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Sunday, 26 March 2017 22:24

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Falls at Rollins

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The Rollins Baseball Team (17-10) jumped out to a six-run advantage and held on to defeat Lenoir-Rhyne (17-12), 7-5, Saturday afternoon at Alfond Stadium.

The Tars’ Mike Purcell (Cheshire, Conn.) hit a two-run double as part of four-run fifth inning and Rollins took advantage of three Lenoir-Rhyne errors by plating four unearned runs in the contest.

Trailing by a 7-1 score after six innings of play, Lenoir-Rhyne tried to start a rally with three runs in its half of the seventh highlighted by a two-run single from sophomore outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) but Rollins pulled out the win thanks to Joey Vecchione (Marlboro, N.Y.).

Vecchione pitched the ninth inning for his fifth save of the year. A.J. Chacon (Lutz, Fla.) (5-1) was credited with the win for the Tars.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) added two hits and a RBI but freshman John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) fell to 2-2 after taking the loss. Shoemaker (.458) continues to lead the South Atlantic Conference in hitting.

The No. 15 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (30-7, 4-2) bounced back with a doubleheader sweep of Brevard (2-12, 0-6), 11-0 and 8-0, Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action on the road.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Brevard 0 (six innings)

The Bears run-ruled the Tornados thanks to an offense that produced 16 hits while sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 18-2 on the year after pitching a three-hit shutout, her eighth of the season. Parks also struck out eight batters in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) and senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) both finished with three hits and two runs batted in while the Bears put the contest away with a four-run sixth inning.

Brevard’s Ricki Kuhn (Newton, N.C.) was tagged with the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Brevard 0 (five innings)

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Savannah Davis (Bostic, N.C.) hit a two-run home run, the first of her career, and the Bears once again used a four-run inning in the last frame to run-rule the Tornados. The home run was inside the park.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) added two runs batted in and sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) improved to 8-1 on the year after firing a one-hitter. Triplett also struck out five batters. Kuhn (2-11) took the defeat again for Brevard.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) was a catalyst for the Bears on offense, tallying a pair of hits and scoring three runs.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., in Newberry, S.C.

Sunday, 26 March 2017 22:18

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Routs Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (7-3, 4-1) captured its third consecutive win with an overwhelming 18-3 victory Brevard (1-7, 0-4) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) finished with two goals and three assists and notched the 100th goal of her career just 1:29 into the game.

Sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) scored a game-high four goals – giving her a team-tying 22 goals on the year – as the Bears rushed to a 14-2 advantage at halftime and never looked back.

Brevard, which suffered its fourth straight setback, was led by Nina Siu (Greensboro, N.C.) with two goals on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense also caused six turnovers while junior All-American goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) picked up the win after playing the first half. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 31-4 advantage in shots taken while 12 players scored for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Tampa on Friday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 26 March 2017 22:11

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Blanks Virginia-Wise

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis (9-7) won its second straight match with a 9-0 victory over Virginia-Wise (3-10) Saturday afternoon in a non-conference, regional affair at Hickory High School.

Three players – junior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC), sophomore Shane O'Dea (Dublin, IRELAND) and freshman Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) – all won at singles and doubles for the Bears on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to host Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m. UVA-Wise hosts Concord on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Virginia-Wise 0
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Andrii Rutnytskyi (UVAWISE), 7-5, 6-3
2. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Viktor Tunnikov (UVAWISE), 6-1, 6-0
3. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Chris Armistead (UVAWISE), 6-1, 1-0, retired
4. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Josh McFadden (UVAWISE), 6-4, 6-1
5. William Hewett (LR) def. Daniel Laughlin (UVAWISE), 6-0, 6-0
6. Camden Tucker (LR) def. John Hamilton (UVAWISE), 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition:
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Andrii Rutnytskyi/Viktor Tunnikov (UVAWISE), 8-2
2. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Chris Armistead/Josh McFadden (UVAWISE), 8-0
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Daniel Laughlin/John Hamilton (UVAWISE), 8-0

Appalachian State University baseball led or was tied for 10 innings before dropping a heartbreaking three-spot in the top of the 11th to fall 6-3 to Texas State on Friday night at Smith Stadium.

The Mountaineers (10-12, 1-3 Sun Belt) allowed 17 hits, but limited the Bobcats (14-8, 3-1 Sun Belt) to just three runs until the end while managing 11 hits of their own – the fifth time in seven games that App State had reached double-digit hits.

Appalachian got on the board first in the bottom of the second when Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) sent a shot down the left field line to drive home Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) after he doubled to right field.

The Bobcats responded in the third, putting up one to tie, one of two ties on the night. Two scoreless innings later, the Mountaineers put up one on a Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) solo home run jack to left center, his second of the season.

The Diamond Apps extended their lead after Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) singled before being able to make it to second on a throwing error by the third baseman, setting up an RBI for Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) as he doubled down the right field line.

Texas State forced extra innings in the top of the ninth inning by scoring two runs to tie up the game at three apiece. Both teams went scoreless until the top of the 11th when the Bobcats secured the win.

On the mound to start for Appalachian was Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth). Holden went 6.2 innings, only allowing one run and two walks in 30 batters faced. Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Roswell) came in to relieve Holden and went 2.1 innings, allowing one unearned before Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) went 1.2, having three runs cross the plate and striking out two.

Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) was the final relief pitcher out of the bullpen, seeing just one batter and striking him out.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (17-11) opened a weekend road series with an 8-4 victory over Rollins (16-10) Friday evening at Alfond Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) improved to 8-1 on the season after allowing just one earned run while pitching into the sixth inning to go along with six strikeouts as the Bears won their second straight game. St. Clair also increased his national-leading strikeout total to 79.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) held Rollins to one unearned run after relieving St. Clair in the sixth frame for his third save of the year.

The Bears held a 4-3 advantage entering the top of the seventh inning before taking control with a four-run frame highlighted by senior second baseman David Newcomer’s (Archdale, N.C.) two-run single. Sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) added three hits and a RBI for the Bears.

For Rollins, Nick Breen (Debary, Fla.) and Brian Brooker (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) both totaled two hits and a run batted in while Brad Case (Pelham, N.Y.) (4-3) suffered the setback.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 14
Staetsville: 3

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard; 14
South Caldwell: 2

Hibriten: 5
Patton: 0

St. Stephens: 11
Freedom: 3

Watauga: 7
Hickory: 3

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 9
Shelby: 0

East Burke: 2
Chase: 1

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 6
West Lincoln: 5

East Lincoln: 12
Maiden: 8

West Caldwell: 3
Lincolnton: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 7
St. Stephens: 5

Hibriten: 22
Patton: 1

South Caldwell: 7
Fred T. Foard: 4

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 11
Shelby: 3

East Burke: 9
Chase: 1

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 8
Newton-Conover: 3

East Lincoln: 6
Maiden: 4

West Lincoln: 8
Bandys: 0

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 6
Canon-McMillan (Pa.): 0

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 5
Patton: 0

Hickory: 3
Watauga: 0

South Caldwell: 4
Fred T. Foard: 0

St. Stephens: 1
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 1
Chase: 0

Three Mountaineers pounded out home runs on Wednesday as Appalachian State University softball went 1-1 with UNCG in a midweek doubleheader at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Softball Stadium in Boone. App State topped the Spartans 2-1 in game one, and UNCG bounced back to outlast the Black and Gold 11-9 in game two.

Appalachian State (12-13, 0-3) grabbed their twelfth victory of the season, which surpasses the total number of wins in 2016. The Mountaineers also axed a six-game losing streak to the Spartans (17-13, 0-0 SoCon) with their 2-1 triumph and defeated their ninth non-conference opponent of the season.

App State Trio Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University), Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) and Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) all crashed out home runs today with Walters mustering up a career-high two jacks in a single game and registering her first grand slam in a Black and Gold uniform. Also, Parker raised her all-time home run count to 36, and the Apps recorded a team-high of three homers

Game One: App State 2 , UNCG 1

App State broke onto the board first thanks to a Dodd home run to take the 2-0 lead. Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) set the stage for Dodd after she reached first on a hit by pitch and advanced to second from a Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) sac. bunt. After Parker had grounded out, Dodd hit her second homer of the season over the right center fence to take the advantage at the end of the third.

After keeping UNCG off the scoreboard for five innings, Spartan Sidney Grkman cut App State’s lead in half after smacking a home run over dead center at the top of the sixth.

App had another opportunity to extend their lead at the bottom of the sixth with Mountaineers on first and third, but UNCG clawed their way out of the jam to bring the ballgame to the seventh.

With three outs needed to solidify the win, Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) answered the call and struck out the necessary batters to edge UNCG 2-1.

Dodd highlighted the offense going 2-for-3 at the plate followed by four other Mountaineers who recorded one hit apiece to down UNCG.

Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) and Longanecker turned in two solid performances in the circle holding the Spartans to five scoreless innings and striking out six batters to keep the SoCon team out of scoring position.

Game Two: UNCG 11, App State 9

After a back-and-forth battle that saw two grand slams and four lead changes, the Spartans came out on top with an 11-9 victory over Appalachian.

The Mountaineers busted out of the gates with five runs in the first to put UNCG in an early deficit. After App State had loaded the bases, Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) rocketed a single to center field to bring home Parker, who reached on a single. Then in a blink of an eye, Walters bombed out a grand slam to dead center to clear the bases and round up four runs to end the first up by five.

At the top of the third, the Spartans’ bats began to get hot with a home run to right center to cut Apps’ lead to 5-1 and was followed by a grand slam to even up the score. Later, UNCG would tack on two more to grab their first lead of the game, 7-5.

Not deterred by the two-run deficit, Walters connected again in the bottom of the third slamming a two-run homer over the scoreboard to tie the game at seven apiece.

After both ball clubs had scored one run at the end of the fifth to bring the score to 8-8, Parker ruptured the tie blistering out a home run to right field in the following inning, but the Spartans put up three more at the top of the seventh to snatch the rematch, 11-9.

Walters was sizzling hot at the plate going 2-for-4 with a career high of six RBI and two home runs.

Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State) highlighted the pitching core striking out five batters in 3.0 innings.

The Black and Gold will continue conference play in Decatur, Ga. when they take on the Georgia State Panthers for a three-game series March 25-26 at the Robert E. Heck Softball Complex.

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