Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Thomas St. Clair has been named the NCBWA NCAA Division II Southeast Region Pitcher Of The Week. NCBWA is the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
St. Clair, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., had one of the best outings of his career last Friday in a 9-0 victory over Anderson on the road in the South Atlantic Conference opener.
St. Clair threw a three-hitter and struck out a program-best 17 batters in the conference opener against the Trojans.
St. Clair, who set the school single-season record for strikeouts in 2015 with 91, has been named the AstroTurf SAC Pitcher Of The Week twice this year including on Tuesday for his performance against Anderson.
St. Clair is 5-0 on the year with a 1.38 earned run average and a nation-leading 46 strikeouts.
Catawba’s Luke Setzer was named the NCBWA Division II Southeast Region Player Of The Week for the second straight week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (13-3) returns to the field on Friday against Catawba to begin a conference weekend series at Bears Field beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Howser Award Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors preseason All-America awards, publication and writing contests.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team moved up two places to No. 10 in the 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Top 25 Poll.
Lenoir-Rhyne (16-2) has won 10 straight games and returns to the field on Friday against Bluefield State (4:00 p.m.) and Virginia Union (7:00 p.m.) at the Shaw Challenge in Cary, N.C.
The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records reflect games played through Sunday, Feb. 26.
2017 NFCA NCAA Division II
Softball Top 25 Poll
Week 3 – March 1
1. Humboldt State (16) 9-0
2. Southern Arkansas 14-2
3. St. Mary's 16-2
4. North Georgia 18-5
5. Valdosta State 16-3
6. West Texas A&M 17-2
7. Grand Valley State 3-1
8. Saint Leo 15-4
9. Chico State 8-1
10. Lenoir-Rhyne 16-2
11. Central Oklahoma 9-3
12. Dixie State 14-3
13. Southern Indiana 7-1
14. Colorado Mesa 7-2
15. West Virginia Wesleyan 0-0
16. Alabama-Huntsville 13-5
17. Angelo State 17-1
18. Pfeiffer 15-1
19. Harding 11-3
20. Caldwell 0-0
21. Indianapolis 9-4
22. Lubbock Christian 16-2
23. North Alabama 14-6
24. Missouri Western 15-3
25. Cal State Monterey Bay 11-2
The Hickory Crawdads promotional calendar includes three Meet-N-Greets this season, with Luke Pell, Dale Murphy and Dan Severn all scheduled to appear at L.P. Frans Stadium.
Fans who purchase Meet-N-Greet tickets will be treated to a special pre-game, private event that includes the opportunity to meet, take a photo with, and receive autographs from the celebrity. The Meet-N-Greet ticket also includes a meal voucher, a reserved ticket for that night's Crawdads game, and an automatic entry into a drawing to win a special prize package, including the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch that night.
Luke Pell will highlight Ladies Night on Saturday, April 29th with the Meet-N-Greet beginning at 4pm. Pell, a country singer-songwriter, is best known for capturing hearts across America on Season 12 of ABC's hit television show The Bachelorette. For $22, fans will receive a rose from The Bachelorette contestant himself, a printed 5x7 photo of Pell, and an opportunity to take part in a Q&A. All fans who purchase a Meet-N-Greet will be automatically entered to win a Rock Barn package which includes: 3 days and 2 nights in a Stay and Play Townhome, 15% off spa services, and 18 holes on the Tom Jackson Course.
Saturday, June 10th at 4pm will mark the return of Dale Murphy to L.P. Frans Stadium. For $25, fans will have exclusive, private time with the former Major Leaguer and will be automatically entered to win four tickets to the Texas Rangers vs. Atlanta Braves game on September 5th at SunTrust Park. Dale Murphy is a 2-time NL MVP and 7-time All-Star. Over his 18-year career, the former Atlanta Brave collected five Gold Glove Awards and four Silver Slugger Awards.
UFC Night on Saturday, July 8th will feature Dan Severn with the Meet-N-Greet beginning at 5pm. For $22 fans will receive a 5x7 printed photo of Severn and an automatic entry into a drawing to win a signed copy of his book "The Realest Guy in the Room: The Life and Times of Dan Severn" as well as a signed, framed poster. In addition to being a UFC Hall-of-Famer, Severn is a UFC Superfight Champion as well as the only UFC Triple Crown Champion. He also has two National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Championship Belts and is the first and only man to hold an MMA and professional wrestling championship simultaneously.
Meet-N-Greet tickets are now available for purchase online (Luke Pell, Dale Murphy, Dan Severn), in-person at L.P. Frans Stadium, or over the phone.
For more information regarding the Meet-N-Greets, call the 'Dads front office at (828) 322-3000.
Appalachian State University wrestling had two wrestlers named to the all-Southern Conference list and two named to the SoCon’s all-freshman list, the league announced on Wednesday.
Senior 125-pounder Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) and senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) headlined the group of 10, being one of seven to receive the maximum number of points in the voting process.
Pasone has been a stalwart 125-pound wrestler for the Mountaineers, going 14-7 on the season, 10-3 in duals, and undefeated in conference action. This year, the senior has seven bonus point victories, including a string of three straight over a group that included nationally ranked opponents. His 88 career victories place him eighth all-time at Appalachian.
Dejournette helped the Mountaineers achieve one of its best seasons in program history, going 23-5 to go along with Appalachian’s 13-3 record overall. Both Dejournette and App State went undefeated in SoCon play at 6-0 and 7-0, respectively. He had 10 bonus point victories and two seven-match win streaks on the season. The senior was also named SoCon Wrestler of the Year this year. His 106 career victories rank him fifth all-time.
Highlighting the SoCon’s all-freshman team was 133-pound Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) and 157-pound Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt).
Smith finished the regular season with an impressive 24 wins and only eight losses, going 13-3 in duals. He placed first in the freshman/sophomore division at the Southeastern (Hokie) Open to start the season, getting six wins (four bonus) before also placing at the Keystone Classic (fifth). Featured a seven-match win streak at one point and finished the regular season with 14 bonus point victories.
Londoff finished the regular season 10-16 and 6-9 in dual action. He got two pins on the season and won a three matches as part of the Southeastern (Hokie) Open to begin the year. Londoff got a crucial 3-1 decision victory in the Chattanooga match to help give the Mountaineers the win on criteria.
The Mountaineers will head to the Southern Conference Tournament this weekend. The action is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on March 4 in Charleston, S.C.
Appalachian State University senior heavyweight wrestler Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) earned the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year honors after his performance in crucial and dramatic victories this season for the Mountaineers.
Dejournette becomes just the fourth wrestler ever to be named SoCon Wrestler of the Year in consecutive years and the first since Appalachian’s Travis Drake in 2001 and 2002.
The senior helped the Mountaineers achieve one of its best seasons in program history, going 23-5 to go along with Appalachian’s 13-3 record overall. Both Dejournette and App State went undefeated in SoCon play at 6-0 and 7-0, respectively. He had 10 bonus point victories and two seven-match win streaks on the season.
Dejournette also earned a SoCon Wrestler of the Week nod from the conference, the sixth time in his career that the senior has won the weekly wrestling award. He is tied for third on the conference’s all-time list in most times awarded the honor.
Heading into the conference tournament, the Winston-Salem native ranks fifth on Appalachian’s all-time win list with 106 victories.
Dejournette also joined senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) in being one of the 10 all-Southern Conference selections for the 2016-17 season. The two fifth-year seniors were two of the seven wrestlers who received the maximum number of points in the voting process.
Times and locations have been announced for the three teams remaining in the Western Regional Final Basketball playoffs on Saturday.
East Burke vs. North Surry, 2pm, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem.
Freedom vs. Hickory Ridge, 2pm, Fleming Gymnasium, UNC-Greensboro
Freedom vs. Cox Mill, 12 noon, Fleming Gymnasium, UNC-Greensboro
A nationally televised November home date with rival Georgia Southern and a visit from ACC foe Wake Forest highlight the 2017 Appalachian State football schedule. The Sun Belt Conference released game dates and opponents for the upcoming season on Wednesday.
App State will host Georgia Southern on Nov. 9, a Thursday night, at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
The Mountaineers will also host Wake Forest on Sept. 23 at Kidd Brewer Stadium, the second consecutive season a Power 5 opponent has traveled to The Rock. A record crowd of almost 35,000 was on hand for Miami’s visit to Boone last season.
Louisiana visits Boone on Dec. 2 in the regular season finale, another matchup of Sun Belt bowl teams from a season ago. ESPN will have the option of selecting one or two Sun Belt Conference matchups to televise on ESPN or ESPN2 on the final day of the regular season.
Homecoming 2017 is set for Saturday, Oct. 7 as the Mountaineers welcome New Mexico State to Boone for the first time. App clinched last season’s Sun Belt title with a 37-7 win over the Aggies in Las Cruces, N.M.
Parents’ Day at Kidd Brewer Stadium is on Oct. 21 as Coastal Carolina, the Sun Belt’s newest member, comes to The Rock.
App will make two first time road trips in 2017.
The first comes as the Mountaineers open Sun Belt play on Sept. 16 with a first-ever trip to San Marcos, Tex. to face Texas State. A final road trip to Moscow, Idaho falls the following week as App travels to Idaho on Oct. 14.
App State heads north to face UMass on Oct. 28 in Amherst, Mass. The Mountaineers and UMass last met in the 2006 I-AA National Championship Game in Chattanooga, Tenn. App won 28-17 to clinch its second consecutive title.
The final regular season road trip is to Atlanta to face Georgia State at Turner Field on Nov. 25. App has held GSU to a total of six points in three meetings, including a 17-3 win last season in Boone.
App opens the season at Georgia in Athens, Ga. on Sept. 2, followed by its home opener with Savannah State on Sept. 9 at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Kickoff times for the season’s opening three weeks are TBA until June. All game times will be announced in a 12-day window following Week 3.
Yosef Club renewals for 2017 and season tickets are available to purchase online at appstatesports.com/tickets, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State Athletic Ticket Office, located at the Holmes Center. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individual home and away football game tickets, if available, will go on sale at a later date. The Yosef Club can be reached at 828-262-3108.
2017 APPALACHIAN STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date Opponent (TV) Location
Sept. 2 at Georgia Athens, Ga.
Sept. 9 Savannah State Boone, N.C.
Sept. 16 at Texas State* San Marcos, Tex.
Sept. 23 Wake Forest Boone, N.C.
Oct. 7 New Mexico State* (Homecoming) Boone, N.C.
Oct. 14 at Idaho* Moscow, Idaho
Oct. 21 Coastal Carolina* Boone, N.C.
Oct. 28 at UMass Amherst, Mass.
Nov. 4 at ULM* Monroe, La.
Nov. 9 (Thurs.) Georgia Southern (ESPNU)* Boone, N.C.
Nov. 25 at Georgia State* Atlanta, Ga.
Dec. 2 Louisiana* Boone, N.C.
All Times are TBA
*Sun Belt Conference Game
Bunker Hill: 7
Fred T. Foard: 1
East Burke: 2
West Caldwell: 1
Mt. Tabor: 7
Alexander Central: 1
Alexander Central: 19
St. Stephens: 3
East Burke: 5
North Lincoln: 15
Alexander Central: 5
East Burke: 1
East Burke: 78
Smoky Mountain: 64
Cavailers advance to the Western Regional Finals on Saturday taking on North Surry.
Central Cabarrus: 35
Patriots advance to the Western Regional Finals on Saturday taking on Hickory Ridge.
Cox Mill: 55
Red Tornadoes season ends at 24-7.
Jay M. Robinson: 85
Patriots advance to the Western Regional Finals on Saturday taking on Cox Mill.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s P.J. Lotharp has qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 60-meter dash as the announcement of the student-athletes who advanced to finals were made today.
Lotharp, a freshman from Indian Trail, N.C., won the event at the George Mason Last Chance Meet this past Sunday in Fairfax, Va., with a school-record time of 6.80 seconds. Lotharp’s time is currently tied for 13th in NCAA Division II.
Lotharp is the second Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete to earn a trip to the finals: Kevin Baxter is a two-time NCAA Division II All-American (2013 and 2015) in the men’s 60-meter hurdles.
Lotharp is also a member of the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team, where he rushed for 95 yards and led the squad in kickoff return yards (345) in 2016.
Lotharp will compete in the preliminaries of the men’s 60-meter dash on Thursday, March 9, at 4:00 p.m., Central Time at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. The University of Alabama at Huntsville is serving as the host institution.
Senior Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Advance) and junior Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) both hit home runs on the night, however it wouldn’t be enough for Appalachian State University baseball to topple fifth-ranked South Carolina on Tuesday at Founders Park, 8-4.
The Mountaineers (4-4) kept the score close for most of the game, but the Gamecocks (6-3) just had more players on base to bring around, having six players get hits – three getting two or more.
The day started off with South Carolina getting a two-out three-run home run in the bottom of the second to go up 3-0. The Mountaineers responded, however, in the next top-half when Vernon hit a bomb to left field, bringing around Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) and Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge), who reached on single to left field and walk, respectively.
Seagle also had a good day at bat as he responded to two runs from the Gamecocks in the fifth with a high solo jack to left center – the second of his career. He finished 2-4 on the day.
The game got away from the Mountaineers in the seventh and eighth innings when USC put up three runs to extend the lead from 5-4 to 8-4 quickly.
On the mound for Appalachian to start the game was sophomore lefty Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock). Hampton went 4.1 innings and allowed six hits and five runs, four of which were earned, in 21 batters faced. Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) came in for relief in the fifth, not allowing a hit over the next four batters.
Getting the lone strikeout of the game for App State was Seth Hardin (Climax, N.C./Providence Grove), who also made a relief appearance in the sixth inning.
The Mountaineers will next travel to Greenville, N.C. where they will take part in the LeClair Classic tournament. App State will play St. John’s, Western Carolina and host-team East Carolina on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Thomas St. Clair has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Pitcher Of The Week, league officials announced today. St. Clair, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., wins the honor for the second time in three weeks.
Last Friday, St. Clair threw a three-hit shutout in a 9-0 victory over Anderson. In addition, St. Clair set the school single-game mark by striking out 17 batters – two off the league record – in the conference opener.
For the year, St. Clair has a 5-0 record with a 1.38 earned run average and a league-leading 46 strikeouts. In 2015, St. Clair set the school single-season record for strikeouts with 91.
Lenoir-Rhyne (13-3) was supposed to host Tusculum today but the game was called off due to the chance of inclement weather. The two teams will make the contest up on Wednesday, March 8, at 5:00 p.m., at Bears Field in a non-conference regional affair. Lenoir-Rhyne faces Limestone in Gaffney, S.C., on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.