With the Mid-South Classic Tournament called off, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team will now play three games this weekend in the Columbus State University Classic. The Bears will play Bellarmine (9:00 a.m.) and Flagler (11:00 a.m.) on Saturday and Columbus State (1:00 p.m.) on Sunday afternoon.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team has altered its weekend South Atlantic Conference series with Lincoln Memorial at Bears Field. The two teams will now play a doubleheader on Saturday at Noon and a single game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team has released its 2015 schedule, school officials announced today.
The Bears, coming off an 11-1 campaign and a No. 8 national ranking in 2014, will open the season with four consecutive road games before ending the year with five of their final seven contests at Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the year on Thursday, September 3, against West Chester on the road. The Bears and Golden Rams met in the national semifinals two years ago with Lenoir-Rhyne prevailing by a 42-14 score which propelled them to the national championship game.
West Chester is coming off an 11-2 season, a berth in the second round of the playoffs and a No. 15 final ranking.
The Bears then travel to Tigerville, S.C., to take on North Greenville on Saturday, September 12.
Lenoir-Rhyne plays two teams in non-conference action for the first time ever: Limestone on September 26 in Gaffney, S.C., and the University of Faith out of St. Petersburg, Florida, at home on October 10.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on the road against Tusculum on September 19 and also travels to Mars Hill (October 24) and Catawba (November 14) for the regular season finale. The Bears and Indians have met 94 times with Catawba holding a 46-44-4 advantage but Lenoir-Rhyne prevailing in six straight games in the series.
Lenoir-Rhyne also hosts Carson-Newman (October 3) in a conference showdown and Wingate (October 17) for its annual Homecoming contest.
The Bears also face Newberry (October 31) at Moretz Stadium for the Bishops’ Trophy – the annual game between the two Lutheran Schools of North and South Carolina – and host Brevard (November 7) for Senior Day.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s annual Spring Game is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 7, at Moretz Stadium at 7:00 p.m. The contest is free and open to the public. In addition, fans are welcome to the Bears' annual Awards Ceremony, which is slated for Friday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m., in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Bandys hosts Shelby, ppd. Friday, 5pm
Bunker Hill travels to Wilkes Central, ppd. Friday, 5pm
Draughn is at Surry Central, ppd. Friday, 5pm
East Burke is at Parkwood, ppd. Friday 4pm
Maiden goes to North Wilkes, ppd. Friday, 5pm
Freedom is at home to Enka, ppd. Friday, 4pm
Hickory hosts Kings Mountain, ppd. Friday, 5:30pm
Alexander Central hosts North Meck, ppd. Friday, 4pm
South Caldwell is at home against Providence, ppd. Friday, 5pm
East Burke is at home against R-S Central, ppd. Friday, 5pm.
Newton-Conover travels to Trinity, ppd. Saturday, 4pm
Fred T. Foard hosts Anson, ppd. Friday, 5pm
Freedom travels to Pisgah, ppd. Friday, 5:30pm
Hibriten hosts Enka, ppd. Saturday, 3pm
Hickory is at home against West Henderson, ppd. Friday, 5:30pm
Patton goes to Ashbrook, ppd. Friday, 6:30pm
Alexander Central hosts Robinson, ppd. Friday, 5:30pm
South Caldwell at Ardrey Kell, ppd. Friday, ppd. 5:30pm
The Coker Men’s Basketball Team (11-14, 10-11) handed Lenoir-Rhyne (8-17, 6-15) a 73-67 loss on Wednesday night in South Atlantic Conference action at the DeLoach Center.
Coker’s Donte Samuels (Rocky Mount, N.C.) and Errick Bethel (Irmo, S.C.) combined for 50 points as the Cobras avenged a loss to the Bears earlier in the season and gear up for the league tournament.
Samuels led all players with 28 points while Bethel, the conference’s leading scorer, added 22 points and hit four treys in the victory.
Three players scored 13 points for the Bears – freshman guards Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and Justice Morgan (Kennesaw, Ga.) and junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) – despite the loss.
Trailing by a 67-56 score with just over two minutes left, Lenoir-Rhyne reeled off nine straight points to cut the margin to two – 67-65 with 50 seconds left on a pair of free throws by Perry – but Coker was able to hold on for the win.
The Cobras, who forced the Bears into 19 turnovers in the game, hit six free throws in the final 45 seconds to ice the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) added 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds but the Bears suffered their sixth consecutive loss.
In the final regular season games on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference contest.
Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) homered twice and Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) allowed one run over five innings to lead Appalachian State University baseball to a 10-1 win over Wake Forest on Wednesday afternoon at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Davis’ first home run opened the scoring for Appalachian State (3-3) in the fourth inning and his second was the biggest hit in a four-run eighth that turned a slim 4-1 lead into a commanding 8-1 advantage. The Mountaineers tacked on two more runs in the ninth to account for the final margin.
Bradley Morton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) also homered for the Mountaineers, which set season highs for runs and hits (12) in the romp. The No. 2-4 hitters in Appalachian’s batting order — Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest), Davis, Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) — combined for eight of the club’s 12 hits, with Pierson going 3-for-4 with two walks and three RBI, Davis finishing 2-for-6 with the two bombs and Dobson going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.
Making his first start after 54 career relief appearances, Thurber retired Wake Forest’s first 12 batters of the ballgame before the Demon Deacons scored their only run on a solo homer by Will Craig in the bottom of the fifth inning. Craig’s blast snapped a string of 24-consecutive hitters that Thurber had retired over his last three outings.
Thurber (1-0) surrendered only three hits in five innings before three Appalachian State relievers — freshman Ryan Ross (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant), sophomore Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) and freshman Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Roswell) — slammed the door with four shutout frames out of the bullpen.
Appalachian State returns to action this weekend when it travels to Emerson, Ga. for a three-game series versus No. 16 Maryland. Game times are set for 1 p.m. Friday (note change from original game time), 4 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at the Perfect Game LakePoint Complex. The series was originally scheduled to be played on Maryland’s campus in College Park, Md. but was moved south due to wintry weather in the Mid-Atlantic region.
NOTES: Pierson reached base for the 36th-consecutive game, good for a tie for the third-longest streak in the nation … Appalachian State snapped a three-game losing streak against longtime rival Wake Forest with its first win over the Demon Deacons since a 10-5 triumph on April 28, 2010 … Appalachian won at Wake Forest for the first time since an 18-8 win in Winston-Salem on Feb. 27, 2008 … App State’s baseball and softball programs are a combined 3-0 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents this season … Appalachian softball defeated North Carolina, 4-3, on Feb. 13 and Pittsburgh, 5-2, on Feb. 20.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (10-15, 9-12) won its second straight game Wednesday night with a 68-42 victory over Coker (10-17, 6-15) in a South Atlantic Conference game at the DeLoach Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) led all scorers with 20 points as the Bears swept the season series from the Cobras.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Jordan Hiatt (Mount Airy, N.C.) added 14 points as the Bears limited the Cobras to just 23 percent shooting (14-of-60) for the contest.
Coker, losers of three consecutive games, was led by Tanesha Stenson (Nashville, Tenn.) with 16 points and nine rebounds but was the lone player to score in double figures for the Cobras.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which never trailed in the contest, rolled to a 33-15 halftime advantage en route to the easy league victory. The Bears also forced 19 turnovers and held the Cobras to just two three-pointers in 20 attempts (10 percent).
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) also scored in double figures, totaling 12 points on the night. The Bears shot 51 percent (23-of-45) from the field as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Mars Hill on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference game.
The Hickory Crawdads are proud to announce that former Atlanta Braves Rookie of the Year and All-Star Bob Horner will appear at L.P. Frans Stadium on Saturday, May 30th as the Crawdads host the Rome Braves at 6pm.
Bob Horner Meet-N-Greet tickets are on sale now for $25. Fans who purchase a Meet-N-Greet ticket are treated to a special pre-game picnic that includes the opportunity to meet, take a photo with, and receive autographs from Horner. The Meet-N-Greet ticket also includes a meal along with a Reserved ticket for the Crawdads game.
The Meet-N-Greet will begin at 5pm in the Picnic Pavilion. Meet-N-Greet tickets can be purchased over the phone at (828) 322-3000, in-person at L.P. Frans Stadium, or online at www.hickorycrawdads.com.
Individual game tickets for the 'Dads 2015 season go on sale Saturday, March 14th at the Crawdads free Spring Fling event at L.P. Frans Stadium. The 'Dads open their season with an exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne University on Tuesday, April 7th before beginning South Atlantic League play at home on Thursday April 9th against the Hagerstown Suns.
Horner, 57, was the 1978 National League Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in 1982 for the Atlanta Braves. A star collegiate third baseman at Arizona State University, Horner was named the MVP of the 1977 College World Series before winning the first-ever Golden Spikes Award as the nation's best amateur player in 1978. He was eventually a member of the inaugural College Baseball Hall of Fame class in 2006.
Following his standout collegiate career, Horner became just the 12th player since the creation of the draft in 1965 to go straight to the major leagues when he was drafted first overall by the Braves in '78. He would go on to win the Rookie of the Year award after batting .266 with 23 home runs and 63 RBI over 89 games. Horner was named a National League All-Star in '82 with a .261 average, 32 homers and a career-high 97 RBI. He spent nine total seasons in Atlanta, before playing one year in Japan with the Yakult Swallows in 1987 and one season with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1988. Horner finished his career with a .277 average, 218 home runs, and 685 RBI.
For more information regarding the Bob Horner Meet-N-Greet, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000.
Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Patrick Henry Community College on Wednesday, 83-51. CVCC was led by Keyara McKnight with 21 points and Shakira Allen had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Red Hawks improve to 16-10 overall and 12-6 in conference play. The Red Hawks are scheduled to play at home against Lenoir Community College on Friday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team (14-0) continued its best start in school history with a doubleheader sweep of Belmont Abbey (3-10), 3-2 and 8-0, Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Belmont Abbey 2
The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 advantage and held on in the end to defeat the Crusaders in game one of the doubleheader.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) had a two-run double in the third inning while junior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) improved to 7-0 on the year after earning the victory on the mound.
Hole allowed just one earned run to go along with four strikeouts while junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) came on in relief to strike out the final two batters to earn the save.
The Crusaders scored twice in the fourth inning thanks to run-scoring singles by Amber Faust (Concord, N.C.) and Katherine Starnes (Mooresville, N.C.) but Samantha Jacobs (Salisbury, N.C.) fell to 1-3 after taking the loss.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Belmont Abbey 0
Junior outfielder Ashley Oliver (Newton, N.C.) hit a pair of solo home runs while senior outfielder Brittany Coursen (Virginia Beach, Va.) finished with three hits, two runs batted in and a solo home run as well as the Bears shut out the Crusaders to complete the doubleheader sweep.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which finished with 12 hits in the game, put the contest away with a four-run fourth inning. Hoskins (7-0) threw a one-hit shutout, her third of the year, while striking out eight batters.
Belmont Abbey’s Nikki Faust (Concord, N.C.) fell to 1-3 after suffering the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Friday when the Bears face North Georgia at 6:00 p.m., in the Mid-South Classic in Duncan, S.C.