Due to inclement weather headed towards the Boone area tomorrow, Appalachian State University softball’s midweek doubleheader with North Carolina Central University has been postponed to a further date that has yet to be determined.
The twin bill with instate rival NCCU was initially scheduled for tomorrow, April 19 with first pitch set at 4 p.m.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis (12-8) will be seeded seventh in the 2017 Sun Belt Championship held in New Orleans at City Park Tennis Courts, as the league announced the bracket on Tuesday.
The Mountaineers will face No. 2 seed and 47th-ranked South Alabama on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (ET) in the first round. In all three seasons in the Sun Belt, the Apps have played South Alabama in the tournament as the lower seed.
The Black and Gold suffered a 4-1 setback in the semifinal matchup last season to USA after recording their first-ever Sun Belt Tournament win in the first round, stunning No. 3 seed and then-defending SBC Tournament Champion, Troy.
Appalachian finished the season 12-8 while finishing the year with a 9-3 mark after a 3-5 start. App State has four student-athletes with at least 12 victories led by Scott Webster (Perth, Austraila/Scotch College), who has 14 singles wins. Webster and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) lead the team with a 9-2 mark in doubles action.
USA finished the year with an impressive 21-5 mark while going into the tournament on a four-match win streak. USA fell in the Sun Belt Tournament Final last season, 4-1, to UT Arlington.
Appalachian State University (5-18) will face rival No. 7 seed Georgia Southern as the 10th seed in the first round of the 2017 Sun Belt Women’s Tennis Championship, as the league announced the bracket on Tuesday.
First serve will take place at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on Thursday with the winner advancing to the quarterfinal match against No. 2 seed South Alabama on Friday at 12:30 p.m. (ET).
App has come close to its first Sun Belt Tournament win, losing both first round matches by a point including last season’s 4-3 setback to then-No. 8 seed UL Monroe. The Mountaineers hope to get over the hump this season with an experienced squad that had five student-athletes involved in the match against the Warhawks.
The Mountaineers and Eagles will be no strangers to each other as archrivals and having most recently matched up against each other on April 9. App won a thrilling 4-3 match in Statesboro thanks to Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) capturing the doubles point while three Mountaineers won three-set singles matches including Swope’s match-clinching win as the No. 1.
Georgia Southern finished the season with a 10-11 mark and a 0-5 record in Sun Belt play. The Eagles have lost their last four matches going into the tournament. Last season, GASO lost in the first round to then-No. 5 seed Troy, 4-1.
Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic:
Alexander Central: 8
West Lincoln: 6
St. Stephens: 2
Bunker Hill: 0
Fred T. Foard: 4
Causby Baseball Classic:
West Caldwell: 6
East Burke: 3
R-S Central: 9
Shelby Easter Classic:
South Caldwell: 13
Ti'Quan Forbes homered and singled, driving in two runs for the Crawdads, but it was not enough in a 19-3 loss at home to the West Virginia Power Monday night.
Alexis Bastardo hit a grand slam in the third inning, leading the Power. The grand slam by Bastardo capped a five-run inning and gave the Power a 9-1 lead after Clark Eagan drew a bases-loaded walk earlier in the inning.
West Virginia later scored in four additional innings, including a five-run eighth, when Carlos Munoz hit a bases-clearing double to help put the game out of reach.
Sandy Santos homered and singled twice, scoring three runs and driving home a couple for West Virginia. Logan Ratledge was a triple short of the cycle, scoring three runs while driving in two.
West Virginia right-hander James Marvel (1-0) picked up the win after allowing one run on four hits over five innings. Opposing starter Argenis Rodriguez (0-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing eight runs and six hits over 2 1/3 innings.
West Virginia hit a season-high five doubles in its victory.
For the third time this year, Lenoir-Rhyne University's Ryan Crompton has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Week.
Crompton, a junior goalkeeper from Frederick, Md., totaled 12 saves in the Bears' 12-7 victory over Lincoln Memorial last Saturday in Harrogate, Tenn., which clinched at least a share of league regular season title for the second straight season for Lenoir-Rhyne.
On the year, Crompton has won 10 of 11 games and ranks second in save percentage (59.2), fourth in goals-against average (8.67) and fifth in total saves (125) in the current conference rankings.
Wingate's Austin Murphy was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Offensive Player Of The Week for the second straight week as well.
In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne (11-1, 7-0) moved up to No. 4 in this week's USILA/NIKE NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse Coaches National Poll. The Bears have won 11 straight contests and 22 of their past 23 games dating back to last season.
Lenoir-Rhyne will host Catawba for Senior Day on Saturday in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m.
2017 USILA/Nike Division II
Men's Lacrosse Coaches Poll
Week 9 – April 17
1. Limestone (20) 14-0
2. Le Moyne 11-1
3. Merrimack 9-2
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 11-1
5. Adelphi 10-2
6. Pace 8-2
7. Mercyhurst 8-2
8. NYIT 10-2
9. Mercy 10-2
10. Lindenwood 8-3
11. Seton Hill 7-4
12t. Tampa 10-4
12t. Mount Olive 9-3
14. Wingate 10-3
15. Belmont Abbey 9-4
16. Southern New Hampshire 8-3
17. Saint Anselm 6-4
18. Colorado Mesa 8-2
19. Tusculum 10-2
20. Bentley 5-4
Also receiving votes: Indianapolis, Chestnut Hill, Lake Erie, Florida Tech, Molloy, Assumption, LIU Post, Florida Southern, Rollins, Queens.
Appalachian State sophomore Joliana Elias’ (Jamestown, N.C.) even-par 36 highlighted a strong opening nine for the Mountaineers, who are tied for sixth following a team-299 (+11) in the opening round of the 2017 Sun Belt Women’s Golf Championships on Monday at The Fighting Joe in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Elias is tied for ninth and six shots back of the leaders through the opening round. She opened with an even-par 36 on her opening nine and is 1-over (73) through the opening round. Texas State’s Anne-Charlotte Mora (-5) has a two-shot lead over the field after her 67.
Texas State (-3) leads by two shots over Troy (-1) after the opening round. Little Rock (+3) is third, followed by Arkansas State (+8), Georgia State (+8), and App State (+11). The Mountaineers were even on their opening nine before giving a few shots back on their way in.
Elias had two birdies and three birdies in her best college round to this point. Senior Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and junior Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C.) are both tied for 19th after Monday’s round. Craver was red-hot on her opening nine, moving to 4-under through six holes behind four birdies. Wood also had four birdies in her round, including three on her final four holes to build to Tuesday.
Senior Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C.) had two birdies and finished with a 76 (+4), while freshman Melany Chong (Missasauga, Ontario) was 1-over through 13 holes before a trio of late bogeys pushed her to a 76 (+4).
App State tees off on No. 1 on Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m. CT. The Mountaineers will play with Georgia State and Arkansas State.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (9-6) fell to No. 5 Rollins (12-3), 11-5, Sunday afternoon at Barker Family Stadium.
The Tars, who jumped out to a 4-0 advantage 12 minutes into the contest, were led by Kallie German (Centreville, Md.) with a game-high four goals in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) and sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) both scored twice but the Bears suffered their third straight setback. Sousa has a team-leading 39 goals on the year.
Schwitkis scored at the 26:51 mark of the second half to cut the margin to 7-4 but the Tars responded with three straight goals to take control. Rollins held the advantage in both shots taken (27-17) and ground balls (17-12) as well.
Rollins’ Malorie Olin (Skaneateles, N.Y.) earned the win in goal after making eight stops while junior All-American Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) took the loss despite tallying 12 saves on the afternoon.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Saint Leo in Saint Leo, Fla., on Tuesday beginning at 3:00 p.m.
The Hickory Crawdads split a doubleheader with the Kannapolis Intimidators on Saturday, losing game one 3-1, but winning the nightcap 1-0.
In game one, Jimmy Lambert tossed a six-hit complete game and Joel Booker had three hits and two RBI, as the Kannapolis Intimidators topped the Hickory Crawdads 3-1 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Lambert (1-0) picked up the win after he struck out five and walked one while allowing one run.
Hickory cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second after Ricardo Valencia hit an RBI single, bringing home Preston Scott.
The Intimidators extended their lead in the fourth inning when Booker hit an RBI single, driving in Micker Adolfo.
Edgar Arredondo (0-2) went five innings, allowing three runs and 10 hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out three and walked one.
In game two, Sal Mendez allowed just two hits over five innings, leading the Hickory Crawdads over the Kannapolis Intimidators in a 1-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Christian Torres struck Tyler Sullivan out with runners on first and second to end the game for his first save of the season.
Mendez (1-0) picked up the win after he struck out four and walked one.
The game's only run was scored in the fourth inning when Ti'Quan Forbes hit a solo home run.
Yosmer Solorzano (1-1) went six innings, allowing one run and four hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out four and walked one.
The Intimidators were blanked for the first time this season, while the Crawdads' staff also registered their first shutout of the year.
Hickory improves to 5-6 on the season. They will host the West Virginia Power for a three game series starting on Monday.
After a neck-and-neck first half of the game, Appalachian State University baseball fell 6-4 in the series finale to Georgia Southern at Clements Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (13-23, 4-11 Sun Belt) got off to a quick start, going up 4-2 in the third inning over the Eagles (23-13, 9-6 Sun Belt) but were unable to hang on as GS scored four runs over the next two innings to secure the win.
Leading the way offensively for Appalachian was Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan). Vernon finished 2-for-5 on the day while Leonard continued his hitting streak, going 2-for-4 overall with three RBI. Leonard also hit his sixth home run of the season and his third double on the year.
On the mound for App State was Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central). Watts went 3.2 innings before he was relieved by Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) and Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline).
The Mountaineers will end their five-game road trip as they travel to Radford for their second meeting of the year. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis (12-8) displayed a valiant effort in a 4-2 defeat to a tough Davidson team on Saturday afternoon at Deer Valley Racquet Club.
The Mountaineers finish the regular season with a 12-8 mark including a 9-3 finish to the season after a 3-5 start. App will now await its quarterfinal opponent in the 2017 Sun Belt Tournament held in New Orleans at City Park Tennis Courts.
Due to the rainy weather at start time, the match was pushed back to 2:30 p.m. inside while the contest started with singles.
Appalachian got the start it needed with a 2-0 lead in the first two matches. Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) tied his career high in singles wins at 13 after handing David Hager his sixth loss of the season with a solid 6-2, 6-2 win to give App the 1-0 edge. Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) surpassed last season’s win total in singles as he improved to 14-4 thanks to a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Shamael Chaudhry.
With App having all of the momentum, the Wildcats turned the corner capturing the next four matches to claim the win. Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) fell to J.B. Gough in straight sets as the No. 4 in the lineup. The freshman fell in a close first set, 7-5, but fell in the second frame, 6-2.
Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin) fought valiantly in a three-set defeat to an opponent in Axel Fries that is now 18-4 on the year. Morris trailed after the first set before winning the second set, 6-4. Trailing 6-5 in the third set, Morris forced a tiebreaker, but would fall, 7-0. Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) recorded a hard-earned first-set tiebreaking victory against Artem Khrapko, 7-6 (7-3). However, he would fall in the next two sets, 6-4, 6-2.
Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) aimed to send the match into doubles as App trailed 3-2. Brea fell in the first stanza, 6-3, before falling in the final set to his counterpart, 7-5.
Maddocks and Morris were recognized before the game, honoring the pair for their dedication and commitment to the program.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Outdoor Track and Field Team finished fourth overall at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship which concluded Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track and Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Wingate stopped Queens' three-year reign by winning the league title with 237.5 points while Lenoir-Rhyne totaled 127.5 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Domonique Jones (Greensboro, Ga.), who won the hammer throw with a school-record 163'3", was named the SAC Women's Field Athlete Of The Year. Jones also placed second in the discus throw (130'7") and fourth in the shot put (39'1").
Lenoir-Rhyne's Autumn Drayton (Charlotte, N.C.) was named the SAC Women's Freshman Of The Year after her performance as well. Drayton won the discus throw (135'6") and placed second overall in the shot put (40'3") and fifth in the javelin throw (108'1").
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Sarai Hayes (Valdese, N.C.) was second in the 200-meter dash with a school-record 24.67 while senior Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) was runner-up in the 400-meter dash (a program-record 56.29).
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Duke Invitational on Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, in Durham, N.C.
2017 South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships
April 14-15 – FINAL RESULTS
Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex & Irwin Belk Track
Lenoir-Rhyne University, host
1. Wingate 237.5
2. Queens 162
3. Coker 132.5
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 127.5
5. Anderson 79
6. Carson-Newman 46.5
7. Mars Hill 15
8. Lincoln Memorial 5
2017 South Atlantic Conference Individual Honors
Women's Freshman Of The Year – Autumn Drayton, Lenoir-Rhyne
Women's Track Athlete Of The Year – Lucie Noall, Queens
Women's Field Athlete Of The Year – Domonique Jones, Lenoir-Rhyne
Women's Coach Of The Year – Travis LeFlore, Wingate
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Outdoor Track and Field Team totaled 107 points and finished third overall at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championships which concluded Saturday afternoon at the Irwin Belk Track and Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Queens won the league title for the third straight year with 215 points.
For the second year in a row, senior Myles Braswell-Sample (Durham, N.C.) won the shot put (51'5") for the Bears. Braswell-Sample also won the event for the fourth time this spring outdoor season.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Derek Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) also placed first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:46) for the second consecutive season.
Sophomore C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.) placed second in both the 100-meter dash (10.88) and 200-meter dash (21.46) and was part of Lenoir-Rhyne's runner-up 400-meter relay team (41.40).
Lenoir-Rhyne University will return to competition this Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, at the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C.
2017 South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships
April 14-15 – FINAL RESULTS
Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex & Irwin Belk Track
Lenoir-Rhyne University, host
1. Queens 215
2. Wingate 156
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 107
4. Carson-Newman 93
5. Anderson 91
6. Coker 48
7. Lincoln Memorial 43
8. Mars Hill 41
2017 South Atlantic Conference Individual Honors
Men's Freshman Of The Year – Elliot Zirwas, Wingate
Men's Track Athlete Of The Year – Jimmy Hollingsworth, Queens
Men's Field Athlete Of The Year – Elliot Zirwas, Wingate
Men's Coach Of The Year – Jim Vahrenkamp, Queens
Appalachian State University women’s track and field finished up the Charlotte Invitational on Saturday.
The Mountaineers were paced by five first-place finishes as the second day of the Charlotte Invitational wrapped up from the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center.
Chelsey Hargrave won both the long and triple jump on Saturday. Hargrave claimed first in the long jump with a leap of 18-10.75 feet, while topping the field in the triple jump with a distance of 41-11.50 feet.
K’Lynn Beal finished fifth in the long jump (17-11.50 feet) and fifth in the triple jump (37-8.50 feet), while Ila Mumford took seventh in the long jump (17-9.00 feet) and eighth in the triple jump (36-5.50 feet).
Darlene Girardeau won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.88 seconds. LaBria King finished not too far behind in third-place with a time of 12.06.
The Black and Gold’s 4x100-meter relay team of Girardeau, King, Hargrave and Catherine Crawford placed second with a time of 46.08.
In the 200-meter dash, Imani Chapman placed 17th with a time of 26.23, while Phylissa Greeley finished 21st with a time of 27.23. Crawford took second in the 400-meter dash, finishing with a time of 55.91. Greeley finished 17th in 1:00.46.
Chapman took seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.58, while Taylor Drummonds finished ninth with a time of 14.69.
A quartet of Mountaineers finished in the top-six of the 800-meter run. Elisa Sargent claimed first-place with a time of 2:15.82. Torre Moser and Kathryn Farina finished third and fourth, respectively, with times of 2:18.06 and 2:19.31. Sarah Venable took sixth with a time of 2:20.52.
Megan Scannell took a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:43.21.
in the field, Makayla Roten took first-place in the high jump after clearing 5-7.00 feet. Four Mountaineers finished in the top-eight of the pole vault. Lainey Hunnicutt took second and Drummonds took third with heights of 12-3.50 feet. Hannah Emery placed fourth in the vault with a jump of 11-9.75, while Sofia San Miguel took eighth with a vault of 10-10.00.
Amber Daniel finished 12th in the shot put with a throw of 36-10.50 feet. Daniel placed 13th in the discus with a throw of 114-7.00.
Appalachian State University men’s track and field wrapped up the Charlotte Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers finished the day with six first-place finishes to help round out the Charlotte Invite.
William Buckley won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.47 seconds, while Antonio Marcano Jr. finished fourth with a time of 10.60 and Jordan Johnson took sixth with a time of 10.73.
After winning the 800-meter run (fast section) on day one on Friday, Ryan Hastings claimed a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.97. Josh Hanna took 11th with a time of 49.62, while Jaxon Roberts finished 15th with a time of 50.04.
Phillip Thomas won the pole vault with a height of 16-2.75 feet.
Elliott Graves won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.81. Brandon Smith finished ninth with a time of 54.87.
Graves also took third place in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in a time of 14.62, while Andrew Spear finished sixth with a time of 14.92.
Both Mountaineer relay teams claimed wins on the day. App State’s 4x100-meter relay team of Marcano Jr., Buckley, Johnson and Graves won with a time of 40.56.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Smith, Sean Doyle, Jabari Johnson and Hastings won with a time of 3:18.70.
Hanna took 16h in the 200-meter dash and Roberts finished 20th. Hanna ran a time of 22.61, while Roberts finished in 23.23.
In the 800-meter run, Evan Georges placed eighth with a time of 1:56.86, while Doyle finished ninth with a time of 1:57.74. Michael Flanagan finished 15th with a time of 2:00.58.
Jordan Dale finished fourth in the hight jump, clearing 6-4.75 feet. Nick Hinton placed sixth (6-4.75), Daniel Lauffenburger took eighth (6-2.75) and Cole Finch placed 12th (6-0.75).
Nicolas Botett placed 11th in the shot put with a distance of 47-11.25 feet, while Michael Albert took 14th with a throw of 46-8.25.
In the discus, Albert placed 12th (146-0.00), Peter Kenn took 13th (144-7.00), Mason Poteat finished 16th (139-1.00) and Botett took 19th (135-3.00).
The Mars Hill Baseball Team (26-19, 12-3) swept a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Lenoir-Rhyne (21-22, 6-15), 10-4 and 4-3, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.
Game One – Mars Hill 10, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
The Lions' Gray McCurry (Burnsville, N.C.) and Matt Honeycutt (China Grove, N.C.) combined for nine runs batted in to lead Mars Hill to the win.
The Lions clung to a 4-3 advantage before putting the contest away with three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. McCurry tallied three hits and five RBI while Honeycutt added four runs batted in.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore outfielder Zach Jacobs (Moncks Corner, S.C.) and senior second baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) with two hits and a RBI each in the setback.
Mars Hill's Zac Brown (Albemarle, N.C.) (5-3) pitched eight innings and struck out seven batters to earn the win while junior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) fell to 2-4 after taking the loss.
Game Two – Mars Hill 4, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
Mars Hill's Brett Brubaker (Orlando, Fla.) hit the game-winning, two-run home run in the seventh inning as the Lions rallied from a 3-1 deficit to complete the sweep. Brubaker finished with three runs batted in.
The Lions' Caleb Edwards (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (2-0) went the distance to earn the complete game victory. Edwards struck out four batters as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Fred Wadsworth (Columbia, S.C.) hit a run-scoring double while senior John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) (2-3) was tagged with the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Limestone on Tuesday in Gaffney, S.C., beginning at 6:00 p.m.