Appalachian State University baseball came away with its second victory of the season as it downed Gardner-Webb in the first of a three-game series on Friday evening at Bill Masters Field, 5-4.
The Mountaineers (2-3) never trailed in the effort, going up 2-0 in the top of the first and never looking back despite a late push by the Runnin’ Bulldogs (2-4) in the bottom of the ninth.
The hot bats started early in the first when senior Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) doubled to center as the second at-bat of the game. Junior Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) drew a walk to set the stage for a Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) double to left field to drive both Stroup and Vernon home.
After that, right-hander Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) held Gardner-Webb scoreless through five innings. Holden finished the game with 5.2 innings pitched, seven hits, but only one run allowed, striking our four batters.
Starting off the top of the six for Appalachian, Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) hit a solo bomb to left center to go up 3-0. The Runnin’ Bulldogs then responded with a solo home run of their own to left field to end their drought.
Right-handed junior Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) provided relief with two outs in the sixth before throwing 10-straight strikes, keeping Gardner-Webb off the scoreboard until the ninth. Howell finished with three punchouts in 2.1 innings pitched, throwing 25 strikes in 37 pitches total.
In the top of the ninth, freshman Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) and Vernon again came across the plate on a Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) laser up the middle. The Runnin’ Bulldogs attempted to rally in the bottom-half of the inning by scoring three on back-to-back doubles, but closer right-hander Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) put them away without allowing any more damage.
The Mountaineers will continue its three-game series with Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Feb. 25. First pitch at 2 p.m. and is broadcast on Big South Network.
Appalachian State University softball split the day defeating the UMBC Retrievers 5-3 in the morning and slipping to the North Texas Mean Green 1-0 at nightfall on day one at the Hampton Inn University Area Seahawk Softball Classic at Boseman Field on Friday.
The Black and Gold (6-5) competed in two close ballgames in Wilmington pulling out the second-straight win against UMBC (3-8) and falling short to North Texas. In the morning, Appalachian pounded out eight hits but was held to only two in the nightcap. Eight different Mountaineers made connections with the ball on Friday, and freshmen Taylor Rivenburgh (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) recorded multi-hit days with Rivenburgh going 2-for-3 and Russell going 2-for-6.
Game One: App State 5 , UMBC 3 (5-6)
UMBC took the early 2-0 lead in the first after a RBI double and a RBI single, but the two-run drought did not phase App State as they responded with two RBI singles from Rivenburgh and Russell.
After holding each other scoreless in the third, Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) opened up the fourth smashing a double deep to left center, and she was followed by back-to-back walks which filled up the bases. Soon after that Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) came up to bat and lightly tapped the ball for a sacrifice bunt to open up a lane for Parker to dash home and snatch their first lead of the game.
In the bottom of the fifth, the ballgame would see its second tie of the day after UMBC capitalized off a passed ball to even up the score, but Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) stopped the Retrievers in their tracks striking out the first batter of the game to end the fifth with a 3-3 count.
Then at the top of the sixth, App State snatched the lead back on Ally Walters’ (Orange City, Fla./University) second at-bat of the season cracking one out to left field for a RBI single. Right after that, H. Josey followed with her second RBI of the game to extend Apps’ advantage to two runs.
After Longanecker had halted UMBC for the second time to end the sixth, the Mountaineers retired the Retrievers’ batters at the bottom of the seventh to snag the second-straight ballgame away from UMBC 5-3.
On the mound, App State’s pitchers held UMBC scoreless for five innings, and Longanecker threw out four strikeouts.
Game Two: North Texas 1, App State 0
Under the lights, the two defenses and pitching staffs duked it out and kept the game close throughout seven innings registering a combined four three-and-outs, 12 strikeouts and six total hits.
Both teams struggled to create something offensively for four outings until North Texas scored an earned run off a RBI single to grab the one-run advantage in the fifth.
After White had fielded a double play at the top of the sixth and App went down in order at the bottom, Appalachian knew they had one more chance to either tie or take the lead. App State tried to make something happen in the bottom of the seventh when Rivenburgh hit a single for a base hit and White advanced pinch runner Maddy Bloom (Princeton Junction, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro North) to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) struck out swinging, it was up to Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) to muster something up offensively to keep App in the game, but she flew out to left field to end the ballgame with the Mean Green on top.
In the circle, Appalachian’s aggressive pitching from Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) (0-1) and Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) was an essential part in holding NT to one run and four hits. Both pitchers only walked one batter apiece and struck out a total of seven batters.
The Black and Gold will stay in Wilmington, N.C. for day two of the Hampton Inn University Area Seahawks Softball Classic and will play UNCW at 12:30 p.m. and face off against North Texas at 5:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (12-2, 1-0), ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division II, opened South Atlantic Conference play in record-breaking fashion with a 9-0 win over Anderson (4-8, 0-1) Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) improved to 5-0 on the year after throwing a three-hit shutout and striking out a school-record 17 batters.
Lenoir-Rhyne broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning by plating three runs kicked started by a two-run double from sophomore outfielder Zach Jacobs (Moncks Corner, S.C.).
The Bears then put the contest away with a three-run sixth inning and finished with the game with 13 hits. Junior third baseman Fred Wadsworth (Columbia, S.C.) hit his team-tying fourth home run of the year while sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) added three hits and two runs batted in.
Anderson’s Ryan Owens (Boca Raton, Fla.) fell to 1-2 on the year after suffering the loss.
The two teams will wrap up the weekend league series with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis (3-8) fell down early after the doubles portion, but couldn’t come back in a narrow 4-3 setback to Lipscomb (2-7) on Friday at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.
Appalachian would fall in doubles play to the Bison because of a default. It was a valient effort by the Apps in singles play where three of the six matches went into three sets.
Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C. / Weddington) was in the No. 1 slot for the Mountaineers for the fourth time this season, but fell to Viktoriya Dzyuba, 6-1, 6-1. No. 2 featured sophomore Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) outlasted Hannah Gamage in a back-and-forth match, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
In the No. 3 slot, Gabrielle Wreder (Wilmington, N.C. / Hoggard) was defeated by Madeleine Brooks, 6-2, 6-0.
The No. 4 singles match went into a tiebreak in the third set when Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla. / Felix Varela) and Denise Buberl were in a nip-and-tuck match. However, Machado fell valiantly, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 (7-5).
Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia / Miami Gold Coast) won her fifth match in row in singles when she notched an impressive 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) triumph over Thabile Tshatedi.
Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C. / Lake Norman) fell, 6-2, 6-2, to Jaclyn Findlay in the No. 6 slot.
The Black and Gold look to even its weekend record tomorrow on the road against Davidson. The first serve is set for 11 a.m.
Three players scored in double-figures, but it wasn't enough as Appalachian State University women's basketball (10-17, 5-11 SBC) suffered a 68-58 decision to Louisiana (16-8, 10-5 SBC) in the Holmes Center on Saturday.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) recorded her sixth 20-point game of the season scoring a game-high 20 points (16 in the second half) on an efficient 9-for-12 shooting with eight boards and four assists.
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) scored a conference-best this season with 17 points, 11 of which came from the free throw line. She also added five assists and grabbed five off the glass. Q. Murray rounded out the leading scorers with 11 points and scattered five helpers.
Bayley Plummer (East Davidson, N.C./Thomasville) tied her career high with 11 boards on the night, her third double-digit rebounding game of the season.
In a physical game that featured 53 fouls, the Apps came back from as much as 12 in the third quarter to just one on multiple occasions in the second half.
After Louisiana hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the third frame to take a 33-21 lead, the Apps surged back with a 14-3 run over a 4:34 span to cut the lead to one, 36-35. Nine points were scored by Story during the run while Murray and Amber Driver (Houston, Texas/Tyler JC) chipped in with five.
App continued to stay on the Cajuns' tails in the fourth quarter going into the period trailing by three. Following a Louisiana bucket that pushed the lead to 44-39, App sliced the deficit to one once again thanks to back-to-back layups in transition from Story and Jones.
As the trend continued during the game, Louisiana hit timely shots to keep App from taking the lead, as the visitors responded with a pair of buckets go out front by five, 48-43.
The Cajuns then went up by as much as 10 with 3:30 left, 60-50, before App stormed back to cut the deficit to three points, 61-58. Jones scored all eight points during the 8-1 run to give Appalachian a chance for a score-and-stop.
But Louisiana would score the next seven points to claim its fifth-straight victory.
App will look to end the weekend 1-1 on Saturday against UL Monroe at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (5-2, 1-1) fell short to Queens University of Charlotte (2-1, 2-0) Thursday afternoon with an 7-2 loss in a South Atlantic Conference match at Freedom Park.
In addition, Queens snapped Lenoir-Rhyne's four-match winning streak.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Alex Ayguavives (Barcelona, SPAIN) won his singles match against the Royals' Agustin Aran Martin (Mardel Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina) - 3-6, 6-4 and 10-4 - at number three. In addition, sophomore Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) prevailed at fourth singles for the Bears over Queens' Andor Vas (Subotica, SERBIA).
Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Tusculum on the road in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m. Queens hosts Brevard Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Queens 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Charlotte, N.C. (Freedom Park)
1. Jules Athalis (QUEENS) def. Tomas Hons (LR), 6-2, 6-2
2. Paolo Bompieri (QUEENS) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 6-2, 6-4
3. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Austin Aran Martin (QUEENS), 3-6, 6-4, 10-4
4. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Andor Vas (QUEENS), 6-3, 2-6, 10-7
5. Giovanni Setti (QUEENS) def. Paul Lenz (LR), 6-3, 6-2
6. Zachary Williams (QUEENS) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 10-8
1. Andor Vas/Paolo Bompieri (QUEENS) def. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-6
2. Giovanni Setti/Sebastian Meum (QUEENS) def. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR), 8-4
3. Jules Athalis/Joel Dunlap (QUEENS) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR), 8-4
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (5-2, 1-1 SAC), Queens (2-1, 2-0 SAC)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (5-4, 1-1) fell to Queens University of Charlotte (2-1, 2-0), 8-1, Thursday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Freedom Park. The Royals are ranked No. 39 in NCAA Division II.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Iulia Ponomareva (Smolensk, RUSSIA) won her singles match against the Royals' Marta Gonzalez (Vigo, SPAIN) - 7-5, 4-6 and 10-8 - at No. 2 but it was the only victory the Bears could muster.
Lenoir-Rhyne next plays Tusculum on the road in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m. Queens hosts Brevard Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
No. 39 Queens 8, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Charlotte, N.C. (Freedom Park)
1. Carlotta Nassi (QUEENS) def. Sara Kalkenova (LR), 2-6, 7-5, 10-2
2. Iulia Ponomareva (LR) def. Marta Gonzalez (QUEENS), 7-5, 4-6, 10-8
3. Melissa Laing (QUEENS) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-2, 6-3
4. Caroline Nielsen (QUEENS) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 6-1, 6-0
5. Hannah Lehfeldt (QUEENS) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-0, 6-4
6. Isabel Fornies (QUEENS) def. Jessica Rumple (LR), 6-1, 6-4
1. Marta Gonzalez/Melissa Laing (QUEENS) def. Emily Murchland/Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 8-4
2. Carlotta Nassi/Ana Bolson (QUEENS) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 8-7 (7-5)
3. Caroline Nielsen/Hannah Lehfeldt (QUEENS) def. Abbi Wood/Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 8-0
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (5-4, 1-1 SAC), Queens (2-1, 2-0 SAC)
East Burke: 58
Cavaliers advance to the third round hosting Monroe on Saturday.
Blue Devils advance to the third round going to Smoky Mountain on Saturday.
Southwestern Randolph: 18
Patriots host North Henderson in the third round on Saturday.
North Iredell: 56
Red Tornadoes season ends at 20-7.
West Caldwell: 52
Warrirors season ends at 18-8.
Fred T. Foard: 40
Tigers season ends at 11-16. The Red Tornadoes advance to the third round going to North Henderson on Saturday. Listen to the game on 1290 AM, 102.3 FM and whky.com Saturday night.
Patriots advance to the second round hosting South Point.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team has released its 2017 schedule, school officials announced today.
The schedule includes five home games in addition to a Thursday night opener – August 31 – at Moretz Stadium against West Alabama. The Bears and the Tigers will be meeting for the first time in school history. West Alabama went 7-4 last season.
Lenoir-Rhyne's non-conference schedule also includes North Greenville (Sept. 9 at home), Limestone (Oct. 14 on the road) and UNC Pembroke (Oct. 28 on the road). The Crusaders went 9-5 last year and advanced to the national quarterfinals. Meanwhile, the Braves (10-2) also earned a berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
In South Atlantic Conference play, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Wingate (Sept. 23), Newberry (Oct. 7 for its annual Homecoming game) and Carson-Newman (Nov. 4 for Senior Day).
The Bears and Wolves play for the Bishops' Trophy, the annual game between the two Lutheran Schools of North and South Carolina. Newberry went 10-2 last year and won the league championship.
The Bears will play at Mars Hill (Sept. 16), Tusculum (Sept. 30) and long-time rival Catawba (Nov. 11) on the road in league action. The Indians and Bears have met 96 times with Catawba holding a 49-43-4 edge over Lenoir-Rhyne.
Lenoir-Rhyne, under second-year mentor Mike Kellar, will host its annual Spring Game on Saturday, March 4, at 1:30 p.m.
2017 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Schedule
Date Day Opponent Location Time
Aug. 31 Thurs. West Alabama Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 9 Sat. North Greenville Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 16 Sat. #Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. 1:00 p.m.
Sept. 23 Sat. #Wingate Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 30 Sat. #Tusculum Greeneville, Tenn. 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 7 Sat. #Newberry (Homecoming) Hickory, N.C. 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 14 Sat. Limestone Gaffney, S.C. 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 28 Sat. UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. 4:00 p.m.
Nov. 4 Sat. #Carson-Newman Hickory, N.C. 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 11 Sat. #Catawba Salisbury, N.C. 1:30 p.m.
# = South Atlantic Conference game
Five Lenoir-Rhyne University student-athletes have been accepted into the Lineberger Fellows program. The program is considered to be the university’s premier academic program which includes a minimum baseline grade point average of 3.8 in addition to a rigorous application and interview process.
The five Bears’ freshman student-athletes are:
Hawley Agee (women’s soccer) – Greenville, S.C. (Middle Grades Education)
Karlie Bearden (women’s basketball) – Dawsonville, Ga. (Medical Studies)
Tyler Daily (men’s lacrosse) – Leesburg, Va. (Engineering Physics)
Cora Dodson (women’s swimming) – Venice, Fla. (Nursing)
Hannah Houston (volleyball) – Claremont, N.C. (Medical Studies)
Kim Pate, LRU’s Director of Athletics acknowledged the students’ accomplishments: “We are extremely proud of the academic achievements of these five student-athletes and their acceptance into this distinguished program. This a tremendous opportunity for these young men and women and we look forward to their continued growth and development as a result of this rich learning experience.”
The Lineberger Fellows program is designed to recognize, support and celebrate the many achievements of highly motivated and talented Lenoir-Rhyne students. The program accomplishes this by preparing Lineberger Fellows to become more competitive applicants for post-graduate fellowships, awards and exceptional employment opportunities.
Dr. Rand Brandes, Lineberger Fellows Director welcomes the student-athletes. “These student-athletes were selected not only because of their academic success, but also because they stayed focused and committed to developing as a whole person during the toughest semester of college—the first semester. I look forward to ‘coaching them’ on their professional development over the next four years.”
The Fellows meet regularly with the Director to help establish personal and professional priorities, develop plans for success, explore networking opportunities, and practice formal and informal interviewing skills.
The Fellows have participated in career development workshops focusing on self-awareness, internships, the graduate school selection and application process, resume design, and social media branding. They have also met to discuss the Fellows “common read” book, Rising Strong (2015) by Brené Brown and The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen Covey.
The Lineberger Fellows Program Founder and Director is Dr. Rand Brandes, Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Dr. Brandes is also Founder and Director of the highly-regarded Lenoir-Rhyne University Writer Series.
The Southern Conference received 19 qualifier allocations for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship, the NCAA announced on Thursday as Appalachian State University wrestling saw six wrestlers earn spots in one or both the latest coaches’ panel and Rating Percentage Index (RPI).
The final rankings will be tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2017 NCAA Championships, which will take place March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. The NCAA allocated the SoCon four qualifiers at heavyweight, three each at 125 and 184 pounds, two each at 149 and 157 and one each in the remaining weight classes.
Each qualifying tournament was awarded spots per weight class based on current year data. Each wrestler was measured on the following: Division I winning percentage at the weight class; ratings percentage index (RPI); and coaches’ ranking.
For each wrestler that reached the threshold in at least two of the three categories, his qualifying tournament was awarded a qualifying spot in that weight class. Each qualifying tournament, with automatic qualifying status, was awarded a minimum of one wrestler per weight class, which will go to the tournament champion, even if they did not have any wrestlers reach at least two of the three thresholds. NCAA tournament spots for each qualifying event will be awarded at the tournament based solely on place-finish.
After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 49 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 7. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers. The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition; quality wins; coaches’ ranking; results against common opponents; RPI; qualifying event placement; and winning percentage.
The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days. The RPI requires a minimum of 17 Division I matches to be eligible for a ranking.
The SoCon’s 26 ranked individuals are:
125 pounds (3 NCAA allocations)
Nathan Kraisser, Campbell (No. 14 coaches/No. 19 RPI)
Freddie Rodriguez, SIUE (22/23)
Vito Pasone, Appalachian State (25/30)
Alonzo Allen, Chattanooga (--/28)
133 pounds (1 NCAA allocation)
Colby Smith, Appalachian State (21/19)
Chris Debien, Chattanooga (--/32)
141 pounds (1 NCAA allocation)
149 pounds (2 NCAA allocations)
Matt Zovistoski, Appalachian State (18/18)
Chris Vassar, Gardner-Webb (28/20)
Ty Buckiso, The Citadel (31/--)
157 pounds (2 NCAA allocations)
Aaron Walker, The Citadel (27/20)
Austin Kraisser, Campbell (33/--)
Neal Richards, VMI (--/19)
165 pounds (1 NCAA allocation)
Tyler Marinelli, Gardner-Webb (26/20)
Forrest Przybysz, Appalachian State (29/33)
174 pounds (1 NCAA allocation)
Austin Trott, Gardner-Webb (24/18)
Nick Kee, Appalachian State (32/--)
Jake Residori, SIUE (--/32)
184 pounds (3 NCAA allocations)
Bryce Carr, Chattanooga (16/12)
Hunter Gamble, Gardner-Webb (18/16)
Ville Heino, Campbell (19/19)
197 pounds (1 NCAA allocation)
Sawyer Root, The Citadel (--/32)
Heavyweight (4 NCAA allocations)
Denzel Dejournette, Appalachian State (9/8)
Jared Johnson, Chattanooga (10/9)
Jere Heino, Campbell (24/18)
Boyce Cornwell, Gardner-Webb (29/28)
Jake McKiernan, SIUE (31/--)
The Hickory Crawdads have scheduled a doubleheader for Saturday, April 15th and have opted not to play on Easter Sunday (April 16th). The twin bill will start at 5pm with the second game beginning approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
"We wanted to give our fans, staff, players, and coaches the opportunity to celebrate Easter with their family and friends," said Crawdads GM Mark Seaman.
The 'Dads will still celebrate the holiday on Saturday, April 15th with the Easter Bunny scheduled to make an appearance. In addition to Easter, the 'Dads will also be celebrating the official 25th anniversary of Crawdads baseball, as the first ever game took place at L.P. Frans Stadium on April 16th, 1993.
In honor of the quarter century milestone, the Crawdads are offering a limited number of doubleheader tickets for only $2.50 each, with one ticket valid for both games.
Tickets for the doubleheader are available online now or by calling the 'Dads front office. Single game tickets for the rest of the 2017 schedule will be available at a later date.
For more information about the doubleheader, call the 'Dads front office at (828) 322-3000.
The Queens Men's Basketball Team (24-3, 18-3) remained in a first-place tie in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 94-81 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (10-16, 9-12) Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Royals, ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, shot 60 percent (33-of-55) for the game and were led by Mike Davis (Brunswick, Ga.) with 22 points in the victory. Queens remained at the top of the league standings with Lincoln Memorial.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite the play of senior guard Darrion Evans. The Freedom High and CVCC grad scored a game-high 31 points including 25 in the first half and hit nine three-pointers in the losing effort.
Senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) added 21 points but the Bears fell to 1-8 in their last nine contests.
Queens rallied from a 48-42 deficit at halftime by scoring 52 points after intermission. The Royals' Josh Van Weezep (Farmington, Utah) added 18 points and hit six treys in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Mars Hill, N.C., to take on Mars Hill in a league game Saturday at 4pm.
Appalachian State University softball edged out the North Carolina A&T Aggies 3-2 in extra innings on Wednesday at the Lady Aggie Softball Complex in Greensboro, N.C.
“I thought Kenzie [Longanecker] came in and closed out really well, and threw well,” said head coach Janice Savage. “ I think offensively we need to continue to figure ourselves out, be able to hit with runners in scoring positions, make better adjustments at the plate earlier and learn off of other people’s at-bats and not just from our own.”
App State improved to 5-4 after five ladies pounded out hits and three knocked in RBI to withstand the Aggies and sweep the two-game series. In the circle, Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) (4-2) shut out A&T for 5.2 innings and fired out two strikeouts.
Game Rundown: App State 3, N.C. A&T 2 (8)
After two quiet innings, North Carolina A&T (6-6) capitalized off of back-to-back RBI singles to take the 2-0 lead at the bottom of the third. Following their two runs, N.C. A&T took the field and neutralized Apps' offense, but Appalachian responded by stopping the Aggie scoring threat stranding a runner on second at the bottom of the fourth.
Then the ballgame took a turn in the fifth inning when Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) sparked life into App State’s offense crashing a double deep into left field. Right after that, Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail)and Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) mirrored Russell’s double with back-to-back RBI doubles to even up the score at two apiece.
After holding each other scoreless in the sixth and seventh, the ballgame went into extra innings, and Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) smashed in a RBI single to bring home Gabby Buruato, a Draughn High School grad, to take the one-run lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.
With the game on the line, the Black and Gold knew that the next three outs would determine the ballgame. A&T attempted to open up the eighth with a bunt to advance the runner, but White threw the runner out at third on a fielder’s choice. Then after a walk, Longanecker closed out the inning throwing two consecutive batters out at first to snatch game two away from N.C. A&T.
The Black and Gold will travel east to Wilmington, N.C. for the Hampton Inn University Area Seahawk Softball Classic Feb. 24-26.