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The Florida Southern Women’s Lacrosse Team (7-3), ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division II, ran off 14 straight goals to down Lenoir-Rhyne (6-5), 17-6, Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Four players scored a pair of goals for the Mocs – Cayla Shawfield (Oviedo, Fla.), Kendall Kerge (Edgewater, Md.), Casey O’Brien (Morris Plains, N.J.) and Emily Santoli (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) – in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne led by a 3-1 margin just under seven minutes into the contest which included two goals from sophomore midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) before Florida Southern took control with a 14-0 run over both periods of play.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) added two goals to increase her team-leading total on the season to 29 despite the loss.

Shawfield also had four of the Mocs’ 13 assists as Florida Southern held the edge in both shots taken (44-12) and ground balls (30-24).

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) suffered the loss in goal despite totaling 16 saves on the day. Florida Southern’s goalkeeper, Taylor Gillis (Bel Air, Md.), earned the victory. Gillis made three saves against the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne takes on Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference contest on Monday at 4:00 p.m., in Brevard, N.C.

Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) hit an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning that brought the tying and winning runs across the plate in Appalachian State University’s come-from-behind, 5-4, victory over ULM in game two of the weekend Sun Belt series.

The Mountaineers (5-18, 1-7 Sun Belt) trailed, 4-2, going into the eighth inning. Two errors by the Warhawks (9-13, 1-3 Sun Belt) allowed Bauk to reach second. Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) singled into left field bringing Bauk home to get the Apps within one run.

In the ninth inning, Henry Davis (Darlington, S.C./Mayo H.S. for Math, Science and Technology) came on to pinch run for Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) after he was hit by a pitch. Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) hit a ground ball that ULM tried to turn into a double play, but the Warhawk second baseman committed their fourth error in the last two innings, allowing both men to reach safely.

After a wild pitch move the runners to second and third base, Bauk’s base hit brought Davis and Curtis home for the Mountaineers’ first lead since the top of the third inning.

ULM made a push in the bottom of the ninth after a catcher’s interference and hit batter put men on first and second with two outs. Jacob Stockton was the only Warhawk to get a hit of Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) with his infield hit to third base. Howell then struck out the final batter to seal the win.

With the Mountaineers down 4-2, Howell came into game in the sixth inning to relieve starter Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock). Howell retired the first ten batters he faced en route to pitching four scoreless inning, allowing just one hit, and striking out four Warhawks. Howell picked up his second win of the season.

Appalachian struck first in the third inning when Stoup drove in Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) with an RBI ground out followed by Bauk scoring on fielding error. ULM committed five errors on the day.

ULM plated three runs in the bottom of the third, starting with a solo home run by Anthony Herrera followed by an RBI double and an RBI single. The Warhawks added another in the fifth inning with an RBI single after a lead-off double.

The Mountaineers will try for their first Sun Belt series win on Saturday in game three of the series vs. ULM. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. ET

The Tusculum Baseball Team (21-7, 7-3) opened a South Atlantic Conference series Friday night with an 8-1 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (23-9, 5-5) at Bears Field.

The Pioneers’ starting pitcher Placido Torres (North Brunswick, N.J.) improved to 6-0 after allowing just one run over eight innings of work in addition to eight strikeouts. Torres entered the game with an 0.50 earned run average and now has a national-leading 100 strikeouts.

Tusculum’s Creighton Wilke (Lincoln, Neb.) opened things in the top of the first inning with a solo home run while Zach Finchum (Greeneville, Tenn.) added a two-run single in the third inning as the Pioneers raced to an 8-0 advantage midway through the fourth frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman catcher Zack Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) drove in a run in the bottom of the fourth inning but the Bears were kept off the board the rest of way.

Tusculum’s Kevin Victoriano (Bronx, N.Y.) and Finchum both finished with three hits and two runs batted in as the Pioneers totaled 17 hits on the night and increased their winning streak to four games. Tusculum is also 9-1 in its last 10 contests.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) fell to 3-3 after suffering the loss. However, junior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) pitched well in relief for the Bears. St. Clair held Tusculum scoreless in the final five innings while striking out six batters.

Lenoir-Rhyne and Tusculum wrap up the South Atlantic Conference weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Bears Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, 27 March 2016 00:03

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Sweeps Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (25-7, 4-0) made it six straight victories and remained unbeaten in South Atlantic Conference play with a doubleheader sweep of Brevard (11-21, 1-5), 9-2 and 3-2, Friday afternoon at Bears Field.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Brevard 2
Lenoir-Rhyne junior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) hit a three-run home run in the first inning while freshman pitcher Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) threw five scoreless innings to lead the Bears to the win.

Parks, who came on in relief, allowed just two hits while striking out five batters.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) added two doubles and two runs batted in as the Bears took advantage of a pair of Tornados’ errors which led to four unearned runs.

For Brevard, Hanna Huckabee (Greensboro, N.C.) and Brittan Miller (James Island, S.C.) drove in runs while Jamie Hrobak (Mill Spring, N.C.) was tagged with the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Brevard 2
With the score tied at two with one out in the bottom of the seventh, freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) came through with the game-winning, walk-off RBI single for the Bears in the sweep of the Tornados.

Kinsey Parrish (Aiken, S.C.) had three hits and two runs batted in for the Tornados, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game with a run in the top of the seventh before Boone’s heroics in the bottom of the frame.

Parks (7-0) registered the final two outs for the win while sophomore shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) and senior third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) both drove in runs for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., in Greeneville, Tenn.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis (4-10, 0-2 SBC) dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 47 Georgia State (9-5, 2-0 SBC) Friday afternoon at the Lunsford Tennis Complex.

GSU is the third-ranked opponent the Mountaineers have played this season, falling to then-No. 4 North Carolina and then-No. 44 Wake Forest earlier in the campaign.

The Panthers were too much for the Mountaineers while taking two of three doubles matches and six singles matches. Clare Cox and Heidi Swope gave Appalachian its lone victory in doubles play, while over the weekend, the two teammates came away with a singles and doubles win.

Melissa Machado and Megan Mullen fell 6-3 to Niri Rasolomalala and Kristin Rehse to kick-off the day.Cox and Swope tied the doubles portion with a 6-4 victory over Tarani Kamoe and Linn Timmermann.

However, GSU captured the 1-0 lead in the final doubles match as McKayla Zupan and Rebecca Morse suffered a tough 6-4 setback to Chiara Volejnicek and Daniela Ramirez.

In singles play, Swope tried to get the Apps on the board but couldn’t get any momentum going with a 6-0,6-0 decision to Chiara Volejnicek at No. 4 singles. In a clash of No. 2’s, Machado fell , 6-0,6-1 to Rehse followed by Cox’s 6-3, 6-1 setback to Timmermann. Morse (No. 5) and Gabrielle Wreder (No. 3) battled against their counterparts, but both went down, 6-3,6-3.

Remi Andre would get her first action of the spring in singles at the No. 6 spot, falling to Daniela Ramirez, 6-2, 6-0.

The Apps will have the rest of the weekend off and will return to action on Wednesday at home against Gardner-Webb at 2 p.m.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball’s Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 24 first team, announced by the NABC on Friday.

This marks Eaves’ second nomination as an NABC all-district student-athlete after being nominated for the second-team a year ago. Eaves’ selection this season is just the fifth overall selection in program history and just the second first-team selection. Donald Sims was a first-team selection in 2011.

The senior guard led Appalachian State in scoring this season (18.7 ppg) and ranked third in the league in scoring this season after leading the conference for the majority of the year. For his career, Eaves finished with 59 double-figure scoring games including 28 this season. On 13 occasions, Eaves scored 20+ points and finished with 23 such games in his career.

He finishes the season in the top-100 in the NCAA rankings in of points per game (59th), three-point field goals per game (64th - 2.7), three-point percentage (73rd - 38.4), total points (49th - 579), three-point attempts (53rd - 216), total threes made (51st - 83), total field goal attempts (39th - 446), free throws made (44th - 156) and free throw attempts (65th - 191).

This season, Eaves netted 30+ points on five different occasions, including a career-high 38-point performance at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 6 in an 86-80 loss to Hofstra - tied for 12th on Appalachian’s single-game scoring list. Eaves’ point total is tied for second-most this season at MSG both collegiately and professionally. His 38 points is tied with the New York Knicks’ Aaron Afflalo and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant holds the top spot with 44 points scored at The Garden.

On Jan. 23 against Georgia State, Eaves became just the 31st player in Appalachian State men’s basketball program history to eclipse 1,000 career points. Eaves finished his career with 1,211 points - good for 23rd all-time. He also finished the 2015-16 season with 579 points, which makes him just the 20th player to eclipse 500 points in a season and his total ranks him seventh in the program record book.

Eaves nearly topped his MSG performance later in the season with 37 points in a heartbreaking 101-100 loss to Georgia Southern on Jan. 25. The 37 points from the senior tied a Holmes Center record for points scored by an Appalachian student-athlete and he also tied the Holmes Center record for threes made in a game (9).

Friday, 25 March 2016 23:15

CVCC Sweeps Doubleheader Over Lenoir CC

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Catawba Valley Community College baseball team swept a doubleheader over Lenoir Community College 11-3 and 6-0 on Friday.

In game one, CVCC opened up the game with an 6-0 lead and never looked back.

Randal Ortiz helped lead the Red Hawks with three RBI on the day.

In game two, CVCC scored at least one run in each of the first five innings to manage the sweep. Ty Andrus had a single and a triple for the Red Hawks.

With the sweep, the Red Hawks are 16-15. CVCC hosts Lenoir Community College again tomorrow.

North Piedmont Conference:
North Lincoln: 11
Alexander Central: 5

Northwestern Conference:
South Caldwell: 10
Fred T. Foard: 2

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 5
Newton-Conover: 3

Lincolnton: 12
West Caldwell: 10

West Lincoln: 3
Bandys: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
South Caldwell: 1

St. Stephens: 8
Freedom: 2

Watauga: 9
Hickory: 4

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 5
Shelby: 1

East Burke: 5
Chase: 3

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 12
Newton-Conover: 0

West Caldwell: 10
Lincolnton: 0

West Lincoln: 11
Bandys: 0

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 14
Canon McMillan (Pa.): 1

Northwestern Conference:
Hickory: 2
Watauga: 1

St. Stephens: 2
Freedom: 0

South Caldwell: 2
Fred T. Foard: 1

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 2
Chase: 0

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 5
Bunker Hill: 0

West Caldwell: 2
Lincolnton: 1

West Lincoln: 2
Bandys: 0