Freshman Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) drove in five runs and junior Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) had four hits to lead Appalachian State University baseball to a 9-7 victory over No. 16 Maryland on Saturday afternoon at LakePoint Complex.
The victory was Appalachian State’s first over a top 25 team since it beat No. 8 NC State, 6-3, in the 2013 season opener but is the Mountaineers’ 12th win over a power-conference opponent since 2012.
After falling behind 3-1 in the first inning, Appalachian State (4-4) took the lead for good on Leonard’s two-out, three-run double in the top of the third.
An inning later, Leonard delivered another huge two-out hit, this time doubling in two runs to cap a five-run stanza and give the Mountaineers a commanding 9-3 advantage. Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) homered and Atwood had an RBI single to go along with Leonard’s two-run double in the fourth.
Maryland (6-2) scratched its way back into the game with two runs in the fifth inning and another in the sixth to cut App State’s lead to 9-6.
The score remained 9-6 until the bottom of the ninth when the Terps led off with a hit batter and a single to bring the tying run to the plate with no outs. However, Appalachian State senior Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) came on and, despite allowing an inherited runner to score, retired all three batters that he faced to seal the victory.
Atwood (4-for-5) and Leonard (3-for-5) paced a season-best 15-hit attack for Appalachian. Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) and Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) added two hits apiece. Pierson reached base and scored three times, extending his streak of consecutive games reaching base to 38. Coming into the weekend, he was tied for the third-longest on-base streak in the nation.
Freshman southpaw Ryan Ross (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) allowed only two hits in four innings of relief to earn his second win of the young season while Thurber picked up his first save of the campaign.
Appalachian State looks for a series victory when it plays the rubber match of its three-game set with Maryland on Sunday at noon.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (8-18, 6-16) ended the regular season with a 74-71 setback to Mars Hill (11-17, 6-16) Saturday afternoon on Senior Day in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Lions’ Justin Yeargin (Oakland, Calif.) broke a 71-all tie with the game-winning three-pointer with four seconds left. Yeargin finished with 12 points in the victory.
Mars Hill’s Isaiah Cuthbertson (Cleveland, N.C.) led all scorers with 21 points including 15 after halftime as the Lions swept the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne.
The Bears, who ended the year with seven straight defeats, placed five players in double figures despite the setback. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) totaled a team-high 14 points with four treys and redshirt freshman guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) came off the bench to score 12 points in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 34-31 edge at halftime but Mars Hill was able to rally and take the win. The Lions’ Michael Carson (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) added 19 points on five three-pointers as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) tallied his eighth double-double on the year – 11 points and 11 rebounds – and the Bears shot 55 percent (30-of-55) from the field despite the defeat.
The season ends for both teams as neither has qualified for the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship, which begins on Wednesday with the quarterfinal round.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (11-15, 10-12) used a pair of career performances on Senior Day to take down Mars Hill (11-16, 9-13), 82-76, Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guards Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) and Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) combined for 59 points and both set career-highs in the Bears’ season-high third straight victory.
Charles, an All-American, led all scorers with 32 points and became the school all-time leader for career three-pointers made (177) while Gust added 27 points, six rebounds and five assists in the victory.
Mars Hill’s Camille Glymph (Greenville, S.C.), the conference’s leading scorer, finished with a game-high 37 points and Cadence Wilmoth (Glade Springs, Va.) came off the bench to total 17 points despite the loss.
The Bears held a 55-42 edge with 14:19 remaining in the contest on a three-pointer by junior guard Jordan Hiatt (Mount Airy, N.C.) and was able to hold off the Lions in the end after the visitors cut the deficit to one point late in the contest.
Sophomore forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) totaled 10 points and eight rebounds for the Bears, who hit 10 treys including six by Charles in the victory as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne will be the seventh seed in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship and will face second-seeded Wingate on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., in Curry Arena. No. 8 Mars Hill, meanwhile, will travel to Anderson, S.C., to face top-seeded Anderson on Wednesday in the opening round of the tournament as well.
CCBC Essex (Baltimore, MD) vs #14 CVCC
Location: Hickory, NC
Essex 1 - CVCC 4
Skyler Strickland - 2 for 3, 1 HR, 1 3B, 3 RBIs, 1 R
Mykel Davis - 1 for 2
Thomas Waddell - 1 for 2
Alex Minton - 1 for 3
Winning Pitcher - Justin Norton (2-0) 7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 7 Ks
Justin Norton set the tone for the RedHawks throwing a complete game while Skyler Strickland delivered the offensive production belting a 2-run Homerun in the second inning putting the RedHawks on top and they never looked back.
Randal Ortiz - 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Trevor Lee - 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Andrew Meadows - 1 for 1, 2 BB, 1 R
Ty Andrus - 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Danny Sullivan - 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 R
Winning Pitcher - Bryce Hensley (2-0) 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 10 Ks)
Offense capitalized early off of the Essex pitchers as they struggled to find the strikezone. Bryce Hensley pitched wonderfully going 5 innings and fanning 10 Essex hitters. Aaron Biggerstaff and Taylor Purus combined to finish out the game not giving up a run.
#14 CVCC moves to 7-3 on the year.
Tomorrow's games at Spartanburg Methodist have been moved to Monday at 4:00pm due to incoming weather.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (15-1) split its two games Saturday at the Columbus State University Classic at Cougar Field, falling to Bellarmine by a 4-0 score before downing Flagler by a 10-2 count in five innings.
Bellarmine 4, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
The Knights’ Ally Foster (Louisville, Ky.) and Alicia Miller (Alexandria, Ky.) combined to limit the Bears to just one hit as Lenoir-Rhyne suffered its first loss of the year.
Foster (3-1) earned the win while Miller pitched the final three innings for her first save of the year.
Kelly Ely (Riverside, Ill.) hit a two-run home run while Erica Knollman (Harrison, Ohio) also drove in two runs in the victory for Bellarmine.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) fell to 7-1 on the season after taking her first loss of the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne 10, Flagler 2 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) hit a grand slam to key a six-run first inning as the Bears run-ruled the Saints.
Sophomore outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) also hit a pair of two-run home runs while junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) (8-0) remained perfect on the year. Hoskins allowed two runs while striking out a pair of batters.
For Flagler, Dreya Monayarji (Orlando, Fla.) hit a home run while Erin Anderson (Lake City, Fla.) fell to 1-4 after taking the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up action in the tournament on Sunday against the host school – Columbus State – at 1:00 p.m.
Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) scored 28 points and Appalachian State University men’s basketball cruised to a 66-43 win over first-place UL Monroe on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center.
Eaves’ made 9-of-14 shots from the field, including 5-of-9 from three-range, and sank 5-of-6 free throws to help the Mountaineers (10-17, 7-11 Sun Belt) snap a five-game losing streak and pick up perhaps the most impressive victory of Jim Fox’s first season as head coach.
The 23-point defeat was the largest of the season for the Warhawks (19-10, 13-5 Sun Belt), which came into the day tied atop the Sun Belt Conference standings with Georgia Southern.
Appalachian State used an 18-2 run midway through the first half to take a commanding 26-12 lead with 5:40 to go before halftime. The Mountaineers went on to take a 34-19 halftime advantage and never led by less than 14 the rest of the way.
After Nick Coppola gave ULM its only lead (10-8) on a jumper with 13:16 to go in the first half, Appalachian mounted a 15-0 run to take a 23-10 lead on Eaves’ jumper with 6:32 on the clock.
Eaves score nine points during the run, which finally ended when Tylor Ongwae scored with 5:49 to go to snap a 6:27 scoreless drought for the Warhawks.
Dustin Clarke (Newland, N.C./Avery County [Hartford]) capped off the first half with a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the Mountaineers to the locker room with a 34-19 lead. The trey was part of an 8-0 Appalachian State run over the final two minutes of the opening period.
The Mountaineers showed no dropoff in the second half, stretching the lead to 20 points (50-30) when Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) connected from beyond the arc with 11 minutes to go before closing things on out Logan Jackson’s (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge [NC State]) layup with 29 seconds remaining.
Appalachian shot a season-high 49.0 percent (24-of-49) from the floor against a UL Monroe squad that entered the week ranked first in the Sun Belt and 10th nationally in field-goal percentage defense (37.9 percent).
The Mountaineers went 8-of-22 from beyond the arc and 10-of-14 at the charity stripe while limiting the Warhawks to just 33.9 percent (19-of-56) from the floor and 4-of-19 from long range.
Eaves’ game-high 28 points were just three short of his career high of 31, set on Jan. 24 at Texas State. He was the only Mountaineer to score in double-figures.
Besides Eaves, other App State stars included Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School), who matched a career high with six assists, and Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy [Purdue]), who stuffed the stat sheet with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting, six rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals in just 16 minutes.
Ongwae, who entered the contest averaging 14.5 points per game, was held to just six on 3-of-11 shooting while Majok Deng scored just four points, well below his season average of 10.2
The Mountaineers dished out 15 assists and committed just nine turnovers while out-rebounding the Warhawks by a tally of 35-30.
Appalachian State begins its final weekend of conference play when it hosts Texas State on Thursday at 7 p.m. before closing out the season against UT Arlington next Saturday.
NOTES: Appalachian State improved to 1-1 all-time against UL Monroe ... Saturday’s game was the 200th men’s basketball game in Holmes Center history (2000-present) ... the Warhawk’s 43 points were a season-low ... it also marked the lowest total for any Appalachian opponent since Wofford scored just 40 on Jan. 8, 2013 ... the 23-point margin of victory was the Mountaineers’ largest against a Division I opponent since an 86-6 win over Chattanooga on March. 2, 2103 ... Saturday was Alumni Day for men’s basketball ... among the 40-plus men’s hoops alumni in attendance were former head coaches Kevin Cantwell and Bob Light, as well as 2013 SoCon Defensive Player of the Year Nathan Healy.
Appalachian State University softball moved to an above .500 record for the first time since the 2013 season with two wins with a 9-0 run-rule victory over Wagner and then a 13-7 beating of Austin Peay.
Game One: App State 9, Wagner 0 F/5
The Mountaineers (8-7) put a lead foot on the gas pedal on Saturday and never let up. App State put up two runs in the first off of a Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) two-run double to center field to take an early lead.
Later in the third inning, Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) tripled in a run and then was brought home by Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) RBI double. Tiffany Taynor (Edgwater, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) then singled through the right side to drive in Josey. It was Taynor’s first career start and RBI.
With a commanding 5-0 advantage, the Apps put up a four run fourth inning to put the run-rule in effect. Following singles from Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter) and Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) and a walk from Stewart, Ashley Seering (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) singled on a smoked ball to the wall in center.
Caroline Chambers (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) drew a walk with the bases loaded and then Josey singled to right field to drive in two more runs.
Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) pitched a complete game three-hit shutout. It was the first complete game shutout and third win for Ciocatto as a member of the Black and Gold. Ciocatto also struck out four batters in the effort.
For the game, the Mountaineers would at the time collect a season-high 13 hits – topping their previous 2015 total of 11.
Game Two: App State 13, Austin Peay 7
In game two, the Mountaineers didn’t let up and put on a hit parade in a dominating effort. App State would get out to an early 3-0 lead in the first.
With two outs, Warnock homered down the right field line. The home run was the second of the season and eighth of the senior’s career. After Stewart walked, Seering ripped an RBI double to right center and then came home on a Josey RBI single.
The Apps would tack on one run in the second when Heichen and Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) simultaneously attempted to steal bases. The throw went down to second base and Gomez was able to slide in safe at home.
Austin Peay would tack on its first run in the bottom half and App State woud lead 4-1 going to the top of the third. In the third, Seering hit her first home run of the season and eighth of her career to deep left field.
Josey would later score on an error before Taynor blitzed a ball to the center field wall to drive in her second run of the day and first of the game.
The Governors would score once in the fourth and cut the Appalachian lead to 7-3. The Mountaineers would put up four more runs in the sixth inning. Heichen and Warnock would open the inning with singles, which was followed by an RBI single from Stewart.
On back-to-back pitches, Seering and Josey were hit and another run scored. Parker then broke through offensively and doubled in two runs to put App State up 11-3.
Following the four-run outburst, Austin Peay scored twice and kept the game going. In the next half inning, Stewart crushed a two-run homer to put the Mountaineers ahead by eight again, 13-5. The home run was the third of the year for the freshman, which currently leads the team. The Governors would tack on two more runs in a failed rally effort in the bottom half.
With 19 hits in the game, the Mountaineers topped its season-best from the game before and fell just one hit short of a program record. Last season, App State totaled 20 hits in a 20-19 loss to UNCG on April 26.
Ciocatto pitched 3.2 innings and allowed three runs on three hits, while striking out two. Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township/Monmouth) pitched 3.1 innings and gave up four runs on five hits and fanned two batters.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Tuesday, March 3 for a single-game against USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
Appalachian State University women's basketball got a win over UL Monroe on Saturday with a score of 80-61 at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (13-14, 8-10 Sun Belt) trailed for most of the first half, but came back strong in the second to defeat the Warhawks (11-16, 7-11).
The beginning of the game featured three tied scores until UL Monroe took a 9-7 lead at the 15:19 minute mark. From there the Mountaineers struggled to score as the Warhawks went on a 10-0 run to lead 17-7 with 10:47 to play in the first half.
Maryah Sydnor would end Appalachian's drought with a jumper at the 8:49 minute mark, but UL Monroe responded with two points of their own, leading 19-9.
The Apps began to regain composure, going on a 9-3 run. Trailing 25-18 with 5 minutes left the Apps took control, taking a 28-27 lead off a 10-2 run, featuring six points from Ashley Bassett-Smith.
App State led the Warhawks at the half, 32-31.
Sydnor led the Mountaineer with 12 points in the first, while the team shot 38.7 percent from the floor.
UL Monroe was led by Alayshia Hunter's seven points as the team recorded a 48.0 percent field goal percentage.
The Mountaineers returned from the halftime break on fire as Farrahn Wood hit a three-pointer and Bria Carter got a layup just one minute into play. The Warhawks converted on a free throw, but Madi Story responded for the Apps with a basket from behind the arc as the team took a 40-32 lead.
At the 14:47 minute mark Story sparked a Mountaineer run as she scored seven-straight points, helping the Apps lead 51-39.
UL Monroe scored four points in response, but App continued to find baskets, as Bassett-Smith and Bria Huffmancombined for ten-straight points.
With Appalachian leading 66-46 and eight minutes to play the Warhawks went on a 7-2 run, but Bassett-Smith, Huffman, Sydnor, Story and Joi Jones all contributed to a 12-3 run for Appalachian as the team closed out the game with a final score of 80-61.
Four players scored in double-figures as Sydnor led with 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Huffman recorded 14 points and six rebounds and Bassett-Smith tallied 14 points and seven rebounds.
Story added a career-high of 14 points, shooting 6-8 from the floor and finding two steals. Carter grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, while Jones dished out six assists in the win.
The Mountaineers shot 45.5 percent from the field, recording 50 rebounds and 14 turnovers.
UL Monroe was led by Olivia Countiss' 12 points, while the team tallied a field goal percentage of 34.5. The Warhawks had 36 rebounds and 14 turnovers.
App State returns to action when they host Texas State on Thursday, March 5 at 5 p.m.
Catawba Valley Communitt College men's basketball team defeated Tideater Community College 74-62 in the first round of the Region X tournament at Richard Bland College in Petersburg, Virginia. CVCC is the 6th ranked team in the tournament, Tidewater was the number 11 seed.
MonDarius Black led the Red Hawks with 19 points and eight rebounds. Cornelius Johnson added 15 points and JaQueaz Jackson added 11 for CVCC.