6
Maiden: 5, 10 innings

Draughn: 10
Patton: 5

North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 4
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 1
St. Stephens: 0

Hickory: 5
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 9
East Burke: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 1
West Caldwell: 1

Newton-Conover: 2
Maiden: 1

Patton: 5
Draughn: 0

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 22:29

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Ranked 13th in the Nation

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (46-11) remained at No. 13 in the NFCA NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll and fifth in the latest Southeast Regional rankings.

Lenoir-Rhyne is coming off its 11th South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship this spring – tying this year’s league title with Carson-Newman – and looking forward to another berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

The Bears are led this year by senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.).

Kenley was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Player Of The Year as she is hitting .438 on the season with a team-leading 11 home runs and 54 RBI.

Boone, meanwhile, ranks first in the SAC in numerous offensive categories including batting average (.443), runs scored (65), hits (85) and on-base percentage (.511). Boone, a two-time first-team all-league honoree (2016-17), also has seven home runs and 49 RBI and was named to the NFCA Watch List for D-II Player Of The Year.

The NCAA Division II Selection Show for softball takes place Monday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m. The top eight teams from each region earn a spot in the national tournament. Lenoir-Rhyne has made 11 all-time appearances in the postseason.

2017 NFCA NCAA Division II
National Top 25 Poll

1. Angelo State (16) 400
2. Harding 50-6
3. North Georgia 44-10
4. Cal State Monterey Bay 42-9
5. West Texas A&M 40-9
6. Southern Indiana 40-10
7. West Virginia Wesleyan 40-6
8. Pfeiffer 44-6
9. Minnesota State 50-6
10. West Florida 39-12
11. Humboldt State 34-12
12. Colorado Mesa 42-6
13. Lenoir-Rhyne 46-11
14. Saint Leo 37-13
15. Caldwell 40-13
16. Central Oklahoma 47-9
17. California Baptist 36-11
18. UAH 39-14
19. St. Mary's 40-12
20. West Chester 40-10
21. Southern Arkansas 42-14
22. Wayne State (Mich.) 36-12
23. Dixie State 39-12
24. Saginaw Valley State 31-14
25. Adelphi 33-13-1

NCAA Division II Softball
Southeast Regional Rankings
May 3, 2017

1. North Georgia 44-10
2. Carson-Newman 43-11
3. Armstrong State 30-11
4. Limestone 43-11
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 46-11
6. Young Harris 42-12
7. Pfeiffer 44-6
8. Flagler 37-19
9. North Greenville 35-17
10. Coker 41-17

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (12-2), ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II, remained steady at second in this week’s South Regional Poll.

The Bears fell to Queens by a 10-9 score in overtime in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship Semifinals in Charlotte, N.C., last Thursday which ended Lenoir-Rhyne’s 12-game winning streak.

However, the Bears won their second straight league regular season championship this spring as it ran through conference play undefeated once again.

Lenoir-Rhyne is led this year by senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) and freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.). Hanlon is the 2017 league player of the year and is the Bear’s all-time leading scorer with 193 points. Dickinson, this season’s freshman of the year, set the school single-season mark with 49 goals.

Both Hanlon and Dickinson are 2017 First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honorees and both rank second in the conference in total points with 66.

Lenoir-Rhyne is looking to earn its first-ever bid to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Selection Show is slated for Sunday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. Eight teams make the playoffs: four from each of the North and South Regions.

2017 USILA/Nike Division II
Men's Lacrosse Coaches Poll
Week 11 – May 1

1. Limestone (8) 17-1
2. Merrimack (5) 12-2
3. Adelphi (4) 13-2
4. Le Moyne 12-2
5. Pace 11-2
6. NYIT 12-3
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 12-2
8. Mercyhurst 11-2
9. Tampa 14-4
10. Wingate 13-3
11. Seton Hill 10-4
12. Belmont Abbey 12-5
13. Mercy 11-4
14. Saint Anselm 8-5
15. Mount Olive 11-5
16. Colorado Mesa 14-2
17. Lindenwood 10-4
18. Southern New Hampshire 9-5
19. Lake Erie 7-7
20. Queens 10-7

2017 NCAA Division II
South Region Rankings – May 3

1. Limestone 17-1
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 12-2
3. Tampa 14-4
4. Wingate 13-3
5. Belmont Abbey 12-5
6. Colorado Mesa 14-2

Matt Anderson allowed just five hits over six innings, leading the West Virginia Power over the Hickory Crawdads in a 6-4 win on Wednesday.

Eduardo Vera allowed a run, but got Leody Taveras to fly out with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season.

Anderson (3-1) picked up the win after he struck out seven and walked one while allowing three runs.

West Virginia took the lead in the first when Trae Arbet hit a three-run home run.

The Crawdads cut into the deficit in the third inning when Brallan Perez and Taveras hit RBI singles.

With the score tied 3-3 in the sixth, the Power took the lead for good when Carlos Munoz hit an RBI single, driving in Stephen Alemais.

Hickory saw its comeback attempt come up short after Anderson Tejeda hit an RBI single, driving in Taveras in the eighth inning to cut the West Virginia lead to 6-4.

Taveras went three-for-five with two runs scored and an RBI.

Kyle Cody (0-3) went six innings, allowing six runs and five hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out six and walked one.

West Virginia improved to 4-1 against Hickory this season.

The Crawdads are 10-16 on the first half of the season.

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