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Lenoir-Rhyne University's Sarah Kenley has been named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Softball Player Of The Year, league officials announced earlier today.

Kenley, a senior catcher from Charlotte, N.C., is hitting .451 on the season with a team-leading nine home runs and 52 runs batted in. Kenley also ranks first on the squad in total bases (124), slugging percentage (.756) and doubles (21) and is the Bears' first league MVP in six years.

Joining Kenley on the 2017 All-SAC First Team for Lenoir-Rhyne are sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.).

Boone ranks first in the league in batting average (.466), hits (83) and runs scored (62) to go along with six home runs, 48 runs batted in, 17 stolen bases and 123 total bases so far this year. Landreth, meanwhile, has a .405 batting average with four home runs and a team-leading 53 RBI.

Both Boone (a two-time first-team all-league pick) and Landreth (three-time First-Team All-SAC honoree) have started all 53 games this year for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) and freshman pitcher Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) were named to the all-league second team. Cates is batting .314 with seven home runs and 45 RBI while Miller is 13-5 with a 2.27 earned run average, two saves and 53 strikeouts. In conference play, Miller won nine of 11 decisions.

Lenoir-Rhyne (44-9), ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II, will be the second seed in the 2017 SAC Championship and will face seventh-seeded Tusculum (25-23) at 12:30 p.m., in the Quarterfinal Round Thursday at Byerly Park in Hartsville, S.C. LR shared its 11th league regular season championship in school history with Carson-Newman this year.

2017 All-South Atlantic Conference

Softball Honors


OF – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne

OF – Naomi Sapp, Wingate

OF – Allie Jones, Lincoln Memorial

1B – Sydney Landreth, Lenoir-Rhyne

2B - Ty-Kella Goins, Lincoln Memorial

SS – Hailey Drawe, Newberry

3B – Casey Stanek, Mars Hill

DP – Haley Simonds, Newberry

UTIL – Mindy North, Coker

C – Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne

P – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman

P – Devon Morrison, Newberry


OF – Christina Linton, Newberry

OF – Sammie West, Tusculum

OF – Elaina Frantellizzi, Queens

1B – Maria Williamson, Coker

2B – Natalie Willis, Newberry

SS – Dakotah Fraley, Lincoln Memorial

3B – Mackenzie Cates, Lenoir-Rhyne

DP – Taylor Wells, Wingate

UTIL – Taylor Martin, Catawba

C – Cailah Niles, Anderson

P – Sydney Miller, Lenoir-Rhyne

P – Augie Pena, Anderson


OF – Casey Simmons, Coker

OF – Kelsi Bachmann, Coker

OF – Cassidy Dahle, Mars Hill

1B – Emily Hester, Tusculum

2B – Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman

SS – Kristen Toppel, Carson-Newman

3B – Hannah Price, Coker

DP – Ashton Whitaker, Queens

UTIL – Addison Harris, Mars Hill

C – KaraLynne Levi, Carson-Newman

P – Taylor Forehand, Coker

P – Allison Webster, Carson-Newman


Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman


Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne


Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman


Vickee Kazee-Hollifield, Carson-Newman

SAC Statistical Champions

Team Batting Average – Lenoir-Rhyne (.375)

Team Slugging Percentage – Lenoir-Rhyne (.557)

Team On-Base Percentage – Lenoir-Rhyne (.426)

Team Runs Scored Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (7.24)

Team Home Runs Per Game – Anderson (0.97)

Team Triples Per Game – Wingate (0.34)

Team Doubles Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (0.45)

Team RBIs Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (6.50)

Team Stolen Bases Per Game – Queens (1.82)

Team ERA – Carson-Newman (1.92)

Team Strikeouts Per Game – Carson-Newman (7.25)

Batting Average – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne (.466)

On-Base Percentage – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne (.534)

Slugging Percentage – Cailah Niles, Anderson (.787)

Home Runs Per Game – Cailah Niles, Anderson (0.29)

RBIs Per Game – Cailah Niles, Anderson (1.14)

Runs Scored Per Game – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne (1.16)

Triples Per Game – Cacey Simmons, Coker (0.13)

Doubles Per Game – Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne (0.41)

Stolen Bases Per Game –Sydney Ditto, Queens (0.59)

ERA – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman (1.35)

Strikeouts Per Seven Innings – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman (7.70)

Pitching Victories – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman (21)

Appalachian State University redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Ketterng, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont (Ohio State)) was selected to the U.S. Senior Indoor National Field Hockey Team on Wednesday as announced by USA Field Hockey.

“This is a really big deal for Rachel and our program,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “Rachel is a dedicated student-athlete who works tirelessly on and off the field. She is committed to pushing herself to be the best she can be and to achieve her goals. As a program, we are proud of what Rachel has achieved and look forward to her career here at Appalachian.”

Gaines was one of 20 athletes chosen to train throughout the summer and represent the red, white and blue at the Pan American Indoor Cup (PAIC) and later travel to Guyana for the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Tournament held in October.

“I am very excited to be training with the national team,” said Gaines. “Indoor field hockey is a passion of mine and competing on the national team has been one of my goals since I was introduced to the sport. It is an honor to be able to represent App State and my country at the international level.”

The Ohio State transfer played a significant role in App State’s defensive core and started in every game in 2016. In 1126:53 minutes of play protecting the cage, Gaines registered a .620 save percentage that included 119 rejections. On Oct. 1, her stellar performance against Pacific University ranked third in the nation that week blocking a career-high of 19 shots on goal. Also, the Ohio native reeled in a pair of Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Academic honors after achieving a 4.0 G.P.A.. during the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the hiring of Cameron Sealey as its new Head Women's Basketball Coach, school officials confirmed earlier today. Sealey becomes the 12th coach in program history, and the first to return to her alma mater.

"We have a very special and unique opportunity to hire one of the top up-and-coming coaches in women's college basketball who also happens to be one of Lenoir-Rhyne's most accomplished players, said Lenoir-Rhyne Director of Athletics Kim Pate. "Coach (Cam) Sealey brings tremendous passion and pride for our University and will immediately ignite excitement in our players, recruits, and alumni to restore a tradition of excellence that will return the program to national prominence."

Sealey comes to LR after serving one year as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Wofford College (2016-17). As a member of the Terriers' staff, Sealey developed Chloe Wanink into a All-SoCon Second-Team honoree and was part of a team which produced the second-most victories for Wofford since the 2000-01 campaign.

Prior to Wofford, Sealey was an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Georgia State (2015-16) for one season as well. At GSU, Sealey recruited this year's Sun Belt Freshman Of The Year (Jada Lewis) and coached the league freshman of the year in 2015-16 (Madison Newby).

"I am honored to return to my alma mater to teach and learn from these special student-athletes," said Cameron Sealey. "It is an exciting time for LR Women's Basketball and I cannot wait to get started on our team's journey as we grow together. I also would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Fred K. Whitt (LR President), Kim Pate (LR Athletics Director) and their team for trusting me with this opportunity."

Sealey's last experience at the NCAA Division II level came at USC Aiken where she served as an Assistant Coach for two seasons (2013-15). Sealey helped lead the squad to a third-place finish in the Peach Belt Conference and a berth in the league tournament semifinals in 2014-15. Sealey began her coaching career at Pittsburgh-Johnstown (2012-13). At UPJ, Sealey guided both Kaitlynn Fratz (WVIAC All-Conference First Team) and Jasmine Harper (WVIAC Freshman Of The Year).

Sealey earned her bachelor's degree from Lenoir-Rhyne in 2012 in business administration before obtaining her master's from Concordia University Irvine in 2016 in coaching and athletic administration.

Sealey played four years at Lenoir-Rhyne (2008-12) and left as one of the best players in recent history. Sealey was a three-time all-league honoree including a First-Team All-SAC selection in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and led the Bears to a pair of NCAA Division II Playoff berths (2009 and 2010). Sealey was also an all-region selection as a senior.

Sealey currently ranks sixth in scoring (1,493 points), second in free throw percentage (.796) and 10th in assists (267) on the school's all-time lists and was part of two SAC Regular Season Championship Teams (2008-09 and 2009-10) and one league tournament title in 2009. As a freshman in 2008-09, the Bears went 27-5 on the year and hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.

"I am extremely blessed and humbled to be named the next Lenoir-Rhyne Head Women's Basketball Coach," added Sealey. "I would be remiss if I did not recognize former LR Head Coaches Todd Starkey and Katie Pate for bringing the program to regional and national prominence.

A native of Gastonia, N.C., Sealey starred at East Gaston High School as she still holds the school record for both points scored (1,500) and assists (450) and played in the prestigious NCSAA East/West All-Star Game.

Lenoir-Rhyne posted its first winning season in three years in 2016-17, finishing 17-12 overall with a 13-9 record in South Atlantic Conference play.
A press conference and meet-and-greet session is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, at 4:00 p.m., in the PEF Board Room located in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. All members of the media are invited and the meeting is open to the public.

"I watched Cameron (Sealey) grow into one of the best players and toughest competitors in Lenoir-Rhyne history. Since she left LR, she has developed into one of the brightest young coaches in America. Other than her family, no one is more proud of Cameron than I am … and the Bears will win again."
Todd Starkey, Head Women's Basketball Coach
Kent State University

Lenoir-Rhyne is getting a terrific coach in Cam (Sealey) to lead its women's basketball program. Coach Sealey has a passion for basketball and developing players both on and off the court. She will demand excellence from them in the classroom, on the court and in the community. Cam is an excellent recruiter and I am confident she will bring in players that will continue to make LR's program successful. She will bring in players of high character, work ethic and who will place a high priority on being good teammates. We are sad to see Coach Sealey move on but could not be more excited for her to take over the women's basketball program at her alma mater. We wish her nothing but the best."
Jimmy Garrity, Head Women's Basketball Coach
Wofford College

"Cameron (Sealey) is a great young coach. She is mature beyond her years and understands the game and the importance of relationships in this profession. She has integrity and character and a strong competitive drive. I am excited to watch her success at LR. They made a great hire."
Sharon Baldwin, Head Women's Basketball Coach
Georgia State University

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:54

App State Men's Basketball Signs Forrest

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Appalachian State University men’s basketball and head coach Jim Fox announced its second addition for the 2017-18 season with the signing of Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) on Tuesday.

Forrest, a six-foot, two-inch, 195-pound combo guard and son of former Georgia Tech star James Forrest, will come to App State after posting back-to-back Georgia High School Association Class A-Private Boys State Championships. His father played for heralded former Appalachian State basketball head coach Bobby Cremins while at Georgia Tech.

Forrest recently led Greensforest to its second-straight Class A-Private championship. He finished with 36 points, two assists and two rebounds in an 81-57 win over Southwest Atlanta Christian in the title game. For his efforts, Forrest was named to the Class A-Private GHSA Boys All-State First Team.

Over his junior and senior seasons, Forrest averaged 17.1 points, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting 44.0 percent from the field and 41.0 percent from beyond the arc. During that span, he lead his team to a 57-7 combined record.

Forrest will join O’Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy/South Georgia State) as the two newest commitments for Appalachian State heading into 2017-18. Both will join Nick Hough (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge/Belmont Abbey) and Hunter Seacat (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman/William & Mary) in their first year of eligibility.

“We are thrilled to have Justin and his family become part of our Appalachian State family. Justin comes from a great basketball family and we are excited to add his toughness, versatility and competitive drive to keep moving our program forward. I am anxious for him to get on campus and get to work.”

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Lacrosse Team took home all three of the top 2017 South Atlantic Conference honors, league officials announced earlier today.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) was named the league player of the year while attacker Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) has been voted on as the conference freshman of the year. In addition, Greg Paradine earned coach-of-the-year accolades for the second time in his career.

Hanlon, the Bears' all-time leading scorer (189 points), has 31 goals, 31 assists and 62 total points so far this season. Meanwhile, Dickinson has already set the school single-season record for goals (47) and total points (64). Both statistics currently lead the conference.

Joining Hanlon and Dickinson on the 2017 All-SAC First Team from Lenoir-Rhyne are junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.), junior defender Jacob O'Connor (Penfield, N.Y.), junior specialist Shane Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) and junior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.).

Corrigan has 22 goals, 16 assists and 38 points on the year while O'Connor anchors a defense which allows just under 10 goals per game (9.91). Gottberg leads the team in ground balls (109) and has won 201 of 287 faceoffs this year while Lett has three goals, three assists, six points and 48 ground balls.

Junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned honorable mention all-league accolades after winning 11 of 12 decisions so far this season and has a 9.06 goals-against average with 130 saves for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne (12-1, 8-0), ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II, was won 22 of its past 23 contests including 12 straight games. The Bears won their second consecutive league regular season championship outright this past Saturday and will enter the 2017 SAC Men's Lacrosse Championship as the No. 1 seed.

Lenoir-Rhyne will face the winner of the fourth-seeded Queens (8-6) and fifth-seeded Catawba (8-7) quarterfinal game in the semifinals on Thursday at 4:00 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C., on the campus of Queens University.

2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men's Lacrosse Honors

First Team
A – Mike Hanlon, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Austin Murphy, Wingate
A – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Ben Corrigan, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Nate Wade, Tusculum
MF – Daniel Godwin, Wingate
D – Drew Thompson, Wingate
D – Jacob O'Connor, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Anthony Crisera, Wingate
LP – Collin Lett, Lenoir-Rhyne
Spec. – Shane Gottberg, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Will Sheridan, Wingate

Second Team
A – Ben Boyd, Tusculum
A – Kyle Arcuri, Lincoln Memorial
A – Justin Swick, Queens
MF – Alex Llerandi, Wingate
MF – Adam Golia, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Billy Kopsky, Lincoln Memorial
D – Ross Parsons, Tusculum
D – Chris Gazzio, Wingate
D – Ryan Benck, Lincoln Memorial
LP – Griffin Stechmiller, Queens
Spec. – Jonathan Paige, Queens
GK – Kevin Haggerty, Tusculum

Honorable Mention
A – Jeremy Sullivan, Wingate
A – Dima Ferreira, Mars Hill
A – Dalton Cook, Catawba
MF – Dallas Wade, Tusculum
MF – Alex Lipsky, Mars Hill
MF – Robert Tucker, Lincoln Memorial (Tie)
MF – Ryan Vogrig, Wingate (Tie)
D – Ryon Bellamy, Queens
D – Nick Rizzieri, Queens
D – Asych Schildt, Mars Hill
D – Julian Maxey, Catawba
LP – Tyler Antram, Wingate
Spec. – Vinny Aiello, Wingate
GK – Ryan Crompton, Lenoir-Rhyne

Player Of The Year
Mike Hanlon, Lenoir-Rhyne

Freshman Of The Year
Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne

Coach Of The Year
Greg Paradine, Lenoir-Rhyne

Statistical Champions
Goals per Game – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne (3.58)
Assists per Game – Austin Murphy, Wingate (2.77)
Shot Percentage – Adam Golla, Lincoln Memorial (.538)
Save Percentage – Will Sheridan, Wingate (.623)
Goals-Against Average – Will Sheridan, Wingate (7.02)
Faceoff Win Percentage – Jonathan Paige, Queens (.708)
Ground Balls per Game – Jonathan Paige, Queens (9.31)
Caused Turnovers per Game – Josh Hernandez, Lincoln Memorial (2.62)
Points per Game – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne (4.83)

Team Scoring Offense – Tusculum (14.83)
Team Scoring Defense – Wingate (6.77)
Team Scoring Margin – Tusculum (6.0)
Team Man-Up Offense – Lenoir-Rhyne (.476)
Team Man-Down Defense – Tusculum (.800)
Team Faceoff Win Percentage – Queens (.677)
Team Shot Percentage – Brevard (.367)
Team Ground Balls per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (37.58)

Appalachian State sophomore Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C.) tied for 28th to lead the Mountaineers at the 2017 Sun Belt Championships, which concluded on Monday at Raven Golf Club. Burris eagled the par-5 eleventh hole as part of his round of 74 (+3) to finish the week at 8-over par.

Troy (+3) grabbed the top seed in tomorrow’s match play, followed by Georgia Southern (+12), Arkansas State (+20), and Georgia State (+20) in the four-team playoff. App (+47) fired a 298 in the final round and couldn’t close the gap on the rest of the field, finishing 12th.

Senior Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md.) closed out his career with a 75 (+4) with a slow start, but a birdie on his fifth hole helped him play the final 14 holes at 1-over.

Freshman Noah Schneider (Jackson, Miss.) finished with a 76 (+5) after opening his round with eight consecutive pars. He finished tied for 40th in his first championship appearance.

Freshman Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C.) closed out his first championship with a 79 (+8).

Freshman Walter Brinker (Sanford, N.C.) carded back-to-back birdies on his fourth and fifth holes to close with App’s low final round, a 2-over 73.

Two members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team – freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) and junior defender Emily Kessler (Syracuse, N.Y.) – were named to the 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team.

Sack ranks second on the team in both goals scored (36) and total points (48) while Kessler has started every game for the Bears this year and has anchored a defense which has allowed just under 10 goals per contest.

Four members of the team – sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.), sophomore midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.), senior defender Melissa Bechtel (Eldersburg, Md.) and junior goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) – picked up all-league honorable mention laurels.

Sousa leads the team with 44 goals and 50 points while Elmore has 17 goals, seven assists and 24 total points. In addition, Bechtel has started all 17 contests while Flueck ranks fourth in the league in goals-against average (10.52) in addition to 155 saves this year.

Lenoir-Rhyne (10-7), the fifth seed in the 2017 SAC Championship Tournament, will take on fourth-seeded Catawba (13-4) in Salisbury, N.C., on Tuesday in the quarterfinals beginning at 7:00 p.m.

2017 All-South Atlantic Conference

Women’s Lacrosse Honors

First Team

A – Faith Kent, Coker

A – Brittany Andrews, Wingate

A – Hanna Scott, Queens

A – Shannon O’Neal, Wingate

MF – Kelly Dowd, Queens

MF – Marabeth Durden, Coker

MF – Alexandra Bruder, Queens

MF – Madison Malone, Tusculum

D – Cammy Case, Queens

D – Kaitlyn Kimball, Coker

D – Aarika Kaester, Queens

D – Hannah Scott, Catawba

GK – Arion Pierre, Wingate

Second Team

A – Kirstyn Kruse, Catawba

A – Haley McCusker, Coker

A – Nina Siu, Brevard

A – Gianna Pezzulo, Catawba

MF – Alyssa Sack, Lenoir-Rhyne

MF – Paulena Dempsey, Wingate

MF – Mackenzie Baker, Coker

MF – Nicole Hunt, Catawba (Tie)

MF – Nicolette Salay, Catawba (Tie)

MF – Rachel Dillon, Newberry (Tie)

D – Jasmin Singh, Queens

D – Lindsay Ordemann, Coker

D – Morgan Insel, Wingate

D – Emily Kessler, Lenoir-Rhyne

GK – Chase Brokaw, Queens

Honorable Mention

A – Abigail Paulus, Queens

A – Savannah Elliott, Tusculum

A – Gabby Sousa, Lenoir-Rhyne

A – Claudia Jenkins, Coker

MF – Casey Kelly, Lincoln Memorial

MF – Rachel Elmore, Lenoir-Rhyne

D – Becky Frost, Catawba

D – Juliette Cusano, Tusculum

D – Gracie Wolfman, Catawba

D – Melissa Bechtel, Lenoir-Rhyne

GK – Ines Flueck, Lenoir-Rhyne

Player Of The Year

Faith Kent, Coker

Freshman Of The Year

Gianna Pezzulo, Catawba

Coach Of The Year

Kate Keagins, Coker

Statistical Champions

Draw Controls per Game – Madison Malone, Tusculum (4.20)

Ground Balls per Game – Shannon Novak, Lincoln Memorial (3.86)

Assists per Game – Madison Malone, Tusculum (2.93)

Saves per Game – Ines Flueck, Lenoir-Rhyne (11.00)

Goals-Against Average – Shelby Arsenault, Brevard (12.13)

Save Percentage – Arion Pierre, Wingate (.506)

Goals per Game – Brittany Andrews, Wingate (4.07)

Caused Turnovers per Game – Kaitlyn Kimball, Coker (3.00)

Points per Game – Faith Kent, Coker (5.38)

Team Points per Game – Queens (21.38)

Team Caused Turnovers per Game – Queens (11.75)

Team Ground Balls per Game – Catawba (23.06)

Team Scoring Offense – Queens (14.75)

Team Scoring Defense – Queens (7.56)

Team Scoring Margin – Queens (7.19)

Team Draw Controls per Game – Coker (13.94)

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Eric Dickinson has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced earlier today.

Dickinson, a freshman midfielder from Charlotte, N.C., wins the award for the second time this year.

Dickinson came up big for Lenoir-Rhyne in the season finale – four goals and two assists – as the Bears pulled out a 14-13 victory over rival Catawba on Senior Day last Saturday at home. Dickinson scored twice in the pivotal fourth period.

Dickinson leads the league in goals scored (47) and total points (64) – both school single-season records – in addition to 17 assists, 34 ground balls and seven game-winning scores.

Wingate’s Will Sheridan was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (12-1, 8-0), ranked No. 5 in the nation and the outright league regular season champions, will be the No. 1 seed in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship. The Bears will play in the semifinals on Thursday against the winner of the Queens and Catawba game at 4:00 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C.

Appalachian State shot a team-297 is tied for ninth with UT Arlington following the opening round of the 2017 Sun Belt Men’s Golf Championships on Sunday at Raven Golf Club.

Teams endured a three and half hour rain delay mid-morning before going back out to complete the first round about 1:30 p.m. CT. Teams finished their first rounds, and the second round was underway when darkness ended play around 7:30 p.m.

Teams will finish the second round, of which App has played about nine holes, and play a third round on Monday. The top four teams in stroke play advance to match play.

App State (+13) is a stroke back of Louisiana (+12) for eighth and five back of Texas State and Arkansas State (+6). Georgia State (-6) holds a six-shot lead over Troy (E) after one round. Georgia Southern (+1) is third.

Sophomore Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C.) carded a 2-under 69 with five birdies and three bogeys in his round. He finished the opening round in sixth, playing his final 11 holes at 6-under.

Freshman Noah Schneider (Jackson, Miss.) fired a 4-over 75 and is tied for 36th. He had three birdies in his opening round.

Freshman Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C.) is tied for 41st after 18 holes following a round of 76 (+5).

Senior Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md.) had a pair of birdies in his round of 77 (+6), and freshman Walter Brinker (Sanford, N.C.) put together a round of 83 (+12).

App’s final hole of the opening round was its only flaw in an otherwise solid first round. The Mountaineers played No. 9 at 10-over toward their team score to slip in the standings.

Play resumes on Monday morning 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, 23 April 2017 22:25

App State Softball Lose 7-6 Against Troy

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Despite a late rally that cut Troy’s lead to one run, Appalachian State University softball slipped to the Trojans 7-6 in the final inning on Sunday at the Troy Softball Complex in Troy, Ala.

App State (12-30, 0-18 SBC) had held the 2-0 lead before the Trojans (20-29, 8-14 SBC) scored four runs in the third to help edge the Mountaineers in game three. Appalachian turned in the best conference performance against the Trojans scorings six runs on nine hits and Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) was piping hot at the plate going 3-for-4 and registered her 17th RBI of the year.

Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) (1-4) started things off in the circle for the Mountaineers and pitched 3.0 innings, and Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) came in relief and rang up two batters.

Game Three: Troy 7, App State 6

Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) wasted no time in the first, parking a solo jack over the center field fence on the second pitch to snag the early lead in the first.

After an hour rain delay and an epic dance batting, the Apps closed out the second inning with a ground out, and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) opened the third hitting a double that tap danced down the left field line and later dashed home on a Trojan fielding error for the 2-0 advantage.

In the third, the Trojans mustered up a string of RBI to take the 4-2 lead then tacked on two more in the fourth, but Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory), Parker and Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla. (University) knocked in back-to-back-back RBI single to shrink Troy’s lead to 6-5.

Then in the sixth, the Trojans extended their advantage to 7-5 with a sacrifice fly, but App State began to rally back into the game at the top of the seventh when Maddy Bloom (Princeton Junction, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro North) pinched in and pounded out a RBI single, but the Trojans stopped Appalachian’s last batter to slide past the Black and Gold 7-6.

Up Next

App State softball heads back to Boone for a four-game homestand that starts on Wednesday, April 26 at 5 p.m. against UNC Charlotte and continues April 29-30 against conference foe UTA.

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