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Appalachian State freshman Luke Drumheller's five-double game Sunday has been named the national Performance of the Week by the Golden Spikes Award, D1Baseball and USA Baseball.

That NCAA Division I-record-tying effort was part of a five-game stretch in which Drumheller hit .545, and he was also named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week by the league Tuesday.

In extending his hitting streak to 12 games by going 12-for-22 at the plate with six RBIs, six runs and six doubles during a 3-2 stretch for the Mountaineers, Drumheller set school and Sun Belt records with his five doubles in App State's 14-0 victory against Furman on Sunday in Greenville, S.C.

Drumheller became the seventh Division I player with five doubles in a game and the first since Western Carolina's Aaron Attaway in 2012. The other players on the list are Baylor's Jeremy Dodson (1998), Iona's Dean DeGaetano (1992), Villanova's Mike Wismer (1989), Louisville's Bill Gray (1986) and Maine's Tom Vanidestine (1981).

After being retired in the first inning, Drumheller hit a third-inning double and pushed App State ahead 5-0 with a three-run double in the fourth. He also doubled in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings.

By going 2-for-5 later Sunday in a 9-6 win against Michigan State, he went 7-for-11 on the day and was a combined 9-for-15 with six doubles, eight RBIs and five runs scored in App State's three wins away from home. That included a 2-for-4 effort with three RBIs in a victory at FAU.

A second baseman from Olympic High School in Charlotte, N.C., Drumheller ranks 14th nationally with a .462 batting average entering a Tuesday game at Wake Forest.

The other three candidates for national Performance of the Week were San Jose State pitcher Andrew Mitchel (18 strikeouts and one run allowed on four hits in a complete game win), Cal Baptist's Ryan Mota (three homers, seven RBIs and four runs in a 4-for-4 game) and Bradley's Luke Shadid (hit for the cycle in a 5-for-6 game with three runs and two RBIs).

Drumheller received 34 percent of the vote, followed by Mitchel at 29 percent.

Megan Walker was voted the week five Community Coffee Player of Week, the Sun Belt announced on Thursday. She is the first Mountaineer to win a Sun Belt weekly award since joining the conference.

Walker was certainly a contributing factor in the Mountaineers' first-ever Sun Belt sweep over Georgia Southern this weekend. She batted a perfect 7-7 in the first two games of the conference opener and finished the weekend going 8-11, including two doubles and three RBI.

She batted .533 last week including the midweek win against Tennessee State, raising her season batting average to .224 for the fifth highest average on the team. In the Sun Belt series alone, Walker batted .727 with her eight hits.

Walker also placed her name in the record book for recording four hits in game one against the Eagles, tying the most hits in a single game in program history.

In addition, Walker was an asset to the Mountaineer defense. In game two against the Eagles, Walker made the game-ending diving play to capture the 7-0 shutout for the Mountaineers and the series victory over the Eagles. She contributed four putouts for the Mountaineers from centerfield with six total on the week.

The Mountaineers continue their journey to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament with a three-game series against ULM in Monroe, La. March 15-17.

Appalachian State's Matt Zovistoski, who wrestles at 149 pounds, received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships on Tuesday afternoon.

Zovistoski will join App State automatic qualifiers and Southern Conference champions Randall Diabe (197 pounds), Cary Miller (285) and Codi Russell (133) next week in Pittsburgh, where the NCAA event will be held from Thursday-Saturday at PPG Paints Arena.

With 33 wrestlers filling every bracket in Pittsburgh, there were five at-large spots available for the 149-pound wrestlers who didn't qualify automatically. The at-large selections were based on head-to-head competition, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI), coaches ranking and conference tournament finish.

Zovistoski (27-13 overall) was at No. 26 in the most recent RPI and No. 28 in the most recent Coaches' Panel rankings. In addition to going 5-1 in SoCon duals and placing third at the SoCon Championship, where two automatic bids at 149 pounds were awarded, he won seven matches at the Southern Scuffle.

Non-conference:
Hickory: 15
Statesville: 1

R-S Central: 18
East Burke: 0

Non-conference:
Hickory: 17
Statesville: 13

East Burke: 11
Freedom: 3

Forbush: 6
South Caldwell: 1

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 9
South Caldwell: 0

Non-conference:
Hibriten: 9
West Caldwell: 0

West Iredell: 3
St. Stephens: 1

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 09:11

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Defeats Queens

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team scored in every inning except one en route to a convincing 12-4 victory over Queens which completed the weekend sweep of the Royals. EJ Ranel led the Bears with three hits and Hunter Jackson reached base safely all four times.

LR pushed across single runs in six innings and scored three times in the second and seventh innings. The Bears pounded out 13 hits and were helped by sloppy play from the Royals. Queens committed four errors and threw eight wild pitches.

Jake Conroy got the start and was cruising early. Conroy struck out the first two batters he faced and held Queens scoreless for three innings. Conroy ran into trouble in the fourth and gave way to Matt Ranson who earned his first win of the season. Ranson gave up one earned run in 2.2 innings and struck out a pair.

The strong bullpen work continued as Kevin LaRosa and Michael Allen combined to go the final 3.1 innings and didn't allow a hit. LaRosa recorded his four outs all via the strikeout and Allen allowed one baserunner in his two clean innings.

Grant Fuller sparked the LR lineup from the leadoff spot, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs batted in, a run scored and a stolen base. Will Jones and Jackson each finished with two RBIs and Alex Reynolds drew three walks. The Bears drew eight walks in the win.

The Bears are now outscoring league opponents 56-48. For the year, LR is now +2 in run differential overall.

The four hits allowed are the second-lowest total of the season. The Bears allowed Newberry only two hits on Feb. 22.

LR improves to 10-12 overall and 4-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears hit the road looking for a fourth straight win when they travel to Benedict on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 09:08

CVCC Baseball Sweeps Limestone JV's

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The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team extended its winning streak to four games on Monday with a non-conference doubleheader sweep of the Limestone JV squad at Founders Stadium.

With the wins, the Red Hawks improve to 14-8 overall.

Game one: Catawba Valley 10, Limestone JV 0 (five innings)
Behind a one-hit performance on the mound from starter Andrew Patrick, the Red Hawks earned a run-rule victory against the Saints in the opening game of the set on Monday afternoon.

Offensively, CVCC only tallied five hits, but also capitalized on 10 walks — scoring 10 or more runs for the third-straight game. Catawba Valley scored one run in the first inning, two in the second inning, four in the third inning and three in the fourth inning en route to its victory.

Third baseman Grant Tilley led the Red Hawks with three RBIs in Monday’s opening contest, including a solo home run to left field in the second inning, while right fielder Malik Stephens drove in two RBIs. Shortstop Mason Lyda also drove in one run.

On the mound, Patrick kept Saint batters off balance, allowing just one walk and striking out eight batters during his four-inning, one-hit outing.

Elijah Carr relieved Patrick in the fifth inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced to help clinch the run-rule victory.

 

Game two: Catawba Valley 9, Limestone JV 4 (seven innings)
The Red Hawks overcame an early 2-0 hole, scoring four runs each in the third and fifth innings to come away with a five-run victory against the Saints to sweep Monday’s doubleheader.

Limestone scored one run in each of the first two innings of Monday’s nightcap, including an RBI single by James Rowe in the first inning and a solo home run by Dustin West in the second inning, to take a quick two-run lead.

Catawba Valley roared back in the third inning, scoring four runs on four RBI singles — one each by Brett Eurey, Sabion Thomas, Vinny Consolo and Malik Stephens.

John Stabb’s solo home run helped pull Limestone back within 4-3 of the lead, but CVCC answered that run, scoring in the next half-inning on an RBI ground out by Ryan Healy.

The Red Hawks padded their lead in the fifth inning, scoring on an RBI single by Jamie Sheek. Consolo and Stephens also scored on wild pitches in the inning, and Healy plated a fourth CVCC run after swiping home plate on a double steal attempt.

West homered for the second time in Monday’s game off Red Hawks reliever Noah Eaker, but the Saints would get no closer as CVCC won its fourth-straight game.

The CVCC baseball team returns to action this weekend with a road conference series against Bryant & Stratton in Virginia Beach, Va.

The Red Hawks and Bobcats play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. consisting of one nine-inning and one seven-inning game before the two teams close out the series on Sunday with a single nine-inning game at noon.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team sits in eighth place after day one of the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational. The Bears are led by Chelsea Mansel who fired a two-round 150 and sits in 20th place.

Trailing Mansel by a pair of shots is senior Abbey Hartsell who finished 36 holes with a score of 152 and is tied for 32nd place. Patricia Asensio carded a 154 and Ainee O'Connor and Megan Robb each shot identical 155's.

Pilar Martinez of Limestone is the individual leader, carding a 140 (-4). Lynn University is holding the team lead after day one, firing a team score of 580. The tournament field is comprised mostly of strong programs from the state of Florida. Trailing Lynn are Saint Leo and Florida Tech with Limestone claiming fourth place.

LR's Individual Finishes:
Chelsea Mansel - 150 (T-20)
Abbey Hartsell - 152 (T-32)
Patricia Asensio - 154 (T-38)
Megan O'Connor - 155 (T-41)
Megan Robb - 155 (T-41)

Team Finishes:
Lynn - 580
Saint Leo - 589
Florida Tech - 590
Limestone - 592
Tampa - 601
Florida Southern - 603
West Florida - 603
Lenoir-Rhyne – 607
Rollins - 608
Lee - 609
Embry-Riddle - 610
Wingate - 621
Montevallo - 628
UNC Pembroke - 631
North Georgia - 632

Appalachian State is tapping into the well of tradition, with a slight wrinkle, for the highly anticipated Georgia Southern football matchup this coming Halloween night in Boone.

The nationally televised contest (ESPNU) between the Mountaineers and Eagles will be featured as App State’s “Black Thursday” game in the tradition of the Black Saturday contests that have been a highlight of the football schedule since the 1980s. All fans will be encouraged to wear their favorite black App gear to the game.

The Nov. 23 game against Texas State will be Heroes Day on the Appalachian campus, recognizing military personnel, first responders and veterans with free admission to the game. As the final regular-season home game of the year, it will also be Senior Day.

App State previously announced the dates for the Hall of Fame and Jerry Moore celebrations (Aug. 31 vs. ETSU), Family Weekend (Sept. 28 vs. Coastal Carolina) and Homecoming (Oct. 19 vs. ULM). The Mountaineers also host regional rival Charlotte on Sept. 7.

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