Lenoir-Rhyne's Crompton Wins SAC Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week For Fourth Time This SeasonWritten by Jason Savage
Lenoir-Rhyne University senior Ryan Crompton has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, league officials announced earlier today.
Crompton, a senior goalkeeper from Frederick, Md., wins the honor for the fourth time this year and the 10th time in his collegiate career.
Crompton made 12 saves last Saturday in the Bears’ 12-9 win over ninth-ranked Tampa in Savannah, Ga., in a national showdown at Daffin Park. The contest was a rematch of last year’s national quarterfinal contest between the two squads.
Crompton is the Bears’ all-time leader in saves with 433 and ranks first in the conference this year in save percentage (58.8). Crompton, a preseason all-league honoree, also has a 9.58 goals-against average with 133 stops this spring.
Wingate’s Seth Grimwood has been named the AstroTurf SAC Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (11-1, 4-0), ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II, returns to the field on Saturday, April 7, at 1:00 p.m., when the Bears host Lincoln Memorial at Moretz Stadium. LR has won 20 straight South Atlantic Conference regular season games. Lenoir-Rhyne also has a seven-game winning streak.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (32-5, 9-1), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, continued to roll with a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader sweep of Lincoln Memorial (19-15, 2-6), 10-3 and 11-4, Monday afternoon at Bears Field.
In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman first baseman Kylee Leonhardt (Lincolnton, N.C.) hit two solo home runs and junior outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) hit a two-run round-tripper and drove in three runs as the pounded out 12 hits in the victory.
LR junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) (15-3) earned her 11th consecutive win after going the distance while Lincoln Memorial’s Kelsie Hocutt (Wendell, N.C.) suffered the loss.
Lincoln Memorial’s Emma Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.) hit a three-run home run to supply the lone offense for the Lady Railsplitters.
In game two, Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) hit a pair of home runs – including a three-run round-tripper in a four-run first inning for the Bears – in the doubleheader sweep. Cates also drove in four runs and now has a team-leading nine home runs on the season.
Freshman third baseman Talon LaClair (Statesville, N.C.) added three hits and two runs batted in for the Bears, who totaled 13 hits in the contest. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) improved to 16-2 on the year after taking the win.
For Lincoln Memorial, Jacie Pittman (Travelers Rest, S.C.) tallied a pair of hits and two runs batted in while Brianna Taylor (Ooltewah, Tenn.) fell to 8-9 after taking the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne improved to 18-0 at home and has now won 30 of its last 32 games.
The Bears are now three games up in the league standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at 2pm.
Appalachian State junior golfer Joliana Elias finished 2-over-par to pace the Mountaineers at the two-round Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, which ended Monday.
Elias carded a 74 in Sunday’s first round and an even-par 72 on Monday to finish at 2-over 146, good for sixth place out of the 90-person field. She led App State to an eighth-place team finish with a two-day score of 611 (313-298). After a difficult first round, the Mountaineers’ 298 team score on Monday was tied for lowest of the day with Troy and USC Upstate.
“It was nice to finish our last regular-season round on a positive note,” App State head coach Heather Brown said. “We tied for the low round of the day, so we will try to build on that confidence heading into the conference championship.”
Troy captured the team title with a 19-over 595 (297-298), while Elon’s Aurelia Hamm was the low medalist after firing rounds of 73 and 67 to finish 4-under.
Joining Elias in the top 20 was App State sophomore Melany Chong, who fired a 6-over 150 (77-73) and tied for 15th place. Senior Annika Winebarger tied for 44th (81-75-156), and junior Patricia Thompson tied for 56th (81-78-159).
App State has two weeks to prepare for the April 15-17 Sun Belt Championship, which will be held in Sandestin, Fla. Brown’s team tied for third place at last year’s event.
Low Country Intercollegiate Final Team Standings
1. Troy – 297-298-595 (+19)
2. USC Upstate – 300-298-598 (+22)
3. Elon – 297-302-599 (+23)
T4. James Madison – 303-302-605 (+29)
T4. Wofford – 295-310-605 (+29)
6. Winthrop – 307-300-607 (+31)
7. UNC Asheville – 311-299-610 (+34)
8. App State – 313-298-611 (+35)
9. USC Beaufort – 312-304-616 (+40)
10. UNC Pembroke – 310-310-620 (+44)
11. Presbyterian – 305-316-621 (+45)
12. Longwood – 311-312-623 (+47)
13. Radford – 315-310-625 (+49)
14. Gardner-Webb – 321-308-629 (+53)
15. Bethune-Cookman – 319-322-641 (+65)
16. Sandhills CC – 332-331-663 (+87)
Appalachian State University (10-9) fell to Winthrop (8-6) on Sunday afternoon in a heartbreaking 4-3 decision at Varsity Courts.
App State showcased a valiant effort as it was trailing 3-1 in the midst of singles play before winning two straight contests to tie it up, 3-3. However, Winthrop claimed the last affair to pick up the win.
The Mountaineers earned the doubles point with two victories by their top two tandems.
Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College)/Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) downed Connor Williamson/Aditya Gokahle via 6-4 win to improve to 12-5 on the season. Clinching for the Black and Gold was Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood), who topped their counterparts, 6-4 to also earn their 12th win of the campaign.
However, the Eagles would win the first three of the finished matches to take a 3-1 lead. Blake Carter fell to Gokhale in straight sets before Bargeron was defeated by Tremayne Mitchell, 6-3, 6-1.
Winthrop went up by two points when Pavkovich was downed by Williamson, 6-2, 6-2.
Bringing the Black and Gold back were the Webster brothers, with Ben registering a 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) win over L. Pappayiannis for his 10th win of the season.
Scott netted his 13th win of the campaign over Diego Quiroz in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. The senior for Australia is one win away from matching last season's win total.
Coming down to the final match on Court 6, Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) fought valiantly in the contest despite the setback. Brea took his opponent to a tiebreaking first set, 7-6 (7-5) and was dealt a 6-3 defeat in the second frame.
App State looks to rebound next Friday, April 6 against Campbell at home. First serve is set for 2 p.m. at Varsity Courts if the weather holds up. The Mountaineers will honor Scott and Alexander Free for Senior Day.
This past weekend, the Lenoir-Rhyne University Outdoor Track and Field Teams set more program records at both the Montreat Invitational and the Wofford University Terrier Relays.
In the men’s 10,000-meter run at the Cavaliers’ home meet, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.) finished second with a new school-record 32:49.93.
At the relays, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore P.J. Lotharp (Indian Trail, N.C.) won the men’s 200-meter dash with a 21.15 – a new program mark – which also provisionally qualified him for the national championships. Lotharp also finished third in the men’s 100-meter dash (10.72).
The men’s 3,200-meter relay squad – consisting of sophomores Josh Adkins (King, N.C.), Daniel Kachenchai (Morehead City, N.C.), senior Aubrey Hite (Pelion, S.C.) and freshman Petar Ivackovic (Pancevo, SERBIA) – broke the school record with a time of 8:04.20, good for fourth place overall for the Bears. Adkins was also one second off the LR record in the men’s 1,500-meter run, clocking a 4:04.49 and taking eighth overall.
On the women’s side, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) broke her own mark in the 800-meter dash (2:13.77) while finishing first overall. The time was also a new Terrier Relays record.
Freshman Mya Jones (Newton, N.C.) broke her school record in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, clocking a 1:06.83 and taking seventh overall.
The women’s 3,200-meter relay established a new program mark for the Bears with a time of 10:28.92. The Bears’ quartet consisted of freshmen Kylie Dahlberg (Flagler Beach, Fla.), Faith Faller (Salisbury, N.C.) and Adie Bjerkness (Bryson City, N.C.) and senior Erin Illich (Waco, Texas).
The Bears also had a pair of third-place finishes: freshman Saidah Hardwick (Rolesville, N.C.) in the women’s 400-meter dash (56.31) and senior All-American Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) in the women’s discus (140’0”).
Lenoir-Rhyne will return to competition in two more meets next weekend on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7: VertKlasse Meeting in High Point, N.C., and the Johnson C. Smith Invitational in Charlotte, N.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (22-14, 10-8) split a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Lincoln Memorial (23-11, 9-9) Saturday afternoon at Hennon Field. LMU took the first game by a 6-4 score while Lenoir-Rhyne won the nightcap, 10-5, in seven innings.
In game one, the Railsplitters hit four home runs – led by Chris Salvey (Folcroft, Pa.) with a pair of round-trippers – in the victory. Salvey drove in four runs as Lincoln Memorial used a four-run first inning to take control.
Trailing by a 6-1 score entering the seventh frame, Lenoir-Rhyne plated three runs but couldn’t get any closer. Junior outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) led the way with three hits, a double, a triple and an RBI in the loss.
Lincoln Memorial’s Joe Bobiak (Westville, N.J.) improved to 6-1 on the year after earning the victory while Marco Rios (Buena, N.J.) picked up his second save of the season.
In game two, Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Aaron Stamper (Clemmons, N.C.) hit the game-tying, two-run home run and finished with three runs batted in while junior first baseman Matthew Freeman (Belews Creek, N.C.) hit a bases-clearing double as the Bears overcame a 4-1 run deficit in the first inning.
The Bears were able to win despite a grand slam in the first frame from the Railsplitters’ Tyler Adams (Woodstock, Ga.).
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) improved to 6-1 on the year after earning the win while senior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) pitched two scoreless innings in relief. Rios (4-1) took the loss for Lincoln Memorial.
The Bears have already equaled last year’s win total.
Dean, who scored three runs in the second contest, raised his team-leading batting average to .381.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to the diamond tomorrow to take on Lander in Greenwood, S.C., beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University men's tennis (10-8, 0-1 SBC) suffered a 4-2 setback to a tough Georgia Southern (12-10, 3-1 SBC) squad at the Wallis Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.
App State got off to a strong start capturing the doubles point but couldn't sustain the momentum in singles play, as GASO came away with four of the six contests.
For the second straight match, the effort was there with the Apps taking the final two contests that decided the game to three sets.
Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) came back from a one-set deficit to Pascal Wagemaker to force a final frame but fell in a 7-6 tiebreaker. Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) also had a three-set affair with App trailing 3-2, but fell in the last two sets after coming away with the first stanza, 6-4.
Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Alexander Free (Johns Creek, Ga./James Madison) fell to Murphy McCullough and Santiago Suarez, 6-3, which gave GASO a leg up in doubles play. However, App claimed the final two doubles affairs thanks to Pavkovich and Ben arning a hard-fought 7-5 win over Artemie Amari and Stefano Di Aloy for the duo's team-leading fourth straight win.
Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron(Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) came through with a timely 7-5 triumph as the top duo to secure a 1-0 lead. The pairing dealt Eddie Landin/Diego Finkelstein the two-point defeat.
Scott/Bargeron and Ben/Pavkovich each have 11 wins in doubles action and a 22-9 combined mark.
GASO came away with the first two matches in singles competition when Brea fell to McCullough in straight sets and Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) suffering a 6-4, 6-1 setback to Suarez.
Scott continued his solid day with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Aloy as the No. 1 in the lineup to tie up the match, 2-2, and improve his singles record to 12-4.
App State will look to bounce back tomorrow against Winthrop at 1 p.m. either at Deer Valley Racquet Club or Varsity Courts behind Kidd Brewer Stadium.
South Alabama took both games of a Saturday baseball doubleheader against visiting Appalachian State, winning 2-0 and 5-0 at Stanky Field.
App State's Andrew Vaccacio started the doubleheader opener on the mound, recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts and allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings.
Freshman pitcher Cameron Kepley made his first career start in the second game, and reliever Kaleb Bowman pitched three scoreless innings against the Jaguars, who led 4-0 after one inning. Bowman has given up no runs, allowed seven hits and struck out 16 batters in his last 12 innings of work.
The Mountaineers (6-19, 0-9 Sun Belt) return to action Tuesday at Radford and play host to league opponent Troy next weekend in Boone. Preseason favorite South Alabama improved to 19-11 overall and 6-2 in the Sun Belt.
In game one, Vaccacio (1-6) has struck out 19 batters in his last 13 innings, as he eclipsed his previous season high of nine strikeouts against Georgia Southern in his previous start. Relief pitcher Luke Watts struck out one batter in a scoreless eighth inning.
Drew Beck (double) and Bailey Welch both went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead App State's offense. Alex Leshock and Kendall McGowan had one hit apiece.
South Alabama scored on a third-inning sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning. Vaccacio retired the first two batters of the fourth before allowing back-to-back singles to Hunter Stokes and Deyvid Silva. Welch fielded Silva's hit in shallow center and fired to shortstop Joel McDaniel at second base, but Stokes was ruled safe on a close play as he slid back into the bag. Felix Aberouette delivered his RBI single in the next at-bat.
Two times in the first four innings, App State put a runner on third with nobody out.
Beck led off the second inning with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch, but pitcher Tyler Carr retired the next two batters with a strikeout and comebacker to the mound. When a pitch got away from Aberouette, the catcher, his throw to Carr covering home led to Beck being tagged out on his attempt to score.
Singles by Leshock and Welch, followed by a hit by pitch as McGowan squared to bunt, loaded the bases with no one out in the fourth and App State trailing 1-0. Carr escaped the jam with a strikeout, infield pop-out and another strikeout.
The Mountaineers put together one more threat, as McGowan and Beck had two-out singles in the sixth inning. They moved to third and second on a passed ball, but a flyout to center ended the frame.
In game two, App State's Conner Leonard delivered a one-out, second-inning double for an offense that also got hits from Welch, Beck and Riley Smith.
Kepley (0-1), Tristan Helms, Andrew Papp, Bobby Hampton, Bowman and Will Sprinkle pitched for the Mountaineers.
After two outs were recorded to start the bottom of the first inning, six straight Jaguars reached base, as Wells Davis hit a three-run homer and Will Luft followed a double with an RBI single.
Helms stranded the bases loaded with a strikeout to end the second inning, and South Alabama posted another two-out run with an RBI single in the third inning.
Papp, Hampton, Bowman and Sprinkle combined to allow no runs and three hits over the final five innings. With a scoreless eighth inning, Sprinkle lowered his ERA to 1.80.
The No. 3 Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (11-1) rallied to defeat ninth-ranked Tampa (9-3), 12-9, in a battle of nationally-ranked top ten teams Saturday afternoon at Daffin Park. The Bears rallied from a four-goal deficit midway through the second period for their seventh straight win.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) led the way with a game-high four goals – including the contest-winner with 11 seconds left in the third period – as the Bears took control by reeling off nine straight goals after falling behind by a 7-3 margin midway through the second period.
Three players – junior midfielder Anthony Fraga (Haymarket, Va.), junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and sophomore midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) – all scored twice for the Bears in the win.
Tampa’s leading scorer, Andrew Kew (Oakville, Ontario, CANADA), was limited to two goals and the Bears’ defense held the Spartans scoreless for over 30 minutes at one stretch during the contest.
In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne senior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the victory after stopping 12 shots while B.J. Borowski (Walkersville, Md.) suffered the loss for the Spartans despite 10 saves.
Lenoir-Rhyne avenged an 11-8 setback to Tampa in the 2017 NCAA Division II Quarterfinals at Moretz Stadium.
LR is 34-4 over its last 38 games dating back to the start of the 2016 season.
The Bears are 4-0 this year against teams ranked in the top ten in the nation at the time of the contest.
Buduo continues to lead the South Atlantic Conference in goals scored with 44 in addition to a team-leading 60 points on the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Lincoln Memorial in a league showdown next Saturday 1:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.
Behind the performances of pitcher Julian Smith and shortstop Garrison Burress, the Catawba Valley Community College baseball team completed a three-game series sweep of Guilford Tech with a 5-1 win on Saturday at Ronnie Smith Stadium on the campus of Ragsdale High School.
The win for the Red Hawks, which is their sixth in a row, improves their record to 24-9 overall on the season and 8-3 in Region X play.
The first of two home runs in the game for Burress — a solo shot to left field in the first inning — gave Catawba Valley an early 1-0 lead.
CVCC extended its lead to 2-0 in the third inning when Cory Watt singled to center field and later scored on a wild pitch.
The Red Hawks added two more runs to their lead in the fifth inning on an RBI ground out by Jimmy Marcelli and Burress’ second home run of the game and fifth of the season to center field.
Watt expanded Catawba Valley’s lead to 5-0 in the seventh inning, recording an RBI double that scored teammate Rod Munoz.
With his team firmly in the lead, Smith kept Guilford Tech batters off balance by recording 15 first-pitch strikes during his seven innings of work.
Smith, who earned his team-leading fifth win of the season on the mound, allowed just one hit, two walks and struck out a season-high 14 batters.
CVCC closer Kevin Finzer relieved Smith in the eighth inning, striking out four of the eight batters he faced.
The Titans (2-23, 0-12 in Region X) managed to break up the shut out bid in the ninth inning, scoring a run on an error in right field after a single from Jesse Lowery.
However, Finzer was able snuff out the Titan rally, recoding the final out — a fly out to left field by Pete Vurnakes — to end the game.
The CVCC baseball team returns to action on Monday for an exhibition against the Class-A Hickory Crawdads at the newly renovated L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, N.C. First pitch is set for 6 p.m., and admission is free.
Appalachian State softball heads back to Boone after a Sun Belt series sweep by UT Arlington. The Mountaineers fell to the Mavericks 7-3 in the final game of the series.
Defensive errors played a role in the Mountaineers' 7-3 loss. Only two Maverick runs were earned. The Mountaineers had six hits, three each against UTA pitchers Valencia and Phillips. Laura Sales led the Mountaineers, going 2-3 with two singles.
The Mountaineers put up their first run of the game in the top of the third. Haley Stewart singled to left field to start off the inning. Two outs followed, but Laura Sales singled to third base to keep the Mountaineers swinging. Alisha Josey was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jenny Dodd's walk earned the RBI and a run for the Mountaineers.
UTA answered with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. A two-out walk followed by three base hits up the middle put two on the board for the Mavericks.
No runs scored in the fourth, but the Mountaineers added two in the top of the fifth inning to regain the lead 3-2. Megan Walker slapped one through the left side to lead off and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Keri White singled to shallow centerfield while Walker advanced to third. White stole second to position two Mountaineers in scoring position. Heather Josey brought in the first run of the inning for the Apps with a sacrifice fly to centerfield on the warning track. When Alisha Josey grounded out to the pitcher, White scored the go-ahead run in a diving play at home plate.
The Mountaineers got out of two bases-loaded situations throughout the series finale, but the third time presented trouble in the bottom of the fifth inning. A walk and an error on the fielder's choice play from Walters put two runners on for the Mavericks. The next batter reached on a throwing error by third baseman, White, to score an unearned run. Three base hits and White's second error of the game allowed the other four runs for UTA in the fifth.
The Apps were unable to score in their final two innings on offense, allowing UTA to take the win.
App State returns to action on Tuesday, April 3 for a midweek non-conference doubleheader against Western Carolina at 4 & 6 p.m. ET.
Appalachian State women's track and field faced their toughest competition of the season on Friday and Saturday at the Raleigh Relays at N.C. State.
In the 100-meter hurdles, junior Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) recorded a fourth-place finish in 14.42 seconds.
In the pole vault, junior Sofia San Miguel (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and junior Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) finished tied for fifth-place with a mark of 11-5.75.
Junior K'Lynn Beal (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) placed sixth in the long jump with a mark of 38-5.50. She would also finish 20th in the long jump, covering 17-2.75.
The 4x100-meter relay team of freshman Jessica Dixon (Louisburg, N.C./Broughton), freshman Samara Gibson (Clayton, N.C./Corinth-Holders), Beal and Chapman crossed the finish line sixth in a season-best time of 46.81 seconds.
Senior Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) finished ninth in the invitational high jump, clearing 5-5.00.
For the men, Sophomore Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) captured the 400-meter hurdles to lead the Appalachian State men's track & field team at the Raleigh Relays, hosted by N.C. State.
Graves crossed the finish line nearly a half second ahead of the field, finishing in 52.74 seconds. Junior Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) also registered a top-five finish in the event, posting a season-best time of 53.39 seconds, which placed him fourth.
Senior Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) entered the meet ranked seventh in the nation in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:49.85. He would finish third in the event and better his season time, crossing the tape in 1:49.64.
Junior's Tristian Shaver (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) and Michael Utecht (New Hill, N.C./Apex) each cleared 16-1.25 in the pole vault, which was tied for second.
In the triple jump, senior Isaiah Relliford (Winston-Salem, N.C./White Oak) notched a third-place finish, covering 46-10.00. He also finished in a tie for 16th place in the long jump, covering 21-1.50.
App State also had two relays register top-four finishes.
The 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick), Smith, Hastings and Graves were third in a season-best time of 3:15.10.
The 4x1500-meter relay tandem of senior Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), senior Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Almance), sophomore Michael Flanagan (Landenberg, Pa./Tatnall School) and freshman Gable Dershem (Clayton, N.C./Cleveland) finished fourth in 16:05.12.
App State will return to action on April 13 and 14 at the Charlotte Invitational.
Appalachian State softball dropped a pair to the UT Arlington Mavericks on Friday, March 30. The Apps are now 12-16 overall and 2-6 in the conference.
The Mountaineers' 12 combined hits were not enough to overcome the Mavericks who took the first game in a 6-7 win. Five Mountaineers had a multi-hit first game against UTA, but the Apps fell 3-7 in game two. White was involved in all three Mountaineer runs in the second game of the doubleheader, going 3-4 with two RBI and scored a run herself.
Game One (L, 6-7)
Through two scoreless innings for both App State and UTA, Ally Walters' bunt in front of home plate was the Mountaineers' first hit of the game in the top of the third.
In the top of the fourth inning, Russell hit a leadoff single to right field to put a Mountaineer on base. Jenny Dodd followed with a solid grounder through the 5-6 gap. Haley Stewart drew a walk to load the bases, but all three were left stranded.
The Mountaineers came out swinging in the top of the fifth. With two outs, App State rallied for five hits in a row to bring three runs across the plate. Keri White's single to left center started it all. Russell followed with a double to left center to advance White three bases to score. With Russell at second base, Alisha Josey doubled to right center for the RBI. Dodd continued the rally with a double left field, which scored A. Josey from second for the Mountaineers' third run. Morton singled, but Dodd was thrown out on the scoring attempt at the plate to end the inning.
The Mavericks answered in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs to take the lead. A walk and a sacrifice bunt moved a Maverick into scoring position. Back-to-back errors by shortstop Avery Wheatley allowed two runners on base and a run to score. A triple from Walton scored two unearned runs, and a single from Garcia scored the fourth run to pull ahead 3-4. UTA scored two more in the bottom of the sixth inning.
White started off the top of the seventh inning with a single to left field for her second hit of the game. A. Josey touched base on an error by the catcher on a short grounder in front of the plate to move White into scoring position. Dodd drew a walk to load the bases to allow Morton's single to left field to score two and lessen the Mavericks' lead. With one out, Stewart reached on a fielder's choice, and Bloom, pinch running, ran into the out at second base. With runners on first and third, Heather Josey's pinch hit scored the run to tie it up at 6-6 and force the bottom of the final inning.
Williford's back-to-back walks in the bottom of the seventh brought in Callie Kuykendall to the circle. With bases loaded, UTA scored in walk-off fashion on a single through the right side to win the game.
Game Two (L, 3-7)
Annaleise Kennedy started in the circle, but Julianna Roupas came in to throw after one out in the first inning. A single up the middle from UTA's Wright scored two for the Mavericks in the bottom of the first. Their third run came in the third inning after a single and two wild pitches allowed the runner to advance to third base. The runner scored on a sacrifice fly also from Wright.
The Apps' first hit came off the bat of White in the third inning for a single to left field. The Apps strung a few hits together to score three in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs, Stewart sent one deep to left center for the second hit of the day, and Megan Walker followed with a single to the third baseman, beating out the throw. White doubled to left center for her second hit of the game to score two for the Mountaineers, lessening the lead to 2-3. Sales reached first base on a bunt for a hit. Originially called out, Sales was determined safe at first after the umpires reversed the call, which kept the Mountaineers alive in the fifth inning to permit A. Josey to hit a single through the left side, scoring White from third.
With a tied ball game at 3-3, UTA scored one on a walk with bases loaded to regain the lead after Kuykendall entered the circle for Roupas. A fielding error occurred at third base for White, allowing an unearned run for UTA. Kuykendall, Morton and Stewart completed a double play to get the first two outs of the inning, but UTA's Curry doubled to right center for two RBI. Heading into the sixth inning, the Mavericks led 3-7 on four runs, two hits and one error in the bottom of the fifth. The Mavericks held onto the lead to win the ball game.
Appalachian State opened its Sun Belt Conference baseball series at South Alabama with a 9-1 loss on Friday night.
South Alabama scored four times in the bottom of the first inning Friday, and App State responded with a run that followed back-to-back singles from Drew Beck and CJ Brown in the second inning. Beck came home on a double-play groundout.
Alex Leshock and Jason Avers produced the other hits for the Mountaineers (6-17, 0-7).
Appalachian pitchers Colin Schmid, Tristan Helms, Reed Howell and Jason Cornatzer combined for 10 strikeouts against the Jaguars, who moved ahead 6-1 with a two-run fourth.
Of the 10 batters retired by Schmid, six came on strikeouts, but South Alabama drew seven walks against App State's normal Saturday starter. Howell and Cornatzer both had two strikeouts apiece, as Cornatzer allowed one earned run in three innings.
South Alabama (14-11, 4-2) struck first, as a one-out single preceded three consecutive walks. Carter Perkins' RBI single gave the Jaguars a 2-0 lead, and Schmid recorded a 3-2 strikeout with the bases loaded before running the count to 1-2 against Hunter Stokes. He doubled down the left-field line to bring in two more runs.