NCAA Division II Softball FINALS
Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Lander 2
Lenoir-Rhyne 5, St. Joseph’s (Ind.) 0
(Duncan, S.C. – Tyger River Park)
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (13-1) … Lenoir-Rhyne takes on Southern Indiana (10:00 a.m.) and Armstrong State (Noon) on the final day of the Mid-South Classic on Sunday.
NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Tusculum 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
February 27, 2016
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)
1. Franziska Funke (TC) def. Dominique Bruce (LR), 6-4, 6-2
2. Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Kealee Heffner (TC), 6-4, 6-2
3. Erin Mills (TC) def. Julia Ponomareva (LR), 6-4, 7-5
4. Lucy Stofberg (LR) def. Sarah Baker (TC), 0-6, 6-2, 1-0
5. Jule Brass (TC) def. Taylor Fredrickson (LR), 8-1
6. Amanda Sumner (TC) def. Jessica Rumple (LR), 8-2
1. Franziska Funke/Amanda Sumner (TC) def. Dominique Bruce/Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 8-3
2. Erin Mills/Kealee Heffner (TC) def. Julia Ponomareva/Lucy Stofberg (LR), 8-1
3. Adrienne Kaye/Emily Waters (TC) def. Taylor Fredrickson/Jessica Rumple (LR), 8-1
Records: Tusculum (6-0, 1-0 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (5-6, 1-2 SAC)
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Tusculum 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
February 27, 2016
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)
1. Patrick Bauer (LR) def. Eduardo Munoz (TC), 6-4, 6-2
2. Tim Stierle (TC) def. Tomas Hons (LR), 6-2, 6-1
3. Jonas Winkelmann (TC) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 6-1, 6-2
4. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) def. Leon Seiz (TC), 6-3, 6-2
5. Tashique Kader (TC) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic (LR), 6-1, 6-3
6. Toby de Klerk (TC) def. Matthew Ledford (LR), 8-0
1. Tim Stierle/Jonas Winkelmann (TC) def. Patrick Bauer/Shane O'Dea (LR), 9-8
2. Tashique Kader/Leon Seiz (TC) def. Tomas Hons/Matthew Ledford (LR), 8-3
3. Fabian Paier/David Siegle (TC) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic/Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 9-8
Records: Tusculum (6-0, 1-0 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (4-5, 1-2 SAC)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (2-2) earned its second straight victory, 11-6 over Saint Leo (0-1) Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) with a match-high four goals while sophomore attacker Brooke Ouderkirk (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored three times in the victory.
In addition, goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) tallied eight saves in the victory for the Bears.
For Saint Leo, Allie Sheftall (Austin, Texas) scored twice while Rebecca Halley (Sanford, Fla.) tallied seven saves in goal despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Regis (Colorado) on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
East Burke: 51
North Rowan: 41
Cavaliers advance to the Western Regionals going to East Davidson on Tuesday.
East Davidson: 62
The Red Devils season ends at 20-9.
North Iredell: 28
Patrots advance to the regionals on Tuesday, hosting Weddington.
Myers Park: 50
Alexander Central: 24
The Cougars season ends at 23-7.
Ardrey Kell: 47
South Caldwell: 21
The Spartans season ends at 23-5.
A.C. Reynolds: 51
Patriots advance to the Western Regionals going to Hickory on Tuesday.
The Panthers season ends at 23-6.
Red Tornadoes advance to the Western Regional at home against Freedom Tuesday (1290 WHKY and whky.com, 7pm)
Appalachian State University women’s tennis dropped a tough 6-1 match to nationally-ranked Division III opponent, Emory University, on Saturday at Yonahlossee Racquet Club.
“Today was a good test for us,” head coach Colin Crothers said. “Emory is a really good program and is fighting for a national championship in Division III. So we’re going to take today and apply that going forward.”
The Mountaineers (2-4) fell to the Eagles (8-1), who rank No. 2 in Division III nationally in the latest ITA rankings. Emory was runner-up in the 2015 tennis national championships in after winning the 2014 title. This year, the team has five student-athletes ranked in the top 35 in the Division III ITA national singles rankings.
In doubles play, the No. 2 spot finished first as Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) fell 6-0 to Daniella Moreno-Kaste/Paula Castro duo. The doubles spot was secured for the Eagles as Clare Cox (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) and Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) dropped a 6-3 decision at the No. 1.
The No. 3 doubles position was played out and saw a tightly contested match between Mackenzie LaSure (Asheville, N.C./Asheville) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) and the Daniela Lopez/Katarina Su team. After trailing 2-0 in early, LaSure/Bygrave battled back to force a tiebreaker. The Mountaineers lost the tiebreaker 7-2, losing the match 8-6.
In singles, Cox started off against No. 14* Harding, falling in a quick 6-1, 6-2 match at the No. 1. Machado took on Taylor Cosme at the No. 3 spot, where she battled the third-ranked nationally* opponent to a close 6-4 loss in set one, before falling 6-3 in the second to give Emory the match point.
At the No. 4, Swope took No. 34* Beatrice Rosen to the wire, dropping a close 8-6 first set before a 6-2 loss in the second.
The lone Appalachian point in the nearly five-hour match came from Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) at the No. 5. She came out firing on all cylinders against Daniela Lopez, clipping the eagle quickly with a 6-0 first set. The second set was much more contested going the distance and forcing a tiebreaker. Morse was able to withstand the late push, winning the tiebreaker and the second set, 8-6, giving the freshman her first collegiate win.
The final singles match of the evening was the No. 6, as McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) fell 7-5, 6-1 to No. 28* Madison Gordon.
The Mountaineers will go on a one-match road trip Sunday, as they take on Western Carolina in Cullowhee, N.C., before returning home Friday, March 4. First serve Sunday is scheduled for 2 p.m.
* ITA Division III rankings
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (19-8, 14-8) ended the regular season on a strong note with a rousing victory over Mars Hill (9-19, 5-17), 106-87, Saturday afternoon on Senior Day in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Senior guard Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) finished with a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears, who are the fourth seed in the 2016 SAC Championship and will host fifth-seeded Newberry (17-11) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., in the quarterfinal round.
Five players scored in double figures for the Bears – including 16 points from senior guards Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) and Lawrence Miller (Gastonia, N.C.) – and Lenoir-Rhyne was one three-pointer off tying the school single-game record. The Bears had 18 treys in the contest.
Mars Hill, which lost its ninth straight game to end the year, was led by Patrick Monroe (Durham, N.C.) and Brandon McCarter (Goldsboro, N.C.) with 12 points each despite the loss. The Lions hit 12 three-pointers in the setback as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne led the entire way including a 26-point advantage late in the game – 97-71 with 6:27 left in the second half – and shot 63 percent (40-of-64) for the game. The Bears also held a 41-27 edge on the boards.
The South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship Semifinals and Finals will take place this Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at Timmons Arena in Greenville, S.C.
True freshman Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) hit for the cycle in Game 2 to highlight Appalachian State University baseball’s doubleheader split versus Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon at L.P. Frans Stadium. Appalachian State dropped the opener, 4-3, before Schmid led the Mountaineers to a 10-7 win in the nightcap.
Schmid doubled in the first inning, singled in the third, blasted a game-changing three-run homer in the fourth and tripled in the seventh to become the first Mountaineer to hit for the cycle since Chris Downard accomplished the feat versus East Tennessee State in 2003.
In addition to being part of the first App State cycle in 13 years, Schmid’s fourth-inning homer was also the turning point in the Mountaineers’ first victory of the season.
After falling to 0-5 with the loss in Saturday’s opener, Appalachian appeared to be en route to a sixth-straight defeat when it fell into a 5-0 hole in the third inning of the nightcap. However, Schmid’s two-out, three-run blast over L.P. Frans Stadium’s 25-foot wall of billboards in right field cut the deficit to 5-4 and proved to be the spark that the Mountaineers’ dormant-to-date offense would need.
Appalachian State (1-5) evened the score at 5-5 in the fifth then plated four runs in the sixth to take a commanding 9-5 lead. True freshman Jason Curtis’ (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) two-run homer in the sixth capped the Mountaineers’ nine unanswered runs.
Quinnipiac (1-1) scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to cut Appalachian’s lead to 9-7 but the Mountaineers added an insurance run in the eighth to make it 10-7. Closer Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) retired the side in order in the ninth to nail down the win and record the his first-career save.
Schmid finished 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored and Curtis went 3-for-5 with a double, homer, two RBI and two runs to lead the Mountaineers’ offensive explosion in Game 2. Appalachian State tallied more runs (10) in the nightcap than it had scored in its first five games of the season combined (9) and, with 17 hits, nearly doubled its previous high hit total of the campaign (nine vs. Old Dominion last Sunday and in Game 1 vs. Quinnipiac).
Overshadowed by the offensive outburst was a stellar pitching performance by sophomore Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth). Holden (1-0) threw 3.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen to earn his third win in his last five appearances dating back to last season.
In the seven-inning opener, Appalachian State battled back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits but Quinnipiac scored the go-ahead run with back-to-back two-out singles in the sixth. Appalachian loaded the bases with one out in the seventh but QU’s Matthew Osieja came out of the bullpen to strike out both batters he faced and close out the victory.
Freshman Tanner Mann-Fix (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic) and Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) had two hits apiece in Game 1.
Appalachian State and Quinnipiac finish off their four-game weekend series on Sunday with another doubleheader at App State’s Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. The twinbill starts at 11 a.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (12-2) swept a doubleheader from Salem International (1-9), 14-3 and 6-2, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.
Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 14, Salem International 3
Lenoir-Rhyne senior shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) hit a home run and drove in five runs to lead the Bears to the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne took control early thanks to a four-run first inning highlighted by two-run single from De La Rosa and the Bears pushed their advantage to 11-1 after five innings of play.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) and senior designated hitter Will Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) both drove in a pair of runs while sophomore Austin Hancock (Defiance, Ohio) improved to 2-0 with the win.
Hancock allowed just two runs while striking out eight batters while Colton Lankford (Rowlett, Texas) (0-1) suffered the loss for the Tigers.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Salem International 2 (seven innings)
Once again, the Bears took charge early – aided by a three-run first inning – on their way to the sweep. De La Rosa drove in two more runs including an RBI double in the first inning.
De La Rosa and senior designated hitter Ryan Perkins (Woodruff, S.C.) both finished with three hits while junior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (1-0) was credited with the win for the Bears.
In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne junior John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) pitched the final three innings for his first save of the year. Salem International’s Talon Kunkel (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) fell to 0-2 after taking the loss.
The two teams wrap up the weekend series with a single game on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University softball was held to just one run on three hits in a 4-1 loss to Brown before Wagner walked off with a 5-3 win over the Mountaineers in the second game of the day.
App State’s record now sits at 2-12 while the Bears and the Seahawks both improved to 2-1 with their wins. Brown and Wagner were set to play each other for the nightcap.
Tiffany Taynor (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) and Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) were the lone student-athletes with two hits as Taynor went 2-for-3 with a run scored in game two and Parker had a base knock in each game including the game-tying three-run home run against the Seahawks in the top of the seventh.
Game One: Brown 4, App State 1
In the top of the second, Parker singled to the shortstop with one out, moved over to third with a groundout and a stolen base before coming in to score thanks to Katie Mathewson’s (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) single.
However, Brown went ahead 2-1 in that inning and 4-1 with a run in both the fourth and fifth frames. That was all the support Bears’ starter Katie Orona (2-0) needed as she went the distance with one earned run given up on three hits, three walks and nine strikeouts. Orona’s ERA is now 1.00 through 14 innings of action.
Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./Delaware State) (La Habra) (1-5) suffered the loss with two earned runs surrendered in two innings pitched. In relief, Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) tossed four innings with the final two earned runs given up on six hits.
Game Two: Wagner 5, App State 3
With Wagner ahead 3-0 in the top of the seventh, Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) walked and Taynor singled to put runners on first and second for Parker. As mentioned above, Parker came through with the game-tying three-run blast and the score was knotted up at 3-3.
The tie didn’t last long as Hana Gilbert walked it off in the bottom of the seventh for the Seahawks with one out and Brianna Tredway standing on first base.
Starter Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Wichita State/Alameda) lasted just one inning and Ciocatto (1-6) took the loss with 5.1 innings of work, five runs, three earned, on seven hits, two free passes and one punchout.
The Black and Gold will wrap up their play in Rock Hill on Sunday against Towson with first pitch set for 12 p.m. Appalachian already saw the Tigers a week ago at Coastal Carolina and lost by a score of 11-1 in six innings.