After a neck-and-neck first half of the game, Appalachian State University baseball fell 6-4 in the series finale to Georgia Southern at Clements Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (13-23, 4-11 Sun Belt) got off to a quick start, going up 4-2 in the third inning over the Eagles (23-13, 9-6 Sun Belt) but were unable to hang on as GS scored four runs over the next two innings to secure the win.
Leading the way offensively for Appalachian was Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan). Vernon finished 2-for-5 on the day while Leonard continued his hitting streak, going 2-for-4 overall with three RBI. Leonard also hit his sixth home run of the season and his third double on the year.
On the mound for App State was Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central). Watts went 3.2 innings before he was relieved by Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) and Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline).
The Mountaineers will end their five-game road trip as they travel to Radford for their second meeting of the year. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis (12-8) displayed a valiant effort in a 4-2 defeat to a tough Davidson team on Saturday afternoon at Deer Valley Racquet Club.
The Mountaineers finish the regular season with a 12-8 mark including a 9-3 finish to the season after a 3-5 start. App will now await its quarterfinal opponent in the 2017 Sun Belt Tournament held in New Orleans at City Park Tennis Courts.
Due to the rainy weather at start time, the match was pushed back to 2:30 p.m. inside while the contest started with singles.
Appalachian got the start it needed with a 2-0 lead in the first two matches. Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) tied his career high in singles wins at 13 after handing David Hager his sixth loss of the season with a solid 6-2, 6-2 win to give App the 1-0 edge. Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) surpassed last season’s win total in singles as he improved to 14-4 thanks to a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Shamael Chaudhry.
With App having all of the momentum, the Wildcats turned the corner capturing the next four matches to claim the win. Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) fell to J.B. Gough in straight sets as the No. 4 in the lineup. The freshman fell in a close first set, 7-5, but fell in the second frame, 6-2.
Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin) fought valiantly in a three-set defeat to an opponent in Axel Fries that is now 18-4 on the year. Morris trailed after the first set before winning the second set, 6-4. Trailing 6-5 in the third set, Morris forced a tiebreaker, but would fall, 7-0. Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) recorded a hard-earned first-set tiebreaking victory against Artem Khrapko, 7-6 (7-3). However, he would fall in the next two sets, 6-4, 6-2.
Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) aimed to send the match into doubles as App trailed 3-2. Brea fell in the first stanza, 6-3, before falling in the final set to his counterpart, 7-5.
Maddocks and Morris were recognized before the game, honoring the pair for their dedication and commitment to the program.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Outdoor Track and Field Team finished fourth overall at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship which concluded Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track and Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Wingate stopped Queens' three-year reign by winning the league title with 237.5 points while Lenoir-Rhyne totaled 127.5 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Domonique Jones (Greensboro, Ga.), who won the hammer throw with a school-record 163'3", was named the SAC Women's Field Athlete Of The Year. Jones also placed second in the discus throw (130'7") and fourth in the shot put (39'1").
Lenoir-Rhyne's Autumn Drayton (Charlotte, N.C.) was named the SAC Women's Freshman Of The Year after her performance as well. Drayton won the discus throw (135'6") and placed second overall in the shot put (40'3") and fifth in the javelin throw (108'1").
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Sarai Hayes (Valdese, N.C.) was second in the 200-meter dash with a school-record 24.67 while senior Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) was runner-up in the 400-meter dash (a program-record 56.29).
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Duke Invitational on Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, in Durham, N.C.
2017 South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships
April 14-15 – FINAL RESULTS
Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex & Irwin Belk Track
Lenoir-Rhyne University, host
1. Wingate 237.5
2. Queens 162
3. Coker 132.5
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 127.5
5. Anderson 79
6. Carson-Newman 46.5
7. Mars Hill 15
8. Lincoln Memorial 5
2017 South Atlantic Conference Individual Honors
Women's Freshman Of The Year – Autumn Drayton, Lenoir-Rhyne
Women's Track Athlete Of The Year – Lucie Noall, Queens
Women's Field Athlete Of The Year – Domonique Jones, Lenoir-Rhyne
Women's Coach Of The Year – Travis LeFlore, Wingate
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Outdoor Track and Field Team totaled 107 points and finished third overall at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championships which concluded Saturday afternoon at the Irwin Belk Track and Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Queens won the league title for the third straight year with 215 points.
For the second year in a row, senior Myles Braswell-Sample (Durham, N.C.) won the shot put (51'5") for the Bears. Braswell-Sample also won the event for the fourth time this spring outdoor season.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Derek Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) also placed first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:46) for the second consecutive season.
Sophomore C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.) placed second in both the 100-meter dash (10.88) and 200-meter dash (21.46) and was part of Lenoir-Rhyne's runner-up 400-meter relay team (41.40).
Lenoir-Rhyne University will return to competition this Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, at the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C.
2017 South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships
April 14-15 – FINAL RESULTS
Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex & Irwin Belk Track
Lenoir-Rhyne University, host
1. Queens 215
2. Wingate 156
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 107
4. Carson-Newman 93
5. Anderson 91
6. Coker 48
7. Lincoln Memorial 43
8. Mars Hill 41
2017 South Atlantic Conference Individual Honors
Men's Freshman Of The Year – Elliot Zirwas, Wingate
Men's Track Athlete Of The Year – Jimmy Hollingsworth, Queens
Men's Field Athlete Of The Year – Elliot Zirwas, Wingate
Men's Coach Of The Year – Jim Vahrenkamp, Queens
Appalachian State University women’s track and field finished up the Charlotte Invitational on Saturday.
The Mountaineers were paced by five first-place finishes as the second day of the Charlotte Invitational wrapped up from the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center.
Chelsey Hargrave won both the long and triple jump on Saturday. Hargrave claimed first in the long jump with a leap of 18-10.75 feet, while topping the field in the triple jump with a distance of 41-11.50 feet.
K’Lynn Beal finished fifth in the long jump (17-11.50 feet) and fifth in the triple jump (37-8.50 feet), while Ila Mumford took seventh in the long jump (17-9.00 feet) and eighth in the triple jump (36-5.50 feet).
Darlene Girardeau won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.88 seconds. LaBria King finished not too far behind in third-place with a time of 12.06.
The Black and Gold’s 4x100-meter relay team of Girardeau, King, Hargrave and Catherine Crawford placed second with a time of 46.08.
In the 200-meter dash, Imani Chapman placed 17th with a time of 26.23, while Phylissa Greeley finished 21st with a time of 27.23. Crawford took second in the 400-meter dash, finishing with a time of 55.91. Greeley finished 17th in 1:00.46.
Chapman took seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.58, while Taylor Drummonds finished ninth with a time of 14.69.
A quartet of Mountaineers finished in the top-six of the 800-meter run. Elisa Sargent claimed first-place with a time of 2:15.82. Torre Moser and Kathryn Farina finished third and fourth, respectively, with times of 2:18.06 and 2:19.31. Sarah Venable took sixth with a time of 2:20.52.
Megan Scannell took a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:43.21.
in the field, Makayla Roten took first-place in the high jump after clearing 5-7.00 feet. Four Mountaineers finished in the top-eight of the pole vault. Lainey Hunnicutt took second and Drummonds took third with heights of 12-3.50 feet. Hannah Emery placed fourth in the vault with a jump of 11-9.75, while Sofia San Miguel took eighth with a vault of 10-10.00.
Amber Daniel finished 12th in the shot put with a throw of 36-10.50 feet. Daniel placed 13th in the discus with a throw of 114-7.00.
Appalachian State University men’s track and field wrapped up the Charlotte Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers finished the day with six first-place finishes to help round out the Charlotte Invite.
William Buckley won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.47 seconds, while Antonio Marcano Jr. finished fourth with a time of 10.60 and Jordan Johnson took sixth with a time of 10.73.
After winning the 800-meter run (fast section) on day one on Friday, Ryan Hastings claimed a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.97. Josh Hanna took 11th with a time of 49.62, while Jaxon Roberts finished 15th with a time of 50.04.
Phillip Thomas won the pole vault with a height of 16-2.75 feet.
Elliott Graves won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.81. Brandon Smith finished ninth with a time of 54.87.
Graves also took third place in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in a time of 14.62, while Andrew Spear finished sixth with a time of 14.92.
Both Mountaineer relay teams claimed wins on the day. App State’s 4x100-meter relay team of Marcano Jr., Buckley, Johnson and Graves won with a time of 40.56.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Smith, Sean Doyle, Jabari Johnson and Hastings won with a time of 3:18.70.
Hanna took 16h in the 200-meter dash and Roberts finished 20th. Hanna ran a time of 22.61, while Roberts finished in 23.23.
In the 800-meter run, Evan Georges placed eighth with a time of 1:56.86, while Doyle finished ninth with a time of 1:57.74. Michael Flanagan finished 15th with a time of 2:00.58.
Jordan Dale finished fourth in the hight jump, clearing 6-4.75 feet. Nick Hinton placed sixth (6-4.75), Daniel Lauffenburger took eighth (6-2.75) and Cole Finch placed 12th (6-0.75).
Nicolas Botett placed 11th in the shot put with a distance of 47-11.25 feet, while Michael Albert took 14th with a throw of 46-8.25.
In the discus, Albert placed 12th (146-0.00), Peter Kenn took 13th (144-7.00), Mason Poteat finished 16th (139-1.00) and Botett took 19th (135-3.00).
The Mars Hill Baseball Team (26-19, 12-3) swept a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Lenoir-Rhyne (21-22, 6-15), 10-4 and 4-3, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.
Game One – Mars Hill 10, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
The Lions' Gray McCurry (Burnsville, N.C.) and Matt Honeycutt (China Grove, N.C.) combined for nine runs batted in to lead Mars Hill to the win.
The Lions clung to a 4-3 advantage before putting the contest away with three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. McCurry tallied three hits and five RBI while Honeycutt added four runs batted in.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore outfielder Zach Jacobs (Moncks Corner, S.C.) and senior second baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) with two hits and a RBI each in the setback.
Mars Hill's Zac Brown (Albemarle, N.C.) (5-3) pitched eight innings and struck out seven batters to earn the win while junior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) fell to 2-4 after taking the loss.
Game Two – Mars Hill 4, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
Mars Hill's Brett Brubaker (Orlando, Fla.) hit the game-winning, two-run home run in the seventh inning as the Lions rallied from a 3-1 deficit to complete the sweep. Brubaker finished with three runs batted in.
The Lions' Caleb Edwards (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (2-0) went the distance to earn the complete game victory. Edwards struck out four batters as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Fred Wadsworth (Columbia, S.C.) hit a run-scoring double while senior John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) (2-3) was tagged with the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Limestone on Tuesday in Gaffney, S.C., beginning at 6:00 p.m.
After slipping into a 9-0 hole and waiting for an hour and 49-minute rain delay, Appalachian State University softball dropped game three to Georgia Southern in six innings 11-2 at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium in Boone on Saturday afternoon.
App State (12-27, 0-15 SBC) racked up four hits against the Eagles (21-19, 11-7 SBC) in the conference series finale and Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) bombed out her eighth home run of her career. Also, Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) was perfect on the day going 2-for-2 slamming out her first triple of the season.
In the circle, Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) (8-10) grabbed her eighth start of 2017 tossing out six strikeouts to put her season total at 103, which secures the No. 6 spot on the single-season record list. In relief was Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) (2-5) who pitched two scoreless frames in 3.1 innings.
Game Three: Georgia Southern 11 , App State 2 (6 innings)
After securing a 4-0 lead at the end of the second, GS exploded out to a 9-0 advantage in the top of the third adding on two runs and accompanied that with a three-run jack.
At the bottom half of the inning, Walker blasted out a triple in the leadoff spot to strike up some momentum, but the rain came pouring down pausing the conference showdown for almost two hours before action resumed.
With Walker on third and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) sitting on first after drawing a walk, the Apps were in scoring position, but the next Mountaineer batters couldn’t find the right pitch to bring them home.
After Kennedy had pitched a scoreless frame in the top of the fourth, Mathewson sent a rocket over the left field fence to shrink the Eagles’ lead to 9-1.
In the fifth inning, Kennedy kept the Eagles off the scoreboard for a second time, and Walker started the inning off hot with a single up the middle on the first pitch. Then the North Carolina product advanced to second on a wild pitch and ended up on third after Mackie Chandler (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park (Daytona State College) induced an error by the shortstop to put two on the corners with no outs. Up next was Russell who stepped up to the plate and knocked in Walker to cut the Eagles’ lead to 9-2.
Then in the sixth, Georgia Southern tacked on two more runs which put away the game, 11-2.
The Black and Gold will stay on the Mountain to host NCCU for a midweek doubleheader Wednesday, April 19 at 4 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (11-1, 7-0), ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II, captured at least a share of its second straight South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship with a 12-7 victory over Lincoln Memorial (7-6, 3-4) Saturday afternoon on the road.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) scored four goals – giving him a league-best and school single-season record 43 goals on the year – while junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) added four scores as well as the Bears won their eleventh straight game.
Lincoln Memorial’s Kyle Arcuri (Patchogue, N.Y.) scored a game-high five goals in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 7-6 advantage midway through the third stanza before exploding for five straight goals in the final 6:34 of the period to put the contest away.
The Bears, 22-1 in their last 23 games dating back to last year, held advantages in both shots taken (48-33) and ground balls (40-26) in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) stopped 12 shots and earned the win in goal while Lincoln Memorial goalkeeper Joe Medel (Virginia Beach, Va.) made a school-record 23 saves in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up the regular season with a home game next Saturday, April 22, at 1:00 p.m., against Catawba at Moretz Stadium.
Mitch Roman doubled and singled three times as the Kannapolis Intimidators topped the Hickory Crawdads 8-4 on Friday.
Jameson Fisher homered and singled with three RBIs for Kannapolis.
Down 3-1 in the sixth, Hickory cut into the lead when Travis Bolin hit an RBI single, bringing home Yanio Perez.
The Intimidators added to their lead in the eighth inning when Fisher hit a two-run home run and Seby Zavala hit a solo home run.
The Intimidators later tacked on two runs in the ninth when Joel Booker hit an RBI single and then scored on a wild pitch to secure the victory.
Kannapolis left-hander Bernardo Flores (1-1) picked up the win after allowing two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Opposing starter Emerson Martinez (1-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing three runs and seven hits over five innings.
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) put on a pitching clinic on Friday night against Georgia Southern as he was able to strike out 13 batters, the most by any Appalachian State University baseball pitcher since at least 2003.
Schmid carved up the third-best offensive in the Sun Belt, holding the Eagles (22-13, 8-6 Sun Belt) to a 6-for-32 day, only allowing four batters to connect all game and issuing just one walk. The New Bern native through 76 of his 113 total pitches on the night for strikes and struck out five of the nine batters in Georgia Southern’s lineup at least once. His 13 strikeouts topped the previous career high of nine that he threw against South Alabama on March 17, 2016.
The Mountaineers (13-22, 4-10 Sun Belt) would strike out 18 of the Eagles’ batters overall, as Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) punched out five of six batters faced to close the final 2.0 innings of the game and secure the 7-3 victory and Howell’s fifth save on the year, evening up the series.
As if the prowess on the mound wasn’t enough in Game Two, Appalachian’s bats caught fire in the third inning when they launched back-to-back-to-back home runs in the inning to get the seven runs needed for the win. It’s the second time this season that the Black and Gold have hit four jacks in a single game, the last time coming against then-No. 14 Louisiana en route to a 12-4 win – also in Game Two.
After Georgia Southern was able to put up one run in the second, App State began the enormous third inning with a screamer by Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) to left field before Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) shot one back to the pitcher at full speed to be a base hit and force a throwing error by the pitcher that allowed Vernon to reached third.
With the baserunners on the corners, Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) launched his seventh home run of the season, bringing everyone home and retaking the lead. In the next at-bat, Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) went yard in a solo shot before Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) dropped a solo tank in left field in the very next at-bat.
Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) was then able to single through the middle to keep the streak alive before Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) cranked one out of the stadium – his fourth of the season.
While Schmid mowed down the Eagles’ lineup, Vernon, Zupcic and Leonard held down the fort at the plate, each finishing with two hits on the day, while Stroup, Brill, Jackson, Seagle, and Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) were able to all get singles during the game.
Appalachian State University softball slipped to former SoCon rival Georgia Southern in a Sun Belt Conference doubleheader on Friday at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium in Boone. Game one went into extra innings, and the Eagles finished out on top, 2-0, and GS snagged game two 10-1, thanks to a seven-run fifth inning.
The Mountaineers (12-26, 0-14 SBC) were held to four hits on the day with Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) going 2-for-6 crashing out App State’s only connection in the first game and making another in the nightcap.
Three Mountaineers made appearances in the circle on Friday, and Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) fired out five strikeouts, which raises her season total to 97 and puts her tied with Meredith O’Connor (2005) at No. 7 on the single-season strikeouts list.
Game One: Georgia Southern 2 , App State 0 (8 innings)
After a pitcher’s duel dominated regulation only allowing a total of four hits, the scoreboard finally changed from nil-nil in the eighth.
At the top half, Georgia Southern (20-19, 10-7 SBC) opened with a ground out to second but followed reaching first on an error. With the stage set with one out and one on base, Emily Snider stepped up the plate and cleared the bases hitting a two-run homer to take the 2-0 lead.
In the bottom half, the Apps couldn’t strike up any offensive momentum and went down in order to end the ballgame.
Russell cranked out her sixth double of the season and Longanecker (8-10) pitched her sixth complete game with five hits, two runs (one earned), three walks and five strikeouts.
Game Two: Georgia Southern 10, App State 1 (5 innings)
Georgia Southern’s huge seven-run fifth inning put game two out of reach for the Mountaineers as the Eagles snagged the doubleheader sweep, 10-1.
GS hopped onto the boards early scoring one run off a RBI single and tacked on two more to end the fourth up by three runs.
In the fifth inning, Georgia Southern exploded out to a 10-0 lead adding four off a grand slam and kept the scoring stream going with two consecutive RBI singles and a sacrifice fly.
The Apps tried to respond in the bottom half, but the Eagles limited the Mountaineers to one run off Russell’s RBI single and Georgia Southern snatched the victory in five innings.
Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) (1-9) started in the circle for the Mountaineers and struck out one Eagle in 4.1 innings, and Claire Eosso (Moyock, N.C./Currituck County) came in relief, making her fourth appearance of the season, hurling out one strikeout in 0.2 innings.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (9-5) was dealt a 15-5 loss to No. 4 Florida Southern (16-2) Friday evening at Bryant Stadium.
The Mocs, the defending NCAA Division II National Champions, scored the first 11 goals on the contest and never looked back.
Florida Southern was led by Dani Bursinger (Powell, Ohio) with three goals while Meghan O'Brien (Rochester, N.Y.) added two goals and two assists in the victory. O'Brien has 45 goals, 20 assists and a team-leading 65 points on the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) with three goals – giving her a team-leading 37 goals on the year – in the losing effort.
Florida Southern, winners of 13 straight matches, held advantages in both shots taken (32-16) and ground balls (17-11) in the victory.
In goal, Taylor Gillis (Bel Air, Md.) earned the victory for the Mocs while junior All-American Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) suffered the loss despite stopping 11 shots.
The Mars Hill Baseball Team (24-19, 10-9) pulled out a 6-5 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (21-20, 6-13) Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Bears Field.
The Lions' Matt Honeycutt (China Grove, N.C.) hit a two-run double and Hunter Merrill (Pittsford, N.Y.) broke a three-all tie with the game-winning RBI triple in the seventh inning.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) hit a two-run home run and junior shortstop Tripp Hamrick (Ellenboro, N.C.) drove in two runs for the Bears in the setback.
For Mars Hill, Tom Mastrodonato (Rochester, N.Y.) pitched the final four innings and improved to 3-1 on the year after taking the win. Mastrodonato struck out six while Shomarii Thomas (Miami Gardens, Fla.) and Gray McCurry (Burnsville, N.C.) hit solo home runs for the Lions in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) fell to 9-3 on the year after taking the loss despite striking out 11 batters to increase his national lead in strikeouts to 110.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (41-8, 13-3), ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, swept a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Lincoln Memorial (21-20, 4-12), 7-5 and 8-6, Friday afternoon at Neely Field. In addition, the Bears stretched their winning streak to 11 games.
Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Lincoln Memorial 5 (eight innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne senior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) broke a four-all tie with the game-winning, two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning as the Bears rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) added three hits and two runs batted in while sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 20-2 on the year after pitching over six innings of relief.
Lincoln Memorial's Dakotah Fraley (Walkersville, Md.) hit a solo home run and totaled three hits and three runs batted in despite the loss. Lincoln Memorial's Kelsie Hocutt (Wendell, N.C.) fell to 0-2 after taking the loss.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Lincoln Memorial 6
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) hit a home run as part of a four-run fourth inning which gave the Bears the lead for good in the sweep of the Lady Railsplitters.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) led the way offensively for the Bears, totaling two hits and three RBI in addition to a two-run double. Sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) (10-2) earned the win in relief for the Bears.
For Lincoln Memorial, Fraley (two hits and two runs batted in) once again paced the offense but Brianna Taylor (Ooltewah, Tenn.) (13-10) was tagged with the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Wednesday, April 19, at 3:00 p.m., in a league doubleheader against Queens beginning at 3:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (11-10, 4-7) nearly pulled off an upset but fell close in the regular season finale to Lincoln Memorial (16-3, 9-2) by a 5-4 score Thursday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Hickory High School.
Two players won at singles and doubles for the Bears – sophomores Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA) and Shane O'Dea (Dublin, IRELAND) – despite the setback.
The Railsplitters will be the third seed in the 2017 SAC Men's Tennis Championship and will face sixth-seeded Tusculum in the quarterfinal round on Thursday, April 20, at 9:00 a.m., at the Rock Hill Tennis Center in Rock Hill, S.C.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis
Lincoln Memorial 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Joshua Coulthard (LMU), 6-3, 6-2
2. Xavier Marti (LMU) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 7-5, 6-2
3. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Joshua Peress (LMU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
4. Pepe Batalla (LMU) def. Paul Lenz (LR), 7-5, 6-3
5. David Segarra (LMU) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 6-7, 6-2, 6-2
6. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) def. Carlos Zunino (LMU), 6-2, 6-4
1. Hamed Gandouz/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Joshua Coulthard/Jake Tuchmann (LMU), 8-6
2. Joshua Peress/David Segarra (LMU) def. Paul Lenz/Alex Ayguavives (LR), 8-5
3. Xavier Marti/Pepe Batalla (LMU) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR), 8-4