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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (8-0, 1-0) increased its school-record winning streak to 17 games with a 10-9 win over Tusculum (4-4, 3-1) Friday afternoon in its South Atlantic Conference opener at Bears Field.

Trailing by a 9-7 score, the Bears plated three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take the win. Senior All-American outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by junior outfielder Will Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior second baseman Brantley Rumford (Rock Hill, S.C.) and senior designated hitter Adam Venditti (Charlotte, N.C.) each hit a home run while Venditti finished with a team-high three runs batted in as the Bears continued their best start in 19 years. The 1996 team started the year with 10 straight wins.

Jeovanny Tolentino (Deltona, Fla.) gave the Pioneers with a 9-7 advantage with a three-run home run with two outs in the top of the seventh inning but Tusculum couldn’t hold the lead.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Landon Elks (Shelby, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win after pitching a scoreless eighth inning while freshman Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, N.C.) held Tusculum without a run in the ninth frame for his second save of the year. Rumford and junior third baseman Ryan Perkins (Woodruff, S.C.) led the Bears offensively with three hits each.

For Tusculum, Jalen Shuffler (Greeneville, Tenn.) hit a two-run home run but Devan Watts (Mooresville, N.C.) fell to 0-1 on the year after taking the loss.

The two teams will wrap up the South Atlantic Conference weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Bears Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University softball made program history on Friday with a 4-3 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels. The win for the Mountaineers was the first all-time against UNC and just the fourth win against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent. App State is now 4-23 all-time against the ACC, including a 10-4 rout of Syracuse in Boone last season.

Game One: App State 4, North Carolina 3

The Mountaineers (2-4) were on the board right away against the Tar Heels (4-3) in the top half of the first. With the bases empty, Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) drew a walk to set up Caroline Chambers (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) second career home run. Chambers deposited the first pitch she saw over the left field wall for an early 2-0 lead.

With that same lead, the Mountaineers would tack on more in the third. In a bases loaded situation, Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) reached via a hit-by-pitch and earned the RBI and extended the lead to 3-0.

Following a Tar Heel pitching change, freshman Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) smoked a hard-hit RBI single into right field to make it 4-0.

The Apps weathered a Tar Heel storm in the fifth inning. After relieving Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township/Monmouth) in the third, Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) surrendered an RBI double before being relieved by Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State). Coming in with a runner at second base, Johnson gave up an RBI single to center.

Later in the fifth, with the score 4-2 in favor of Appalachian, the third run for UNC would cross on a fielder’s choice. Johnson would end the inning with a strikeout to halt the Tar Heel offense.

UNC would manage just one hit the rest of the way. Schoelkopf re-entered the game in the seventh inning and got a ground out to end the game. The win went to Johnson, her second of the season, while Schoelkopf earned her second save.


Game Two: South Carolina 5, App State 0

Facing one of the top pitchers in the Southeastern Conference proved to be a challenge for the Mountaineers in the second game of the afternoon.

The Gamecock’s Nicki Blue pitched six shutout innings and allowed just one hit, while striking out five. Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) singled to lead off the fourth inning for the Mountaineers’ lone hit.

The game remained scoreless through three innings, before South Carolina broke through for three runs in the fourth. The Gamecock’s got a two-run single and an RBI double to take the 3-0 lead.

Two more Gamecock runs crossed in the sixth for the 5-0 lead and eventual final score. Ciocatto received the start and pitched two innings and allowed just three hits and struck out one.

Johnson came in and pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and three earned. Schoelkopf pitched the remaining 3.2 innings and and allowed three hits and two runs, but fanned a game-high six hitters.

The Mountaineers will return to action tomorrow morning with a first pitch at 10 a.m. against the Presbyterian Blue Hose.

The Hickory Crawdads are excited to announce that the club has added a second Christian Concert to their 2015 promotional schedule. Colton Dixon and 7eventh Time Down will each perform separate post-game concerts at L.P. Frans Stadium. Fans can reserve their tickets to both concerts using the 'Dads brand new "5 Pack of Faith" ticket mini plan, which includes a Reserved seat to both concerts as well as three other in-demand games.

For only $39 fans can purchase their seats to both of the Crawdads 2015 Christian Concerts, while also saving money on three other high-demand games, including two Fireworks Fridays, and the ZOOperstars appearance at L.P. Frans Stadium. The five games included in the mini plan are:

Friday, April 10th (Opening Weekend Fireworks Friday)
Saturday, May 9th (7eventh Time Down concert & Crawdads game)
Saturday, June 13th (ZOOperstars Appearance)
Friday, July 31st (Fireworks Friday/Star Wars Night)
Saturday, August 15th (Colton Dixon concert & Crawdads game)

The "5 Pack of Faith" mini plan or booking a group outing are the only ways fans can secure their seats for either Christian Concert before single-game tickets go on sale March 14th. Fans can save even more by buying three mini plans and receiving the fourth package for free. That's 20 total tickets for $117, a savings of $111 off regular retail price.

Colton Dixon's 2013 debut, A Messenger, set the record for biggest first-week sales by a new solo Christian act, becoming the No. 1 selling album of 2013 by a new Christian artist and the No. 9 best selling album of 2013 in the Christian genre overall. A Messenger also became the No. 22 best-selling album across all genres that same year, while Dixon was still reeling from his highly publicized seventh place finish on Season 11 of American Idol.

Awards and accolades followed. Colton received three Dove Award nominations, winning for Best Contemporary/Rock Album, and he was nominated for Male Artist of the Year at the 2014 KLOVE Fan Awards. Colton also racked up two No. 1 radio singles in 2013.

7eventh Time Down broke on to the scene in 2011 with their debut album Alive in You. The Kentucky foursome followed that up with their second studio album Just Say Jesus in 2013.

"There's a story told in each song," bass player Cliff Williams explains. "We write about living and what inspires us because Christians are real people. As believers, God will inspire you. It's going to be the biggest part of who you are. That doesn't mean at times you're not going to write a song that's reflective of who you used to be. We're just southern dudes who've got dirty pasts just like all the other people who have come to know God."

The Crawdads Christian Concert series has been a sold out event each of the past two years, with last season's game and Kutless concert drawing a crowd of 5,263 fans to the ballpark.

For more information regarding the Christian Concerts or to reserve a "5 Pack of Faith" mini plan, group outing, suite, or party patio call (828) 322-3000 or visit the Crawdads front office at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Friday, 13 February 2015 09:46

App State Men's Basketball Edged out by UALR

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Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) scored a career-high 24 points but it was not enough for Appalachian State University men’s basketball to overcome a late 14-3 run by UALR that proved to be the difference in the Trojans’ 79-74 win over the Mountaineers on Thursday evening at the Holmes Center.

Burgess made 6-of-11 shots from the field and 7-of-8 from three-point range, including a trey with 7:48 left in the ballgame that gave the Mountaineers (9-13, 6-7 Sun Belt) a 57-54 lead.

However, UALR (10-14, 5-9) scored 14 of the game’s next 17 points to take a commanding 68-60 advantage with 3:51 to go. Appalachian didn’t get closer than five points the rest of the way.

Thursday’s first half proved to be a back-and-forth battle in which neither team was able to gain considerable momentum until Appalachian State mustered an 11-6 run midway through the opening period.

After Mareik Isom pulled the Trojans within three (21-18) on a jumper with 9:01 on the clock, Burgess answered with a three that sparked the run. Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy [Purdue]) finished off the run by converting an old-fashioned three-point play to give App State its largest lead of the game (32-24) with just over five minutes to play.

Despite gaining momentum, Appalachian was unable to keep UALR at bay as the Trojans ended the half on a 13-3 run to knot the game at 37-37 at the half.

The second half began much like the first, with neither team able to gain much of an early advantage. UALR was able to build a five-point lead (54-49) with 9:24 to play, but the Mountaineers reeled off an 8-0 run to grab a 57-54 lead on Burgess’ three with just under eight minutes remaining.

UALR hit back-to-back three to take back the lead (60-57) and would never trail again as it built an eight-point lead (68-60) with 3:51 to go and picked up crucial defensive stops down the stretch to complete the season-sweep of Appalachian State.

In addition to his game-high 24 points, Burgess also dished out four assists and grabbed three rebounds. Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) added 13 in his second-straight start and came away with a career-best six assists. Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) added 12 points and Dustin Clarke (Newland, N.C./Avery County [Hartford]) fell just shy of a double-double with eight points and a career-high-tying nine rebounds.

Josh Hagins paced the Trojans with 14 points and tallied six assists and four rebounds. Reid added 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting while Maurius Hill (12) and Ben Dillard (11) also scored in double figures.

UALR shot 58.0 percent (29-of-50) from the floor, including an incredible 64.0 percent in the second half and pulled down 33 rebounds to Appalachian’s 29. The Mountaineers shot 46.9 percent (23-of-49), including an impressive 20-of-26 (76.9 percent) from the free-throw line.

Appalachian returns to action on Saturday when it heads to Sun Belt co-leader UL Monroe for a 3 p.m. (ET) showdown at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

NOTES: Appalachian State fell to 1-3 all-time against UALR ... the Mountaineers are a combined 4-6 all-time against teams from the state of Arkansas ... the Apps will finish the year 1-3 against the Sun Belt’s two schools from Arkansas (Arkansas State and UALR) ... the Mountaineer bench was outscored 48-16 ... Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) was held under 10 points for just the fifth time this season.

Appalachian State University women's basketball fell to first-place UALR on Thursday night with a score of 63-49.

The Mountaineers (10-12, 5-8 Sun Belt) were able to get within two points of the Trojans (20-3, 13-1) with 15 minutes to play, but UALR got its offense going to get the win.

The Mountaineers started off slowly, allowing the Trojans to lead 21-4 with 12 minutes to play in the first half. From there the Apps began to score, going on a 8-4 run, featuring four points from Ashley Bassett-Smith.

With the score 27-12, Appalachian found points from Joi Jones, Mia Marshall and Peggy Smith to help them trail by just eight points with five minutes left in the first half.

Bria Huffman and Jones ended the half with four-straight points as UALR led at halftime, 31-23.

Jones led the team with five points in the first half, while the team shot 45.8 percent from the floor.

The Trojans were led by Keanna Keys' nine points and shot a 38.2 field goal percentage in the first half.

App State was the first team to strike in the second half as Huffman hit a layup at the 18:27 minute mark. UALR would respond with two points of their own, but Marshall converted on a layup for the Mountaineers before Huffman would hit two free throws.

Katie Mallow followed that up with a jumper, helping the Apps to trail by just two points with a score of 33-31 and 15:27 to play.

With the Apps trailing by four points the Trojans would get hot offensively, going on an 11-4 run to lead 47-36 at the 10:07 minute mark.

Both teams struggled on offense for the next three minutes until Bria Carter scored two for the Apps to trail by 11 with 6:26 to play. Mallow converted on a three-point play to put the Apps down by ten points, but UALR would finish out the game with six free throws, getting the win, 63-49.

Huffman led the team with 10 points in the game, while Carter followed with nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Mountaineers recorded a 35.1 field goal percentage, tallying 46 rebounds and 26 turnovers.

The Trojans were led by Shanity James' 17 points, while the team shot 40.4 from the field, grabbing 33 rebounds and notching 14 turnovers.

The Apps will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 14 when they travel to UL Monroe for a 1 p.m. game.

Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:36

Mick Foley To Be At L.P. Frans Stadium August 1

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The Hickory Crawdads are proud to announce that WWE Hall-of-Famer Mick Foley will headline "Wrestling Night" this year at L.P. Frans Stadium. Meet-N-Greet tickets for the former superstar's appearance on Saturday, August 1st are now on sale.

For a limited time only, fans can purchase Meet-N-Greet tickets for a special early price of $30. Fans who purchase a Meet-N-Greet ticket are treated to a special pre-game picnic that includes the opportunity to meet, take a photo with, and receive autographs from Foley. The Meet-N-Greet ticket also includes a picnic meal along with a Reserved ticket for the Crawdads game.

"Wrestling Night" will also feature a special Saturday fireworks show at L.P. Frans Stadium following the Crawdads 7pm game against the Hagerstown Suns. The Meet-N-Greet will begin at 5pm in the Picnic Pavilion. Meet-N-Greet tickets can be purchased over the phone at (828) 322-3000, in-person at L.P. Frans Stadium, or online at www.hickorycrawdads.com.

Also known as Dude Love, Cactus Jack, and Mankind, Foley was a three-time world champion, eight-time tag team champion, and a 2013 inductee into the WWE Hall-of-Fame. Foley has also received praise for his work as an actor and author, with the former champion penning two New York Times Bestsellers books in "Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood & Sweatsocks," as well as "The Hardcore Diaries."

Wednesday night, the Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute men's basketball team fell to Davidson County Community College on the road 85-83.

Caldwell was led by Dominic Gilmore as he had 17 points. Donta Davis and Zach Jones each had 14 points and Sam Sanders chipped in 12 despite the loss.

CCC&TI was hampered by 25 turnovers that led to 37 Davidson County Community College points.

The Cobras are 14-10 on the season. CCC&TI travels to Virginia Western College on Saturday.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 22:33

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Falls at Newberry

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The Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball team fell at Newberry 81-66 Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference game.

The Wolves’ Demarkus Smith (Columbia, S.C.) led all scorers with 28 points and hit six three-pointers as Newberry finished with 14 treys in the victory.

Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio) added 14 points and James Stepp (Greensboro, N.C.) totaled 12 points – all on four three-pointers – as the Wolves avenged an earlier regular season loss to the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne (8-13, 6-11) lost despite the play of junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.). Perry finished with a team-high 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting but was the lone player to score in double figures for the Bears.

The Wolves held a 40-33 advantage at halftime then took control in the second half where they stretched their lead to as much as 22 points - 70-48 - capped off by a three-pointer from Taylor with 6:53 left

Junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) and sophomore guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) each scored nine points as well for the Bears, who suffered their second straight setback.

Newberry also connected on 17-of-18 free throw attempts and held a 39-34 advantage in rebounding in the victory over Lenoir-Rhyne.

In the next slate of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne visits No. 5 Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 22:13

CVCC Men's Basketball Edges Out Patrick Henry CC

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The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team traveled to Martinsville, Virginia to take on Patrick Henery Community College Wednesday night, with the Red Hawks getting a 77-75 win.

CVCC was paced by Seth Martin who had 20 points. Trevin Miller chipped in 19 points for the Red Hawks as well.

CVCC is now 13-12 overall and 8-7 in conference play. The Red Hawks travel to 14th ranked Bryant and Stratton College on Saturday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball team fell to Newberry 65-43 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (7-14, 6-11) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game on the road.

The Wolves’ Haylee Lepaio (Bathurst, NSW, Australia) led all scorers with 24 points and 13 rebounds and connected on 11-of-15 field goal attempts as Newberry swept the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne.

Sophomore forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) was the lone player to score in double figures for the Bears, finishing with 12 points but Lenoir-Rhyne shot just 31 percent (18-of-59) from the field in the loss.

The Wolves closed the first half on a 14-3 run over a six-minute stretch for a 32-22 edge entering the break.

Newberry never let its lead fall under double digits the rest of the way as the Wolves remained tied for third in the South Atlantic Conference standings with Catawba. The Wolves’ Nicola Handreck (Heywood, Vic, Australia) added 14 points and hit four three-pointers in the win as well.

Junior guard Jordan Hiatt (Mount Airy, N.C.) added eight points for the Bears, who suffered a season-low in points scored.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Lincoln Memorial on Saturday in a South Atlantic Conference game at Harrogate, Tenn., beginning at 2:00 p.m.