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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (17-11) continued its run of late with a doubleheader sweep of Belmont Abbey (14-11), 6-1 and 6-1, Wednesday afternoon at Abbey Yard. The Bears have now won four consecutive games.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Belmont Abbey 1
The Bears scored four runs in the first inning to take control of the game and limited the Crusaders to just three hits.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) improved to 2-1 on the year after allowing just one run in five innings of work to go along with four strikeouts.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior catcher Colby Dishmond (Statesville, N.C.) and senior third baseman Josh Murphy (Hudson, N.C.) both finished with two hits and a run batted in to lead the Bears.

For Belmont Abbey, Brady Hill (Winterville, N.C.) (0-1) was tagged with the loss while Kevin Elefante (Chapel Hill, N.C.) drove in the Crusaders’ lone run in the fourth inning.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Belmont Abbey 1
The Bears limited the Crusaders’ offense again – allowing just four hits – in sweeping the doubleheader. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Wes McGuire (Richmond, Va.) improved to 2-3 with the win, giving up just one run in four innings pitched.

With the score tied at 1-1, the Bears took the lead for good with a two-run fifth inning including a bunt RBI single by junior second baseman Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas).

De La Rosa and freshman outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) both drove in two runs while Belmont Abbey’s Ryan Allen (Oxford, N.C.) hit a solo home run despite the loss. The Crusaders’ Weston Clarke (Gainesville, Fla.) (0-2) suffered the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference game Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 21:59

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Edges Out Queens

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Lacrosse Team (5-3, 4-1) stayed in the hunt for the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship with a 10-9 victory over Queens (4-5, 3-1) Wednesday evening at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Jon Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) scored a game-high three goals and the Bears held on to defeat the Royals despite allowing two goals in the final 25 seconds of the match.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) added a goal and assist as the Bears avenged two losses to the Royals last year.

Three players for Queens notched two goals and two assists – Justin Kestler (Pasadena, Md.), Evan Farkas (Havre de Grace, Md.) and Casey Hock (Danville, Calif.) – despite the loss.

Eight players scored for the Bears, who jumped out to a 6-0 advantage early in the second period before the Royals began their rally.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne senior Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) earned the win after stopping nine shots while Queens’ Eric Dolan (Hopkinton, Mass.) suffered the loss despite making 11 saves on the evening.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Misenheimer, N.C., to take Pfeiffer on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

Jazmine Charles from Lenoir-Rhyne was voted the South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She earned the honor for her achievements in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

The South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is presented annually to one student-athlete in each of the Conference’s championship sports, and is voted on by the SAC’s Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee.

Charles has a 3.65 GPA and is an electronic and broadcast media major. The senior has been named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll each year she has been at Lenoir-Rhyne and has been named to the Dean’s List four times in her career. A three-time Lenoir-Rhyne Scholars honoree, Charles was tabbed CoSIDA Academic All-District this past season.

Charles earned South Atlantic Conference All-Freshman honors after posting 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. She followed with First-Team All-SAC honors during her sophomore season as she finished the year with 11.3 points per outing and led her squad to their first NCAA Tournament bid in three seasons. During her junior year, Charles was named the SAC and Southeast Region Player of the Year after finishing the year with 17.4 points per contest and 55 triples to earn Third-Team All-America honors. She put in 17.2 points per outing during her senior year and finished her career at Lenoir-Rhyne ranked No. 1 All-Time with 183 three-pointers and No. 5 in the LR annals with 1,605 points.

In the community, Charles served as a volunteer at the Humane Society of Catawba County during her sophomore and junior seasons, while volunteering at the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry and the Hickory Soup Kitchen during her senior year. On campus, she is a four year member of the Lenoir-Rhyne Fellowship of Christian Athletes and helped out with the LR freshman girls’ Bible study during her junior year. She is a member of the Nu Generation Gospel Choir and is a sister of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national student-athlete honor society. During her junior and senior years, Charles was honored as a member of the National Communications Association’s honor society, Lambda Pi Eta.

Charles has interned with Turner Sports of America and the Charlotte Hornets Public Relations Department.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 11:42

Softball Hitting Camp Scheduled for Saturday

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Jeff Savage, a former NCAA Division I head softball coach, will be hosting a fastpitch softball hitting clinic on Saturday at The Wheelhouse in Lenoir.

Three sessions will be held for various age groups: 6-10 year olds, 11-13 year olds, and 14-18 year olds. Each session will be catered to the proper age levels and development.

For more information and to register, download the attached document.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:10

High School Baseball Results From Tuesday, 3/17/15

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North Piedmont:
Lake Norman: 12
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern:
Hibriten: 5
Fred T. Foard: 4

South Caldwell: 4
Hickory: 0

South Mountain Athletic:
East Burke: 10
Draughn: 8

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 3
Bunker Hill: 0

Lincolnton: 10
Bandys: 5

Maiden: 2
West Caldwell: 0

West Lincoln: 11
Newton-Conover: 4

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:09

High School Softball Results From Tuesday, 3/17/15

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North Piedmont:
Alexander Central: 1
Lake Norman: 0

Northwestern:
Fred T. Foard: 11
Hibriten: 1

South Caldwell: 20
Hickory: 0

St. Stephens: 18
Patton: 6

South Mountain Athletic:
East Burke: 4
Draughn: 2

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 8
East Lincoln: 5

Maiden: 10
Weest Caldwell: 6

Northwestern:
Hibriten: 1
Fred T. Foard: 0

Hickory: 2
South Caldwell: 0

St. Stephens: 5
Patton: 0

Watauga: 5
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic:
East Burke: 2
Draughn: 1

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 2
Lincolnton: 0

East Lincoln: 2
Bunker Hill: 1

Newton-Conover: 7
West Lincoln: 0

West Caldwell: 3
Maiden: 1

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 09:24

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Hits Four Home Runs in Win

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (15-11) hit four home runs on its way to a convincing 14-4 victory over Limestone (5-20) Tuesday night at Bears Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior catcher Colby Dishmond (Statesville, N.C.) got things going with a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning as the Bears plated six runs in the frame. Senior designated hitter Adam Venditti (Charlotte, N.C.) also hit a solo shot in the inning for the home team.

Senior outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) and junior shortstop Ryan Perkins (Woodruff, S.C.) added three-run home runs as well for the Bears, who scored all 14 of their runs in the first five innings of the contest.

Vieitez finished with three hits and senior second baseman Brantley Rumford (Rock Hill, S.C.) added a game-high four hits and three runs scored as Lenoir-Rhyne won its second straight game.

The Saints, who did score two runs in the top of the first inning, were led by Kyle Morella (Piedmont, S.C.) with a pair of runs batted in.

On the mound, freshman Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Va.) (1-0) earned his first win of the year after allowing just two earned runs in six innings of work and seven strikeouts for the Bears. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Ethan Reep (Belmont, N.C.) pitched the final three innings to earn the save and Limestone’s Ryan Cliff (Concord, N.C.) fell to 1-3 with the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Belmont, N.C., to take on Belmont Abbey on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., in a doubleheader.

Lenoir-Rhyne (19-8, 1-3) and Newberry (19-12, 3-1) split a South Atlantic Conference Softball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Smith Road Complex. The Wolves won the first game – 4-3 – before the Bears prevailed in the nightcap, 3-1.

Game One – Newberry 4, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
The Wolves scored four runs in the second inning highlighted by a bases-clearing triple by Gabby Bedard (Winder, Ga.) and held on for the win over the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman shortstop Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) hit a two-run single in the fourth inning and freshman third baseman Averi Miller (Taylorsville, N.C.) added a sacrifice fly in the fifth frame but the Bears couldn’t get any closer.

For Newberry, Maude McCourry (Centreville, Md.) improved to 7-1 with the win while Madison Burnett (Pickens, S.C.) earned the save after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) fell to 9-5 with the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Newberry 1
Lenoir-Rhyne salvaged the split thanks to sophomore catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.), who hit the game-winning two-run home run in the sixth inning and drove in all three runs for the Bears.

Junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) improved to 10-3 with the victory after allowing just one run in going the distance while Burnett (9-4) suffered the loss. Newberry’s Cassie Harrell (Williamston, N.C.) drove in the Wolves’ lone run in the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Lander on Wednesday in a doubleheader at 3:00 p.m., in Greenwood, S.C.

The Florida Southern Women’s Lacrosse Team (9-1), ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II, defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (3-4), 15-7, Tuesday evening at Bryant Stadium.

The Mocs’ Lorianne Hover (Annapolis, Md.) scored three goals to go along with two assists as Florida Southern surged to an 8-1 lead at intermission on its way to its eighth straight victory.

Three players scored twice for the Bears – senior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.), junior midfielder Claire Wach (Raleigh, N.C.) and sophomore attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) – in the losing effort.

The Bears scored six goals in the second half but the deficit was too great to overcome.
A total of 10 players scored for the Moccasins, who held the advantage in both shots taken (30-22) and ground balls (28-22) in the victory.

In goal, Florida Southern’s Ashley Seborowski (Annapolis, Md.) earned the win after stopping 10 shots while Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) suffered the loss despite making eight saves on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Rollins in Winter Park, Fla., on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.