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Appalachian State (27-14, 11-6 SBC) fell to Louisiana (37-4, 18-0 SBC) in both games of the doubleheader on Saturday to close out the weekend series. After starting game two of the series at noon and being delayed 6 and a half hours due to weather, the Mountaineers dropped game two 8-0 and game three 15-5, both in five innings.

Game 1
Sydney Holland suffered the loss in game two bringing her record to 8-6 on the season. Through three innings, Holland had two strikeouts and four walks.

Taylor Nichols pitched the final two innings of the game, finishing with one strikeout and two walks.

Due to inclement weather, play was suspended after two innings. Grounds crew and additional staff worked on restoring the field to playable conditions and teams resumed play at 6:30 p.m.

Louisiana scored seven runs in the top of the third inning following the break and the Mountaineers were unable to get anything going. After giving up the final run in the fifth, App State fell 8-0.

Megan Walker recorded a hit for the Mountaineers with a single in the third inning.

 

Game 2
The rain subsided and the fog made it's way in as game two was finally underway.

Maddie Siemer suffered the loss in the circle bringing her record to now 2-3. Leanna Whaley and Taylor Nichols each pitched an inning before Siemer re-entered to finish game three.

Siemer ended with two strikeouts and three walks in the loss.

Louisiana continued the momentum gained from game two as they scored three runs in the first and second innings, four in the third and five in the fourth.

The bats came to life for App State when Keri White lead off the bottom of the third with a double to right field. Caylie Kifer moved her to third with a single while Jenny Dodd brought her home with a single of her own.

A groundout by Haley Stewart would bring home Kifer and move Dodd to second. Allison Durrence tallied her 11th home run of the season with a two-run shot to right field to cut the Louisiana lead in half at 10-5.

Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, they could get nothing else going and fell in five innings by a score of 15-5.

App State heads to South Carolina to take on Presbyterian in a doubleheader on Tuesday this week. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. game two start time.

Sunday, 14 April 2019 23:26

Hickory Crawdads Win in Extra Innings

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The Hickory Crawdads won in walk-off fashion on Saturday night over the Kannapolis Intimidators. The 'Dads overcame three deficits before South Atlantic League RBI leader Curtis Terry delivered a walk-off double in the bottom of the eleventh inning.

The Intimidators took the lead in the second inning with an unearned run off Crawdads starter John King.

Pedro Gonzalez tied things up in the bottom of the third inning with a solo shot to left center. The homerun was Gonzalez's third in as many games.

King finished the evening after six innings, allowing just the unearned run. He struck out four batters, walked none, and gave up six hits.

A two-run homerun by Curtis Terry put the 'Dads up 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Terry had also homered in last night's game. Sherten Apostel followed up Terry's blast with a solo homerun to left. The Crawdads have hit back-to-back homeruns in their last three contests.

The Intimidators tied things up in the top of the ninth, scoring a trio of runs off Grant Wolfram (one was unearned). Kannapolis pulled ahead 5-4 in the tenth, scoring an unearned run off Cole Uvila.

The 'Dads rallied in the bottom half of the tenth to tie the game at 5. Sam Huff, who was the last out of the ninth inning, started the inning off on second base per Minor League Baseball's extra inning rules. Huff advanced to third on a called balk. Gonzalez walked and promptly stole second base. Huff was called out at third as JP Martinez hit into a fielder's choice that allowed Gonzalez to advance to third. Chris Seise hit an infield single that scored Gonzalez from third base.

Uvila held the Intimidators scoreless in the top of the 11th. Terry hit an 0-2 ground ball down the left field line that scored Whatley, who began the inning as the runner on second base, to give the 'Dads a 6-5 win over the Intimidators.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team traveled to take on the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters in a double header, but it was the Bears who dropped both by two runs, 5-3 and 6-4, on Saturday afternoon.

GAME ONE:
Lenoir-Rhyne struck first with two runs in the third thanks to Talon LaClair's line drive down the right field line to record two runs batted in. It was the Railsplitters who responded with five runs in the fourth that was good enough to put away the Bears.

LMU was led by Allie Jones, who had the hottest bat on their team with three base hits, two RBIs and one run scored. Each bat one through four in their lineup earned at least one hit in the game.

LaClair had two of the Bears' six hits and drove in their only runs of the ballgame, but Erin Boone, Kylee Leonhardt, Mackensi Swain and Macie Gibson each had one base knock.

Lenoir-Rhyne started Emily Kenley in the circle, but she did not last past the fourth inning as she took the loss to fall to 7-5 this year.

GAME TWO:
Lenoir-Rhyne outhit Lincoln Memorial in this one 10-7, but those are not the numbers that count when competing for a win. Savannah Moorefield and Boone combined for five hits and four runs scored while Leonhardt and Swain drove in two each in the game.

The Bears gave the start to Brandi Parks, who took the loss for the road team after giving up seven hits and six runs, (three of which were earned) while LMU's Bailey Griffith managed to pick up her 11th victory of the season.

Seven of the nine LR batters earned their way on base via the base hit, while LMU was led by Emma Webb and Grace Cochran who each had two of the team's seven in the game.

This game is the final road series for the Bears before closing out with three doubleheaders at home in the regular season.

The South Atlantic Conference race is as close as can be, as the Bears are half a game out of first place (fifth) and half a game away from not qualifying for the conference tournament if it were held today.

Parks combined two work 8.1 innings in two games while giving up just three earned runs on eight hits and striking out five.

The Bears are 25-15 overall and 8-7 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will return home for the final six games of the regular season, starting with a SAC double header against Wingate on Tuesday, April 13 at 3 and 5 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team opened the weekend series against South Atlantic Conference rival Wingate Bulldogs, and played them in two close games, but found themselves on the wrong end of the result in both games. The Bears fell 3-1 and 4-2 in a pair of pitchers duels on Saturday afternoon.

GAME ONE:
LR got four base hits throughout the game and two of those came from the leadoff hitter, Grant Fuller. Matthew Freeman and Hunter Jackson got one hit each to round out the Bears with base knocks.

Despite not getting a hit, Clayton Jeffries was still effective with his bat as he drove in the only run of the game for the home team.

Alex Shirazi had a special outing, throwing a career-long 8.0 innings and worked into the ninth before being taken out of the game to a standing ovation from the Bears crowd. The junior scattered six hits, gave up just three runs – and two were earned – while fanning eight Wingate batters.

It was just the Bulldogs who had an even more impressive day on the mound as David Nash earned his second win of the season, giving up just one run on four hits in eight innings of work. The Designated Hitter to start the game, Hunter Dula, was given the ball to record the final three outs, giving him his fifth save of the season for the Bulldogs.

Wingate was limited to just seven hits, but two of those came from Jed Bryant who carried their offense with two base knocks to go along with two runs batted in.

GAME TWO:
This game was back and forth in the third, fourth and fifth innings. The Bears had their opportunity in the bottom of the sixth as they had two runners in scoring position, but the Bulldogs stranded both in what proved to secure the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led at the plate by Jackson who had two of the Bears' six hits and an RBI to go with it. Will Jones added an RBI despite not recording a hit in the game.

Paul Hall took the loss after he worked 6.0 innings, giving up seven hits and three earned runs, while striking out five batters.

The Bulldogs gave Alex Rodriguez the ball to start as he earned the win and Sawyer Lee earned his first save of the season in two innings on the mound.

This ended the Bears' longest winning streak of the season, five games, and the Bears continue to struggle at Bears Field, holding a 7-15 record in Hickory.

Ranel is on a six-game hit streak, Jeffries' six game hit streak came to an end with an 0-for-7 day at the plate and Austin Reed extended his streak to five games.

LR is 21-23 overall, 7-13 in the South Atlantic Conference. The bears will get set to play the final game of the series on Monday due to severe weather on Sunday.

Madison McCoy, Elisa Sargent and Jelonnie Smith entered the top-10 all-time in program history to lead Appalachian State women's track & field at the Charlotte Invitational.

McCoy turned in a fifth place finish in the discus with a mark of 142-3 (43.35m). Her mark shattered by PR by nearly seven feet and moves into 10th place all-time in the event in program history.

Sargent, who was racing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the first time in her career, crossed in 11:08.89 to finish fourth overall in the event. Her time now ranks as the 10th fastest time in the event in program history.

Smith placed third in the 400-meter dash with a PR time of 56.03 seconds. Her time moves her into ninth-place in the event in program history.

Also in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Izzy Evely placed sixth with a time of 11:21.72.

Hannah Emery turned in a season-best mark of 11-8.50 (3.57m) in the pole vault, placing second overall.

The 4x100-meter relay tandem of Samara Gibson, Erin Morrison, Jessica Dixon and Smith finished fourth in 47.42 seconds.

Sarah Venable posted a third-place finish in the 800-meter run with a PR time of 2:16.91 and Baylee Bilyeu finished fourth in the shot put with a PR toss of 42-2.00 (12.85m).

The Black and Gold will compete again next weekend at the Duke Invitational on Apr. 19 and Apr. 20.

Elliott Graves captured the 400-meter hurdles and Jalen Virgil won the 100-meter dash to lead Appalachian State men's track & field at the Charlotte Invitational.

Graves won the 400-meter hurdles for the first time this season in 52.59 seconds, which was nearly .31 seconds faster than the next hurdler.

Virgil, who is also a member of the football team, won the 100-meter dash in his first race of the year with a time of 10.65 seconds. His mark was .11 seconds faster than the second place finisher.

Virgil also teamed with De'Shawn Ballard, Brenton Ervin and Jabari Johnson for a first-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay in 40.77 seconds.

Graves was third in the 110-meter hurdles in a season-best 14.44 seconds, while Ballard placed third in the 100-meter dash in 10.83 seconds.

App State posted three top-eight finishes in two events.

In the hammer throw, Peter Kenn was third was a throw of 177-7 (54.14m), Evan Hardin was sixth with a PR mark of 157-11 (48.14) and Zachary Weinstein was right behind in seventh with a PR toss of 156-4 (47.66).

The 3,000-meter steeplechase saw Ryan Brown place fourth with a time of 9:17.61, Lawson Benfield finish sixth in a season-best 9:31.49 and Zachary Mercer cross seventh in a PR time of 9:39.75.

Kenn was also second in the discus with a toss of 148-5 (45.24m), with Michael Albert finishing fifth in the event with a toss of 139-11 (42.66m). Albert also was fifth in the shot put with a toss of 45-7.75 (13.91m).

The high jump saw Daniel Lauffenburger finish in a tie for third with a season-best mark of 6-4.00 (1.93m) and Andrew Underdal finish in a tie for sixth place, clearing 6-2.00 (1.88m).

App State now has just two meets remaining before the Sun Belt Championships in Jonesboro Ark. from May 10 to May 12. The Mountaineers will compete again next weekend at the Duke Invitational.

Through multiple rain delays and five-run rallies, Appalachian State Baseball clinched a Sun Belt Conference series victory.

Kendall McGowan's tiebreaking, two-run, two-out single capped a five-run bottom of the eighth inning Saturday as App State posted a 10-8 win in Game 2 of their weekend home series with ULM.

App State (15-18, 7-7) had two five-run innings en route to a Game 2 victory that allowed the program to reach .500 in the Sun Belt for the first time this deep into a season. Play began at 10 a.m., and there were two rain delays before Kaleb Bowman completed his second save of the weekend with a flyout to McGowan at 4:18 p.m.

App State erased a 3-0 deficit with a five-run sixth, highlighted by Joel McDaniel's tiebreaking, two-run homer. Heavy rain began to fall with the Mountaineers taking a 5-3 edge into the eighth inning, and ULM (15-20, 5-9) capitalized on difficult pitching conditions by drawing four walks, being hit by one pitch and delivering two hits during a delay-divided, five-run frame.

ULM had managed to tie the game on a hit by pitch when the first delay occurred with one out and the bases still loaded. After a 54-minute stoppage, the Warhawks moved ahead 8-5 with a two-run single and run-scoring wild pitch.

Losing a lead in adverse conditions set up the possibility of a hard-to-swallow defeat, but App State responded with five runs of its own during a half-inning that was interrupted by a delay of 1 hour, 55 minutes. Phillip Cole started the drawn-out rally with a leadoff double and moved to second on a walk to McDaniel.

Defensive replacement Riley Smith overcame an 0-2 count against new pitcher Jacob Barton to draw a walk on a 3-2 pitch, and App State pulled within 8-6 thanks to a bases-loaded single on a 3-2 pitch to Luke Allison, another defensive replacement. Robbie Young's two-run single tied the game, although ULM did manage to throw out a baserunner on the play.

A strikeout set up a two-out plate appearance for another defensive replacement, CJ Brown, who walked on a 3-2 pitch with Sun Belt batting leader Luke Drumheller on deck. With heavy rains suspending play for nearly two hours, Drumheller walked on a 3-2 pitch once play resumed.

The right-handed McGowan singled through the right side on the first pitch of the next at-bat, bringing home Young and Brown.

Bowman allowed an off-the-wall double to begin the ninth inning, but a popout to second and a strikeout preceded the game-ending flyout.

Bowman earned his fourth save of the season while lowering his ERA to 1.46, the second-best mark in the country for a reliever with at least 17 appearances, and Andrew Papp earned the win despite pitching in the tough eighth-inning conditions. He relieved freshman Tyler Tuthill, who took the mound in the eighth inning with just four hits and three runs allowed.

App State had overcome a 2-0 deficit with a middle-inning rally Friday, and it erased a three-run deficit in Game 2 with its five-run sixth. Tyler Leek drew a one-out walk and scored on an RBI double from Drumheller, who has hit safely in 25 of the last 27 games.

Drumheller raced home on an RBI hit from McGowan, and player contact behind the plate led to a 14-minute stoppage to determine if McGowan would have to return to first from second.

He did, but an errant pickoff throw allowed him to advance to third, and he scored the tying run on Cole's RBI single. McDaniel followed with a 411-foot shot to center for his team-leading fifth homer of the season and his second homer of the series, this one with an exit velocity of 105 mph, according to the @AppStSportsData account.

McGowan finished with three RBIs and, along with Cole, went 3-for-5. Drumheller (2-for-4) and Young (2-for-3) also had multi-hit games.

In Game 3, the first of two early doubles from Leek set up an RBI single from McGowan, but ULM took a 3-1 lead on Braedon Barrett's opposite-field, three-run double down the left-field line in the second inning.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team ran its winning streak to four games with a 19-1 thrashing of Mars Hill on Saturday afternoon. The Bears have scored 17 or more goals in each game of their winning streak.

The Bears jumped all over the Lions, scoring the first 14 goals of the game. Lenoir-Rhyne held Mars Hill scoreless for 28:37 before the Lions finally broke through. Following the only goal of the game for the visitors, LR held them off the board the rest of the way.

Joe Buduo went over 200 career points in this one as he broke the school record of 195 in the Bears most recent win over Catawba. Buduo finished with one goal and four assists.

The Bears were led by Ryan Bell with five goals and two assists. Bell scored his five goals on just six shots and the senior added five ground balls and a caused turnover.

Anthony Fraga added a hat trick for the Bears and Noah Johnson made eight saves to earn his sixth win of the season.

The Bears have outscored opponents 70-14 in their four game winning streak.

Prior to the game, the Bears honored nine seniors who have led LR to 47 wins and a streak of 24 straight regular season wins over conference opponents.

The Bears are 6-7 overall, 3-2 in South Atlantic Conference. L-R will close out the regular season with a matchup at Coker next Saturday.

The Appalachian State Mountaineers and the No. 11 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns went six scoreless innings before finally breaking the ice Friday night. In the seventh, the Mountaineers were unable to match Louisiana and fell by a score of 3-1 in game one of the weekend series.

Two of the Sun Belt's top pitchers went head to head with each defense pulling their weight until the end.

Kenzie Longanecker suffered the loss in the circle bringing her record to 14-4 with a 2.08 ERA. Through six innings, Longanecker gave up no runs and allowed only 5 hits and four walks.

Baylee Morton caught two runners stealing second as well as contributing two hits and the lone RBI for the Mountaineers.

The Apps' defense did not allow a runner to reach second base until the fourth inning and did not allow anyone further until the final inning. The Caylie Kifer and Sidney Russell dynamic duo in the middle of the diamond turned two double plays throughout the night and contributed to over half of the Mountaineers' outs on the night.

With back-and-forth defense dictating the night, the offense didn't kick in until the seventh inning. Four singles by Louisiana and a Mountaineer error allowed for two runs to score and break the scoreless theme of the night. A walk would bring home the final score for the Ragin' Cajuns.

Mary Pierce Barnes lead off the rally inning with a single to get on base and moved her way to second on a Louisiana error. Morton would drive her home on a single through the left side but would prove to be the final push for the Mountaineers in game one.

"What a great game for our program," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "I loved how we competed all game long. When you play a top team in the country, you have to be sharp at all times and execute when given the opportunities. Tomorrow is a new day to play the game we love."

First pitch for game two is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Saturday. The option for a doubleheader on Saturday due to the Sunday weather forecast will be discussed before the start of game two.

The Hickory Crawdads dropped Friday's contest against the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-4.

The Intimidators got four runs across in the top of the second inning off 'Dads starter Jean Casanova.

The Crawdads cut the deficient to two runs in the third as Curtis Terry hit a two-run homer to left field. The homerun was Terry's second of the season. He currently leads the South Atlantic League with 11 RBIs.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Crawdads tied things up with back-to-back homeruns by Pedro Gonzalez and Jonathan Ornelas to deep left field.

Kannapolis retook the lead in the ninth inning with a pair of runs. The two runs were the first given up on the season for 'Dads reliever Grant Anderson.

Tomorrow evening at the Frans is Texas Rangers night. Following the game, the 'Dads will shoot off fireworks presented by the Prysmian Group and KICKS 103.3. The night will also feature a poster schedule giveaway courtesy of Try Something Wild, Dan'l Boone Inn, Lake Hickory Vet, and Hickory Printing Solutions.

A sharp outing from Will Sprinkle, coupled with a middle-inning rally by Appalachian State’s offense, gave the Mountaineers a 3-2 win in their series-opening home game against ULM on Friday.

Based on weather forecasts for the weekend, a Saturday doubleheader has been scheduled with a start time of 10 a.m.

The Sun Belt Conference foes had four hits apiece Friday in an afternoon game that lasted 2 hours, 11 minutes.

Sprinkle tied his career high of seven innings pitched, struck out five batters and allowed just four hits: a bunt single that preceded a second-inning home run that snuck inside the foul pole in right, a check-swing bloop single over an infielder’s head and an infield single between the mound and first base.

Trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, App State (14-18, 6-7) cut into its deficit against the Warhawks (15-19, 5-8) when Joel McDaniel hit his fourth home run of the season.

An inning later, an error on Alex Leshock’s two-hopper to third and Tyler Leek’s double down the left-field line off left-handed starter Trey Jeans put two runners in scoring position with one out. Luke Drumheller tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right, as Leek also advanced on the play, and Kendall McGowan drilled a go-ahead double into the left-center gap.

Sprinkle pitched around the leadoff infield single in the seventh inning by following a sacrifice bunt with a foulout to Luke Allison at third and a groundout to Drumheller at second. Kaleb Bowman relieved Sprinkle to close out a second straight strong start from the sophomore and pitched two scoreless innings to record his third save of the season.

In retiring six of the seven batters he faced, Bowman lowered his ERA to 1.50 — the second-best mark in the country for a pitcher with at least 16 appearances.

Offensively, Drumheller hit safely for the 24th time in the last 26 games as he, Leek, McDaniel and McGowan accounted for App State’s four hits.

Sprinkle faced only three batters in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings. After a one-out walk in the third inning, Allison snagged a line drive and threw to Robbie Young at first to double-up the baserunner. In all, six of the 32 batters from ULM reached base against Sprinkle and Bowman.

App State’s Tyler Tuthill (5-3) and ULM’s Ty Barnes (3-1) are the probable starting pitchers Saturday morning.

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