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Lenoir Rhyne's Erin Boone was tabbed the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player of the Week for games played April 18-24, the League announced today.

Boone, a freshman from Creedmoor, N.C., batted .625 (10-for-16) with eight runs scored, three doubles and three runs batted in to lead the Bears to a pair of conference sweeps over Queens and Carson-Newman on the road last week as the Bears (43-9, 20-2) clinched the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship. Boone had at least two hits and every game and scored the lone run in the Bears' 1-0 victory over the Eagles Saturday in Jefferson City, Tenn. Boone also had a .938 slugging percentage and stole two bases. The honor is her first Player of the Week nod this season.

A pro-Mountaineer crowd of 3,175 turned out at BB&T BallPark in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday evening but red-hot Wake Forest ruined the party by handing Appalachian State University baseball a 10-7 defeat.

Wake Forest (27-17), which has claimed five wins over top 15 teams in the last 12 days, banged out 13 hits and won for the seventh time in eight games.

Things started well for the thousands of Mountaineer faithful in attendance, as Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) led off with a double into the right-center field gap and scored on Brian Bauk's (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) RBI single to give Appalachian State a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

However, the App State bats quickly cooled off and Wake Forest pitchers John McCarren (6-2) and Drew Loepprich limited the Mountaineers to just one hit from the second inning through the sixth. The Demon Deacons' prolific offense plated four runs in the second and four more in the sixth to grab a commanding 8-1 advantage.

Never a club to go down without a fight, Appalachian State made it interesting with three runs in the seventh inning, two in the eighth and one in the ninth. Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, Wake Forest's Stuart Fairchild capped a four-RBI night with a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh that prevented App State from cutting the deficit to less than three runs.

Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County), Zach Hummel (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) and Bauk finished with two hits apiece to lead the Mountaineers' 10-hit attack. Bauk and Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) each had two RBI, with Atwood's coming on a mammoth home run over the Piedmont Natural Gas picnic area beyond BB&T BallPark's left field stands in the eighth inning.

Appalachian State returns to Sun Belt Conference action on Friday when it opens a pivotal three-game series versus Arkansas State. The series opener is set for 6 p.m. at App State's Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 22:02

Hickory Crawdads Open Homestand With Win

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The Hickory Crawdads took their team speed to a new level Tuesday night, as the 'Dads used a season-high 6 stolen bases to run out to an early lead and eventually a 7-5 win over the visiting Greensboro Grasshoppers at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the night ranking 2nd in the South Atlantic League with 35 stolen bases through the club's first 18 games, before five different runners racked up six stolen bases over the first five innings of the game. Eric Jenkins, Chris Garia, Dylan Moore, Yeyson Yrizarri, and Jose Almonte all successfully swiped a bag on the night, with Garia stealing two to lead the way.

All the early running helped Hickory to jump ahead to a 5-0 lead over the first two frames, with the club plating three in the 1st and two more in the 2nd. Jenkins got the offense started when he was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the 1st and promptly stole second base. Garia followed with an infield knock to move Jenkins to third, before stealing second himself to put runners at the corners. One out later, Moore delivered a 2 RBI single to center to get the 'Dads on the board. Moore eventually scored as well on a throwing error by Greensboro third baseman Angel Reyes to give the Crawdads a 3-0 lead.

Hickory pushed the advantage to 5-0 in the 2nd when Almonte reached on a hit-by-pitch and came in to score one out later on an RBI, ground rule double by Jenkins. Jenkins then moved to third on another single from Garia before coming home on an RBI groundout by Ibanez for the second tally of the inning.

The score remained the same until the 4th, when the Grasshoppers jumped on Crawdads starting pitcher Brett Martin for four runs on four hits to cut the score to 5-4. Martin had allowed only two total base runners through the first three frames, before the 'Hoppers laced together four straight hits in the inning to get themselves back in the game.

The 'Dads answered with a run of their own in the home half of the frame, as Jenkins reached on a leadoff walk, took second base on a throwing error by Greensboro pitcher Nestor Bautista, was sacrifice to third on a bunt by Garia, and came in to score thanks to an RBI sacrifice fly from Ibanez to give Hickory a 6-4 lead.

The 'Hoppers stayed on the offensive in the 5th when Josh Naylor launched the first pitch he saw from Crawdads reliever Blake Bass for a solo home run to center that made the score 6-5. Bass settled down after the quick long ball however, as the 6'7" right-hander allowed only one more base runner during his three innings pitched.

The Crawdads offense tacked on one last insurance run in the 7th, when Moore walked and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Ti'Quan Forbes to put the club on top 7-5. Lefty reliever Joe Palumbo closed the game out from there with two perfect innings out of the bullpen to secure the Hickory victory.

Bass (2-0) earned the win for Hickory with one run allowed on two hits and two strikeouts during his 3 innings pitched, while Palumbo (3) recorded the save for closing out the victory. Greensboro starter Kevin Guzman (0-2) took the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on four hits, one walk, and 2 Ks over 2 IP.

Jenkins (1-2, 2B, RBI, BB, HBP, 3 R, SB) and Garia (2-2, 2 BB, 2 SB, R) combined to reach base 7 times and score four runs from the top two spots in the lineup to pace the 'Dads attack. Moore also had a good night, going 1-2 with 2 RBI, 2 walks, two runs scored, and a stolen base.

The Crawdads (12-7) and Grasshoppers (7-12) will play again Wednesday night in game two of their 3-game series, with first pitch set for 6:00 pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team placed eight players, a league-high, on the 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference First and Second Teams.

Four Bears – freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.), sophomore outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.), sophomore shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) and junior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) – were named to the all-league first team.

Boone was also named the 2016 SAC Softball Freshman Of The Year and currently leads the league in hits (76) and total bases (114).

Boone, who was also selected as the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player Of The Week today, ranks second on the team in batting average (.409) in addition to five home runs, 33 runs batted in, 14 stolen bases and a team-best .613 slugging percentage.

Walker ranks first in the league in hitting (.419) while Carter is batting .386 with four home runs, 42 runs batted in and a team-best 16 doubles. Landreth, a three-time all-conference pick, has a .376 batting average with five home runs and 27 RBI.

Sophomore second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.), senior third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.), junior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior pitcher Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) were all named to the All-SAC Second Team for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Poe has driven in 12 runs while Phillips ranks second in the conference in runs batted in (46) to go along six home runs while batting .379. Kenley leads the team with seven home runs with 39 RBI and Hoskins has a 16-6 record with a 2.34 earned run average, five shutouts and 152 strikeouts. Hoskins is a two-time all-conference selection.

Both freshman utility player Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore designated player Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) were honorable mention all-league selections for the Bears. Kenley is 9-2 on the year with 78 strikeouts on the mound and has hit a home run and drove in five runs at the plate. Cates is batting .333 with six home runs and 36 runs batted in.

Lenoir-Rhyne mentor Shena Hollar, in her 17th season at the helm for the Bears, was named SAC Coach Of The Year for the seventh time (sixth time with LR, once with Newberry).

Lenoir-Rhyne (43-9, 20-2), ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division II, won the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship and will be the No. 1 seed in the league tournament which beings on Thursday at Byerly Park in Hartsville, S.C. The Bears will take on eighth-seeded Anderson (29-19, 9-13) in the quarterfinal round beginning at 3:00 p.m.

2016 South Atlantic Conference Softball Honors

OF – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Christina Walker, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Kristen Stinnard, Catawba
1B – Sydney Landreth, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B - Elayna Siebert, Carson-Newman
SS – Madison Carter, Lenoir-Rhyne
3B – Misty Doran, Wingate
DP – Taylor Lail, Mars Hill
UTIL – Mellena Helms, Wingate
C – Taylor Laskey, Wingate
P – Carley Tysinger, Catawba
P – Stacey Houser, Wingate

OF – Christina Linton, Newberry
OF – Taylor Rosenbalm, Queens
OF – Riley Morris, Coker
1B – Lindsay Dean, Carson-Newman
2B – Madison Poe, Lenoir-Rhyne
SS – Kinsey Parrish, Brevard
3B – Jordin Phillips, Lenoir-Rhyne
DP – Katherine Shumaker, Catawba
UTIL – Maude McCoury, Newberry
C – Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Maryann Hoskins, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Jamie Hrobak, Brevard

OF – Carolyn Williamson, Tusculum
OF – Naomi Sapp, Wingate
OF – Miranda Beeler, Tusculum
1B – Ashton Whitaker, Queens
2B – Natalie Willis, Newberry
SS – Kristen Toppel, Carson-Newman
3B – Ashley Gallman, Coker
DP – Mackenzie Cates, Lenoir-Rhyne
UTIL – Emily Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
C – Cailah Niles, Anderson
P – Samantha Smith, Lincoln Memorial
P – Augie Pena, Anderson

Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne

Mellena Helms, Wingate

Carley Tysinger, Catawba

Shena Hollar, Lenoir-Rhyne

SAC Statistical Champions
Team Batting Average – Lenoir-Rhyne (.349)
Team Slugging Percentage – Lenoir-Rhyne (.520)
Team On-Base Percentage – Lenoir-Rhyne (.406)
Team Runs Scored Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (6.63)
Team Home Runs Per Game – Wingate (0.84)
Team Triples Per Game – Wingate (0.34)
Team Doubles Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (1.94)
Team RBIs Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (5.82)
Team Stolen Bases Per Game – Tusculum (1.94)
Team ERA – Catawba (1.73)
Team Strikeouts Per Game – Catawba (9.21)
Batting Average – Christina Walker, Lenoir-Rhyne (.419)
On-Base Percentage – Cailah Niles, Anderson (.503)
Slugging Percentage – Cailah Niles, Anderson (.719)
Home Runs Per Game – Lindsey Dean, Carson-Newman (0.28)
RBIs Per Game – Cailah Niles, Anderson (0.98)
Runs Scored Per Game – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne (1.12)
Triples Per Game – Mellena Helms, Wingate (0.16)
Doubles Per Game – Taylor Rosenbalm, Queens (0.36)
Stolen Bases Per Game – Taylor Battle, Tusculum (0.58)
ERA – Carley Tysinger, Catawba (0.89)
Strikeouts Per Seven Innings – Carley Tysinger, Catawba (10.4)
Pitching Victories – Carley Tysinger, Catawba (27)

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ryan Perkins has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Perkins, a senior second baseman from Woodruff, S.C., batted .520 (13-of-25) with a home run and eight runs batted in to lead the Bears to four victories last week including a sweep of Anderson in the final league weekend series of the year.

Perkins had at least two hits in each of the Bears’ five contests last week and hit a walk-off solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 5-4 triumph over the Trojans in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday. Perkins finished the game with three hits and three runs batted in.

Perkins, who added four hits in Lenoir-Rhyne’s 5-4 win over Anderson on Sunday to complete the sweep, currently ranks third on the team in batting average (.343) to go along with four home runs and 44 runs batted in. Perkins has started all 50 contests as well and leads the team in hits (73) and doubles (18).

As a junior in 2015, Perkins was named to the All-South Atlantic Conference First Team and was an honorable mention all-region and all-state selection.

Lenoir-Rhyne (33-17, 12-12) is the eighth seed in the 2016 Pilot/Flying J South Atlantic Conference Baseball Championship and will face fifth-seeded Newberry (32-17-11, 13-11) in the opening round at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tenn., on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. The Bears are making their first trip to the league tournament since 2009.

Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Everick Sullivan, an assistant with Georgia State men's basketball team, will become the new head basketball coach at Lenoir-Rhyne.

Sullivan has been an assistant since the start of the 2011 season at Georgia State, a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Sullivan has also coached at Eastern Kentucky.

Sullivan replaces Ryan Odom who spent one year as the head coach of the Bears. Lenoir-Rhyne went 21-10 last season and advanced to the NCAA Division II Regional Finals for the first time in school history.

Due to inclement weather in Boone's Wednesday forecast, Appalachian State University softball's doubleheader with North Carolina A&T has been postponed to Thursday, May 5.

Game one will still begin at 4 p.m. inside Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium and next up for the Mountaineers now is a three-game Sun Belt series with Texas State in Boone this weekend.

Ines Flueck of Lenoir-Rhyne was named the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for games played April 18-24, the League announced today.

Flueck, a sophomore from Coppell, Texas, recorded 16 saves in a 15-9 win over SAC foe Catawba on April 23. She saved 64 percent of the shots she faced in 60 minutes of action. The honor is her fourth Defensive Player of the Week nod this season, and second straight.

Fresh off its outright league regular season championship, five members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team were named to the 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference First Team.

Those five players – junior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.), senior midfielder Carson Sterling (Durham, N.C.), senior defender Brady Richardson (Westminster, Md.), junior defender Colin Twombly (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and junior long pole midfielder Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) – represented a league-high for the Bears.

Hanlon leads the team in several offensive categories – goals scored (36), assists (17) and total points (53) – while Sterling has 25 goals, 10 assists and 35 points, all second-best on the squad.

Richardson and Twombly have a combined 44 ground balls and anchor a defensive unit which has 10.07 goals-against average including a 7.91 GAA against league opponents.

Lett has 55 ground balls to go along with a goal and three assists and earned all-league accolades for the second straight year.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Ben Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga.) was named to the all-league second team while sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) was an honorable mention selection.

Corrigan has 22 goals, eight assists and 30 points on the year while Crompton is second in save percentage (56.6) and third in saves (167) and goals-against average (10.01) in the league rankings. Crompton is also a three-time AstroTurf SAC Defensive Player Of The Week in 2016.

Lenoir-Rhyne (10-4, 8-0), ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II and winners of nine straight games, is the top seed in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship and will face the winner of fifth-seeded Tusculum and fourth-seeded Coker on Thursday in the semifinals at 4:00 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C., on the campus of Queens University.

2016 South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Lacrosse Honors

A – Garrett Chan, Queens
A – Mike Hanlon, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Mike Martiello, Coker
MF – Carson Sterling, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Spencer Corkery, Queens
MF – Daniel Godwin, Wingate
D – Colin Twombly, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Chris Gazzio, Wingate
D – Brady Richardson, Lenoir-Rhyne
LP – Collin Lett, Lenoir-Rhyne
Spec. – Connor Eakes, Catawba
GK – Jacob Ormerod, Wingate

A - Shane Wilson, Coker
A – Garrett Sadler, Queens
A – Jeremy Sullivan, Wingate
MF – Dallas Wade, Tusculum
MF – Ben Corrigan, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Josh Reedy, Catawba
D – Ryon Bellamy, Queens
D – Mitch Chapman, Tusculum
D – Anthony Crisera, Wingate
LP – Griffin Stechmiller, Queens
Spec. – Jonathan Paige, Queens
GK – Ryan Applegate, Catawba

A – Connor Kennedy, Catawba
A – Kyle Hunziker, Brevard
A – Austin Murphy, Wingate
MF – Nathan Stewart, Mars Hill
MF – Josh Smith, Coker
MF – Billy Kopsky, Lincoln Memorial
D – Gus Weber, Catawba
D – Ryan Benick, Lincoln Memorial
D – Dennis Rammacher, Brevard (tie)
D – Jack Williams, Catawba (tie)
LP – Robert Godwin, Wingate
Spec. – Patrick Timothee, Coker
GK – Ryan Crompton, Lenoir-Rhyne

Garrett Chan, Queens

Daniel Godwin, Wingate

Michael Lawson, Wingate

Statistical Champions
Goals per Game – Shane Wilson, Coker (3.13)
Assists per Game – Garrett Chan, Queens (2.47)
Shot Percentage – Shane Wilson, Coker (.505)
Save Percentage – Jacob Ormerod, Wingate (.590)
Goals-Against Average – Jacob Ormerod, Wingate (9.85)
Faceoff Win Percentage – Connor Eakes, Catawba (.753)
Ground Balls per Game – Connor Eakes, Catawba (9.64)
Caused Turnovers per Game – Collin Lett, Lenoir-Rhyne (2.33)
Points per Game – Garrett Chan, Queens (4.60)
Team Scoring Offense – Queens (13.07)
Team Scoring Defense – Wingate (9.40)
Team Scoring Margin – Queens (2.93)
Team Man-Up Offense – Queens (.337)
Team Man-Down Defense – Lenoir-Rhyne (.836)
Team Faceoff Win Percentage – Catawba (.736)
Team Shot Percentage – Queens (.321)
Team Ground Balls per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (36.07)

Four members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Lacrosse Team garnered 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference honors, league officials announced today.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) and sophomore goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) were selected to the all-league first team.

Wach, a three-time all-league honoree (2014-16), currently ranks first on the team in four categories: assists (26), points (58), ground balls (52) and draw controls (69). Wach also has 32 goals on the season and has totaled 202 points so far in her career.

Flueck, who won the weekly conference defensive honor for the fourth time this year today, currently leads the conference in saves (176) and save percentage (54.7) and ranks third in goals-against average (10.17).

Two Bears were named to the All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team: junior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) and sophomore defender Taylor Winters (Marietta, Ga.). Schwitkis ranks first on the team in goals scored (40) while Winters anchors the backline and is second on the squad in ground balls with 48.

Sophomore attacker Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) and junior defender Noreen McAllister (Syracuse, N.Y.) were honorable mention all-league picks for Lenoir-Rhyne. Benedetto is second on the team in goals scored (36), assists (17) and total points (53) while McAllister has 27 ground balls and helps lead a defensive unit which allows 9.75 goals per game.

Lenoir-Rhyne (10-6, 7-1), the second seed in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship, will face the winner of third-seeded Wingate and sixth-seeded Catawba in the semifinals on Friday at 6:30 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C., on the campus of Queens University.

2016 South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Lacrosse Honors

A – Caitlyn Nemeth, Brevard
A – Hanna Scott Queens
A – Abigail Paulus, Queens
A – Brittany Andrews, Wingate
MF – Kelly Dowd, Queens
MF – Claire Wach, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Emily Nosek, Wingate
MF – Madison Malone, Tusculum
D – Bridgette Larranaga, Queens
D – Marabeth Durden, Coker
D – Aarika Kaester, Queens
D – Sydney Dishman, Queens
GK – Ines Flueck, Lenoir-Rhyne

A – Faith Kent, Coker
A – Meredith Jones, Catawba
A – Torrey Schwitkis, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Kelsey Crow, Tusculum
MF – Paulena Dempsey, Wingate
MF – Nicolette Salay, Catawba
MF – Hannah Scott, Catawba
MF – Brittany Larranga, Queens
D – Morgan Insel, Wingate
D – Taylor Winters, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Amber Breedy, Brevard
D – Lindsay Ordemann, Coker
GK – Arion Pierre, Wingate

A – Kirstyn Kruse, Catawba
A – Shannon O’Neal, Wingate
A – Aubriana Benedetto, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Megan Shortt, Catawba
MF – Claudia Jenkins, Coker
MF – Shannon Masberger, Queens
MF – Bre’Asia James, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Mackenzie Baker, Coker
D – Becky Frost, Catawba
D – Kaitlyn Kimball, Coker
D – Erin Murphy, Wingate
D – Noreen McAllister, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Bethany Davis, Catawba

Caitlyn Nemeth, Brevard

Hannah Scott, Queens

Julika Blankenship, Queens

Statistical Champions
Draw Controls per Game – Bre’Asia James, Lincoln Memorial (4.73)
Ground Balls per Game – Shannon Novak, Lincoln Memorial (3.87)
Assists per Game – Madison Malone, Tusculum (3.00)
Saves per Game – Ines Flueck, Lenoir-Rhyne (11.00)
Goals-Against Average – Christine Wiese, Queens (8.03)
Save Percentage – Ines Flueck, Lenoir-Rhyne (.547)
Goals per Game – Caitlyn Nemeth, Brevard (4.71)
Caused Turnovers per Game – Marabeth Durden, Coker (2.73)
Points per Game – Caitlyn Nemeth, Brevard (5.43)
Team Points per Game – Tusculum (24.20)
Team Caused Turnovers per Game – Coker (14.27)
Team Ground Balls per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (27.25)
Team Scoring Offense – Tusculum (16.27)
Team Scoring Defense – Queens (7.88)
Team Scoring Margin – Queens (8.13)
Team Draw Controls per Game – Tusculum (14.93)