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Appalachian State University baseball alum Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) has been called up to the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Class A) after spending just 12 games with the Elizabethton Twins, the Minnesota Twins announced Tuesday.

The outfielder had seven home runs in those 12 games and was recently named the Minnesota Twins Minor League Player of the Week after he crossed the plate eight times, hit five home runs for nine RBI and stole a base in his first seven games. His best game for Rookie-level Elizabethton came against Pulaski on July 1 when the Greensboro-native blasted two over the fence for a career-high five RBI on his 22nd birthday.

After leading for a time, Davis was second in the Appalachian League in slugging percentage (.745) and OPS (1.091) before being promoted. He also left leading the league in home runs and was fourth in RBI.

The right-hander was selected in the 34th round by the Twins in the 2015 MLB Draft despite being limited to just 18 games in his junior season due to a season-ending arm injury sustained while making a diving catch. With the selection, Davis became the first Mountaineer to be drafted as an outfielder since Rand Smith in 2009.

During his career at App State, he was named a freshman all-American in 2012, set a school record with seven triples as a sophomore in 2013 and, in just 126 career games, is tied for third in program history with 11 career triples.

Appalachian State University football senior offensive lineman Parker Collins (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta) was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List on Friday.

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists.

Collins is one of 70 student-athletes from across the country to be named to the prestigious list, while the lineman is only one of two student-athletes representing the Sun Belt (Antonio Garcia - Troy). Collins is on a list that features 22 offensive tackles, 20 offensive guards, 17 defensive tackles and 11 centers.

During the 2015 season, Collins was an intricate part at center where he started all 13 games and helped anchor an offensive line that ranked sixth in the nation in rushing and second in the Sun Belt at a whopping 271.5 yards per game. The Mountaineers rushed for at least 300 yards in six games last season as well. For his performance, Collins was named second team all-Sun Belt.

The App State offensive line did a tremendous job protecting quarterback Taylor Lamb, allowing just 11 sacks during the season, which tied the fourth fewest in the nation and second fewest in the Sun Belt. Thanks to the offensive line giving Lamb time to throw, the signal caller ranked 10th in the nation in passing efficiency and ninth in the country in passing touchdowns.

Collins is the third Mountaineer thus far to be named to a preseason award watch list, as Marcus Cox was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List and Barrett Burns was selected for the John Mackey Award Watch List.

Coming off an impressive 11-2 campaign in 2015 with a Camellia Bowl win over Ohio (31-29) and setting the record for the most wins in the Sun Belt, the Mountaineers return 17 starters. App State opens up the 2016 season on the road against Tennessee in Knoxville on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Friday, 08 July 2016 09:48

Crawdads Offense Surges in Big Win Over Rome

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The Hickory Crawdads' offense produced their second straight big game Thursday night, this time with Eduard Pinto leading the way as the 'Dads outfielder went 4-5 to pace Hickory's 14-hit attack in a 9-4 win over the Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium.

One night after the Crawdads won in Augusta with 8 runs on 12 hits, the 'Dads bats put up 9 runs on 14 hits thanks to five players posting a multi-hit game. Pinto was the ringleader with a 4-5 game including a double and a run scored, while Frandy De La Rosa went 3-5 with an RBI and a stolen base. Josh Altmann (2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, HBP), Chuck Moorman (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI), and Sherman Lacrus (2-4, RBI, R) all collected multiple hits on the night as well.

The first two innings of the game featured no runs, but did see Crawdads starting pitcher Pedro Payano leave the game in the 2nd inning after taking a line drive off of his right pitching arm.

The 'Dads got on the scoreboard first in the top of the 3rd when Moorman reached on a fielding error by Braves third baseman Austin Riley, Lacrus singled to center, Eric Jenkins drove in a run with an RBI groundout, and De La Rosa plated a tally with an RBI base knock to right for a 2-0 Hickory lead. The Braves answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, with Luke Dykstra and Justin Ellison lining RBI doubles off of Crawdads reliever Blake Bass to tie the game at 2-2.

Hickory kept their foot on the gas with three more tallies in the top of the 4th to re-take the lead at 5-2. The rally started when Altmann was hit by a pitch before Pinto doubled to right and Yeyson Yrizarri picked up an RBI on a groundout. Following a walk by Connor McKay, Moorman and Lacrus each delivered RBI singles to push the 'Dads lead to 3 runs.

Rome picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the 4th on an infield single by Carlos Castro and an eventual throwing error by De La Rosa at third base that make the score 5-3, but the Crawdads once again pulled away in the 5th when Dylan Moore was hit by a pitch and came home on a 2-run home run to left by Altmann to put Hickory ahead 7-3.

The Crawdads scored another run in the 7th on a walk by McKay and an RBI double from Moorman, before the 'Dads plated their final tally in the top of the 9th on singles by Altmann and Pinto followed by an RBI sacrifice fly from Yrizarri for a 9-3 Hickory lead. The Braves picked up one last run in the bottom of the 9th on a triple by Ray-Patrick Didder and an RBI sacrifice fly from Dykstra before Crawdads reliever Emerson Martinez closed out the game for the 9-4 final score.

Bass (3-1) earned the win for the 'Dads with 3 runs allowed, 2 earned, on 6 hits and 1 strikeout over 4 emergency innings of relief following the injury to Payano. Fellow reliever Adam Choplick also helped bridge the gap with 2.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen. Rome All-Star starter Patrick Weigel (5-4) took the loss after giving up 7 runs, 5 earned, on 8 hits, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout over 4 innings of work.

The Crawdads (7-9/45-40) and Braves (8-7/35-49) will match up again Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Taylorsville Post 170 is back in the North Carolina American Legion Western Division Area 4 playoffs. Huntersville Post 321, who swept Taylorsville three game to zero, did not have enough players to play in the next round of the playoffs and elected to forfeit the next round. Area 4 Commissioner Ron Swink entered Taylorsville back into the playoffs and will now be in the second round against Gastonia Post 23.

Series schedule is as follows:

Game 1- Saturday, July 9th- @ Gastonia (Sims Legion Park) 7 PM
Game 2- Sunday, July 10th- @ Taylorsville (Alexander Central High School) 7 PM
Game 3- Monday, July 11th- @ Gastonia (Sims Legion Park) 7 PM
Game 4- Tuesday, July 12th- @ Taylorsville (Alexander Central) 7 PM
Game 5- Wednesday, July 13th- @ Gastonia (Sims Legion Park) 7 PM

Appalachian State University volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro announced the addition of John Lucas as a volunteer assistant coach on Thursday.

“I’m excited to welcome John to our staff,” said Ginipro. “He has been around our program for a long time and I’ve always been impressed with him as a coach and as a person. He will be a great addition to our team dynamic and I’m looking forward to getting him in the gym working with our players.”

Lucas joins Appalachian after spending last season as an assistant coach at William and Mary under head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton. He was a full-time assistant and had responsibilities in every aspect of the program.

“I’m excited to come back to the mountains,” said Lucas. “I’ve always loved and admired App State. The coaching staff has already done so much for me and I’m honored to be a part of the program.”

Prior to William and Mary, Lucas spent a number of years in the college ranks as a camp coach in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Lucas has assisted with Appalachian State camps and also the College of Charleston.

Collegiately, Lucas was a four-year member of Lees-McRae College’s men’s volleyball program. He captained the Bobcats to a combined 57-49 overall record from 2011-2014. He averaged 1.99 kills and 0.78 blocks per set in his career, while also hitting 58 aces (0.18 per set) and collecting 1.01 digs per set. In 2012, he was a second-team all-league selection in the Conference Carolinas and had career-highs of 15 kills, four aces, 12 digs and seven blocks in a match.

He graduated cum laude in 2014 with a degree in communications, while minoring in fine arts. He served as an intern in the Lees-McRae communications office, working on projects to capture all aspects of campus life on using both photo and video.

Lucas grew up in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, where he played both club and high school volleyball.

Thursday, 07 July 2016 07:52

Hickory Crawdads Defeats Augusta on the Road

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A Hickory Crawdads offense that had been held to 5 total runs while splitting the first two games in Augusta came alive Wednesday night, as the 'Dads bats scored early and often in an 8-5 victory over the GreenJackets that also gave Hickory the series win at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The Crawdads scored runs in five separate innings on the night, including three frames with multiple tallies. Four players finished the contest with a multi-hit game and three produced multiple RBIs, including both Eric Jenkins (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R,) and Eduard Pinto (3-4, 2 RBI, BB) who accomplished both.

The 'Dads wasted no time in jumping on Augusta starter Cory Taylor, with the club scoring 2 runs in each of the first two innings for a 4-0 lead. Jenkins led off the ballgame with a single to right before he advanced to second and third base on two separate errors and ultimately scored on a wild pitch. Dylan Moore kept the inning going with a one-out double to left, followed by a steal of third base and an RBI base knock by Pinto to put Hickory ahead 2-0. The lead doubled to 4-0 in the 2nd on a 2-out triple by Sherman Lacrus, an RBI bunt hit from Jenkins, and an RBI double off the bat of Frandy De La Rosa.

The early Crawdads lead was quickly erased in the bottom of the 2nd however, as the GreenJackets got to Hickory starter Wes Benjamin for 4 runs on 4 hits, including a 2-run home run by Matt Winn, to tie the game at 4-4.

Both offenses came up empty in the 3rd and 4th innings before the 'Dads re-took the lead in the top of the 5th. De La Rosa started the rally with a leadoff walk, Moore followed with a single, and Pinto came through one out later with an RBI base knock to left that also plated Moore when right fielder Seth Harrison overran the ball in right for an E9 that gave the Crawdads a 6-4 advantage.

The 'Jackets refused to go away however, as Dillon Dobson drove in a run with an RBI double in the bottom of the frame to cut the Hickory lead to 6-5. The 'Dads were able to pull back away with single tallies in each of the next two frames, with Jenkins reaching on an error and scoring on an RBI single by De La Rosa in the 6th before Chuck Moorman roped a base knock to left and scored on an RBI double from Jenkins in the 7th for an 8-5 Hickory lead.

The bullpen would close the door from there, with Joe Palumbo and John Werner combining for 4.2 scoreless innings of relief to finish off the Hickory victory.

Palumbo (5-3) earned the win with 3.2 scoreless innings of relief on 1 hit, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts, while Werner (7) picked up the save after throwing a scoreless 9th. Taylor (7-3) took the loss for Augusta after allowing 7 runs, 6 earned, on 9 hits, 2 walks, and 8 Ks over 5.2 IP.

The Crawdads (6-8/44-40) will now head to Rome, GA for a 4-game series against the Braves, with first pitch on Thursday scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Caldwell County: 14
Mint Hill: 4
Caldwell wins series 3-0. Plays Queen City in the next round.

Hickory: 13
Lincoln County: 3
Hickory wins the series 3-0. Post 48 plays the winner of the Gaston Braves/Cherryville series.

Huntersville: 6
Taylorsville: 3
Huntersville wins the series 3-0.

Queen City: 9
Burke County: 0
Queen City wins series 3-1.

The Southern Conference announced Tuesday that Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds), Marcus Johnson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin), Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) and Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) were part of the 1,964 student-athletes to be named to its 2015-16 Academic Honor Roll.

To be eligible for the honor roll, a student-athlete who participates in varsity sports must post a 3.0 GPA or higher, be eligible the entire academic year and be members of the final squad lists. SoCon Wrestler of the Year Dejournette posted a 3.55 GPA while majoring in exercise science, Johnson posted a 3.14 while majoring in recreation management, Longo posted a 3.07 while majoring in exercise science, and Przybysz posted a 4.0 while majoring in economics.

“I’m very proud of the commitment our guys have made to the classroom,” head coach JohnMark Bentley said. “These men are great representatives of the program!”

Among being named to the honor roll, Przybysz also was one of only 398 who earned the Commissioner’s Medal, an award received by student-athletes who attain a GPA of 3.8 or higher throughout the year – up from 3.5 in previous years. With his GPA, Przybysz was a part of a record year for the SoCon, having 146 student-athletes earn perfect 4.0 GPAs. The previous record of 122 was set just last year.

On the mat in 2015-16, rising redshirt-senior heavyweight Dejournette put together one of the best seasons in school history, compiling 27 wins and just two losses going into the conference tournament where he won the heavyweight division. The Winston-Salem native was undefeated (7-0) in conference action while also winning the Michigan State Open and the Keystone Classic.

Longo also put together a stellar year at the 141-pound weight class. Before securing his second win in as many years at 141-pounds in the SoCon tournament and a spot in the NCAA Championship, the California native was ranked No. 31 in RPI during the season after going 21-14 on the year.

Johnson wasn’t a starter as he fluctuated between weight-classes, but turned in a good performance against Mark Boyle of Sacred Heart as a 184-pounder during the Keystone Classic. Johnson won by default 11-6.

Przybysz went 21-13 on the year, but finished with momentum to be runner-up at the conference tournament at 165 pounds. After finishing as runner-up for the second year in a row, the Jefferson-native heard his name called to the NCAA Championship where he went 1-2. His 4.0 GPA has also earned him being named to the 2016 National Wrestling Coaches Association Division I Top 30 All-Academic Teams list and the SoCon’s Spring 2016 Academic All-Southern Conference team.

The Mountaineers went 12-4 overall with a 6-1 SoCon record en route to winning a share of the regular-season title for the first time since 2012. The momentum carried forward to the tournament where Longo, Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) and Dejournette all won their individual weight classes, helping Appalachian State bring the conference crown back to the mountains for the first time since 2003.

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 23:55

App's Elias, Stinson Named to All-Scholar Team

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The Women’s Golf Coaches Association announced Tuesday that rising sophomore Joliana Elias (Jamestown, N.C./Penn-Griffin School for the Arts) and rising senior Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) were named to the 2015-16 WGCA All-American Scholar Team.

“We’ve always placed a lot of emphasis on succeeding in the classroom and our team continues to respond,” said head coach Heather Brown. “Kayla Hill, our academic advisor, has been a big part of our commitment to academic excellence and we’re both thrilled about this recognition for Emily and Joliana.”

Joining 830 women’s collegiate golfers, Elias and Stinson met or exceeded the criteria for selection to the team is some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. To be eligible, student-athletes must hold a 3.5 GPA or higher for the entirety of their collegiate career, be in attendance at their university for the entire academic year, be of high moral character and in good standing at their university as confirmed by the head golf coach, athletic director or the faculty athletic representative, and must have played in 50 percent of the college’s regularly scheduled rounds during the year.

Stinson helped lead the Mountaineers to eighth place at the 2016 Sun Belt Tournament, where she tied for 13th with teammate Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga), shooting 250 for the course. Elias was a big part of the team victory at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, where she shot 76 on day one before slicing one stroke off to finish with 75 in round two to tie for 11th place.

The 2015-16 year for women’s golf was another successful one for the program. Appalachian recorded seven top-five finishes in 10 tournaments and earned its third-straight NCAA Public Recognition Award for ranking among the top 10 percent of all Division I women’s golf programs in the latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures.

Blake Mosley, a 26-year coaching veteran, has been named Appalachian State University women’s tennis head coach, Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin announced on Tuesday.

“We’re excited to welcome Blake Mosley to the Appalachian family,” Gillin said. “I first would like to thank the members of our search committee, chaired by associate athletics director Brittney Whiteside, for their hard work and the outstanding job they did identifying the right person to lead our women’s tennis program moving forward. Blake has a myriad of experiences throughout the country and the world. He fits Appalachian State and our core values. We are all thrilled for the future of Mountaineer women’s tennis!”

Mosley brings 26 years of coaching experience, which includes coaching stints at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Santa Clara and Colorado, while serving as the head coach of Chaminade University from 2007 to 2012.

“I’d like to thank the search committee chair, Brittney Whiteside, director of athletics Doug Gillin and the entire hiring committee for this great opportunity,” said Mosley. “Their vision for the future of Appalachian State athletics and the women’s tennis program are inspiring. My wife, Aline, and I are excited to involve ourselves in the Boone community and get started with the upcoming season.”

For the past three seasons, Mosley has served as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado. While in Boulder, Mosley has been a part of many program firsts. The team’s 26 wins are the most in a three-year span since the late 2000s. In his three years in Boulder, Mosley has coached four all-Pac-12 student-athletes, including a first-team selection in 2015 (Julyette Steur). Five of Mosley’s student-athletes have earned Pac-12 all-academic honors.

He helped lead the Buffaloes to a national ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) ranking (No. 44) in 2014-15 - its highest since 2009. During the 2013-14 season, Colorado spent six weeks in the national rankings. With Mosley at CU, the Buffaloes earned its first ITA Mountain Region Singles and Doubles Titles in school history, while coaching an ITA West Region Rookie of the Year.

Prior to his three seasons at Colorado, Mosley spent one season at Santa Clara University and helped lead the Broncos to five weeks in the national rankings and a West Coast Conference regular season title - the program’s first. Seven Broncos received WCC for both athletic and academic achievements, in addition to one of Santa Clara’s student-athletes (Katie Le) becoming the first-ever tennis player in the women’s program to qualify for the NCAAs, and the first player to win a match at the singles championships.

For five seasons, Mosley was at the helm of the Chaminade University women’s tennis program. For his efforts in Honolulu, Mosley earned the 2010 ITA West Region Coach of the Year award. In his first season, the Silverswords won more games than all previous seasons combined.

Mosley got his start as a Head Tennis Professional at Padres Isles Country Club in Texas and coached one season as an assistant coach at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He has also coached and competed in Austria and Switzerland. Mosley has been certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association at the level of Pro I.

As a player, Mosley was ranked the No. 3 men’s player in the Texas Open Division in 1999 before heading to Europe. Starting in 1999, after coaching at Texas A&M Corpus Christi under current Texas A&M head tennis coach Steve Moore, Mosley traveled to Austria to play professionally. He played No. 1 singles and doubles for TC Goetzens in the Austrian Club League while coaching many rising stars. While in Austria, he was a sparring partner for Sylvia Plischke, who was ranked No. 29 WTA.

Mosley moved on to Switzerland to continue playing and coaching. While there, he played No. 1 singles and doubles for TC Pfaffikersee. He also served as a traveling coach at the International Tennis Academy and was the sparring partner of Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, who was ranked as high as No. 70 in 2009.

Mosley played collegiately at College of Charleston from 1991-95, playing No. 3 singles and No. 1 and 2 doubles. He completed his Bachelor of Science in biology in 1996. A native of Riverside, Calif., Mosley attended Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi.

He is married to the former Aline Fiorini Sartori of Florianopolis, Brazil.

MOSLEY’S COACHING CAREER AT A GLANCE

1998-99 – Texas A&M Corpus Christi (assistant coach)
2007-12 – Chaminade University (head coach)
2012-13 – Santa Clara University (assistant coach)
2013-16 – University of Colorado (assistant/associate head coach)

HONORS AND AWARDS
2010 – ITA West Region Coach of the Year

PROFESSIONAL PLAYING EXPERIENCE
1999-2007: Texas Open Division, Austria, Switzerland

COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE
1991-95: College of Charleston

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT BLAKE MOSLEY

“We are all really excited for this opportunity for Blake and his family. He has worked hard and put in the time to lead a team such as App State. I believe he will make an immediate positive impact in the Sun Belt Conference with the program. Blake brings a great skill set and will provide an environment that will benefit the players in bringing out their best. It will be fun to see the progress of the program from afar.”
- Nicole Kenneally, head coach at the University of Colorado

“Appalachian State just got very good in women’s tennis with the hire of Blake Mosley. Blake is as good a coach as there is at building team culture and is an elite recruiter. The team will love his energy and really benefit from his knowledge. He was a big part of helping our teams at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi become nationally ranked and did a great job improving the program at Colorado. Great hire for Appalachian State!!!”
- Scott Moore, director of tennis at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

“Blake is an outstanding player developer and role model both athletically and academically. He is quiet and confident, humble and affable. His student-athletes will be successful on the courts and in the classroom. Congratulations to Blake and to Appalachian State.”
- Dave Porter, head coach at BYU-Hawai’i