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Sunday, 12 April 2015 04:17

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Upset by Catawba

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (7-6, 6-2) suffered a 17-15 loss to Catawba (5-8, 2-6) Saturday on Senior Night at Moretz Stadium in the regular season finale.

The Indians’ Connor Kennedy (Weddington, N.C.) scored six times, a game-high, and Catawba denied Lenoir-Rhyne a share of the conference regular season championship for the second straight year with the upset victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Carson Sterling (Durham, N.C.) continued his stellar play of late, scoring a team-high four goals to go along with an assist but the Bears couldn’t hold an 11-9 advantage early in the second half.

Kennedy scored five of his six goals after halftime and the Indians responded with five straight scores in the third period to take the lead for good. Adam Hebert (Charlotte, N.C.) added four goals and a pair of assists as well for the Indians.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.) scored twice and dished out three assists as the Bears held a 47-36 advantage in shots taken despite the loss. Catawba, however, controlled 27 of the possible 35 face-offs.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) played the second half and suffered the loss despite tallying seven saves. Catawba’s goalkeeper, Ryan Applegate (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), earned the win after making 11 saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the third seed in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Tournament, will face sixth-seeded Brevard in the tournament quarterfinals at home Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field completed the Tennessee Relays on Saturday, with three athletes recording top-ten school times.

On the women’s side, Catherine Crawford started the day by placing 12th in the 100m dash and recording a new personal record of 12.15.

Crawford then followed that performance up with a 12th-place finish in the 200m dash, notching a time of 24.75, which is a season-best for her.

Tristin Van Ord placed sixth in the 1,500m run, recording a personal best time of 4:27.63. The time ranks her third all-time in the Appalachian record books.

Dana Cox also had a successful day for App State, placing third in the 5,000m run and crushing her previous personal best time by finishing in 17:06.50. The time ranks sixth all-time in the Mountaineers record books.

Samantha Campanaro also recorded a personal best for the Apps in the 5,000m run, placing 13th with a time of 17:32.42.

Krystal Clarke led the team in the field events, finishing 12th in the long jump with a distance of 16-4.

For the men, Marshall McRae placed in the top-25 in both the 100m dash and 200m dash. He first recorded a time of 10.78 in the 100 meters, before posting a time of 22.24 in the 200 meters.

Michael Ellis highlighted the day by placing tenth in the 5,000m run, earning a personal best time of 14:28.97. The time ranks him ninth all-time in the Appalachian record books.

The Mountaineer 4x100 relay team of Clay Allen, William Buckley, Kimani Hoffman and McRae placed fourth at the meet with a time of 41.47.

The Apps will return to action when they travel to the UNC Charlotte Open on April 17-18.

Appalachian State University softball dropped both games of a doubleheader at Georgia State on Saturday. App State dropped a heartbreaker in Game One 2-1 and lost 10-2 in six innings in the second game.

Game One: Georgia State 2, App State 1

The Mountaineers (9-26, 0-17 Sun Belt) didn’t get their first hit until the fifth inning of the game when Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) teed off on the first pitch she saw. Parker crushed her fourth home run of the season off of the light post in left field. The Apps would manage just two hits in the game. Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) singled following Parker’s homer.

Appalachian would hold the 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Panthers (28-15, 7-7 Sun Belt) pushed across two runs for the eventual 2-1 win. Georgia State would get a solo home run and an RBI single for the lead.

Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Lowndes) pitched her second complete game of the season in the effort. Ciocatto allowed just two runs on five hits, while striking out four and walking two.

Game Two: Georgia State 10, App State 2 F/6

The second game of the day would once again see the Mountaineers jumping out to an early lead. Tiffany Taynor (Edgewater, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) led off with a walk and was moved to second base on a Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) sac bunt.

Following a wild pitch, Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Northwest Guilford) would single and drive in Taynor from third base for the 1-0 advantage.

The Panthers would tie the game on a solo home run in their half of the first and then put up a three-spot in the second to go ahead 4-1.

After a lead off double from Taynor and a Gomez ground out, Warnock was able to hit a sacrifice fly to left field and score Taynor from third to cut the Panther lead to 4-2.

Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, the Panthers would score three runs in the fourth and sixth innings to end the game by a run-rule.

The Mountaineers scattered six hits in the game from Taynor, Gomez, Warnock, Parker, Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) and Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter).

Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) got the start and pitched 1.1 innings and gave up three runs on three hits and one walk. In relief, Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township/Monmouth) came in and did not record an out but let up one run on one hit and walked one.

Ciocatto entered the game and pitched 2.0 innings in relief, surrendering three runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout. Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) finished the last 2.1 innings of the game and allowed three runs (none earned) on seven hits.

The Mountaineers will take on the Panthers in the series finale tomorrow with a 12 p.m. first pitch.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (9-7, 7-1) wrapped up second place in the South Atlantic Conference regular season standings with an 18-4 victory over Catawba (8-8, 5-3) on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.) scored a game-high four goals while freshman midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) and junior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) added three goals each in the victory.

Catawba’s Nicolette Salay (Columbus, N.J.) finished with two goals despite the loss for the Indians.

Lenoir-Rhyne put the game away early, scoring the first nine goals of the match and taking an 11-1 advantage into halftime.

Donovan, the Bears’ all-time leading scorer, now has 50 goals on the season and leads the South Atlantic Conference in total points with 70.

Lenoir-Rhyne also held the advantage in both shots taken (41-20) and ground balls (23-10) in the victory.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne senior Ashley Gruning (Jackson, N.J.) earned the win after stopping 10 shots while Catawba’s Bethany Davis (Salisbury, Md.) suffered the loss despite making seven saves on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne will next play in the semifinals of the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Championship on Friday at 6:30 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C., at Queens University.

Catawba Valley CC at New River CC

Game 1:
CVCC 14 - New River 1 (5 innings)

Offensive Leaders:
Danny Sullivan 4-4, 1 doubel, 1 homerun, 4 rbi, 2 runs
Clay Hodges 3-5, 1 double, 3 rbi, 3 runs
Ivan Acuna 2-3, 2 doubles, 2 rbi, 3 runs

Winning Pitcher:
Justin Norton (5-1) 5 IP, Complete game, 1 run on 3 hits, 7 K

Red Hawks jumped on the board first in the first inning. Danny Sullivan and Lou Matarazzo hit back to back homeruns with Sullivan hitting a 3 run HR and Matarazzo hitting a solo HR. The Red Hawks ended the game after 5 innings with the 10 run rule.

Game 2:
CVCC 13 - New River 3 (7 innings)

Leaders:
Danny Sullivan 2-2, 1 rbi, 1 run
Sam Salyers 3-5, 1 homerun, 3 rbi, 2 runs
Andrew Meadows 2-5, 3 rbi, 1 run

Winning Pitcher:
Will Greene (1-2) 7 IP complete game, 3 runs, 7 hits, 13 Ks

The Red Hawks jumped out to a 7 run lead in the first 3 innings. Green was throwing a pefect game through the 6th inning and retired 17 straight to start the game. The last 8 outs of the game were Greene strikeouts.

Red Hawks are 23-16 and 9-2 in conference. They will look for the sweep tomorrow in a game at 12.

Sunday, 12 April 2015 04:10

App State Men's Tennis Handles Davidson

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Appalachian State University men’s tennis grabbed early momentum by winning the doubles point and cruised to a 5-2 victory over Davidson in its regular-season finale on Saturday at the Appalachian Tennis Courts.

The Mountaineers (10-11) also picked up wins in four of six singles contests as they topped the Wildcats (12-9) to send Robert Jenkins out with a team win on Senior Day.

Appalachian’s No. 1 doubles tandem of Jack Maddocks/Scott Webster earned an easy 6-1 win before Davidson drew even with a victory at No. 2. However, the Mountaineer duo of Zach Bost/Steve Lake came away with a 6-4 win at No. 3 to clinch the doubles point and give Appalachian State a 1-0 lead.

In singles play, the Wildcats tied the contest at 1-1 with a win at No. 6, but Appalachian State scored four-straight singles victories to run away with the match. Webster was the first to put his opponent away with a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 2 before Trey Morris grabbed a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 5.

Oliver Casey clinched the victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 and Maddocks added a fifth point in a thrilling 6-2, 5-7, 13-11 win at No. 3.

Webster finishes the regular season at 17-4 while Morris (13-8), Casey (12-9) and Maddocks (11-9) also end the regular season with double-digit wins. The doubles pairing of Maddocks/Webster finish with a team-best 12-5 doubles record.

The Mountaineers will travel to New Orleans next week where they will take part in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament from April 16-19. The winning team will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

Appalachian State 5, Davidson 2
Apr 11, 2015 at Boone, N.C. (Appalachian Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. Oliver Casey (APP) def. Shamael Chaudhry (DAV) 6-3, 6-2
2. Scott Webster (APP) def. Artem Khrapko (DAV) 6-0, 6-3
3. Jack Maddocks (APP) def. J.B. Gough (DAV) 6-2, 5-7, 13-11
4. David Hager (DAV) def. Zach Bost (APP) 5-7, 6-3, 10-5
5. Trey Morris (APP) def. Ricky Saad (DAV) 6-2, 6-2
6. Jordan Hart (DAV) def. Robert Jenkins (APP) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Jack Maddocks/Scott Webster (APP) def. J.B. Gough/Jordan Hart (DAV) 6-1
2. Jack Riazzi/Evan Watkins (DAV) def. Oliver Casey/Trey Morris (APP) 6-3
3. Zach Bost/Steve Lake (APP) def. Artem Khrapko/David Hager (DAV) 6-4

Match Notes
Davidson 12-9
Appalachian State 10-11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,2,5,1,3,4)
T-2:30 A-89

South Alabama scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on its way to a 9-2 win over Appalachian State University baseball in weekend series opener on Friday night at Stanky Field.

The Mountaineers got on the score board first when Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) hit his first homer of the season over the left field wall in the top of the third inning. The home run was also the first of Jackson’s career.

Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) got the start and pitched three scoreless innings before the Jaguars plated five runs on five hits with the help of three Mountaineer errors.

Two singles, a double, and a triple brought three more runs across home plate in the bottom of the fifth to open up an 8-1 advantage over the Apps.

The Mountaineers added a second run in the top of the seventh when Carson Jones (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe) led off the inning with a double to left center and scored on a fielding error by the South Alabama third baseman.

USA’s Kevin Hill pitched a complete game and improved to 5-0 on the season.

Appalachian State University is back in action tomorrow for a twin bill starting at noon against South Alabama to finish out the Sun Belt series. Game two will begin shortly after the conclusion of the first game.

Sunday, 12 April 2015 04:02

Crawdads Get Slammed By Hagerstown

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One night after a dominating performance and an Opening Night win, the Hickory Crawdads pitching staff was roughed up Friday night as they allowed 14 runs on 16 hits in the 'Dads 14-4 loss to the Hagerstown Suns at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Five Crawdads pitchers appeared in the game in which the Suns scored multiple runs in five different innings, plating two in the 2nd, three in the 4th & 5th, four in the 6th, and two more in the top of the 9th. The Hickory offense produced four runs on nine hits of their own, but the final two tallies came after Hagerstown had amassed a double-digit advantage.

The first third of the game was a close contest, with the Suns scoring a pair of unearned runs off of Crawdads starting pitcher Luis Ortiz in the 2nd to take a 2-0 lead. The 'Dads answered in the bottom of the frame when Luke Tendler lined a solo home run to right to cut the deficit to 2-1. Tendler came through again in the third, this time with an RBI single to plate Michael De Leon and tie the score at 2-2.

Hagerstown pulled away from there however, as the Suns touched up Hickory reliever Trey Lambert four six runs, five earned, on eight hits over the next 1.1 innings. Kevin Matthews followed out of the pen and recorded three strikeouts over his 1.1 IP, but the lefty also allowed four runs on four walks and a hit to give Hagerstown a 12-2 lead.

David Perez was able to calm the Suns bats with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief including 5 Ks, during which time the Crawdads scored a run in the 7th on an RBI single from De Leon to make the score 12-3. The Suns plated their final two runs of the night in the top of the 9th, when Hickory left fielder Eduard Pinto appeared to injure his left leg on a line drive hit by Hagerstown batter Raudy Reed. Pinto collapsed to the field, allowing Reed and to circle the bases for a 2-run, inside the park homer to make the score 14-3.

The 'Dads plated the final tally in the bottom of the frame on an RBI base knock from Ronald Guzman for the 14-4 score.

Suns reliever Ryan Ullman (1-0) earned the win after allowing one run on two hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over his four innings out of the pen. Lambert (0-1) took the loss for the 'Dads.

Tendler (2-4, HR, 2 RBI, R), Pinto (2-2, 2B, R, BB) and Jose Cardona (2-4) all finished with multi-hit games to lead the Hickory offense.

The Crawdads (1-1) and Suns (1-1) will match up again Saturday evening at 6:00 pm in game three of their four-game series.

East Burke Spring Break Tournament:
Bandys: 4
Freedom: 2

East Burke: 7
Hiwasse Dam: 3

Pine Lake Prep: 3
Hibriten: 1

West Lincoln: 8
Patton: 4

Shelby Easter Tournament Championship
South Caldwell: 6
South Point: 0

Cherryville Easter Softball Tournament:
Cherryville: 16
Maiden: 6

Hibriten: 18
Shelby: 8