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Appalachian State University baseball could not avoid the series sweep vs. Texas State on Sunday in its first Sun Belt road series of the season. The Mountaineers (4-16, 0-6 Sun Belt) were held scoreless for the second-straight day, falling to the Bobcats (16-4, 6-0 Sun Belt), 4-0.

The Mountaineers looked as if they would get on the board in the first inning when Beau Myers (Thomasville, N.C./Wesleyan Christian Academy) reached on a throwing error by the shortstop. Caleb McCann (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) singled through the middle of the infield, moving Myers over to third. Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) (North Carolina) then flew out to left field to end the inning.

The Bobcats started quickly plating two runs in the bottom of the first inning. After a lead-off walk, Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) hit Luke Sherley with a pitch. Theodore Hoffman doubled down the left field line, bringing in the game’s first run. Later in the inning, a deep sacrifice fly to center field allowed the runner on third to cross the plate.

After the first inning, Schmid settled in allowing two hits and striking out four batters over the next three innings.

Myers was stranded on the third base for a second time in the fourth inning. Myers singled into left center field, stole second base, and advanced to third on a ground out, but the Bobcats got out of the inning after Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) hit a pop fly to center.

Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) entered the game to pitch with one out and two men on in the fifth inning. Howell struck out the next three batters he faced before giving up a home run to Tanner Hill that gave Texas State a 3-0 lead.

The Bobcats would add their final run in the eighth inning. Ryan Newman, used a walk, a sacrifice bunt, and wild pitch to get on third. Newman was batted in by a sacrifice fly to center field.

The Mountaineers were unable getting any offensive production to make a rally, recording just one hit over the final four innings.

Appalachian will be back in action on Tuesday at home when they take on UNC Asheville at 4:00 p.m. at Smith Stadium.

Appalachian State University baseball managed just four hits and issued nine walks in a 16-0 loss to Texas State in game two of its three-game Sun Belt weekend series on Saturday at Bobcat Ballpark.

The Bobcats (14-5, 5-0 Sun Belt) opened up a 6-0 lead in the third inning and never looked back. With two men on base, Theodore Hoffman hit a home run over the left field wall off of the Mountaineers’ (4-15, 0-5 Sun Belt) starter Seth Hardin (Climax, N.C./Providence Grove).

Texas State would tack on three more runs in the third inning followed by three runs in the fourth inning with the help of a Mountaineer fielding error to take a 9-0.

The Mountaineer bats went quite this afternoon going 4-for-32 with just three different batters recording a hit. Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) (Florence-Darlington Tech) was the only Mountaineer with multiple hits with a base hit in the third and a double in the sixth.

App State’s best scoring chance came in the third inning when Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) doubled down the left field line with two outs. One batter later, Vernon reached on a hard-hit infield single to the shortstop, allowing Stroup to advance to third. Tanner Mann-Fix (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic) struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Bobcats would add three runs in the sixth inning, two of which were via bases-loaded walks, and four in the eighth to hand the Apps their most lopsided loss of the season.

App State will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow in game three at Bobcat Ballpark. First pitch is set for 12:00 p.m. ET.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Teams both finished first at the 2016 PowerSox Invitational Saturday at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

The Bears’ men’s and women’s squad totaled 155 and 148 points, respectively, with several athletes on both sides taking first-place finishes for Lenoir-Rhyne.

On the women’s side, the Bears were led by senior Vertrice Wilson (Carrollton, Ga.) and freshman Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) Wilson won the 100-meter hurdles (14.84) and Fair was the top individual in the 400-meter dash (58.41) while both athletes were part of a 1,600-meter relay squad which placed first overall with a time of 4:15.

Lenoir-Rhyne also had three other winners in the women’s competition: junior Brooke Robinson (Newton, N.C.) in the long jump (16’8”), junior Domonique Jones (Greensboro, Ga.) in the hammer throw (135’8”) and sophomore Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) in the discus (145’8”).

For the men, senior All-American Kevin Baxter (Columbia, S.C.) won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.30 and provisionally qualified for nationals for the fourth straight year. Baxter was also part of the Bears’ 400-meter relay squad which finished first with a time of 42.47.

Lenoir-Rhyne also won the men’s 1,600-meter relay (3:25) while freshman Demarius Hampton (Carthage, N.C.) placed first in the men’s triple jump (45’1”) for the Bears.

The Bears also placed first in a pair of field events on the men’s side: junior Latham York (Huntersville, N.C.) in the hammer throw (139’9”) and freshman Treyvon Bryan (Beaufort, N.C.) in the discus (143’10”).

The Lenoir-Rhyne Track and Field Teams next compete in the VertKlasse Meeting in High Point, N.C. on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2.

2016 PowerSox Invitational
Saturday, March 19
Hickory, N.C. - Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex
Lenoir-Rhyne University, host

WOMEN
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 148
2. Carson-Newman 135
3. Coker 99
4. Livingstone 76
5. Milligan 49
6. Lees-McRae 46
7. Union 42
8. Meredith 41
9. Columbia International 10
10. St. Andrews 9
11. Bob Jones 5

MEN
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 155
2. Carson-Newman 142
3. Lees-McRae 87
4. Coker 63
5. Milligan 61
6. Livingstone 47
7. Union 41
8. St. Andrews 16
9. Columbia International 12
10. Bob Jones 8
11. Tusculum 4

Lenoir-Rhyne (21-8, 5-4) and Brevard (11-19, 2-10) split a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Gil Coan Field. The Tornado won the first game by an 11-8 score while the Bears prevailed in the second contest, 8-4.

Game One – Brevard 11, Lenoir-Rhyne 8
The Tornados spotted the Bears a 3-0 lead in the first inning but came back to score 11 straight runs to take the contest.

Brevard’s run was highlighted by a six-run second inning which included a two-run single from Blaine Durham (Westfield, N.C.). Durham added a solo home run and finished with three runs batted in to lead the Tornado.

Lenoir-Rhyne tried to rally with a five-run eighth inning – including a three-run home run by senior shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) – but the deficit was too great to overcome. De La Rosa drove in four runs in the setback.

For the Bears, senior first baseman Colby Dishmond (Statesville, N.C.) added two hits and two runs batted in but sophomore Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) fell to 3-2 after taking the loss.

Brevard’s Hunter Donaldson (Edneyville, N.C.) improved to 2-4 on the year after earning the win while Tyler Luneke (Naples, Fla.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Brevard 4 (seven innings)
De La Rosa hit a grand slam, giving him a team-leading eight home runs on the year, as part of a five-run fifth inning as the Bears rallied from a 4-1 deficit to salvage the split.

Dishmond and freshman catcher Zack Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) added solo home runs for the Bears while junior Patrick LaGanke (Raleigh, N.C.) improved to 4-0 on the season after notching the win in relief. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, N.C.) was credited with the save with a scoreless ninth inning.

For Brevard, Brayden Morris (Pulaski, Va.) drove in a pair of runs but Tyler Konzen (Orlando, Fla.) (1-4) suffered the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Limestone on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., in Gaffney, S.C.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field followed up eight day one top ten finishes with seven more on the final day of the Wake Forest Open on Saturday.

Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) claimed fourth-place in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:15.40. The Mountaineers’ Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga/East Carolina) took fourth in the pole vault with a height of 11’8”. After placing eighth in the hammer throw, India McWhorter (Stoney Point, N.C./Alexander Central) took seventh in the discus with a throw of 137’7”.

In the relay events, App State placed two teams in the top ten of the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays. In the 4x100, the team of Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View/North Carolina Central), Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Forest View), Micah Hanks (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) and Kaytlyn Gill (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) took sixth with a time of 48.81. The Mountaineers’ “B” group, consisting of Krystal Clarke (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora), Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams), Illa Mumford (Rural Hall, N.C./Parkland) and K’Lynn Beal (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) finished just behind in seventh with a time of 49.44.

In the 4x400 meter race, the “B” group consisting of Brooke Brekke (Neillsville, Wis./Neillsville), Girardeau, Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Morgan Oakley (Sparks, Md./Hereford) took fifth with a time of 4:08.09. Another App State group made up of Howell, Clarke, Hanks and Crawford took eighth with a time of 4:09.65.

Appalachian State will get back in action next weekend on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 at the Raleigh Relays.

Meanwhile, Appalachian State University men’s track and field wrapped up day two of the Wake Forest Open on Saturday and added to its seven top ten finishes on day one with seven more on Saturday.

The Mountaineers placed two in the top five of the 800 meter run with Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) and Andrew Harris (Lexington, N.C./Lexington/Winthrop) finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Hastings finished with a time of 1:55.66, while Harris turned in a time of 1:55.72.

In the field, Nick Hinton (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West/Carthage) finished sixth in the high jump with a leap of 6’1” and Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 150’2”.

The 4x100 meter relay team of Antonio Marcano, Jr. (St. Louis, Mo./Metro Academicaid), William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill), Russell Price (Charlotte, N.C./Rocky River) and Marshall McRae (Red Springs, N.C./Red Springs) finished in third place with a time of 42.15. In the 4x400 meter relay, Appalachian State had two teams place. The group consisting of Trey Edgerton (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain), Hastings, Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) and Peter Ovendorf (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) took third with a time of 3:26.15.

Finishing in ninth was the team of Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd), Buckley, Harris and Andrew Spear (Newport, N.C./West Carteret) with a time of 3:32.17.

Appalachian will return to action next weekend at the Raleigh Relays.

In a game that lasted more than four hours and saw a combined 44 runs and 52 hits, Appalachian State University softball fell to Troy in an absolute slugfest, 25-19.

The Mountaineers (6-23, 1-5 Sun Belt) set program records for home runs in a game with seven and total bases with 41. They also earned season highs in at-bats (39), runs scored (19), hits (18), and RBI (18). Individually, Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth), Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) and Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) each had three-hit days and Parker turned in her first two-blast game of the season. Those three went deep as well as Natalie Orcutt (Senoia, Ga./Starr’s Mill), Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) and Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University).

Leading the Trojans (21-7, 4-2 Sun Belt) was center fielder, Carli Kayler, and right fielder, Hannah Day. The two combined to go 9-for-12 (.750) with six home runs, eight runs scored and 15 RBI. As a team, Troy set Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium records with 25 runs scored and 24 hits.

Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the visitors led by eight, 16-8, before the Black and Gold began to mount the nearly improbable comeback. Orcutt led things off with a solo shot to right center and pinch-runner, Mallory Choplin (Yadkinville, N.C./Forbush), came into score when Parker reached on a fielding error by the center fielder.

The next batter was Butler who came through clutch, as the senior outfielder hit one over the fence in dead center, a three-run shot. The next two runs came in when Tiffany Taynor (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) hit a single to left that pushed both Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) and Walters across the plate and App State was within one, 16-15. However, the Trojans put up a nine spot in the top of the seventh to take a commanding 25-15 advantage.

At that point, the Mountaineers were able to score four in the home half, but couldn’t get any closer before the final margin of six runs.

Appalachian State’s 13-game homestand continues Tuesday with a doubleheader against Morehead State. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 4 p.m. inside Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (5-4, 3-0) pushed its winning streak to four games with an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Tusculum (2-5, 1-1) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Pioneer Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Will Remsen (Baldwin, N.Y.) and freshman attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) both scored twice as the Bears rallied from a 7-5 deficit midway through the fourth and final period to take the win.

Buduo, the current league offensive player of the week, scored the game-winner with 3:11 left in the contest. Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) added a goal and two assists. Hanlon has a team-leading 22 goals on the year.

Tusculum’s Tyler Klarner (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia) totaled two goals and three assists in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne held the edge in both shots taken (39-27) and ground balls (37-23) while sophomore Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the victory in goal. Crompton made nine saves on the day.

For Tusculum, goalkeeper Kevin Haggerty (Suffern, N.Y.) suffered the loss despite making 14 stops. Andrew Kransberger (Grand Rapids, Mich.) also scored twice for the Pioneers.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Brevard in a conference game on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., in Brevard, N.C.

Sunday, 20 March 2016 23:56

CVCC Baseball Loses Slugfest to Pasco-Hernando

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Catawba Valley Community College baseball team hit six home runs on the day, but it was not enough in a 21-18 loss to Pasco-Hernando State College Saturday at Hinkel-Alley Field.

The Red Hawks were paced by Channing Painton who went three-for-six with three runs scored, two home runs and six RBI. Randal Ortiz also had two home runs and four RBI.

CVCC drops to 14-14 on the season. The Red Hawks will travel to Walters State Tuesday for their final non-conference doubleheader before conference play starts on Friday against Lenoir Community College.

Sunday, 20 March 2016 23:55

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Defeats Tusculum

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (6-4, 3-0) remained unbeaten in South Atlantic Conference play with a 16-14 victory over Tusculum (7-2, 2-1) Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) and junior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) both scored five goals to lead the Bears to the win. Schwitkis and Benedetto rank first and second on the team in goals scored with 27 and 21, respectively.

Kelsey Crow (Franklin, Tenn.) scored three times for the Pioneers, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

Lenoir-Rhyne took control early with three goals in the first six minutes of action and maintained its advantage the rest of the way.

Holding a 13-12 edge with under eight minutes remaining, Lenoir-Rhyne scored three straight times – including goals by Benedetto and Schwitkis – to put the game away.

Benedetto added a pair of assists for seven total points while sophomore goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the win after making 10 saves.

Tusculum lost despite holding the advantage in both shots taken (40-28) and ground balls (29-23). In goal, Brooke Wagner (Snellville, Ga.) made six stops but took the loss for the Pioneers.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Florida Southern at Noon on Saturday, March 26, at Moretz Stadium. Tusculum travels to Salisbury, N.C., to face Catawba in a league game next Saturday beginning at 4:00 p.m.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 11
North Iredell: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 13
Watauga: 12

Patton: 5
Fred T. Foard: 3

St. Stephens: 6
Hickory: 3

South Caldwell: 4
Freedom: 2

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 4
Maiden: 3

East Lincoln: 18
Newton-Conover: 0

Lincolnton: 4
Bunker Hill: 1

West Lincoln: 12
West Caldwell: 6