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Sunday, 09 April 2017 23:15

Hickory Ends Series With Loss to Greensboro

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The Hickory Crawdads saw the Greensboro Grasshoppers score six runs in the second inning and hold on for a 6-3 win over the Crawdads.

Leody Taveras and Ti'Quan Forbes each had a pair of hits in the contest. Taveras hit his second home run of the season in the fifth inning. Forbes went two-of-three with a run scored.

Edgar Arredondo pitched only one and a third inning, allowing two hits but six runs striking out two but walking three.

The Crawdads are 1-3 on the season. Hickory travels to Columbia for a three game series against the Fireflys on Monday. The Crawdads first home game of the season at L.P. Frans Stadium will be Thursday against Kannapolis.

Sunday, 09 April 2017 22:48

App State Baseball Edged Out by UT-Arlington

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Appalachian State University baseball would stage a late comeback on Sunday afternoon, but fell one run shy in the series finale against UT Arlington, 6-5, at Smith Stadium.

In the closest game of the series, the Mountaineers (12-30, 3-9 Sun Belt) led for three innings after giving up two runs in the second innings to the Mavericks (17-16, 7-4 Sun Belt).

In the inning, Jared McCarver (Alvarado, Texas/Alvarado (North Central Texas College)) drew a walk and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) hit a bullet through the left side to get runners in scoring position. That allowed Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) to hit a beautiful sacrifice bunt to runners to second and third to set up a sacrifice fly by Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge).

Appalachian got their second run of the inning after Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) reached on a throwing error and Leonard scored on the error before Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) singled to bring in Vernon.

After two scoreless innings where both pitchers battled, UT Arlington would retake the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth and another run in the eighth.

The Black and Gold fought to the end, however, as they have all weekend, and staged a comeback attempt in the bottom of the ninth. Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) continued his impressive week at the plate by getting a leadoff single to the pitcher to start the inning. Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) and Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) then drew a walk to set up an Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) shot to left center that brought home both to climb within one run.

A bang-bang tough double play would end up dooming App State in the end as the comeback fell short.

While also pitching 1.1 innings and getting a strikeout on the day, Brill also led all hitters with a 2-for-4 effort that included a double. Jackson led all batters with two RBI while Zupcic finished 1-3 with one RBI.

This week, Brill has hit .462 (6-13) with two doubles, a home run and two RBI to finish with a .846 slugging percentage. He also was able to cross the plate twice himself.

On the mound, Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander County) went an impressive 5.1 innings that included four scoreless. Watts finished with nine hits allowed, four earned runs and three strikeouts. Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) made his second appearance on the bump this weekend, going 2.1 innings and allowing just one hit, one run and striking out one. Brill closed the game.

The Mountaineers will go on the road for five games, beginning on Tuesday, April 11 at former SoCon foe Davidson. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

For the second-straight season, Appalachian State University women’s tennis (5-17) needed late-match heroics to topple its archrival Georgia Southern (10-10), 4-3, on Sunday afternoon on the campus of South Alabama.

Appalachian snaps an eight-match losing streak en route to picking up its first Sun Belt win of the season as well as head coach Blake Mosley’s first SBC victory.

“This was a complete team effort today,” said Mosley. “ We worked hard all week in practice, and it showed today in the results. Georgia Southern is a well-coached team and didn’t give us any free points. We had to earn this one, and I couldn’t be more proud of the team today.

Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) once again owned the Eagles where she would clinch the match-winning point when the contest was tied 3-3, while she also helped capture the doubles point with McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard). Last season as a freshman, Swope won the match for the Mountaineers when facing a one-set deficit to come all the way back to contribute to the win.

Swope downed Riepe in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 as the No. 1 in the lineup for the exhilarating win.

There wasn’t a lack of excitement as four of six singles matches went to three sets, which App would claim three of those contests. Two of the three doubles affairs were decided by two points.

In doubles play, the duo of Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) triumphed over Giulia Riepe and Aranne de Winter, 6-4. Georgia Southern’s pair of Emilia Bujan/Ella Monsey dealt Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) a 6-4 setback to tie up the doubles portion.

With the match tied 1-1, Swope and Zupan lifted App to a 1-0 lead after downing Marianna Ranzaheur/Lindsay Truscott in an exciting 6-4 clash.

In singles play, Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) fought back from a one-set deficit to defeat De Winter 0-6, 6-3, 6-4, for her sixth win of the season. Machado bounced back from doubles play with a hard-earned 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 win over Truscott as the No. 4 in the lineup.

Wreder suffered a 6-4, 6-3 setback to Bujan as the No. 3 in the lineup while Bygrave fell to Ranzahuer in three sets (0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3). Mullen was defeated in a valiant effort in the No. 6 slot to Ella Monsey, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1.

App will look to ride the momentum against Elon on Wednesday at 12 p.m. to finish the regular season.

Appalachian State closed out the Irish Creek Intercollegiate with a solid 290 (+2) to finish ninth in the 16-team field on Sunday at the The Club at Irish Creek. The Mountaineers finished two shots ahead of No. 24 South Carolina and six strokes clear of Ohio State in a field which featured six ranked teams.

North Florida (-14) held off No. 8 Wake Forest (-12) by two strokes to capture the team title No. 31 Florida State (-10) was third, followed by Kennesaw State (-9) and North Carolina (-2) to round out the top five. Florida State’s Cristobal Del Solar captured medalist honors finishing at 8-under with a final round 68 (-4).

App State freshman Walter Brinker (Sanford, N.C.) grabbed a Top 20 finish with a final round 69 (-3) to close at even-par. He had six birdies in his final round and fired a 4-under 31 on the front nine.

Senior Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md.) and freshman Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C.) tied for 25that one over for the weekend. Moriarty closed with a 74 (+3) and had a strong of three birdies over his final six holes to close his round. Summerlin had three birdies and five bogeys in his final round 73 (+2).

Sophomore Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C.) and freshman Noah Schneider finished tied for 85th. Schneider closed with a 74 (+3).

App State now turns its attention to the Sun Belt Championship at Sandestin Resort in Destin, Fla. The 54-hole event runs April 23-25.

Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) extends her reached on base streak to 13 consecutive games as Appalachian State University softball falls to ULM in game three of the weekend conference series at the ULM Softball Complex on Geo-Surfaces Field in Monroe, La on Sunday.

The Mountaineers (12-24, 0-12 SBC) suffered their 12th conference loss on Sunday as the Warhawks (24-15, 8-7 SBC) snatched the series sweep. Five Mountaineers smacked out hits on day two in Monroe, and three pitchers saw action in the circle striking out three Warhawks and not walking a single batter for the fourth time this season.

Game Three: ULM 5 , App State 1

ULM started the game off hot grasping a 3-0 lead in the first and tacked on one run apiece in the following two innings to extend their advantage to 5-0 at the bottom of the third.

After cranking out two hits in the first, the Mountaineers fell into a three-inning offensive funk until Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) slapped out back-to-back singles, and Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) drew a walk to load the bases. Then, Orcutt stepped up to the plate and grounded into a double play that freed up a scoring lane for White to cut ULM’s lead to 5-1 at the end of the fifth.

With some momentum, the Apps were ready to rally back into the game in the next two innings, but ULM held App to only one more hit to yank game three away from the Mountaineers, 5-1.

App State softball will return to the High Country April 14-15 for a three-game conference series against long-time rival Georgia Southern at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Softball Stadium.

The Hickory Crawadads picked up their first win of the 2017 season Saturday with an 8-4 win over Greensboro on the road.

The Crawdads allowed the Grasshoppers a run in the first inning. But Hickory scored twice in the second inning, once in the fourth, and two additional runs in the fifth and sixth innings to lead seven to one after six innings.

Texas Rangers number one prospect Leody Taveras went two-for-four with three runs scored. Preston Scott went two-for-three with two runs scored with a pair of RBI.

Ti'Quan Forbes hit his third home run in as many games with a shot in the second inning. He finished with three hits in three at bats and three RBI.

Emerson Martinez pitched five innings, allowing only four hits with a run scored and striking out five to pick up the win for Hickory.

The Crawdads are 1-2 on the season. The Crawdads stay in Greensboro through Sunday. Hickory travels to Columbia for a three game series against the Fireflys on Monday. The Crawdads first home game of the season at L.P. Frans Stadium will be Thursday against Kannapolis.

Appalachian State University softball dropped a pair of hard-fought battles to ULM on Saturday in a conference doubleheader at the ULM Softball Complex at Geo-Surfaces Field in Monroe, La.

Appalachian State (12-23, 0-11 SBC) slapped out nine hits on Saturday, and Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) batted over .500 at the plate smashing out two hits in both games. The Georgia native extended her on-base streak to 12 straight games and went for extra bases hitting her third triple of the season in the first game, and smacking out her tenth double in the second. Orcutt is now tied for third on the single-season record list for triples and is tied for seventh in career triples.

Also, Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) shot out her 14th career home run, which ties Pepper Butler and Michelle Lighton for seventh in school history.

Two pitchers saw action in the circle in Monroe, and Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) surged her way onto App State’s single-season record list firing out four strikeouts for a combined 91 to surpass Caitlin Wainright (2010) at No. 10, who formerly held the tenth-best spot with 90 strikeouts.


Game One: ULM 2, App State 0 (9 innings)

The Warhawks (23-15, 7-7 SBC) jumped out to an early lead after a two-run RBI double in the first and held that edge in the next six innings to skid past the Mountaineers 2-0.

After the first inning, App State’s defense held ULM to five-straight scoreless outings to keep the game within reach, but the Apps struggled offensively to challenge ULM. After going down in order in the second, the Mountaineers put runners in scoring position for every following inning, but couldn’t knock anyone in to cut ULM’s advantage.

Orcutt highlighted the offense going 2-for-3 at the plate and reached base on all three of her at-bats.

Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) (1-8) pitched her first complete game of the season in 6.0 innings and only allowed two runs on five hits.


Game Two: ULM 2, App State 1

Despite App tying up the game at one apiece to push the conference showdown to extra innings, the Warhawks hit a walk-off single to take the doubleheader sweep, 2-1.

ULM broke through first scoring a run on a RBI single at the bottom of the third, but App State equalized the Warhawks’ attack thanks to Dodd blasting out a solo jack over the right-center fence in the fifth.

After two innings of great pitching and sound defense from both sides, neither team could strike up the right offensive play to break the tie, so the game went into extra innings.

In the ninth, the Mountaineers loaded the bases, but ULM left all three stranded and responded in the bottom half with a walk-off single to end the game 2-1.

At the plate, Orcutt turned in another two-hit performance going 2-for-4 and Longanecker (8-9) pitched her fifth complete game of the season in 8.2 innings striking out four batters and yielding only one walk.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (10-1, 6-0), ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II, won its 10th straight game with a 17-8 victory over Queens (6-5, 4-3) Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium in a South Atlantic Conference showdown.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a game-high four goals – increasing his league-leading total to 39 – while junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga.) added a goal and five assists as the Bears remained the lone unbeaten team in the league.

Queens' Justin Swick (Easton, Pa.) finished with a team-high four goals despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.), the team's all-time leading scorer (182), added two goals and two assists to push his scoring total to a conference-high 55 points on the year. The Bears are also 21-1 in their last 22 games dating back to last season.

The Bears held a 49-42 advantage in shots taken while junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) stopped 12 shots to earn the victory while Queens' Anthony Caruso (Easton, Pa.) took the loss in goal despite making 15 saves on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn., on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference game.

The eighth-ranked Queens University of Charlotte Women's Lacrosse Team (10-2, 5-0) won its sixth consecutive game with a 20-7 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (9-4, 5-2) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Moretz Stadium.

The Royals' Abigail Paulus (Pickerington, Ohio) led all scorers with six goals while three players – Alexandra Bruder (Ocean City, Md.), Kelly Dowd (Stony Point, N.Y.) and Ally Blood (Jarrettsville, Md.) – all scored three goals for Queens in victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) with three goals while sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) scored twice in the loss. Sousa has a team-leading 34 goals on the year.

Queens also held a 40-11 advantage in shots taken while Chase Brokaw (Sykesville, Md.) made three saves in the victory for the Royals. Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) stopped six shots in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Florida Southern on Friday, April 14, in Lakeland, Fla., beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (37-8, 9-3) ran its winning streak to seven games with a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader sweep of Anderson (30-12, 8-6), 4-3 and 11-3, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 4, Anderson 3 (nine innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) hit the game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Bears rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take the win over the Trojans.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) tied the score at three and forced extra innings with a game-tying, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Boone finished with two hits and three runs batted in to lead the Bears offensively.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) earned the victory on the mound after allowing just one earned run while striking out six batters in going the distance.

For Anderson, Cailah Niles (Phenix City, Ala.) hit an RBI double while Augie Pena (Geneva, Ala.) suffered the loss and fell to 13-5 on the year.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Anderson 3 (six innings)
The Bears run-ruled the Trojans in six innings to complete the sweep. Lenoir-Rhyne ended the contest with a four-run sixth frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led offensively by junior third baseman Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) with a two-run home run and four runs batted in while senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) added three RBI as the Bears finished with 13 hits for the contest.

Miller (10-4) went the distance once again for the Bears while the Trojans' Randee Bettis (Hull, Ga.) fell to 6-3 after taking the loss. Niles had a solo home run for Anderson in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Hartsville, S.C., to take on Coker in a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 2:00 p.m.

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