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North Carolina continued its mastery over Appalachian State University baseball with a 9-0 win over the Mountaineers on Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium.

The defeat was Appalachian State’s 15th-straight at the hands of North Carolina. The Mountaineers, who are 3-25 all-time against the Tar Heels, have not beaten UNC since an 11-10 victory at Boshamer Stadium in 1997.

North Carolina (15-9) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Tuesday night and scored two more runs in the second, three in the fifth and two in the seventh en route to the victory.

Appalachian State (7-17) managed just three hits against five UNC pitchers, with only one coming after Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) led off the third inning with a bunt single.

The Mountaineers’ best scoring opportunity came in the seventh when a leadoff single by Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest), a walk by Grayson Atwood (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) and a groundout by Noah Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) put two runners in scoring position with only one out. However, UNC reliever Hansen Butler got the Tar Heels out of the jam unscathed with a strikeout and a pop up.

The Mountaineers’ three hits were a season low and the shutout was their second of the season (App State was blanked, 4-0, on March 11 at Georgia).

In addition to Burris and Pierson, Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) also singled for the Mountaineers.

Skye Bolt led North Carolina by going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.

Appalachian State gets another crack at Atlantic Coast Conference competition on Wednesday night when it hosts Wake Forest. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. at Appalachian’s Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

After the conclusion of the third round on Tuesday at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate, Appalachian State University men’s golf remained in 12th place. The Mountaineers shot a 295, eight strokes better than their second round tally, for a total of 888 for the tournament.

The Mountaineers most consistent golfer was Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville). Moriarty’s third round 74 left him in tied for 29 for the tournament. Andrew Furr (Clayton, N.C./Clayton) shot at 77 on the final day, his highest round of the tournament, and finished in a tie with teammate Caleb Keck (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County) for 60th place. Keck’s final round of 74 brought him to a 224 total for the tournament.

Dillon Wilson (Winston Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) fired the low round of the day for the Mountaineers with a 3-over 73. Wilson finished with a total of 225 and tied for 69th place. Eric Eberspeaker (Rock Hill, S.C./Rock Hill) carded his lowest round of the tournament with a 4-over 74. Eberspeaker’s total of 227 left him tied for 77th.

Competing Individually, Dustin Abele (Greenville, N.C./Arendell Parrott Academy) recorded rounds of 79, 77, and 79. Abele ended his tournament tied for 121 with 235 strokes.

Appalachian came into the final day of the tournament in 12th place after a second round 303. Moriarty shaved one stroke off his day one score and finished with a team-low 72 in the second round. Moriarty jumped into 20th place and had six birdies on the tournament. After a team-leading 71 in the first round, Furr shot a 76. Furr went into the final round in a tie for 37th.

Keck and Wilson both shot rounds of 8-over 78 on day two. Keck was 10-over par for the tournament and was tied for 66th place. Wilson had a total of 152 and entered the third round tied for 80th. Finishing one stroke behind Wilson’s 152 was Eberspeaker. Eberspeaker carded a 77 in the second round and was tied for 89th.

Radford won the tournament after a three-hole playoff with Loyola (Md.)

The Mountaineers are next in action against for the University Cup on Sat. April, 4th. Appalachian will be facing off against Gardner-Webb at the Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton, N.C.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Golf Team improved two places on the final day Tuesday to finish fifth overall at the Trevecca Spring Invitational at the Hermitage Golf Course General’s Retreat.

The Bears shot a 601 (+25) on the par-72, 6,822-yard course while Tennessee Wesleyan won the tournament with a five-under 571 as a team.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman Jackson Bailey (Matthews, N.C.). Bailey tied for sixth overall with a 145 (+1) while Tennessee Wesleyan’s Travis Rodgers took home individual honors.

Rodgers carded a five-under 139 after 36 holes of play.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Golf Team next competes in the Campbell Oil/Sunoco Classic in Wallace, N.C., on Monday and Tuesday.

Trevecca Spring Men’s Golf Invitational
March 23-24, 2015 – Final Results
Old Hickory, Tenn.
Hermitage Golf Course General’s Retreat
Trevecca Nazarene University, host
Par: 72
Yards: 6,822

1. Tennessee Wesleyan 571 (-5)
2. Lincoln Memorial 578 (+2)
3. Cumberland 584 (+8)
4. Trevecca Nazarene 596 (+20)
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 601 (+25)
6. Southern Indiana 607 (+31)
7. Cedarville 616 (+40)
8. Hannibal-LaGrange 628 (+52)
9. Union 639 (+63)
10. Alderson Broaddus 649 (+73)
11. Ancilla 803 (+227)

Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals
6t. Jackson Bailey 145 (+1)
22t. Jordan Vogler 149 (+5)
27t. Drew Alford 150 (+6)
46t. Blake Childers 157 (+13)
55t. Benjamin James 163 (+19)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Golf Team finished 15th overall at the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge which ended Tuesday at the Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation.

Lenoir-Rhyne shot a 720 (+136) while King won the tournament with a 625 (+41).

The Bears were led by freshman Tessa Young (Cornelius, N.C.), who finished the tournament in 69th place with a 176 (+30).

Maddisen Cox of Converse was the top player in the tournament. Cox carded a 150 (+4) after two rounds of play.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Golf Team will next compete in the Agnes McAmis Memorial on Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31, in Greeneville, Tenn.

Wingate Women’s Golf Intercollegiate Challenge
March 23-24, 2015 – Final Results
Charlotte, N.C.
Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation
Wingate University, host

1. King 625 (+41)
2t. Newberry 635 (+51)
2t. Converse 635 (+51)
4t. UNC Pembroke 637 (+53)
4t. USC Beaufort 637 (+53)
6. King 638 (+54)
7. Queens 650 (+66)
8. Lincoln Memorial 656 (+72)
9. Carson-Newman 658 (+74)
10. Wingate 666 (+82)
11. Pfeiffer 676 (+92)
12. Belmont Abbey 679 (+95)
13. Coker 682 (+98)
14. Tusculum 698 (+114)
15. Lenoir-Rhyne 720 (+136)
16. Mars Hill 733 (+149)

Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals
69. Tessa Young 176 (+30)
74t. Bree Keller 182 (+36)
77t. Elizabeth Ewing 183 (+37)
86. Brianna Williams 196 (+50)

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Teams were picked to finish fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.

The outdoor season continued last weekend at home when Lenoir-Rhyne hosted the PowerSox Invitational. Lenoir-Rhyne won the women’s competition while the men’s team placed second.

Several track and field athletes to watch out for this season for the Bears include juniors Kevin Baxter (Columbia, S.C.), Zach Millsaps (Statesville, N.C.) and Vertrice Wilson (Carrollton, Ga.) and sophomore Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.).

Baxter is a three-time All-American – twice in indoor, once in outdoor – and won the men’s 110-meter hurdles in last year’s league finals while Millsaps broke the school record in the men’s 5,000-meter run (15:10) two weeks ago at the Coastal Carolina Invitational.

Robinson won the women’s 400-meter dash at the 2014 SAC Championships and was named the conference women’s freshman of the year while Wilson is an indoor all-region selection and finished runner-up in the women’s 100-meter hurdles and discus throw at last season’s conference championship meet.

For the second straight year, Lenoir-Rhyne will serve as the host school for the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Track and Field Championships. The league finals will take place on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

In last year’s championships, the men’s team took home second-place honors while the women’s squad placed fourth overall for the Bears. Wingate (men) and Queens (women) were the inaugural team champions. The Bulldogs were picked to win both the men's and women's league meets this spring.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Outdoor Track and Field Teams next compete in the VertKlasse Meeting on Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4, in High Point, N.C.

2015 South Atlantic Conference
Women's Track And Field Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Wingate (2) 66
2. Queens (7) 65
3. Anderson 58
4. Mars Hill 50
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 49
6. Carson-Newman 42
7t. Lincoln Memorial 24
7t. Coker 24
9. Brevard 20

2015 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Track And Field Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Wingate (5) 66
2. Mars Hill 57
3. Queens (3) 56
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 51
5. Carson-Newman 48
6. Anderson 47
7. Coker 27
8. Lincoln Memorial 26
9. Brevard 19

After leading Appalachian State University baseball to its first-ever Sun Belt Conference series victory, second baseman Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) and pitcher Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) have been named the Sun Belt’s Player and Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.

Dobson had a monster week at the plate hitting a .667 (10-for-15) with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI, eight runs scored, a .706 on-base percentage and a 1.200 slugging percentage in four games.

The junior was particularly impressive in Appalachian State’s three-game Sun Belt series versus UL Monroe, going 9-for-12 (.750) with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI and seven runs scored. He reached base in each of his first 10 plate appearances of the weekend (eight hits, a walk and reached on an error), including a 5-for-5 effort with two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored in Saturday’s 7-5 win. The five-hit game was the first by a Mountaineer since Daniel Kassouf also went 5-for-5 against Elon on March 23, 2012.

With the big week, Dobson raised his season batting average from .270 to .337. He ranks among the top 100 in the nation in home runs (6 - t-21st), total bases (54 - t-49th) and slugging percentage (.607 - 100th).

Thurber’s recognition came on the heels of throwing 10 scoreless innings over two appearances last week. The senior surrendered only four hits, did not issue a walk and struck out eight over the 10 shutout frames.

Thurber opened the week with a perfect inning out of the bullpen on Tuesday at UNC Asheville but earned the Sun Belt accolades with his performance as a starter three days later against ULM. Making the first weekend start of his career, Thurber twirled a four-hit shutout in Appalachian State’s 7-0 series-opening win.

The right-hander tallied seven strikeouts and no walks and needed only 103 pitches to record the first complete game of his career. He shattered his previous career high of 6.0 innings pitched.

Behind Dobson and Thurber, Appalachian State went 2-2 on the week, including taking 2-of-3 conference games from ULM. The duo’s honors are the first weekly awards garnered by Mountaineers as members of the Sun Belt.

Appalachian State returns to action on Tuesday evening with a 6 p.m. contest at North Carolina, followed by a home date on Wednesday versus Wake Forest. Wednesday’s contest versus WFU is set for 5 p.m. at App State’s Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Sarah Kenley has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Kenley, a sophomore catcher from Charlotte, N.C., batted .444 (12-of-27) with five doubles, two home runs and nine runs batted in to lead the Bears to five victories last week.

Kenley had at least one hit in six of the team’s eight games last week including a four-hit, two-RBI performance against Brevard in a 10-3 win in the second game of a doubleheader sweep Saturday on the road.

Kenley, a 2014 Second-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree, is second on the team in batting average (.408) this year and leads the squad in hits (40), doubles (12), home runs (seven), runs batted in (38), total bases (73) and slugging percentage (.745).

Carson-Newman’s Sarah Howard has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Pitcher Of The Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (23-10, 3-3) returns to action on Thursday when the Bears host Wingate (16-10, 5-1) in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was moved due to the threat of rainy weather.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team’s home South Atlantic Conference doubleheader, scheduled for tomorrow, has been moved to Thursday due to the threat of inclement weather.  First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.

Baseball:
South Mountain Athletic:
Crest: 14
East Burke: 0


Softball:
Northwestern:
Fred T. Foard: 11
Hickory: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 13
Newton-Conover: 3


Girls soccer:
North Piedmont:
Lake Norman: 9
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern:
Hickory: 2
St. Stephens: 0

South Caldwell: 5
Freedom: 1

Appalachian State University men’s basketball forwards Rantavious Gilbert (Albany, Ga./Monroe) and Milos Kostic (Belgrade, Serbia/IMG Academy) will not return to the team for the 2015-16 season, head coach Jim Fox announced on Monday.

Both student-athletes will remain enrolled at Appalachian State for the remainder of the 2014-15 academic year. Gilbert averaged 4.7 minutes per game in 17 appearances while Kostic averaged 7.0 minutes per game in 21 appearances.

The Mountaineers will return 11 players in 2015-16, including four of their top five scorers from this past season. Appalachian State finished sixth in its inaugural season in the Sun Belt Conference despite being selected to finish 11th in the preseason coaches poll.