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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 21:43

App State Softball Contest Postponed

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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

Hickory: 3
Hibriten: 0

St. Stephens: 2
Bunker Hill: 0

Newton-Conover: 5
Fred T. Foard: 4

Causby Baseball Classic:
Draughn: 7
West Caldwell: 6

Freedom: 5
Chsae: 4

Patton: 10
East Burke: 3

R-S Central: 9
Bandys: 2

Shelby Easter Classic:
South Caldwell: 13
Shelby: 3

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:04

Hickory Crawdads Pummeled Against West Virginia

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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.

Sunday, 16 April 2017 22:24

App State Baseball Falls to Georgia Southern

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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.

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