As the last student-athlete competing for Appalachian State University men's track and field at the NCAA East Region Preliminary meet, Nathan Milch finished 33rd in the shot put on Saturday.
Milch finished with a top throw of 56-3.25. At the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships, Milch finished with a personal-best throw of 56-6 and took third place. That throw for Milch moved him into third all-time in program history.
The Hickory Crawdads' offense broke out of their recent slump in emphatic fashion Saturday night, as the 'Dads bats clubbed 2 homers and scored 8 runs in an 8-4 win over the visiting Greensboro Grasshoppers in front of a sell-out crowd of 4,228 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads entered the night riding a 3-game losing streak and with only 7 total runs scored over the past 4 contests, but the Hickory hitters emerged from their funk with 8 of the starting 9 reaching base safely at least once while 7 different players scored at least one run. In addition to their 8 hits, the 'Dads also drew 8 walks off the Greensboro pitching staff, with 7 separate batters collecting a free pass.
The Grasshoppers got on the board first when they reached Crawdads starting pitcher Peter Fairbanks for a run in the top of the 3rd on a double by Anfernee Seymour and an RBI single by Josh Naylor. Naylor was thrown out at second trying to stretch his hit into a double, with the Greensboro slugger sliding late and high into 'Dads second baseman Frandy De La Rosa.
Hickory responded to the 'Hoppers tally in the home half of the of the inning with a leadoff walk by Eric Jenkins, a single to left from Chris Garia, and a mammoth 3-run homer to left by Andy Ibanez for a 3-1 Crawdads lead. Greensboro got back on the board in the 4th on three straight singles by Justin Twine, Korey Dunbar, and Aaron Blanton, with the last base knock driving in a run to cut the score to 3-2.
The top of the 5th inning began with Naylor batting for the first time since his high slide at second. Fairbanks threw his first pitch high and tight, which drew an immediate ejection from home plate umpire Mike Carroll. 'Dads manager Steve Mintz was also tossed on the play after running out to the field to argue. The Crawdads brought in right-handed reliever Omarlin Lopez following the two ejections, and the Dominican Republic hurler responded with 2.1 scoreless innings to keep the Grasshoppers at bay.
The Hickory bats added on to their lead in the 5th on a line drive, solo homer to right from Garia, before tacking on another tally in the 6th when Jenkins drove in Ti'Quan Forbes on an RBI sacrifice fly to center for a 5-2 lead. The 'Hoppers picked up a run on a double by Isael Soto and an RBI base knock from Stone Garrett in the top of the 7th, but the 'Dads came back with 3 tallies in the home half to stretch the advantage to 8-3. Josh Altmann and LeDarious Clark began the frame with back-to-back doubles for the first run. Yeyson Yrizarri followed with a single to left before Forbes lined an RBI base knock to right and Chuck Moorman picked up an RBI an a sacrifice fly to center.
The Grasshoppers scored for the final time in the top of the 9th on a triple by Zach Sullivan and an RBI groundout from Naylor before John Werner finished the game with a caught-looking strikeout of Soto for the final 8-4 Hickory victory.
Lopez (3-1) earned the win with his standout work out of the bullpen, while Greensboro starter Jordan Holloway (1-2) took the loss with 4 runs allowed on 4 hits, 4 walks, and 2 Ks over 4.1 IP.
Ibanez paced the 'Dads bats by going 1-3 with a home run, 3 RBI, 2 walks, and a stolen base, while Garia finished 2-4 with a homer, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, and a walk. Forbes also ended the night with a multi-hit game, going 2-3 with an RBI, a walk, and a run scored.
The Crawdads (29-20) will go for the series split vs. the Grasshoppers (23-26) Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 3:00 pm.
Appalachian State University’s Scott Satterfield is Athlon magazine’s choice as the Sun Belt Conference’s top football coach, the magazine announced in its “Ranking The Sun Belt’s College Football Coaches for 2016” article on Friday.
Athlon gave Satterfield top billing over UL Lafayette’s Mark Hudspeth, Arkansas State’s Blake Anderson and Georgia State’s Trent Miles. South Alabama’s Joey Jones, Troy’s Neal Brown, UL Monroe’s Matt Viator, Texas State’s Everett Withers (like Satterfield, an Appalachian State alumnus), Georgia Southern’s Tyson Summers, Idaho’s Paul Petrino and New Mexico State’s Doug Martin round out the Athlon rankings.
Satterfield is entering his fourth season as Appalachian State’s head coach. He has led the Mountaineers to a 22-15 record, including 17 wins in their last 19 games. Last season, App State finished 11-2, good for the most wins in Sun Belt history and the most victories ever by a team in its first full-fledged campaign as a member of NCAA Division I FBS. The Mountaineers capped the 2015 campaign with a 31-29 triumph over Ohio in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, making them the first team to ever win a bowl game in its first full-fledged FBS season.
With 18 returning starters, Satterfield and the Mountaineers open the 2016 campaign on Thursday, Sept. 1 with a nationally televised contest at Tennessee (7:30 p.m. - SEC Network).
Season tickets for Appalachian State’s much-anticipated 2016 home schedule, which includes a visit by five-time national champion Miami (Fla.) on Sept. 17, are on sale now. App State's 2016 season tickets can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets and by phone at (828) 262-2079. Earlier this month, App State announced that 2016 season-ticket sales have already surpassed the amount sold in 2015. Due to the brisk sales, tickets in four sections of Kidd Brewer Stadium are already sold out.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Kevin Baxter finished fifth in the finals of the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday evening at the IMG Academy.
Baxter, a senior from Columbia, S.C., ran a 14.14 in the finals while Minnesota State Mankato’s Myles Hunter won the national championship in the event with a first-place time of 13.76.
With his fifth-place finish, Baxter earned NCAA Division II All-American honors for the third straight season in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. In the preliminaries on Friday, Baxter clocked a wind-aided time of 13.94 seconds and finished second in his heat.
Baxter, who holds the school record in the event, won both the 2014 and 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championships in the men’s 110-meter hurdles.
In addition, Baxter is a two-time NCAA Division II All-American (2013 and 2015) in indoor track and field in the men’s 60-meter hurdles.
2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track And Field Championships Men's 110-meter hurdles finals
Bradenton, Fla. - IMG Academy
May 28, 2016
1. Myles Hunter, Jr., Minnesota State Mankato 13.76
2. Javier Lopez Jr., TAMU-Kingsville 13.96
3. Sean Wells, Sr., Grand Valley State 13.97
4. Blake Alexander, Jr., William Jewell 14.02
5. Kevin Baxter, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne 14.14
6. Justin Williams, Sr., Virginia State 14.26
7. Supan Randeniya, So., Shorter 14.29
8. Arthur Ashton, Jr., Virginia State 14.48
The Hickory Crawdads' current slump continued Friday night against the Greensboro Grasshoppers, as 'Dads hurler Dillon Tate was roughed up early before the Hickory bullpen took damage late in an 11-1 loss in front of 3,127 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.
Fans were still settling into their seats when the Grasshoppers jumped on Tate for 4 1st inning runs before an out was even recorded. The Hickory starter settled down after his tough first frame with 1 run allowed on 2 hits over his final four frames, but the Crawdads bullpen was touched up for 6 runs over the final 4 innings while the 'Dads bats were held in check resulting in the 10-run defeat.
The Crawdads have now lost 8 of their last 10 but remain in 2nd place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division, 2 games back of first place Hagerstown. The Grasshoppers meanwhile have won 11 of their last 12 to climb to within 3 games of .500 for the first time since early April.
The first four batters of the game all reached against Tate, as Anfernee Seymour drew a walk, Zach Sullivan singled to right, Josh Naylor roped a 2-RBI double to right-center, and Isael Soto crushed a 2-run home run to right for a 4-0 'Hoppers lead. The 'Dads came back with a single run of their own in the bottom of the 1st, when Dylan Moore walked against 'Hoppers starter Chuck Weaver and came home to score on an RBI double to left from Andy Ibanez to cut the score to 4-1.
Tate allowed a solo homer to Stone Garrett in the 3rd to push the hole to 5-1, but the right-hander ended his night retiring the last eight batters he faced to keep the deficit at 4 runs through 5 innings. Greensboro was able to pull away against the Hickory pen however, as Jeffrey Springs allowed an unearned run in the 6th and gave up a 3-run long ball to Garrett in the 7th for a 9-1 score. Adam Choplick followed with a run allowed via a RBI single from Sullivan in the 8th, while Matt Ball gave up the fourth Grasshoppers homer of the night when Soto went deep again with a solo shot to left in the 9th for the final 11-1 score.
Tate (1-2) took the loss for the Crawdads with 5 runs allowed on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts over 5 innings pitched. Weaver (3-4) earned the win for Greensboro with 1 run given up on 5 hits, 1 walk, and 2 Ks during his 5 IP.
Offensively the 'Dads were held to 1 run on 5 hits, with catcher Chuck Moorman finishing as the only player with a multi-hit game after going 2-3. Ibanez ended the game 1-4 with a double and an RBI, while both Eric Jenkins (1-4, SB) and Josh Altmann (1-4) had a hit as well.
The Crawdads (28-20) will try to right the ship Saturday night at 6:00 pm in their third game of the series vs. the Grasshoppers (23-25).
Caldwell County: 10
Henderson County: 4
Lincoln County: 17
Rowan County: 5
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Kevin Baxter has advanced to the finals of the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the IMG Academy.
In the preliminaries on Friday, the senior from Columbia, S.C., finished second in his heat with a wind-aided 13.94 seconds. The finals on Saturday take place at 5:55 p.m. Minnesota State Mankato’s Myles Hunter had the top time coming out of the preliminaries at 13.71 seconds.
Baxter is a two-time NCAA Division II All-American (2014-15) in the event after finishing fourth in the finals of the national championship the past two seasons. Baxter is also the 2014 and 2016 South Atlantic Conference Champion in the men’s 110-meter hurdles.
Appalachian State University men's track and field's Stanley Broaden placed 21st in the 400-meter hurdle quarterfinals on Friday.
In the NCAA East Prelims, Broaden took 21st with a time of 52.81 and will not advance to the NCAA's in Oregon. Broaden won the 400-meter hurdle title at the Sun Belt Championships with a personal-best time of 50.67 - good for second all-time in program history.
The Mountaineers still have Nathan Milch yet to compete tomorrow in the shot put. The event will begin at 6 p.m.
The Hickory Crawdads' recent struggles at the plate continued Thursday night in their first game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers, as the 'Dads received good performances from both starting pitcher Wes Benjamin and reliever Blake Bass only to lose the 'Hoppers 3-1 at L.P. Frans Stadium.
Benjamin and Bass combined to hold Greensboro to 1 run on 5 hits and 7 strikeouts over 8 solid innings of work. That bought the Crawdads a tie game thanks to a solo home run from LeDarious Clark in the 3rd. The Grasshoppers finally broke through for 2 runs against Joe Palumbo in the top of the 9th however, before the 'Dads stranded the tying runners in scoring position in the bottom of the frame resulting in the 3-1 defeat.
Hickory's southpaw starter began the night retiring the first 7 batters he faced before Zach Sullivan doubled inside the third base bag and came in to score on a 2-out, RBI single from Anfernee Seymour for a 1-0 Greensboro lead in the 3rd. The Crawdads quickly responded in the bottom of the inning when Clark crushed the first pitch of the frame over the left field fence for a solo homer and a 1-1 tie.
That score would hold all the way until the 9th, as Benjamin finished with 1 run allowed on 3 hits, 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts over 5 innings while Bass followed with 3 shutout frames on 2 hits and 1 K.
'Dads manager Steve Mintz then turned the ball over to the normally dominant Palumbo in the 9th, and the lefty reliever responded with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks over the first four batters before allowing consecutive 2-out, RBI singles from Roy Morales and Justin Twine for a 3-1 'Hoppers lead. The Crawdads attempted a 9th inning rally of their own when Andy Ibanez drew a leadoff walk and Dylan Moore lined a 1-out double to right to put the tying runs in scoring position with one out. Grasshoppers' closer C.J. Robinson bounced back with back-to-back strikeouts of Eduard Pinto and Clark however to end the game.
Palumbo (3-2) took the loss for Hickory with 2 runs allowed on 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts over 1 inning pitched. Greensboro reliever Jeff Kinley (3-2) earned the win after working around 3 walks in 2 scoreless IP, while Robinson (9) recorded the save.
Clark finished the game 1-4 with his 4th homer of the year, while Moore went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Eric Jenkins also reached base safely multiple times, going 1-3 with a walk and his league-leading 24th steal of the season.
The Crawdads (28-19) will try to get back in the win column in game 2 vs. the Grasshoppers (22-25) Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.
Stanley Broaden will be the lone Appalachian State University men's track and field participant to advance at the 2016 NCAA East Prelims on Thursday.
Broaden took third in his heat of the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.20 and sits 26th overall to qualify for the quarterfinals tomorrow. The men's 400-meter hurdles is set for 7:45 p.m. tomorrow evening.
In the 100-meter dash, William Buckley placed 30th with a time of 10.64 and will not advance for the Mountaineers. Phillip Thomas vaulted 16-4.75 and placed 31st, but will also not advance.
The Mountaineers' Nathan Milch has still yet to compete and will throw in the shot put on Saturday with the event set to begin at 6 p.m.
Appalachian State University women's track and field student-athletes Tristin Van Ord and Darlene Girardeau will not advance in their respective events following Thursday's NCAA East Region preliminaries.
Van Ord finished 21st in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 35.22.10. She ends her season as a two-time Sun Belt champion during the outdoor campaign, while also setting a program record in the 10,000-meter run earlier in the season.
In the long jump, Giradeau finished 36th with a jump of 18-10. During the season, Giradeau put herself second on the all-time program list with a jump of 20-2.25 at the Sun Belt championships.