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Appalachian State pitcher Will Sprinkle took a no-hitter and a five-run lead into the seventh inning as the Mountaineers recorded a 5-2 win against Manhattan in their 2019 home opener at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium on Saturday.

App State (1-3) scored twice in the fourth inning, twice in the fifth inning and once in the sixth inning in support of Sprinkle, who didn’t allow a hit until Matt Padre singled with one out in the top of the seventh.

Sprinkle (1-1) gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits over seven innings, Andrew Papp allowed one hit in a scoreless eighth and Kaleb Bowman recorded his first career save with a scoreless ninth. With a runner on first, the game ended as shortstop Joel McDaniel fielded a grounder and flipped the ball to second baseman Bailey Welch for a forceout.

App State catcher Riley Smith led the offense by going 2-for-4 with a triple that turned into a fifth-inning run and an RBI double in the sixth inning. Welch, who started at third base, went 2-for-4 with a fourth-inning triple that resulted in a run and an RBI single in the fifth inning.

Kendall McGowan hit an RBI double, and a single apiece from McDaniel and Luke Drumheller helped the Mountaineers outhit Manhattan 7-3.

Welch led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a triple over the center fielder’s head and scored on a sacrifice fly to left from Drumheller. Phillip Cole was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat, and he scored all the way from first on McGowan’s double.

Smith opened the bottom of the fifth with a triple to right, and after CJ Brown was hit by a pitch, Smith came home on a groundout to short to give the Mountaineers a 3-0 lead over the Jaspers (1-3). An attempt to turn a double play led to a throwing error that put Kyle Decker in scoring position, and he raced home on Welch’s single.

App State increased its lead to 5-0 in the sixth inning thanks to a one-out walk to Robbie Young, who scored from first on a double by Smith. That was enough offense with the way App State pitched and played defense. Sprinkle, Papp and Bowman combined for six strikeouts and just one walk.

After hitting Manhattan’s first batter of the game, Sprinkle retired 19 of the next 21 hitters, with a hit batter in the second inning and infield error by Sprinkle on a sixth-inning grounder to the mound accounting for the only baserunners during that stretch. After a passed ball put two seventh-inning runners in scoring position, Alex Cerda produced the Jaspers’ only runs with a two-run single.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team traveled to Georgia to take on No. 12 Tampa but lost in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon, 16-11. Tampa scored four goals in every quarter and had three players record hat tricks.

Eric Dickinson scored all three of his goals in the first half as the Bears trailed 8-6 heading into the break. However, the Spartans came out of the lockerroom hot and held the Bears scoreless in the third quarter.

The Spartans went on a 7-2 scoring run to take a 15-8 lead in the fourth quarter.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 42-35 advantage in shots on the afternoon and a 29-22 lead in shots on goal. However, Tampa dominated in face offs (24-5) and ground balls (42-22).

The Bears were held scoreless in five attempts with the man advantage in the game, while Tampa converted on two of its five attempts.

Ryan Bell scored a pair of goals and Weston Bimstefer had three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.

Colin White, Matt Vetter and Jake Mosher McGraw each finished with three goals for the Spartans. Goalie B.J. Borowski made 19 saves to earn the win and Ross Dickerson was credited with 15 ground balls.

These two teams met a year ago with LR coming away with a 12-9 victory. Joe Buduo and Dickinson each had four points in that victory.

LR has played three ranked teams to start the season, with two (Limestone and Belmont Abbey) currently ranked inside the top five.

This is LR's first three-game losing streak since dropping four straight to close out the 2013 season.

Lenoir-Rhyne will head back to Georgia to take on Florida Tech in Savannah on Saturday. Faceoff is set for 6 p.m.

Monday, 25 February 2019 00:39

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Swept by Newberry

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team lost both of the double header games on Saturday afternoon against the Newberry Wolves, 14-2 and 6-5 in extra innings.

Game one:
Jake Conroy got the starting nod for the Bears as he took the loss going 3.1 innings, giving up six runs on six hits with three walks and one strikeout. He was one of six pitchers to see work in the game.

Lenoir-Rhyne had just three players with hits, but E.J. Ranel had two of the team's four. He and Caleb Beatty each scored a run.

Newberry sent Tomas Sorcia, Jr. picked up the win after working 8.0 innings and throwing 99 pitches while giving up just two runs on four hits. Ryan Harbin finished the game for the Wolves.

Eight members from the home team recorded base knocks with Tyler Ackard arguably having the best game going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in, two runs scored and a walk.

Game two:
After throwing six pitchers in the first game of the double header, the Bears handed the ball to Alex Shirazi and he worked nearly the entire game, putting in 6.0 innings of work, giving up four runs on seven hits, seven strikeouts and three walks. He left in a tied ballgame and did not receive the decision. Hunter Martin came in for the Bears in relief and took the loss, his second of the season, after throwing 2.1 innings and giving up two runs on five hits, three strikeouts and two walks.

The Bears were led at the plate by DH Matthew Freeman, who had a monster game at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two homers, a double and two RBIs and three runs to show for it. Fuller was close behind with a 2-for-5 day including a double and a run scored.

Lenoir-Rhyne scored one in the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth while the Wolves had a 4-spot in the third inning and one in the eighth and ninth to take the win.

Newberry was led at the plate Zane Terrance who finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs and drove in the winning RBI Double in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for the Wolves.

In game one, Clay Ervin and John Bauguess made their first appearances of the season.

Fuller's eight-game hit streak came to an end with an 0-for-4 performance in the first game of the day.

The Bears will stay on the road to play Belmont Abbey on Tuesday, Feb. 26 with first pitch set for 5 p.m.

The 11th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College had its 15-game winning streak snapped on Saturday afternoon at the hands of 20th-ranked Cape Fear in an 83-61 defeat at the Schwartz Center.

Sherry Johnson led the Red Hawks (22-4, 16-2 in Region X) with 20 points, while teammates Aniya Taylor and Milequa Eason also reached double figures in scoring with 15 and 10 points, respectively.

CVCC fell behind 24-8 after the first quarter, but outscored Cape Fear 22-17 during the second quarter to cut its deficit to just 41-30 at halftime.

The Red Hawks and Sea Devils (21-4, 16-3 in Region X) scored at will in the third quarter, combining to score 44 points, but CFCC extends its lead to 13 points entering the final quarter of play.

Cape Fear would go on to outscore the Red Hawks 19-10 during the fourth quarter to give CVCC just its fourth loss of the season and second in conference play.

Ayonna Cotten scored 22 points to lead the Sea Devils in the win — one of four CFCC players to reach double figures in scoring, including A’Terria Quick (20 points), Ny Langley (17 points) and Autum Morings (12 points).

The CVCC women’s basketball team will attempt to start a new winning streak on Sunday when it faces Brunswick Community College in Bolivia, N.C. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Dolphins is set for 2 p.m.

Appalachian State University women's basketball (13-12, 7-7) got back in the win column with a bounce-back 70-52 triumph over archrival Georgia Southern (7-19, 2-13 SBC) on Saturday afternoon at Hanner Fieldhouse.

The Mountaineers were led by three players who scored at least 15 points for the afternoon and shot a combined 47.5 percent from the field.

Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds), who was making her second straight start, poured in a season-high 18 points with four of her five field goals coming from behind the arc.

Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) dropped 17 points for another efficient performance on offense, shooting 7-of-13 from the floor. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) also shot 7-for-13 en route to 15 points while grabbing five rebounds (three offensive) in the process. BayleyPlummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) recorded 16 rebounds, tying a season high with seven boards on the offensive end. The junior added eight points as well.

Georgia Southern got off to a hot start in the opening period shooting 9-of-15 (60 percent) from the floor. The Eagles jumped out to their largest lead at seven, 23-16, following an 8-0 run late in the frame. Appalachian scored the final five points thanks to a Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) putback and a buzzer-beating trifecta from Gosnell to cut the GS lead to two, 23-21.

After the first quarter, the Mountaineers' defense shut the Eagle offense down, limiting GS to just 29 points over the final three periods and 9-of-40 shooting from the field.

With the game tied, 30-30, in the second period, Polacek sparked an 11-4 run over the final 6:06 by scoring seven straight points. Plummer scored the final four points for Appalachian and helped App go into the break with a 41-34 advantage.

The Apps continued to flex their muscle on defense, as they held GS to only seven points in the third quarter. Appalachian forced the visitors into a 4:40 scoring drought and six straight missed shots during the stretch, which led to a 51-36 lead for App. GS did slice the lead to 10, 51-41, but back-to-back field goals by Gosnell pushed the advantage to 14, 51-36.

Appalachian held a double-digit lead throughout the final period. The Mountaineers scored eight of the final 10 points thanks to a pair of treys from Wilson and Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida), on top of a field goal by Plummer.

Saturday's triumph gives App its sixth win in the past eight meetings against GS, while the average margin of victory over the past three victories is 24.6 points.

App State outscored GS, 18-3, in second-chance points and took advantage of 20 Eagle miscues that turned into 21 points.

The Mountaineers will return to action next week for their final two home games of the regular season. App will host both Louisiana schools on Thursday and Saturday, beginning with ULM on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Holmes Center.

App State is 11-0 this season when holding opponents to 70 points or less

Plummer's streak of 10 or more rebounds is up to 14 straight games.

The five highest-scoring performances by Polacek this season have come on the road.

Gosnell has scored in double figures in the last three road games.

Appalachian is 7-1 when it scores 15 or more second-chance points.

Gosnell and Wilson each posted a team-high plus-18 in plus/minus.

The Mountaineers have won the rebounding battle in all 13 victories this season.

Djibril Diallo scored 23 points and Jon Jean dished out a season-high 10 assists as the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team scored 53 second half points to defeat Mars Hill 96-79 on Saturday afternoon. The Bears shot 64 percent in the second half and topped the 90-point mark for the second consecutive game.

Jean finished two points shy of a double-double, tallying eight points to go with his 10 dimes. Most impressively, Jean committed just one turnover on the afternoon and added three boards and a steal.

Diallo went 7-of-13 and buried five 3-pointers in the rout. The senior added four assists and three rebounds.

Darius Simmons (12 points) and Cory Thomas (10 points) also finished in double digits in scoring against the Lions. Bertrand Awana added eight points and seven boards for the visitors.

Mars Hill was paced by 31 points from Ja'Shawn Brooks. Brooks finished the game 11-for-20 from the field and 4-of-8 from long range.

13 different players scored for LR.

The Bears scored 59 points in a half against Coker on Wednesday and nearly topped that total with the 53-point second half this afternoon.

The win keeps LR within striking range of fourth place in the conference. The top four seeds earn a home game in the quarterfinal round of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament.

The Bears improve to 18-8 overall, 11-7 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne will hit the road on Wednesday evening for their final away game of the regular season. The Bears travel to Catawba for an 8 p.m. tipoff.

Appalachian State men's basketball dropped a 92-69 contest to Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.

Justin Forrest tallied a team-high 15 points, two rebounds and a steal for App State (9-18, 4-10 SBC).

Ronshad Shabazz added 12 points, four rebounds and two steals. With a free throw at the 14:01 mark of the second half, Shabazz moved into 10th place all-time in Sun Belt history in points scored with his 1,949th career point.

Hunter Seacat added nine points and six rebounds, while Isaac Johnson tallied eight points, a game-high 12 rebounds, a team-high three assists and two steals. Johnson had now reached double figures in the rebounding department 11 times this season.

Adrian Delph chipped in with eight points and a game-high three steals.

Shabazz broke an early 5-5 tie with a three-pointer and the Mountaineers pushed their lead to 11-7 with 15:20 left in the opening half on a trey from Bennett Holley.

Georgia Southern (18-10, 10-5 SBC) used a 7-0 spurt to open a 20-13 lead, only to see the Black and Gold trim its deficit to 24-21 with just over nine minutes left in the opening half. From there, the Eagles closed the half on a 28-13 run to take a 52-34 edge into the break.

Trailing 57-39 early in the second half, the Mountaineers scored eight consecutive points to cut the Eagles lead to 57-47 with 14:01 remaining in the game. Georgia Southern pushed its lead back to 16 points at 66-50 and put the game away with a late 9-3 run.

Tookie Brown led the Eagles with a game highs of 28 points and eight rebounds. Simeon Carter had 18 points off the bench and Montae Glenn tallied 10 points and seven rebounds.

Appalachian State will hit the road for its final road trip of the season next week. The Black and Gold will take on ULM on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. EST and Louisiana on Mar. 3 at 2:30 p.m. EST.

Monday, 25 February 2019 00:22

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Nips Mars Hill

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The Bears were down at Mars Hill by as many as 10 points in the second half, but Kennedy Weigt and the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team got hot down the stretch and used a three pointer from Weigt with four seconds left to defeat the Lions on their senior day, 83-81, in South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led in scoring by the hot-shooting duo of Weigt and senior guard Kendall Toineeta. Weigt hit the three off the offensive rebound by Madeline Hardy that put the Bears on top for good and led the visiting team in scoring with 20 points, including six three pointers.

Not to be outdone, Toineeta flirted with a triple-double putting in 18 points while grabbing eight rebounds and distributing the ball for an assist seven times.

Mars Hill had four players score in double figures, led by Tatum Boggs with 25, Mariah Johnson scored 18 and had a double-double grabbing 10 rebounds, Alexis Pardue with 18 and Shayla Smith finished with 11 points of her own.

The road team held the advantage in bench points (31-18), second chance points (17-8) and fast break points (10-7). This game featured nine lead changes.

The Bears have matched their conference win total from last season with today's win.

LR has proven to be an impressive road team as they are now 8-4 away from home.

This is Weigt's eighth double-digit scoring game and her second 20-point performance of the season, but her six three pointers is a season high for the sophomore. Toineeta has scored double-figures in 16 games.

The Bears improve to 14-12 overall, 9-9 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will stay on the road as they return to action on Wednesday night at Catawba in SAC play. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Girls conference tournament championships:
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Freedom: 56
Hickory: 39

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 61
Bunker Hill: 56

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Newton-Conover: 66
Bandys: 53

Boys conference tournament championships:
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 88
Freedom: 84

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 61
Hibriten: 60, OT

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
East Lincoln: 79
Newton-Conover: 34

Appalachian State (5-3) begins the Holy City Showdown undefeated with a pair of wins against Dartmouth (1-1) and College of Charleston (5-7) on Friday.

Keri White extended her hitting streak to four straight games, going 1-2 against Dartmouth and 2-4 against College of Charleston today. She has had at least one hit in seven of eight games with four multi-hit performances.

App State vs. Dartmouth (W, 2-1)
The top of the lineup produced for the Mountaineers with a hit apiece from White, Caylie Kifer and Alison Durrence.

White launched a home run over the left center field fence to get the Mountaineers on the board early in the first inning. In the fifth, Jenny Dodd singled down the leftfield line, and Ally Walters followed with a walk. A dropped fly ball in left field allowed Megan Walker load the bases for the Mountaineers. White's sacrifice fly to deep centerfield brought in the second and final run for the Apps.

Eight of Apps' 21 outs were strikeouts for Kenzie Longanecker, breaking her season-high seven strikeouts from the season opener against Longwood. Today's game against Dartmouth was Longanecker's second consecutive game with no walks. She totals 23 strikeouts on the season in her five appearances for a 3-0 record in the circle.

App State vs. College of Charleston (W, 4-1)
The Mountaineers answered the Cougars' run in the first inning with a run in the second. Singles from Stewart and Morton and a walk from Dodd loaded the bases for Russell, who drew a walk to bring Stewart across the plate.

In the top of the seventh, Stewart smashed one off the glove of the pitcher and into the outfield to bring in two runs for the Mountaineers, putting the Apps on top. With bases loaded, Morton's shallow grounder allows her to reach first base on an error by the catcher whose throw pulled the fielder off the bag. Kifer scored on the play for the Mountaineers' fourth run.

Sydney Holland brings her record to 2-2 after today's win in the circle against the Cougars. She totals five strikeouts on the season in her 18.2 innings of work for a team-low 1.50 ERA.

The Apps continue play in the Holy City Showdown on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. against Radford and at 5:45 p.m. against Iowa State at Patriots Point (College of Charleston).

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