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The Hickory Crawadads picked up their first win of the 2017 season Saturday with an 8-4 win over Greensboro on the road.

The Crawdads allowed the Grasshoppers a run in the first inning. But Hickory scored twice in the second inning, once in the fourth, and two additional runs in the fifth and sixth innings to lead seven to one after six innings.

Texas Rangers number one prospect Leody Taveras went two-for-four with three runs scored. Preston Scott went two-for-three with two runs scored with a pair of RBI.

Ti'Quan Forbes hit his third home run in as many games with a shot in the second inning. He finished with three hits in three at bats and three RBI.

Emerson Martinez pitched five innings, allowing only four hits with a run scored and striking out five to pick up the win for Hickory.

The Crawdads are 1-2 on the season. The Crawdads stay in Greensboro through Sunday. Hickory travels to Columbia for a three game series against the Fireflys on Monday. The Crawdads first home game of the season at L.P. Frans Stadium will be Thursday against Kannapolis.

Appalachian State University softball dropped a pair of hard-fought battles to ULM on Saturday in a conference doubleheader at the ULM Softball Complex at Geo-Surfaces Field in Monroe, La.

Appalachian State (12-23, 0-11 SBC) slapped out nine hits on Saturday, and Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) batted over .500 at the plate smashing out two hits in both games. The Georgia native extended her on-base streak to 12 straight games and went for extra bases hitting her third triple of the season in the first game, and smacking out her tenth double in the second. Orcutt is now tied for third on the single-season record list for triples and is tied for seventh in career triples.

Also, Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) shot out her 14th career home run, which ties Pepper Butler and Michelle Lighton for seventh in school history.

Two pitchers saw action in the circle in Monroe, and Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) surged her way onto App State’s single-season record list firing out four strikeouts for a combined 91 to surpass Caitlin Wainright (2010) at No. 10, who formerly held the tenth-best spot with 90 strikeouts.


Game One: ULM 2, App State 0 (9 innings)

The Warhawks (23-15, 7-7 SBC) jumped out to an early lead after a two-run RBI double in the first and held that edge in the next six innings to skid past the Mountaineers 2-0.

After the first inning, App State’s defense held ULM to five-straight scoreless outings to keep the game within reach, but the Apps struggled offensively to challenge ULM. After going down in order in the second, the Mountaineers put runners in scoring position for every following inning, but couldn’t knock anyone in to cut ULM’s advantage.

Orcutt highlighted the offense going 2-for-3 at the plate and reached base on all three of her at-bats.

Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) (1-8) pitched her first complete game of the season in 6.0 innings and only allowed two runs on five hits.


Game Two: ULM 2, App State 1

Despite App tying up the game at one apiece to push the conference showdown to extra innings, the Warhawks hit a walk-off single to take the doubleheader sweep, 2-1.

ULM broke through first scoring a run on a RBI single at the bottom of the third, but App State equalized the Warhawks’ attack thanks to Dodd blasting out a solo jack over the right-center fence in the fifth.

After two innings of great pitching and sound defense from both sides, neither team could strike up the right offensive play to break the tie, so the game went into extra innings.

In the ninth, the Mountaineers loaded the bases, but ULM left all three stranded and responded in the bottom half with a walk-off single to end the game 2-1.

At the plate, Orcutt turned in another two-hit performance going 2-for-4 and Longanecker (8-9) pitched her fifth complete game of the season in 8.2 innings striking out four batters and yielding only one walk.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (10-1, 6-0), ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II, won its 10th straight game with a 17-8 victory over Queens (6-5, 4-3) Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium in a South Atlantic Conference showdown.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a game-high four goals – increasing his league-leading total to 39 – while junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga.) added a goal and five assists as the Bears remained the lone unbeaten team in the league.

Queens' Justin Swick (Easton, Pa.) finished with a team-high four goals despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.), the team's all-time leading scorer (182), added two goals and two assists to push his scoring total to a conference-high 55 points on the year. The Bears are also 21-1 in their last 22 games dating back to last season.

The Bears held a 49-42 advantage in shots taken while junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) stopped 12 shots to earn the victory while Queens' Anthony Caruso (Easton, Pa.) took the loss in goal despite making 15 saves on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn., on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference game.

The eighth-ranked Queens University of Charlotte Women's Lacrosse Team (10-2, 5-0) won its sixth consecutive game with a 20-7 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (9-4, 5-2) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Moretz Stadium.

The Royals' Abigail Paulus (Pickerington, Ohio) led all scorers with six goals while three players – Alexandra Bruder (Ocean City, Md.), Kelly Dowd (Stony Point, N.Y.) and Ally Blood (Jarrettsville, Md.) – all scored three goals for Queens in victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) with three goals while sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) scored twice in the loss. Sousa has a team-leading 34 goals on the year.

Queens also held a 40-11 advantage in shots taken while Chase Brokaw (Sykesville, Md.) made three saves in the victory for the Royals. Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) stopped six shots in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Florida Southern on Friday, April 14, in Lakeland, Fla., beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (37-8, 9-3) ran its winning streak to seven games with a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader sweep of Anderson (30-12, 8-6), 4-3 and 11-3, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 4, Anderson 3 (nine innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) hit the game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Bears rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take the win over the Trojans.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) tied the score at three and forced extra innings with a game-tying, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Boone finished with two hits and three runs batted in to lead the Bears offensively.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) earned the victory on the mound after allowing just one earned run while striking out six batters in going the distance.

For Anderson, Cailah Niles (Phenix City, Ala.) hit an RBI double while Augie Pena (Geneva, Ala.) suffered the loss and fell to 13-5 on the year.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Anderson 3 (six innings)
The Bears run-ruled the Trojans in six innings to complete the sweep. Lenoir-Rhyne ended the contest with a four-run sixth frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led offensively by junior third baseman Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) with a two-run home run and four runs batted in while senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) added three RBI as the Bears finished with 13 hits for the contest.

Miller (10-4) went the distance once again for the Bears while the Trojans' Randee Bettis (Hull, Ga.) fell to 6-3 after taking the loss. Niles had a solo home run for Anderson in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Hartsville, S.C., to take on Coker in a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, 09 April 2017 21:24

App State Baseball Lose to UT Arlington

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Despite a 4-for-4 outing at the plate from Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) and fine pitching, Appalachian State University baseball was unable to tie up the series, falling 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at Smith Stadium.

The Mountaineers (12-19, 3-8 Sun Belt) came out of the games with purpose, holding the Mavericks (16-16, 6-4 Sun Belt) to three scoreless innings to start the game.

UTA would strike first in the top half of the fourth, however, the Black and Gold would respond in the bottom half with Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) and Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) singles through the middle and left side put them in scoring position. Bauk then sent a shot through the middle to get his lone RBI on the day.

After two more scoreless, the Mavs put up two in the sixth to retake the lead, but Appalachian would remain within striking distance with a one-run response in the sixth. A Brill walk and Bauk’s second hit of the day put runners in scoring position before Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) batted them around to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) got his RBI of the day, bringing home Brill, on a sacrifice fly.

The game was put out of reach in the seventh when UT Arlington scored two more in the seventh.

At the plate, four Diamond Apps were able to get extra-base hits on the night with Bauk leading all. Brill continued his hot-hitting, going 2-3 on the day while Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll), Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) and Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) all finished with doubles on the day.

On the mound, Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) got his usual Saturday start and had a fine outing, going 6.1 innings and allowing just four hits, three earned runs and striking a tied-season-high batters. Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood), Tristan Helms (Pinecrest, N.C./Aberdeen) and Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)).

The Wingate Baseball Team (17-22, 8-10) swept a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Lenoir-Rhyne (20-18, 6-12), 15-1 and 7-5, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.

Game One – Wingate 15, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
The Bulldogs exploded with a nine-run fourth inning and added six runs in the ninth frame for insurance in a decisively easy victory.

Colby Barnette (Monroe, N.C.), Trent Wynn (New Bern, N.C.) and Reece Daniel (Asheboro, N.C.) all drove in three runs while Hunter Morgan (Summerfield, N.C.) (5-3) earned the victory on the mound after allowing just one run while striking out eight batters in eight innings of work for the Bulldogs.

Lenoir-Rhyne's lone run was driven in by junior third baseman Fred Wadsworth (Columbia, S.C.) in the fifth frame while junior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) fell to 2-3 after taking the loss.

Game Two – Wingate 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 5 (seven innings)
Barnette hit a two-run home run as part of a four-run first inning as the Bulldogs never looked back on their way to the sweep of the Bears. Barnette finished with three runs batted in.

Lenoir-Rhyne cut the lead to two runs twice – 4-2 and 7-5 - but couldn't get any closer. Junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) and sophomore pinch hitter Matthew Freeman (Belews Creek, N.C.) drove in runs for the Bears in the setback.

Wingate's Cameron Smetak (Monroe, N.C.) (1-0) won for Wingate in relief while Cameron Price (Indian Trail, N.C.) notched his second save of the season. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) fell to 2-3 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Augusta University on Wednesday, April 12, at 5:00 p.m., in Augusta, Ga.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (8-11, 2-7) fell to Anderson (15-4, 8-2) by a 7-2 score Saturday afternoon on the road in South Atlantic Conference action.

Lenoir-Rhyne did pick up victories at No. 4 singles courtesy of sophomore Sara Kalkenova (Astana, KARAKHSTAN) and second doubles thanks to sophomores Taylor Fredrickson (Valdese, N.C.) and Emily Murchland (Mount Victoria, NEW ZEALAND).

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference match on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., while Anderson takes on Lincoln Memorial in a league contest Tuesday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Anderson 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Anderson, S.C. (Anderson Tennis Complex)

Singles competition:
1. Laura Dean (AU) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 6-2, 7-5
2. Rebecca Bruning (AU) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-2, 6-0
3. Ivey Welborn (AU) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 6-2, 6-0
4. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Delaney Wiggins (AU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Jacqueline Olivia (AU) def. Taylor Fredrickson (LR), 8-5
6. Jennifer Holcombe (AU) def. Jessica Rumple (LR), 8-1

Doubles competition:
1. Laura Dean/Rebecca Bruning (AU) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 8-1
2. Taylor Fredrickson/Emily Murchland (LR) def. Delaney Wiggins/Jacqueline Olivia (AU), 8-6
3. Ivey Welborn/Jennifer Holcombe (AU) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo/Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 8-5

Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (8-11, 2-7 SAC), Anderson (15-4, 8-2 SAC)

Sunday, 09 April 2017 20:42

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Lose to Anderson

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The Anderson Men's Tennis Team (17-4, 7-3) won its fourth straight match with a 6-3 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (10-9, 3-6) Saturday afternoon on the road.

Lenoir-Rhyne won three singles matches including sophomore Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA) over Anderson's Ignacio Bidegain (Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA) by scores of 6-3 and 6-3 at first singles. Gandouz has won four straight No. 1 singles matches, all against league foes.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference match on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., while Anderson faces Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn., on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Anderson 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Anderson, S.C. (Anderson Tennis Complex)

Singles competition:
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Ignacio Bidegain (AU), 6-3, 6-3
2. Nicolas Ascarrunz (AU) def. Tomas Hons (LR), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
3. Juan Carracedo (AU) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
4. Jeffrey Dayton (AU) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-1, 6-1
5. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Fabricio Lanza (AU), 6-1, 6-3
6. Preston Morpeth (AU) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition:
1. Nicolas Ascarrunz/Jeffrey Dayton (AU) def. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-4
2. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Ignacio Bidegain/Fabricio Lanza (AU), 8-3
3. Juan Carracedo/Preston Morpeth (AU) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR), 8-3

Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (10-9, 3-6 SAC), Anderson (17-4, 7-3 SAC)

Saturday, 08 April 2017 22:33

High School Baseball Results From Friday, 4/7/17

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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 10
North Lincoln: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Hibriten: 0

Patton: 5
St. Stephens: 2

Watauga: 6
Freedom: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 11
Chase: 5

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 10
Bunker Hill: 7

Lincolnton: 6
Bandys: 4

Maiden: 5
West Caldwell: 3

Newton-Conover: 4
West Lincoln: 3

Non-conference:
Lockport (Il.): 10
Hickory: 2

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