Conner Leonard's three-run double gave Appalachian State a first-inning lead, and a strong start from Colin Schmid kept the Mountaineers ahead until the eighth inning of a 4-3 home loss to Louisiana on Friday.
After Leonard's first-inning double inside the bag at third brought home Alex Leshock, Drew Beck and Riley Smith, Louisiana cut its deficit to 3-2 with one earned run and one unearned run in the third.
Schmid (2-4) returned to the mound in the top of the eighth with seven strikeouts, one walk and the one earned run against him on just three hits. Consecutive one-out walks, including one on a 3-2 offering, preceded a wild pitch that put two runners in scoring position.
Daniel Lahare's RBI groundout to second tied the game, and Gavin Bourgeios singled off reliever Luke Watts to break the tie.
Each team totaled five hits, with Leshock going 2-for-4 in his return to the lineup, and Louisiana starter Colten Schmidt (4-0, 1.52 ERA) struck out two batters in eight innings a week after his 10 strikeouts in eight scoreless innings led to a Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week honor.
"Colin pitched his heart out and did a fantastic job on the mound, which is what we see time after time from him," App State coach Kermit Smith said. "It was great to see Conner come through with such a big hit against a talented pitcher, but offense was hard to come by on each side with how well both guys were pitching."
Schmid retired 12 batters in a row before allowing a two-out single in the seventh. Before that, the only hits he had given up were a single and double in consecutive at-bats with one out in the third inning. Louisiana's first run came home on a grounder, and a fielding error on the play enabled another run to score. The frame ended with a lineout to shortstop Joel McDaniel, who fired to first for the double play.
Schmid retired the side in order in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth innings as he pitched a season-high 7.2 innings.
Offensively, Leshock returned after missing almost three full games, and App State's other hits came from McDaniel and Beau Myers. Beck reached base for the 13th straight game by drawing a one-out walk in the first, after Leshock's single and right before a walk to Riley Smith loaded the bases for Leonard.
After Louisiana took the 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth, Leshock led off the bottom half of the inning with a single to center and advanced to second on a two-strike sacrifice bunt from Bailey Welch. Beck's bouncing ball to the left side hit off the third baseman's glove before redirecting to shortstop Hayden Cantrelle, who threw to first for the out, and a foul popout left Leshock stranded at second.
Nick Lee struck out the side in the ninth to record his first save of the season.
The Carson-Newman Baseball Team (21-19, 12-10) opened a South Atlantic Conference series with a 7-5 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (25-17, 11-11) Friday afternoon at the Silver Diamond Complex.
Trailing by a 2-1 score, the Eagles took control with a five-run fifth inning with three of those runs being unearned. Carson-Newman was led by Ethan Goforth (Blacksburg, Va.) and Brendan Campbell (Yardley, Pa.) with two hits and an RBI each.
The Bears tried to rally with a three-run ninth inning but the Eagles registered the final out with runners at second and third base. Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior designated hitter Caleb Beatty (Falls Church, Va.) with two run-scoring doubles while senior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) added an RBI double as well.
Carson-Newman’s Dillon Cate (Sevierville, Tenn.) improved to 5-2 after earning the win while Greg Valentine (Knoxville, Tenn.) registered the final out for his 10th save of the season. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Va.) (4-4) was tagged with the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite holding a 14-9 advantage in hits in the contest.
The Bears’ pitchers have thrown a league-high 358 strikeouts.
From a Red Hawk to member of the Pride, Catawba Valley Community College sophomore Hailey Tatu signed on Thursday to play volleyball at Greensboro College.
“I’m super excited,” Tatu said of signing. “Coming into CVCC, I really didn’t have a plan. Coming out of high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I didn’t know if I was even going to get to play (volleyball), so coming here (to CVCC) really helped me kind of figure out not only what I wanted to do, but who I was. Just getting that opportunity to continue playing and finish my degree is amazing. I’m blessed, and I’m excited to keep going.”
Tatu finished her sophomore season with 36 kills, nine aces, 62 digs and 14 blocks, helping the Red Hawks finish their season 28-9 overall with a sixth-straight Region X regular-season championship.
As a freshman, the 5-foot-10 outside hitter from Mooresville, N.C. was also a part of the Red Hawks’ third-place national finish in 2016 — a team that went 41-7 overall.
Tatu finished her Catawba Valley career with 86 kills, 125 digs, 20 blocks and 124 points.
Playing volleyball at Catawba Valley has meant everything to Tatu.
“The coaches are amazing,” she said. “I got to do some things I thought I’d never be able to do. We went to Niagra Falls twice. We went to a bunch of different places and we won. We won a lot. We went to the national championships. I’ve met some of my best friends. I wouldn’t trade these last two years for the world.”
Tatu plans to pursue a degree in business administration while attending Greensboro College.
The stellar season for Appalachian State University men's tennis senior Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) continues, as he was named the fourth-best Australian in collegiate tennis according to universaltennis.com on Friday.
Webster is featured on the list with six athletes from five power five programs including Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Oregon and Minnesota, and is ranked in front athletes that represent the Ducks, Vols, Gophers, and Gonzaga. The Perth, Australia native moves up two spots from last season's list into the top five with a score of 13.59. For a second straight season, Aleks Vukic of Illinois owns the top spot with a score of 14.73, VT's Mitchell Harper (14.04) is second and fellow Perth native Scott Jones (Tennessee) rounds out the top three clocking in at 13.62.
"It's cool, my best mate from back home is No. 3 (Jones) on the list, so he's giving me stick about it," Webster said. "But really, it's awesome to see so many Australian's excelling in college tennis, and to be a part of that group is nice recognition."
For the season, Webster is an excellent team-best 14-4 in singles and 13-4 in doubles action with partner, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood). The team's No.1 in the lineup has won at least 13 matches in singles and 12 contests in doubles all four seasons, leading to a 59-16 (singles) record and a 50-23 (doubles) showing. Combine both records and you get over 100-career wins, adding another feat to his already remarkable career.
Webster and the 10-10 Mountaineers will close out the season with a tough out as they visit a 13-5 Davidson squad on Saturday at 1 p.m.
TOP 10 COLLEGE AUSTRALIANS (UTR)
1.Aleksandar Vukic (UTR 14.73)-Sydney, AUS- Illinois
2.Mitchell Harper (UTR 14.04)-Brisbane, AUS-Virginia Tech
3.Scott Jones (UTR 13.62)-Perth, AUS-Tennessee
4.Scott Webster (UTR 13.59)-Perth, AUS-Appalachian State
5.Adam Walton (UTR 13.46)-Home Hill, AUS-Tennessee
6.Cameron Green (UTR 13.36)-Sydney, AUS-Furman
7.Cormac Clissold (UTR 13.29)-New South Wales, AUS-Oregon
8.Justyn Levin (UTR 12.99)-Melbourne, AUS-Minnesota
9.Ruadhan O’Sullivan (UTR 12.94)-Cherrybrook, AUS-Gonzaga
10.Koby Jansen (UTR 12.91)-Queensland, AUS-University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Several members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Golf Team have earned 2018 All-South Atlantic Conference honors, league officials announced earlier today.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.) was named to the all-league first team for the third consecutive season while sophomore Ainee O’Connor (Kent, UNITED KINGDOM) earned second-team all-league accolades.
Hartsell was named a 2017 WGCA NCAA Division II Second-Team All-American and won the Lincoln Memorial Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate (Feb. 26-27 in Fleming Island, Fla.). Hartsell also forced a playoff at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3 in Sunset Beach, N.C.).
O’Connor has been one of the best golfers in the league recently, winning the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge (March 19-20 in Monroe, N.C.) and forcing a playoff at the Sunoco Oil Campbell Classic (March 26-27 in Wallace, N.C.).
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Chelsea Mansel (Greer, S.C.) and sophomore Laura Morrison (Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM) picked up All-SAC Honorable Mention Accolades.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Golf Team is looking to defend its league title beginning this weekend at the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Championship which is taking place at The Members Club at Woodcreek in Elgin, S.C. The tournament runs from Sunday, April 15, through Tuesday, April 17. Tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m., on all three days. LR will also be looking to win its fifth tournament of the year.
In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne checks in at No. 11 in the first NCAA Division II Women’s Golf South Regional Rankings of the year. This year’s regionals will take place at the Germantown Country Club in Germantown, Tennessee from Monday, May 7, through Wednesday, May 9.
2018 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Golf Teams
Diana McDonald, Wingate
Dominika Czudkova, Lincoln Memorial
Abbey Hartsell, Lenoir-Rhyne
Lise Malherbe, Lincoln Memorial
Elizabeth England, Carson-Newman
Ainee O’Connor, Lenoir-Rhyne
Ciara Rattana, Tusculum
Kaley Barts, Catawba
Kate Hill, Anderson
Mind Puangcharoen, Wingate
Laura Nunez Rodriguez, Wingate
Chelsea Mansel, Lenoir-Rhyne
Katie Tomassoni, Tusculum
Anna Freeman, Anderson
Laura Morrison, Lenoir-Rhyne
SAC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Anna Freeman, Anderson
SAC WOMEN'S GOLF OF THE YEAR
Diana McDonald, Wingate
SAC COACH OF THE YEAR
Erin Thorne, Wingate
NCAA Division II South Region
Women’s Golf Rankings
April 12, 2018
1. Nova Southeastern
2. Saint Leo
4. Florida Southern
10. Florida Tech
13. West Georgia
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the West Virginia Power 6-2 Thursday night in their home opener for their first win of the season. The 'Dads struck out 17 Power batters to tie a team record for strikeouts in a 9-inning game set in 2009.
The 'Dads jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a bases loaded double by catcher Melvin Novoa. First baseman Justin Jacobs followed up with a single to drive in Novoa and extend the Crawdads lead to 4-0.
The Power surged back with two runs back in the top of the fifth on a homerun by left fielder Calvin Mitchell. The Crawdads responded with back-to-back singles in the bottom of the inning by designated hitter Sam Huff and third baseman Tyler Ratliff. Novoa then singled in Huff to make the score 5-2. A Kole Enright single allowed Ratliff to score and concluded the scoring for either team for the night.
On the basepaths, Eric Jenkins stole his third and fourth base of the season by stealing second and third in the bottom of the second while right fielder Miguel Aparicio was at the plate. Shortstop Yonny Hernandez also added his third base swipe of the season.
Crawdads starting pitcher Alex Eubanks tossed five innings, allowing 2 earned runs. He struck out 8 Power batters while allowing 1 walk. Josh Advocate pitched 2 scoreless innings and recorded 4 strike outs. Demarcus Evans relieved Advocate in the 8th and struck out the side. Grant Zawadzki sealed the 'Dads win by striking out two hitters.
The series continues Friday night with a 7pm game. Crawdads righty Jean Casanova will be taking on the Power's right hander Gavin Wallace. Following the game the 'Dads will be hosting their first fireworks show of the season.
Catawba Valley Community College volleyball standout Sabrina Pinard has committed to continue her athletic and academic career at UNC Asheville.
"I'm so excited to continue my education and most of all be able to play the sport I love at UNC Asheville," Pinard said.
The 6-foot-2 sophomore was a two-year starter at right side for the Red Hawks, finishing her final season at CVCC with a .282 hitting percentage with 1.8 kills and .67 blocks per set. She helped Catawba Valley clinch its sixth-straight Region X regular-season championship this past fall.
During her freshman season, Pinard played in 48 matches and helped CVCC reach the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National tournament, where the Red Hawks finished a program-best fourth in the country. Pinard finished the 2016 season with 164 kills, 43 digs and 57 blocks.
Also a standout in the classroom, Pinard has placed on the Athletic President's list at CVCC (3.75 GPA or higher) two years in a row.
"I am so proud of Sabrina and all that she has accomplished during her last two years at the Valley," said Catawba Valley head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. "She has excelled on the court and in the classroom and has grown into a dominant leader who is respected and admired by her peers. It has been a privilege to watch her personal growth, and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to coach Sabrina. I know she will be able to contribute right away at UNC Asheville, and I think it's a great fit for her."
For the third time in program history, the Catawba Valley women’s basketball team had one of its players selected as an All-American.
Red Hawks sophomore guard Shaniya Lester was named by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) on Wednesday as one of 30 athletes to receive All-American status in the Division II ranks.
Lester was selected as one of 10 athletes as All-American honorable mention.
Lester joins Kadesha Gibbs (2013-14, first team) and Anika Jones (2012-13, first team) as the only women’s basketball All-Americans in Catawba Valley program history.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized as a All-American,” Lester said. “Thank you to my teammates and coaches. Without them this wouldn’t have been possible. Everything I do is for my mother and my deceased father and my siblings.”
The 5-foot-6 guard shattered the Catawba Valley record books this past season, becoming the first-ever women’s or men’s basketball player at the school to reach 1,000 points in scoring. She finished her career with 1,065 points.
Lester also set career records for games played (61), 2-point field goals made (361), total field goals made (422), field goals attempted (921) and points per game (17.5).
During her sophomore season, Lester played in 32 games, scoring 641 points and averaging 20.0 per game — all CVCC single-season records.
She also set season records for total field goals made (208), field goals attempted (540) and had the fourth-most steals in a season (80).
"Shaniya Lester is a true student-athlete who has worked hard in the classroom as well as on the court,” said Catawba Valley head women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “I am proud of her, and honored that she trust me to be her coach. She has set the bar for many to follow in every area. I wish Shaniya much success in her endeavors. She will truly be missed, but will always be dear to my heart and forever a Lady Red Hawk."
Lester signed Nov. 16, 2017 to continue her academic and athletic career at UNC Pembroke — becoming the 13th Red Hawk to sign with a four-year school during England’s tenure.
East Burke: 2
Bunker Hill: 7
Davie County: 16
West Caldwell: 6
Fred T. Foard: 4
West Lincoln: 1
Lake Norman: 4
Alexander Central: 1
St. Stephens: 3
East Burke: 7
West Lincoln: 5
North Wilkes: 16
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (13-7, 4-5) gave No. 15 Queens (8-3, 7-1) all it could handle but eventually fell to the Royals by a 6-3 score on Wednesday in a South Atlantic Conference match on Senior Day for the Bears at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.
The Royals were ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division II and seventh in the region entering the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne won at No. 5 singles – sophomore Paul Lenz (Ratingen, GERMANY) – and at first doubles – juniors Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Souse, TUNISIA) and Shane O’Dea (Dublin, IRELAND) – and third doubles with the duo of junior Alex Crespo Sanchez (Valencia, SPAIN) and sophomore Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL). The Bears had a 2-1 advantage entering singles play.
Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up league regular season play on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., in Harrogate, Tenn., against Lincoln Memorial while Queens faces Mars Hill on the road Friday beginning at 4:00 p.m., in Mars Hill, N.C.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
No. 15 Queens 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)
1. Andor Vas (QU) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 6-7, 6-4, 6-3
2. Julian Bosch (QU) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 6-3, 7-6
3. #54 Agustin Aran Martin (QU) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-0, 6-1
4. Sebastian Meum (QU) def. Tomas Hons (LR), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Paul Lenz (LR) def. Kasper Rolfsen (QU), 3-6, 7-6, 10-6
6. Joel Dunlap (QU) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 6-3, 7-6
1. Hamed Gandouz/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Julian Bosch/Joel Dunlap (QU), 8-6
2. Andor Vas/Kasper Rolfsen (QU) def. Paul Lenz/Tomas Hons (LR), 8-7
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Agustin Aran Martin/Sebastian Meum (QU), 8-6
Records: No.15 Queens (8-3, 7-1 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (13-7, 4-5 SAC)
The No. 3 Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (13-1, 6-0) turned up the offense in a 20-11 road victory over Catawba (5-7, 3-3) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Kirkland Field and Shuford Stadium. Lenoir-Rhyne also won its ninth straight contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne took control early, jumping out to a 7-1 advantage in the first period and never looked back. The Bears never let their lead get under four goals the rest of the way.
The Bears were spearheaded by the duo of junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.). Buduo scored a half-dozen times while Corrigan added four goals and four assists as Lenoir-Rhyne also dominated the shot chart, holding a 55-33 edge.
Catawba’s Justin Warnock (Jamestown, N.C.) scored three times but the deficit was too great to overcome for the home team. The Indians’ Hunter Cheuvront (Baltimore, Md.) suffered the setback in goal despite making 15 saves.
For Lenoir-Rhyne, senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the victory after totaling seven stops as 10 Bears found the back of the net.
Buduo is now the Bears’ all-time single-season leader in goals scored (52) and total points (72). Buduo leads the league in total scores.
Lenoir-Rhyne set the school single-season record for victories (13) tonight and has now won 22 consecutive South Atlantic Conference Regular Season contests.
In their last 40 games, the Bears are 36-4 overall; a record which dates back to the start of the 2016 campaign.
Lenoir-Rhyne will look to grab a share of its third straight conference regular season title on Saturday against Mars Hill beginning at 2:00 p.m., in Mars Hill, N.C.
The Queens University of Charlotte Women’s Tennis Team (11-3, 7-2), ranked No. 39 in NCAA Division II, downed Lenoir-Rhyne (11-8, 3-6) by a 9-0 score Wednesday afternoon on the Bears’ Senior Day at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.
Lenoir-Rhyne honored senior Abbi Wood (Tryon, N.C.) prior to the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up South Atlantic Conference Regular Season play with a trip to Harrogate, Tenn., to take on Lincoln Memorial on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., while Queens hosts league-foe Carson-Newman on Saturday beginning at Noon.
NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
No. 39 Queens 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)
1. #58 Carlotta Nassi (QU) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 6-0, 6-4
2. #42 Yana Fleyer (QU) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-4, 6-1
3. Sasha Davidzenka (QU) def. Sara Kalkenova (LR), 6-1, 6-0
4. Caroline Nielsen (QU) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 6-1, 7-6
5. Isabel Fornies (QU) def. Sanne Janssen (LR), 8-4
6. Ana Bolson (QU) def. Abbi Wood (LR), 8-2
1. #41 Yana Fleyer/Sasha Davidzenka (QU) def. Emily Murchland/Sanne Janssen (LR), 8-4
2. Carlotta Nassi/Isabel Fornies (QU) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 8-4
3. Caroline Nielsen/Ana Bolson (QU) def. Abbi Wood/Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 8-4
Records: No. 39 Queens (11-3, 7-2 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (11-8, 3-6 SAC)
A strong relief effort from Appalachian State freshman Will Sprinkle gave the Mountaineers a chance to rally, but North Carolina A&T posted a 9-2 home victory at War Memorial Stadium on Wednesday night.
Pitching with his team facing a 7-2 deficit, Sprinkle threw four scoreless innings against the Aggies, who have a 3-2 win against UNCG in addition to close midweek losses against N.C. State (9-7) and North Carolina (1-0) this season.
Sprinkle had three perfect innings and retired 11 of the 13 batters he faced, receiving help from a double play after he gave up an infield single and issued a walk with one out in the fifth. He lowered his ERA to 1.08 while increasing his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 10.0.
Offensively, Bailey Welch went 2-for-3, drew a walk and scored once. Kendall McGowan had one hit and scored the other run.
"It's fun to see the emergence of Will Sprinkle out of the bullpen," App State head coach Kermit Smith said. "As a freshman, he's really coming into his own and giving our team a lift. He kept putting up zeroes to give us a shot tonight. Now we have get ready for a big series this weekend."
The Aggies (17-15) led 7-0 through three innings, scoring three times in the second and four times in the third.
The Mountaineers (8-23) responded with a two-run fourth, as Conner Leonard drew a bases-loaded walk to chase starting pitcher Jonah Owenby and reliever Leon Davidson's wild pitch brought home McGowan.
A leadoff walk from Welch, McGowan's one-out single and Drew Beck reaching on a hit by pitch started the rally, but Davidson followed his wild pitch by retiring two straight batters with runners on second and third to limit the damage.
Welch and Riley Smith had back-to-back singles to begin the game, but the left-handed Owenby erased both runners with successful pickoff moves to first. North Carolina A&T struck first with consecutive walks turning into two runs on a Zach McLean single that was misplayed. McLean scored from third on a groundout in the next at-bat.
Three walks preceded a run-producing hit by pitch in the fourth, and another run came home when relief pitcher Kaleb Bowman induced a 6-4-3 double play. McLean had an RBI double to establish a 6-0 lead, and Myles Sowell followed an infield single with an RBI single to center. Bowman's strikeout with the bases loaded kept the deficit from increasing.
Out of the bullpen, Cameron Kepley replaced Sprinkle to begin the bottom of the eighth, and Luke Watts had two strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning.