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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (15-9, 4-6) put an end to its six-game losing streak with a 6-5 triumph over Coker (13-9, 5-5) Friday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Tom J. New Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) improved to 7-1 with the victory while junior Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, N.C.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his third save of the year. St. Clair struck out three batters to increase his league-leading total to 73.

With the score tied at four in the top of the eighth inning, senior third baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) came through with the game-winning, two-run double. Newcomer finished with three hits and three runs batted in while sophomore designated hitter Zach Jacobs (Moncks Corner, S.C.) added two triples and three runs scored in the victory.

For Coker, A.J. Strnad (Eastlake, Ohio) hit a solo home run in the third inning but Cody Brown (Royersford, Penn.) fell to 1-2 after suffering the loss.

The two teams wrap up the South Atlantic Conference weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at Noon.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
North Lincoln: 1

Northwestern Conference:
South Caldwell: 3
Hickory: 1

Watauga: 6
Freedom: 0

St. Stephens: 8
Maiden: 7

Northwestern Conference:
St. Stephens: 29
Hickory: 1

Southern District 7:
West Lincoln: 15
Newton-Conover: 0

Bandys: 3
North Lincoln: 1

North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 4
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Watauga: 5
Freedom: 0

Appalachian State University wrestling finished day one of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship on Thursday, having all four wrestlers advanced to the second day of action.

The Mountaineers were led by Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) at the heavyweight division as he won a huge major decision match over Oregon State’s Cody Crawford, 11-1, to move to round two of the championship matches. Dejournette then went toe-to-toe against Minnesota’s Michael Kroells where he fell in a heartbreaking double overtime 5-3 decision.

In the 125-pound division, Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) fell in by technical fall to open up against SIUE’s Freddie Rodriguez, but would get a victory in the consolation bracket due to medical forfeit by Penn State to move on to day two.

Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) stayed close early at 133 pounds but Lehigh’s Scotty Parker got the 17-3 major decision to push Smith to wrestlebacks. There, Smith advanced on a medical forfeit by Old Dominion to move forward.

Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) dropped an 11-3 major decision to Iowa’s Brandon Sorensen to start the day at 149 pounds, but would battle back by taking the 9-7 decision win over NC State’s Sam Speno to stay alive.

With all four Mountaineers moving forward in the NCAA Tournament, the action resumes on Friday, March 17 at 10 a.m. at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. Follow live on @AppWrestling and and watch live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.


Friday, March 17
Time - Event - Location
9 a.m. - Gates Open - Scottrade Center
10 a.m. - Session III - Scottrade Center
1 - 6:30 p.m. - NCAA Fan Festival - St. Louis Union Station
5:30 p.m. - Gates open - Scottrade Center
7 p.m. - Session IV - Scottrade Center

Saturday, March 18
Time - Event - Location
9 a.m. - Gates open - Scottrade Center
10 a.m. - Session V - Scottrade Center
Noon - 6:30 p.m. - NCAA Fan Festival - St. Louis Union Station
5:30 p.m. - Gates open - Scottrade Center
6:35 - 6:50 p.m. - Parade of All-Americans Scottrade Center
7 p.m. - Session VI - Scottrade Center

Appalachian State University softball matched their total number of victories from a year ago after splitting their midweek doubleheader on Thursday against the Presbyterian College Blue Hose in Clinton, S.C. at the PC Softball Complex. The Mountaineers outplayed PC in game one downing the Big South squad 4-1, and Presbyterian bounced back and fended off Appalachian’s late rally to slide past the Black and Gold, 4-3.

The Mountaineers (11-9) smacked out 13 hits on Thursday, and three ladies found two or more connections including Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./ Starr’s Mill) (2-for-7), Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) (3-for-6) and Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) (3-for-8). In the second game alone, Parker slugged out her 33rd and 34th home runs of her career, the third and fourth of the season, and she is just five away from tying the second-most homers in App State history (39).

On the mound, four different pitchers saw action today, and they fired out 14 strikeouts and gave up four walks.

Game One: App State 4, Presbyterian 1

Appalachian State jolted out to a 3-1 lead after the fifth inning and tagged on one more in the sixth to outlast Presbyterian 4-1 in the first half of the midweek doubleheader.

After keeping each other away from home plate for four innings, Stewart and Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) opened the top of the fifth with two singles that set the stage for App State’s first RBI of the day, thanks to a one-run double to center field by Orcutt.

With Mountaineers on third and second, Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) stepped up to the plate and made way for two scoring opportunities by forcing an error that cleared the way for White and Orcutt to hustle home to bring the lead to 3-0 at the top of the fifth.

In the second half of the inning, PC cut Apps’ lead to two after a sacrifice fly, but Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) cracked one to left center in the top of the sixth that brought home Parker who reached on a single. The Blue Hose never recovered from the three-run drought in the final innings, and the Mountaineers snatched their 11th victory of the season.

Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) (7-3) pitched her first complete game in 7.0 innings and gave up one run on five hits and struck out seven, bringing her season total to a team-high 65 strikeouts.

Game Two: Presbyterian 4, App State 3

Despite a late two-run rally in the final two innings of the ballgame, Presbyterian held off Appalachian’s offensive threat to take the second half of Thursday’s doubleheader, 4-3.

App State fell into a four-run hole after three innings due to a PC home run, a sacrifice fly and two scores off passed balls, but Parker crashed two solo jacks in the fourth and the sixth to cut down the Blue Hose’s advantage.

Down by two, App State knew the game was within reach after neutralizing PC’s offense at the bottom of the sixth. Mathewson started things off by drawing a walk, and Taylor Rivenburgh (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) pinched in and followed with a double to put bodies on third and second. Right after that, in her first plate appearance in a Black and Gold uniform, Macy Bjorson (Indian Trails, N.C./Metrolina Christian Academy) performed under pressure and drew a walk to fill up all the bases with no outs. Soon after that, PC walked the third Mountaineer of the inning to bring home White who re-entered for Mathewson.

With PC’s lead slashed to one and runners at all corners, Appalachian sensed a comeback was near, but the Blue Hose brought in their third pitcher who struck out App State’s next two batters to end out on top, 4-3.

On the mound, the pitching squad gave up one walk and struck out seven batters with Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) darting out a season high of six

The Black and Gold will travel down to San Marcos, Texas for their first three-game conference series of the season against Texas State. The Mountaineers will play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 18 starting at 2 p.m. EST and will wrap up with a single game on Sunday, March 19 at 1 p.m. EST.

The No. 23 Limestone Softball Team (23-3) ran its winnings streak to 13 games with a doubleheader sweep over fifth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne (26-5), 5-2 and 7-2, Thursday afternoon at Bears Field.

Game One – Limestone 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 2

The Saints’ Sydney Turner (Cumming, Ga.) and Emma Swearingen (Simpsonville, S.C.) both hit home runs while Courtney Smith (Bluffton, S.C.) improved to 9-1 after going the distance and allowing two unearned runs in the complete game victory.

Swearingen’s home run was a three-run round-tripper in the fifth frame to give the Saints control with a 5-0 advantage.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior designated hitter Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) drove in two runs while sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) (15-1) lost for the first time in 27 collegiate decisions.

Game Two – Limestone 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 2

Turner helped the Saints put the contest away with a three-run home run as part of a six-run first inning as Limestone completed the sweep of Lenoir-Rhyne. Limestone’s Josie Weber (Stanley, N.C.) (10-1) struck out four batters in the complete game win.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) hit a two-run home run while sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) fell to 7-1 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday at home against Tusculum in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis (4-13) suffered a 5-2 setback at College of Charleston on Thursday afternoon at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex.

Much like yesterday, the Mountaineers claimed the doubles point with two of three matches, but couldn’t sustain the momentum in singles play where a hot CSU (7-1) squad won its seventh-straight match winning five of six singles contests.

The Buccaneers won the first doubles match with Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) falling to Mi’Kola Cooper and Valeria Koussenkova, 6-2. App bounced back in the next two matches to go into singles with a 1-0 lead.

Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) rolled past Femcke Van Rensburg/Kimberely Koerner, 6-4. In the ensuing finish, Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./ Miami Killian) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) finished off the No. 1 duo in Sophie Cloessner/Nicolin Luecke, 6-4, to clinch the doubles win.

However, CSU took the next five singles contest to pick up the win. Bygrave fell as the No. 5 to Koussenkova 6-2, 6-0, before Machado suffered a 6-3, 6-2 setback as the No. 4 in the lineup to Koerner, 6-3, 6-2.

In No. 3 singles, Wreder was toppled by her counterpart, 6-3, 6-2, followed by Mullen’s 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Yanar Morar. Rebecca Morse (Lehigh, Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) fell 6-1, 6-3, but Swope’s earned a well-deserved three-set win over Luecke as the No. 1 in the lineup, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, ending the day on a high note for Appalachian.

Machado and Bygrave are 5-0 this season as doubles partners.

The Apps will have the day off before they return to action in Macon, Ga. for a 10 a.m. match against Mercer on Saturday.

Suzette Mauney has been promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Development, announced on Thursday by Senior Associate Athletics Director Brian Tracy. Mauney is a veteran employee and two-time graduate of Appalachian State University.

“We are pleased to recognize the continued outstanding work and efforts of Suzette,” said Tracy. “She has worked diligently in support of her alma mater throughout her career. Her ability to engage in relationships, generate interest and financial support has been beneficial to the university and our student-athletes. Suzette will be instrumental in our efforts as we embark on A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive for Excellence.”

Mauney graduated from Appalachian in 1989 with a bachelors degree in communications and public relations. She later earned her masters degree from the University in higher education administration.

Since 1997, Mauney has worked in University Advancement as the Director of Development in several areas on campus with the majority of her work coming in the athletics department. She was also an adjunct professor in the communications department, teaching Principles of Fundraising for five years.

“My sincere thanks to University Advancement and the athletics team for their confidence in my work,” said Mauney. “It is an exciting time for App State athletics and I couldn’t be happier for the opportunity to work hard and continue to give my all for Appalachian.”

Mauney hails from Charlotte, N.C. and currently resides in Boone with her husband, Danny.

The Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Men's Tennis Team (8-3) pulled out a 5-4 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (7-6) Wednesday at the Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort.

The Bears picked up victories in three of the six singles matches but the Fighting Scots prevailed in two doubles' competitions to take the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC) won at second singles while sophomore Alex Crespo Sanchez (Valencia, SPAIN) and freshman Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) prevailed for the Bears at No. 3 doubles to highlight the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference match at Hickory High School on Saturday beginning at Noon. Edinboro faces Augustana (S.D.) on Thursday at Hilton Head Island, S.C., beginning at 8:30 a.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Edinboro 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Hilton Head Island, S.C. (Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort)

Singles competition:
1. Vitor Albanese (EU) def. Hamed Gandouz (LR), 6-1, 6-4
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Daniel Fernandez (EU), 6-1, 6-4
3. Mauricio Santos (EU) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-4, 6-4
4. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Mateus Santos (EU), 6-4, 6-3
5. Kevin Mboko (EU) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 7-5, 2-6, 10-8
6. Paul Lenz (LR) def. Kolja Hein (EU), 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition:
1. Vitor Albanese/Mateus Santos (EU) def. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-6
2. Daniel Fernandez/Kevin Mboko (EU) def. Paul Lenz/Hamed Gandouz (LR), 8-3
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Mauricio Santos/Alexander Anderson (EU), 8-1

Records: Edinboro (8-3), Lenoir-Rhyne (7-6)

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