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Two errors led to four unearned runs in the third inning to snap Appalachian State University baseball’s early momentum as it dropped Game Two of a weekend series at Missouri, 7-1, on Saturday night at Taylor Stadium.

After a snow delay moved the game to 6 p.m. ET, the Mountaineers (6-8) got out to an early 1-0 lead but were unable to overcome defensive errors to a red-hot Tigers (14-1) club.

Appalachian got on the board for the first time this weekend as Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) took a pitch to the elbow before Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) walked to set up the scoring play. Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) then hit a chip shot to no-man’s land in center field to drive home Bauk. Despite only bringing home the one run, the Black and Gold had much more productivity at the plate than in Game One.

After a scoreless half-inning, App State was held without a run and then 26th-ranked Missouri capitalized on errors in the third inning to retake and hold the lead until the end. While the Tigers have scored 11 runs total against Appalachian so far in the series, only five have been earned.

Seagle, Stroup and Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) led the way offensively for App State, finishing a combined 3-8, with one RBI and a walk-drawn.

After having a game-high two hits (one double) on Friday, right-handed pitcher Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) had an impressive day, striking out six batters in 5.0 innings pitched. Despite the four, fourth-inning runs against him, none of them were earned. The Mountaineers went to the bullpen several times during the course of the second half of the game with the most effective throwers being Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee CC)) and Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest).

Schaeffer finished with an inning of work, striking out one before Helms came in to close, striking out four of five batters in 1.1 innings and allowing neither a run nor a hit.

Catawba Valley Community College baseball split a doubleheader with Bryant and Stratton to open up conference play Saturday at L.P. Frans Stadium. CVCC won game one 11-9 but fell in game two 4-1.

In game one, the Red Hawks were led by Chandler Jenkins who went one-for-three with two runs scored and two RBI. Riley Smith went two-for-four with a double and an RBI.

The winning pitcher for CVCC was Cole Whitney who improved his mark to 4-1 on the hill. Whitney pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits but striking out seven players.

In game two, Chris Wright went two-for-four with an RBI. Daniel Brinegar went two-for-four at the plate as well. Connor Hewell took the loss for CVCC, giving up three runs on four hits in only an inning of work.

CVCC is 12-13 on the season.

The Lincoln Memorial Baseball Team (12-12, 6-3) swept a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Lenoir-Rhyne (14-9, 3-6), 17-10 and 8-3, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.

Game One – Lincoln Memorial 17, Lenoir-Rhyne 10
The Railsplitters used an eight-run fifth inning while Seth Hunt (Knoxville, Tenn.) had six hits and four runs scored as Lincoln Memorial was able to outlast the Bears in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite plating five runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Lenoir-Rhyne senior third baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) finished with four runs batted in including a bases-clearing double despite the loss.

Lincoln Memorial's Tyler Adams (Woodstock, Ga.) hit a three-run home run and drove in five runs while Chase Randolph (Harriman, Tenn.) improved to 1-0 after pitching the final five innings for the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) fell to 1-2 after taking the loss. Sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) added three hits and two runs scored in the setback for the Bears.

Game Two – Lincoln Memorial 8, Lenoir-Rhyne 3 (seven innings)
For the second time in three games, Lincoln Memorial took advantage of several Lenoir-Rhyne miscues – the Bears had four errors – as the Railsplitters swept the doubleheader. Six of the Railsplitters' eight runs were unearned.

Mason Ewers (Kingsport, Tenn.) totaled two hits and two runs batted in for Lincoln Memorial, who took control with a five-run second inning. The Railsplitters' Dominic Morabito (Vienna, Va.) (3-1) earned the win after striking out eight batters and going the distance.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) had two hits and a solo home run while sophomore Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) (3-1) was tagged with the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Limestone on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., in Gaffney, S.C.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis (4-11) fell to Gardner-Webb in a tightly-contested 4-3 setback on Saturday at the GWU Tennis Courts in Boiling Springs, N.C.

Appalachian captured the doubles point winning two of three matches, but the Bulldogs (9-13) came back to take four of six singles matches and the contest.

Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) picked up the 6-1 victory over Daniela Naupari and Sandra Bolstad as the No. 1 duo to get App off on the right foot. Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) clinched the doubles point and the 1-0 lead thanks to the 6-4 win over Mary Walker Mixon and Miljana Ristic. Machado and Bygrave are now 3-0 this season as a tandem.

In singles play, Gardner-Webb captured the first two matches to take a 2-1 lead in the contest. Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) fell to Sarah Rieckmann 6-2, 6-2 as the No. 2 in the lineup before Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) suffered a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Sandra Bolstad as the No.1 in the lineup.

Machado continued her solid day coming away with a hard-earned come-from-behind triumph as the No. 4 in the lineup over Miljana Ristic, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. App took the lead back, 3-2, thanks to Mullen’s sixth win of the season in singles play when she upended Laine Parker 6-3, 6-3.

However, GWU claimed the following two singles matches for the win. Wreder fell 7-6, 6-1 to Daniela Naupari as the No. 3 before Bygrave put in tireless effort but fell short with the match tied at 3-all, 7-5, 7-5.

Machado and Mullen put in solid performances where the pair had a win in singles and doubles play.

App will look to end the two-match slide on the road against College of Charleston on Monday at 5 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Lacrosse Team (5-1, 3-0), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, held on to defeat Wingate (4-2, 1-1), 10-9, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference showdown at Graham Gill Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) led all scorers with five goals – giving him a league-leading 25 on the year – as the Bears also won their 11th consecutive conference regular season contest dating back to 2015.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) added a pair of goals and three assists as the Bears escaped with the victory. Hanlon has a league-leading 19 assists on the year.

Wingate was led by Jeremy Sullivan (Crofton, Md.) with three goals as the Bulldogs tried to rally from a 9-5 deficit in the fourth period but came up short.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) added a pair of scores while junior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win in goal after making eight saves on the day.

Wingate’s goalkeeper, Will Sheridan (Woodstock, Ga.), took the loss despite making 20 saves on the afternoon. Sheridan helped keep the contest close as the Bears held a 44-28 advantage in shots taken.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Young Harris in Young Harris, Ga., on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (4-2, 1-1) picked up its first South Atlantic Conference win of the year with a 14-12 victory over Wingate (4-2, 0-1) Saturday afternoon at Graham Gill Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) had one of the biggest impacts for the Bears – scoring a team-high four goals – while sophomore midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.) and freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) added three scores each as the Bears won their second straight contest. Sack leads the team with 12 goals on the year.

Wingate’s Brittany Andrews (Bel Air, Md.) was the leading scorer on the day – totaling six goals – and Shannon O'Neal (Severna Park, Md.) scored four times but it wasn’t enough for the Bulldogs.

Wingate tried to rally from a 12-6 deficit early in the second half but Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense, which caused nine turnovers, was able to hold on.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the win after making five stops and playing the entire 60 minutes. Wingate goalkeeper Arion Pierre (Haymarket, Va.) took the loss despite making 10 saves. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 32-21 advantage in shots taken as well in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Lock Haven (Pa.) on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

Appalachian State University men’s tennis nearly completed a comeback while trailing 3-1 but fell short in the valiant loss to Mercer, 4-3, on Saturday morning at the LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center.

The Mountaineers nearly upended the Bears’ 13-match win streak and their first home loss this season. While trailing the hosts, 3-1, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) won his fourth-straight match over Fernando Guardia, 6-4, 6-2, in a matchup between No. 4’s. Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) then tied up the match over Nicolas Guillon, 6-3, 6-3, with his team-leading eighth win of the season.

However, the Bears would capture the last match when Jack Maddocks was in a back-and-forth battle with Sam Philp, but fell 7-6, 6-3.

The Bears (15-2) captured four of six singles matches after App won the doubles point. Maddocks and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) won their fourth-straight match together as the No. 1 tandem over Guillona and Guardia, 6-1. Mercer tied up the doubles match at 1-1 when Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) fell 6-3 to Ruben Vanoppen/E. Tsiranidis, 6-3. But Webster and Bargeron came through in the clutch with a 6-3 triumph over Philp and Stuart.

Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) fell to Tsiranidis 6-1, 6-0 as the No. 6 in the lineup, leading to Mercer tying the match. Pavkovich then fell to Vanoppen in the ensuing finish before Morris suffered a 6-3, 6-2, decision to his counterpart, giving the Bears a 3-1 edge.

Webster improves to 8-3 in singles play this season while Bargeron is 7-4.

App will look to bounce back with a quick turnaround tomorrow against Bethune-Cookman at 9 a.m. in Daytona Beach, Fla.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 10
North Iredell: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Watauga: 2

Hibriten: 6
St. Stephens: 0

Hickory: 5
Freedom: 1

South Caldwell: 4
Patton: 3

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 3
Draughn: 0

Shelby: 7
East Burke: 2

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 5
Maiden: 3

West Caldwell: 8
Bandys: 1

West Lincoln: 2
Bunker Hill: 1

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 10
North Iredell: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 15
Watauga: 1

Freedom: 21
Hickory: 4

Hibriten: 11
St. Stephens: 6

South Caldwell: 15
Patton: 1

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 12
Shelby: 2

Kings Mountain: 11
Draughn: 7

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 10
Newton-Conover: 7

West Caldwell: 10
Bandys: 0

West Lincoln: 6
Bunker Hill: 3

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 0
Shelby: 0

Kings Mountain: 9
Draughn: 0

Non-conference:
Asheville: 2
Hickory: 1

Maiden: 1
Alexander Central: 0

North Lincoln: 3
Bandys: 0

Patton: 2
Erwin: 1

South Caldwell: 4
Bunker Hill: 0

St. Stephens: 3
Lincolnton: 2

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