The Lincoln Memorial Baseball Team (10-12, 4-3) took advantage of six errors to down Lenoir-Rhyne (14-7, 3-4), 7-4, in a South Atlantic Conference weekend series opener Friday evening at Bears Field.
The Railsplitters' Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa.) finished with two hits and two runs batted in including a RBI double as five of Lincoln Memorial's seven runs were unearned.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) finished with three hits and a RBI while junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) added a run-scoring double as the Bears couldn't hold a 2-0 lead.
Lincoln Memorial's Brandon Jean (Franklin, Tenn.) pitched into the seventh inning and improved to 2-3 on the year after picking up the victory while Dominic Morabito (Vienna, Va.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (6-1) suffered his first loss of the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne and Lincoln Memorial wrap up the weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday at Bears Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Appalachian State held in the eighth spot with a 315 in the final round to close out the River Landing Classic on Friday in Wallace, N.C.
The Apps (+59) finished ahead of Morehead State, Richmond, and Youngstown State in their first full event of the spring.
Penn State (+14) rallied from a two-stroke deficit to start the day to win the event. The Nittany Lions were 4-over for the day to finish seven in front of East Tennessee State (+21). East Carolina was third (+23). ETSU’s Hee Ying Loy held on for a five stroke win and was the only player under par for the event.
App’s Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C.) turned in a third solid round with 75 (+3) on Friday to finish 17th. She had back-to-back birdies in the middle of her round to finish the week at 9-over.
Junior Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C.) closed her tournament with a 78 (+6) to finish tied for 38th.
Sophomore Jo Elias (Jamestown, N.C.) had a pair of birdies in her 82 (+10) to finish 42nd. App’s Melany Chong (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) finished 50th with an 80 (+8) in her final round.
Senior Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C.) had a solid stretch of golf at one point during her final round 83 (+11), but went on to finish 55th.
Junior Annika Winebarger (State Road, N.C.) tied for 59th with an 83 (+11) on Friday, while Patricia Thompson (Granite Falls, N.C.) closed with an 85 (+13).
App returns to action next weekend at the Low Country Intercollegiate. Play runs Saturday-Sunday in Bluffton, S.C.
Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball fell in the semifinals of the Region X Tournament Friday to Cape Fear Community College 85-75.
Ieshia Love paced the way for the Red Hawks with 18 points. Jala Daniels added 17 points and Aliyah Woods was two rebounds shy of a double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds.
CVCC's season ends at 21-8.
Alexander Central: 4
Wilkes Central: 0
Bunker Hill: 2
Fred T. Foard: 10
West Wilkes: 5
South Caldwell: 3
Hickory Christian: 1
Fred T. Foard: 2
St. Stephens: 6
Wilkes Central: 1
Appalachian State University men’s tennis (6-5) rolled to a 6-1 road win against North Carolina Central (2-9) in Durham, N.C. on Thursday afternoon.
Appalachian brought home the doubles point with two of three doubles matches before grabbing five of six singles points. The Mountaineers are above .500 while it’s the second three-match win streak of the season.
“I’m really proud of the guys for how they performed with the long layoff,” said head coach Bob Lake. “We didn’t skip a beat from our last match, and it was great to get back above .500. As the road trip continues, we’ve improved, and it’s fun to see that steady improvement as the season goes along.”
The No. 2 duo on the day in Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) moved to 3-0 as a duo defeating Davide Callegari and Theo Kontopoulos, 6-1. App clinched the doubles point thanks to Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) claiming a 6-1 triumph over Sebastian Bromley and Brooks Campbell to give App the 1-0 lead.
Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) went in as the top tandem in the lineup but fell to Gabriel Cucalon and Maksym Konovalov. Leading 1-0, Morris downed his opponent as the No. 3 with a straight-set 6-2, 6-0 win against Konovalov, improving to 7-3 this year. Following Morris’ win was Bargeron’s 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 win over Campbell in the four slot.
Clinching the match for Appalachian was Maddocks, who topped Callegari 6-1, 7-5. The senior nabbed his seventh win of the season in singles play as well. Webster joins Morris and Maddocks with a team-high seven wins after downing his counterpart, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), as the No. 1 in the lineup.
Pavkovich kept the exceptional play going with a hard-fought 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7) come-from-behind win over Pablo Juez Torres for his fourth singles win of the year. Brea ended the Apps’ day with a very hard-fought setback to Bromley after he fell down a set and forced a tiebreaker, 0-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6).
App will look for a season-long four-match win streak at Mercer on Saturday. First serve is set for 11 a.m. in Macon, Ga.
Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team downed Bryant & Stratton in the opening round of the Region X Tournament, winning at the Tarlton Complex Thursday afternoon, 81-64.
The Red Hawks opened up with the lead and never looked back. Having a 19 point lead at the half Bryant & Stratton could never get closer than 15 points and CVCC rolled to a quarterfinal victory.
Tory Agrusa led the Red Hawks with 19 points. Jala Daniels added 14 points, and also led the Red Hawks with nine rebounds. Shaniya Lester was the third player in double digit scoring with 12 points.
The Red Hawks will take on the #1 seed Cape Fear Sea Devils at 2:00pm Frdiay at 2:00pm in the Tarlton Complex on CVCC campus.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis (4-10) suffered a 6-1 setback at home on Senior Day to Grand Canyon in the afternoon.
The Apps recognized Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman), Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian)and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard)) for their commitment and dedication to the program.
Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) was the lone student-athlete to pick up a win that would give App its only point on the day. Morse notched her fourth triumph of the season, her third in which came as the No. 2 in the lineup.
Grand Canyon would take the doubles point and five of six singles for the win. Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) suffered a 6-3 loss to Celina Buhr and Kylie Waschuk by a score of 6-3. The No. 2 duo in Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and Zupan fell to Lana Rinaldi and Emilia Occhipinti, 6-2.
Mullen and Wreder fell as the No. 1 tandem, 6-4, Tatum Prudhomme/Susan Baklini to round out singles play.
App tried to turn things around in single play while trailing, 1-0, but couldn’t get anything going. Bygrave saw her seven-match win streak snapped as the No. 5 in the lineup to Rinaldi, 6-1,6-0. Machado fell in the four slot, 6-3, 6-2 to Buhr before Swope was toppled by Prudhomme, 6-4, 6-3.
Wreder suffered a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) defeat in a valiant effort to Baklini, followed by Morse’s win, 7-5, 6-4 over Alexandra Petrzalkov in a matchup between No. 2’s. Mullen finished the day falling to Occhipinti, 6-2, 6-3.
App will look to bounce back against Gardner-Webb on Saturday at 12 p.m. in Boiling Springs, N.C.
Due to the impending winter storm in the forecast, Appalachian State University softball’s three-game series with No. 18 Louisiana in Boone has been canceled and a possible makeup date has yet to be determined. The conference opener with ULL was originally slated to start with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m. and end with a single ballgame at 12 p.m. on Sunday at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Tuesday, March 14 when they travel to Clinton, S.C. for a doubleheader with Presbyterian College at 2 p.m.
Appalachian State will be home again on Wednesday, March 22 when they host UNC-Greensboro in a mid-week doubleheader slated to start at 4 p.m.
Appalachian State University women's basketball gave the top-seeded Little Rock Trojans all they could handle in the Sun Belt Quarterfinals on Thursday, but fell by a final score of 69-53 in Lakefront Arena.
LR will await the winner of No. 4 seed Texas State and No. 5 seed Louisiana while App's season has concluded.
The Mountaineers were led on offense by sophomore guard Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason), who fired in her third 20-point performance with 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting and a 4-for-5 performance from the line. Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points and a team-high six assists, while Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) led the team with eight rebounds.
App gave the Trojans fits during the entire contest despite the final score. The Mountaineers would hold a 13-8 lead with 4:11 left in the opening quarter thanks to an 8-3 spurt when the game was tied at 5-all with 7:39 left. Four different Mountaineers scored during the run with Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) converting on one of her four field goals to cap off the surge.
Little Rock did close the gap to one point at the end of the opening frame, giving the Black and Gold a 15-14 lead. Appalachian shot 57.1 percent from the floor and held LR To jut 35.3 percent from the field.
The Black and Gold continued to attack in the second quarter jumping out to another five-point lead, 26-21, thanks to Carter's assist to Murray for a layup. The Trojans responded over the next 5:02 of the first half outscoring App, 12-6, en route to capturing a 33-32 lead at the break.
Coming out of the half, Carter and Jones nailed back-to-back field goals that gave App a great start and a 36-35 lead 1:14 into the third period. However, the Trojans took the lead for good with a 9-0 run over the next 4:01 to go in front, 44-36. Appalachian went scoreless during the stretch until Murray scored three-straight points to slice the gap to five, 44-39.
That was the closest App would get the rest of the way, as LR kept answered any comeback App had in store for the Sun Belt's Regular-Season Champions. It wasn't until the 2:33 mark of the fourth quarter that Little Rock finally pulled away. Murray canned a 3-pointer that closed a 15-point deficit to 12. But that was Appalachian's final points of the game.
App turned the ball over just 11 times, but LR took advantage of the mistakes with a 12-2 edge in points off of turnovers. Kaitlyn Pratt led four student-athletes in double figures with 20 points on 10-for-17 shooting.
Appalachian finished with 12 wins this season, which was two more than 2015-16, while picking up their first-ever Sun Belt Tournament win. Despite losing five seniors that helped the Apps take a step in the right direction, the Mountaineers will return their leading scorer and rebounder in Story, their third leading scorer in Murray and eight players that will look to take a bigger step in the program.
- Jones ends her career 15th in program history with 1,178 points and sixth all-time with 299 assists.
- Story is next in line to become the next 1,000-point scorer, needing just 125 more points to become the 25th member.
- The junior guard is the first student-athlete since Maryah Sydnor (17.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg) to lead her team in points and rebounds.
- Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) will go down in the record books with 141-career blocks, good for third all-time in program history.
For the second straight week, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Thomas St. Clair has been named the NCBWA NCAA Division II Southeast Region Pitcher Of The Week. NCBWA is the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
St. Clair, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., threw his second straight complete game last weekend in a 6-2 victory over Catawba in game one of a league doubleheader Saturday at home.
St. Clair struck out 16 batters – giving him 33 in his last two outings – and allowed just one earned run in the win. St. Clair is 6-0 on the year with a 1.29 earned run average and leads the nation in strikeouts with 62.
St. Clair, who set the school single-season record for strikeouts with 91 during the 2015 season, has also been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Pitcher Of The Week three of the last four weeks.
Wingate’s Bradley Brown was named the NCBWA NCAA Division II Southeast Region Hitter Of The Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (14-6, 3-3) returns to South Atlantic Conference play Friday at home against Lincoln Memorial (9-12, 3-3). First pitch at Bears Field is set for 6:00 p.m.
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South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 14
East Burke: 6
North Lincoln: 2
West Caldwell: 14
Bunker Hill: 2
East Burke: 1
Fred T. Foard: 9
West Lincoln: 0
St. Stephens: 5