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Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) fired out 73 strikes in 109 pitches to keep the game close, but the Texas State Bobcats hit a walk-off homer in extra innings to edge Appalachian State University softball 4-1 to take the three-game sweep on Sunday afternoon in San Marcos, Texas.

Appalachian State (11-12, Sun Belt 0-3) dropped a heart-breaker to Texas State (20-4, 5-0 Sun Belt) in eight innings after keeping the game tied at one apiece for five innings. Four different Mountaineers pounded out hits at the Bobcats Softball Stadium and Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) scored the Apps’ sole run in the second inning.

Longanecker had an outstanding outing pitching her third complete game in 7.1 innings striking out three Bobcats, allowing four earned runs and did not give up any walks.

Texas State 4, App State 1 (8 innings)

A defensive showdown and a pitching duel dominated the Sunday conference ballgame allowing only three hits apiece from both squads after seven innings which kept the game tight.

Appalachian hopped onto the scoreboard first at the top of the second scoring a run on a throwing error, but the Bobcats answered back tacking on one run on a sac. bunt

Both Sun Belt conference teams tried to make something happen offensively to take the lead, but nothing opened up and the game went into extra innings.

After retiring Apps’ three batters following a Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./ Topsail) single, the Bobcats started the bottom of the eighth with a single and two bunts to advance runners to first and third. Up next was Ariel Ortiz who closed out the game with the walk-off home run to grab game three, 4-1.

App State held the Bobcats to one run for seven innings thanks to a great defensive output. Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) fielded a huge double play that emptied the bases to halt the Bobcats’ offensive threat in the bottom of the fourth, and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) turned in a solid performance at shortstop making multiple athletic plays to stop the Bobcats’ hits from touching the ground to keep the game close.

App State will return to Boone Wednesday, March 22 to play a doubleheader with UNC-Greensboro for their home opener at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. First pitch is set at 4 p.m.

Sunday, 19 March 2017 23:03

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Blanks Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (8-7, 2-4) picked up a 9-0 South Atlantic Conference road victory over Brevard (4-12, 0-6) Sunday afternoon.

The Bears rolled to the win with five players notching victories in singles and doubles play and snapped a two-match losing streak in the process.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Virginia-Wise next Saturday, March 25, at 1:00 p.m., at Hickory High School. Brevard faces league-foe Mars Hill on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., as well in Mars Hill, N.C.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Brevard 0
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Brevard, N.C. (Brevard Tennis Complex)

Singles competition:
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Cre Still (BC), 6-4, 6-1
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Tom Mittring (BC), 6-2, 7-5
3. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. J.R. Davis (BC), 6-2, 6-1
4. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Tim Hengst (BC), 6-1, 6-0
5. Paul Lenz (LR) def. Will Christiansen (BC), 6-1, 6-1
6. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) def. Christoph Plasa (BC), 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Tom Mittring/J.R. Davis (BC), 8-5
2. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Cre Still/Will Christiansen (BC), 8-4
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Tim Hengst/Christoph Plasa (BC), 8-0

Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (8-7, 2-4 SAC), Brevard (4-12, 0-6 SAC)

Sunday, 19 March 2017 23:00

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Sweeps Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (8-8, 2-4) shut out Brevard (1-14, 0-6), 9-0, Sunday afternoon on the road in a South Atlantic Conference contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne had three players – sophomores Iulia Ponomareva (Smolensk, RUSSIA) and Sara Kalkenova (Astana, KAZAKHSTAN) and freshman Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (Panama City, PANAMA) – all win in singles and doubles competition.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Lincoln Memorial on Friday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference match at Hickory High School. Brevard plays on the road next Saturday, March 25, against Mars Hill beginning at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Brevard 0
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Brevard, N.C. (Brevard Tennis Complex)

Singles competition:
1. Iulia Ponomareva (LR) def. Kelsey Kushner (BC), 6-0, 6-0
2. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Sam Miranda (BC), 6-0, 6-0
3. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR) def. Katie Hatter (BC), 6-0, 6-1
4. Jessica Rumple (LR) def. Carmen Boone (BC), 6-1, 6-0
5. Abbi Wood (LR) def. Audrey Cardwell (BC), 6-1, 6-1
6. Caroline Lindsey (LR) def. Gabi Harness (BC), 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition:
1. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Kelsey Kushner/Sam Miranda (BC), 8-0
2. Emily Murchland/Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Katie Hatter/Audrey Cardwell (BC), 8-0
3. Marta Escanero Funes/Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR) def. Gabi Harness/Carmen Boone (BC), 8-0

Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (8-8, 2-4 SAC), Brevard (1-14, 0-6 SAC)

With extra innings seemingly on tap for Appalachian State University baseball in the series finale of its Sun Belt Conference opening week with No. 14 Louisiana, a would-be diving fly out was ruled to have hit the ground, putting the eventual winning run in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth.

The Mountaineers (9-11, 1-2 Sun Belt) battled with the Ragin’ Cajuns (11-6, 2-1 Sun Belt) fell 4-3 on a walkoff safety squeeze two batters later after a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third on Sunday afternoon at Russo Park.

After having an 11-hit explosion in Game Two, Appalachian had another good day in the batter’s box, despite having “just” five hits on the day.

For the first time all weekend, App State struck first on the scoreboard, putting up two runs in the third. Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) began the inning by drawing his 19th walk on the day (would finish with two on the day to have 20 overall) before Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) reached on a throwing error by the pitcher. Designated hitter Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) loaded the bases as he was sent to first base on catcher’s interference.

Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) then brought in two-thirds of Appalachian’s run total on a shot into center field’s no man’s land to bring in Curtis and Grubbs – his second and third RBI of the week.

Fourteenth-ranked Louisiana responded with two of its own, setting the stage for what would largely be a back-and-forth affair.

The Black and Gold would then get two hits, but no runs in the fourth, before Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to move their lead back to one – his second of the year. The Cajuns responded in the sixth inning, but would be held scoreless until their final at-bat.

Appalachian once again kept runs to a minimum on the defensive side. Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) went 5.2 innings on the day, allowing just six hits and three runs while striking out two. After getting the save in Game Two, Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) game in to provide relief in the sixth inning, striking out two batters and allowing one run.

Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) also made a brief appearance getting one out in two batters faced.

The pitching staff finished its opening conference weekend with a 3.20 ERA in 25.1 innings, finishing with 21 strikeouts and just nine earned runs overall compared to App State’s 13 earned runs.

After opening the season with 19 of 20 games on the road, the Mountaineers return to the High Country for five-straight games, beginning Tuesday, March 21 at 5 p.m.

Appalachian State fired the third-lowest round of the day (323) to climb three spots and finish ninth at the 2017 Lowcountry Invitational, which wrapped up on Sunday on the South Course at Moss Creek Golf Club.

The Mountaineers (+78) finished two shots back of Quinnipiac in ninth. High Point won the overall event (+62), three shots ahead of Gardner-Webb (+65). Seton Hall (+68) took third. Presbyterian’s Celia Mansour (+5) won the event by five strokes and was the only player to finish in single digits over par.

“Still not the performance we are capable of, but we battled better today,” App State head coach Heather Brown said. “I’m looking for us to learn from our mistakes this week and head to Georgia ready to compete.”

Senior Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C.) was App’s top finisher, tying for sixth for a Top 10. She had three birdies during a 76 (+4) on Sunday.

Fellow senior Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C.) carded an 81 (+9) on Sunday to finish tied for 31st. Sophomore Jo Elias (Jamestown, N.C.) added an 83 (+11) to tie for 33rd.

Junior Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C.) finished 47th with two birdies during a solid back nine in Sunday’s final round 83 (+12).

Freshman Melany Chong (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) added an 85 (+13).

App State returns to action next weekend the the John Kirk Panther Invitational in Stockbridge, Ga.

Senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) finished eighth at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship on Saturday.

After becoming the first Appalachian wrestler since 2012 (Kyle Blevins, Austin Trotman) to be named an All-American and the sixth wrestler to earn the recognition all-time, Dejournette faced off against Michael Kroells again in a rematch from earlier in the tournament. The senior fell 17-2 in the final day to place eighth overall in the country.

The heavyweight began the tournament Thursday where he won a huge major decision match over Oregon State’s Cody Crawford, 11-1, to move to round two of the championship matches. Dejournette then went toe-to-toe for the first time against Minnesota’s Kroells where he fell in a heartbreaking double overtime 5-3 decision.

Dejournette then began Day Two with a 9-4 victory over Utah Valley’s Dustin Dennison, starting his second day of tournament action on the right foot. Dejournette then went on to edge out Oklahoma’s Ross Larson in a 2-0 decision to put him in a position to be an All-American. In the match to secure the recognition, Dejournette wasted no time, getting out to an early lead and holding it to win by major decision over Conan Jennings of Northwestern, 9-0.

Dejournette would drop one match on the day, getting pinned by Arizona State’s No. 7 seed Tanner Hall, 3:44. He now preps for a rematch with Day One’s double overtime match victor, Michael Kroells of Minnesota on Day Three.

Two-time SoCon Wrestler of the Year Dejournette entered the tournament with a 23-5 overall record to go along with an undefeated in SoCon action at 6-0. Dejournette had 10 bonus point victories and two seven-match win streaks on the season. The senior was also named SoCon Wrestler of the Year this year. In the conference tournament, he made quick work of his opponents, getting a 30-second pin to start things off before a 20-4 technical fall put him in the championship match where he won 7-4.

His 110 career victories rank him fourth all-time in Appalachian State wrestling history. He finishes a three-time SoCon All-Conference member, and a three-time heavyweight SoCon champion, helping lead the Mountaineers to a conference tournament championship in 2016 and a regular-season championship in 2017.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Outdoor Track and Field Team won the Southside Power & Fitness Invitational Saturday at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex and Irwin Belk Track.

Lenoir-Rhyne totaled 180 points on the day and was led by six first-place finishes in the individual events.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Sarai Hayes (Valdese, N.C.) won both the 100-meter (12.25) and 200-meter (a school-record 25.05) dashes while redshirt freshman Audra Yarber (Abingdon, Va.) set a new program mark with her first-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:57).

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Domonique Jones (Greensboro, Ga.) established a program mark in the hammer throw (153'3") – good for a first-place finish – while freshman Autumn Drayton (Charlotte, N.C.) won the discus throw (126'7").

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) won the 400-meter dash (57.81) and was part of the Bears' first-place finish in the women's 400-meter relay (48.85).

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the VertKlasse Meeting on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, in High Point, N.C.

Southside Power & Fitness Invitational
March 18, 2017 – RESULTS
Hickory, N.C.
Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex & Irwin Belk Track

Lenoir-Rhyne University, host

1. Lenoir-Rhyne 180
2. Coker 123
3. Southern Wesleyan 74
4. Rio Grande 66
5. Milligan 58
6. Carson-Newman 57
7. Lees-McRae 46
8. Berea 43
9. Queens 22
10. Livingstone 18
11. Guilford 6
12. Regent 2

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Outdoor Track and Field Team prevailed at the Southside Power & Fitness Invitational Saturday on campus at the Irwin Belk Track and Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne totaled 136 points to edge out Carson-Newman (107 points).

Lenoir-Rhyne did have three first-place finishes: senior Evin Sims (Greenwood, S.C.) in the 100-meter dash (10.77), sophomore C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.) in the 200-meter dash (22.00) and senior Myles Braswell-Sample (Durham, N.C.) in the shot put (48'7").

Sims and Williams were also part of the 400-meter relay squad which took home top honors with a time of 42.24 for the Bears.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Outdoor Track and Field Team next competes in the VertKlasse Meeting in High Point, N.C., on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1.

Southside Power & Fitness Invitational
March 18, 2017 – RESULTS
Hickory, N.C.
Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex & Irwin Belk Track

Lenoir-Rhyne University, host

1. Lenoir-Rhyne 136
2. Carson-Newman 107
3. Rio Grande 95.5
4. Milligan 78
5. Lees-McRae 71.5
6. Berea 59
7t. Livingstone 27
7t. Southern Wesleyan 27
9t. St. Andrews 25
9t. Coker 25
11. Guilford 4

Appalachian State University softball dropped a pair to Texas State in their first conference doubleheader of the season in San Marcos, Texas on Saturday. The Bobcats quieted App State’s offense 11-0 in five innings in game one and overwhelmed App 9-1 in six outings for game two.

Appalachian State (11-11, 0-2 Sun Belt) registered eight hits on the day, and six ladies made connections at the Bobcat Softball Stadium. Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) and Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) turned in two-hit performances both going 2-for-4 on the day, and Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) slugged out her 35th home run of her career. The Georgia native is only four homers away from tying the second all-time total of career jacks in school history.

On the mound, five Mountaineers saw action in the circle, and Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) fired out three strikeouts in 1.0 innings pitched.

Game One: Texas State 11, App State 0 (5 innings)

Texas State turned in two five-run innings and limited the App State offense in their 11-0 victory Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats exploded out to a 5-0 lead putting the Mountaineers in an early hole. Taylor Webb opened the second with a home run to dead center and was followed by three walks and a sac. bunt to load the bases. Right after that, Texas State went on a scoring run tagging on four straight off two walks and a hit by pitch.

In the next inning, the Bobcats mirrored their stream of runs from the second by tacking on five more to extend their lead to 10-0 and scored one more in the fourth from a solo home run to put away the game.

Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) and Walters both crashed out hits to right field, and three pitchers saw action in game one with Claire Eosso (Moyock, N.C./Currituck County) making her sophomore debut.

Game Two: Texas State 9, App State 1 (6 innings)

A four-run first inning doomed the Mountaineers as the Bobcats snatched game two away from the Black and Gold, 9-1.

Texas State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first thanks to a three-run home run by Ariel Ortiz and a Bobcat RBI.

App State tried to respond by loading the bases at the top of the second with one out, but Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) was tagged by the catcher heading to home plate, and Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) struck out and left three Mountaineers stranded.

After Anneleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) had ended the bottom of the inning with a strikeout, Parker bombed a solo jack to left field to cut the Bobcats’ lead to three, but Texas State answered back and stretched their advantage to 7-1 with a three-run home run.

At the top of the fifth, Longanecker came in relief and struck out three batters to push the game to six innings, but the Bobcats ended the ballgame after a two-run RBI to grab the Saturday sweep.

Dodd highlighted the offense with a perfect 2-for-2 performance at the plate and Parker smacked out her fifth home run of the season.

he No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (28-5, 2-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a doubleheader sweep of Tusculum (14-14, 0-2), 5-0 and 11-9, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. In addition, the Bears snapped a three-game losing streak.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Tusculum 0
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) threw her seventh shutout of the year while both senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) finished with two hits and two runs batted in to lead the Bears offensively.

Parks scattered four hits and struck out six batters while Taylor Plemons (Knoxville, Tenn.) fell to 7-7 after taking the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Tusculum 9
Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to an 11-3 advantage thanks to a nine-run fourth inning and were able to hold off a late Tusculum surge to complete the sweep.

Senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) highlighted the frame with a three-run home run – her second of the year – while sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) added three RBI for the Bears.

Tusculum scored two runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings but the deficit was too great to overcome. The Pioneers totaled 18 hits and were led by Sammie West (Maiden, N.C.) with five hits while Taylor Johnson (Spring Hill, Tenn.) added four hits and three runs batted in.

Parks (17-1) came on in relief to preserve the win. Kenley aided the Bears' effort with four hits and two more runs batted in. Tusculum's Eliza Davis (Lexington, N.C.) fell to 2-2 after suffering the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to host Wingate in a league doubleheader Tuesday beginning at 3:00 p.m.,

Appalachian State University women and men’s track and field finished the Bob Davidson Spring Kick Off on Saturday afternoon at High Point. As a team, the women finished 10th out of 16 teams while the men finished eighth.

For the women, on day two, the Mountaineers were led by a first-place finish from Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga/East Carolina) in the pole vault. Drummonds vaulted a height of 12-11.50 feet. Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) finished in a tie for sixth in the vault with a height of 11-5.75 feet. Sofia San Miguel (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) took 13th in the event and vaulted 10-11.75 feet.

Appalachian’s 4x100-meter relay team, made up of Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview), Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams), Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View/N.C. Central) and LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) took second-place with a time of 46.38.

In the 800-meter run, Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) finished seventh with a time of 2:16.95. Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) finished 12th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.38.

For the men, Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) led the Mountaineers on day two of the meet with a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.17.

Smith also contributed to an eighth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay event. Smith, Andrew Spear (Newport, N.C./West Carteret), Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk County) and Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) finished eighth with a time of 3:23.25.

In the 200-meter dash, Hastings took 11th with a time of 22.22. Doyle finished 17th in the 800-meter run, turning in a time of 1:59.44.

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