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The Appalachian State Mountaineers and the No. 11 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns went six scoreless innings before finally breaking the ice Friday night. In the seventh, the Mountaineers were unable to match Louisiana and fell by a score of 3-1 in game one of the weekend series.

Two of the Sun Belt's top pitchers went head to head with each defense pulling their weight until the end.

Kenzie Longanecker suffered the loss in the circle bringing her record to 14-4 with a 2.08 ERA. Through six innings, Longanecker gave up no runs and allowed only 5 hits and four walks.

Baylee Morton caught two runners stealing second as well as contributing two hits and the lone RBI for the Mountaineers.

The Apps' defense did not allow a runner to reach second base until the fourth inning and did not allow anyone further until the final inning. The Caylie Kifer and Sidney Russell dynamic duo in the middle of the diamond turned two double plays throughout the night and contributed to over half of the Mountaineers' outs on the night.

With back-and-forth defense dictating the night, the offense didn't kick in until the seventh inning. Four singles by Louisiana and a Mountaineer error allowed for two runs to score and break the scoreless theme of the night. A walk would bring home the final score for the Ragin' Cajuns.

Mary Pierce Barnes lead off the rally inning with a single to get on base and moved her way to second on a Louisiana error. Morton would drive her home on a single through the left side but would prove to be the final push for the Mountaineers in game one.

"What a great game for our program," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "I loved how we competed all game long. When you play a top team in the country, you have to be sharp at all times and execute when given the opportunities. Tomorrow is a new day to play the game we love."

First pitch for game two is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Saturday. The option for a doubleheader on Saturday due to the Sunday weather forecast will be discussed before the start of game two.

The Hickory Crawdads dropped Friday's contest against the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-4.

The Intimidators got four runs across in the top of the second inning off 'Dads starter Jean Casanova.

The Crawdads cut the deficient to two runs in the third as Curtis Terry hit a two-run homer to left field. The homerun was Terry's second of the season. He currently leads the South Atlantic League with 11 RBIs.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Crawdads tied things up with back-to-back homeruns by Pedro Gonzalez and Jonathan Ornelas to deep left field.

Kannapolis retook the lead in the ninth inning with a pair of runs. The two runs were the first given up on the season for 'Dads reliever Grant Anderson.

Tomorrow evening at the Frans is Texas Rangers night. Following the game, the 'Dads will shoot off fireworks presented by the Prysmian Group and KICKS 103.3. The night will also feature a poster schedule giveaway courtesy of Try Something Wild, Dan'l Boone Inn, Lake Hickory Vet, and Hickory Printing Solutions.

A sharp outing from Will Sprinkle, coupled with a middle-inning rally by Appalachian State’s offense, gave the Mountaineers a 3-2 win in their series-opening home game against ULM on Friday.

Based on weather forecasts for the weekend, a Saturday doubleheader has been scheduled with a start time of 10 a.m.

The Sun Belt Conference foes had four hits apiece Friday in an afternoon game that lasted 2 hours, 11 minutes.

Sprinkle tied his career high of seven innings pitched, struck out five batters and allowed just four hits: a bunt single that preceded a second-inning home run that snuck inside the foul pole in right, a check-swing bloop single over an infielder’s head and an infield single between the mound and first base.

Trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, App State (14-18, 6-7) cut into its deficit against the Warhawks (15-19, 5-8) when Joel McDaniel hit his fourth home run of the season.

An inning later, an error on Alex Leshock’s two-hopper to third and Tyler Leek’s double down the left-field line off left-handed starter Trey Jeans put two runners in scoring position with one out. Luke Drumheller tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right, as Leek also advanced on the play, and Kendall McGowan drilled a go-ahead double into the left-center gap.

Sprinkle pitched around the leadoff infield single in the seventh inning by following a sacrifice bunt with a foulout to Luke Allison at third and a groundout to Drumheller at second. Kaleb Bowman relieved Sprinkle to close out a second straight strong start from the sophomore and pitched two scoreless innings to record his third save of the season.

In retiring six of the seven batters he faced, Bowman lowered his ERA to 1.50 — the second-best mark in the country for a pitcher with at least 16 appearances.

Offensively, Drumheller hit safely for the 24th time in the last 26 games as he, Leek, McDaniel and McGowan accounted for App State’s four hits.

Sprinkle faced only three batters in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings. After a one-out walk in the third inning, Allison snagged a line drive and threw to Robbie Young at first to double-up the baserunner. In all, six of the 32 batters from ULM reached base against Sprinkle and Bowman.

App State’s Tyler Tuthill (5-3) and ULM’s Ty Barnes (3-1) are the probable starting pitchers Saturday morning.

Saturday, 13 April 2019 17:15

App State Women's Tennis Defeats Texas-Arlington

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Appalachian State University women's tennis (14-5, 7-1 SBC) is just one win away from its first conference championship in school history after a 4-0 sweep over UTA (14-8, 5-3 SBC) on Friday afternoon at Deer Valley Racquet Club.

The Mountaineers have won their last seven matches at home and are 8-1 over the last nine contests. With a win on Sunday, the Mountaineers can claim the top seed in the Sun Belt Tournament and earn a share of the regular season league title if South Alabama beats Georgia State on Sunday.

"Any win in the Sun Belt is great because there's so much parody in the league," head coach Blake Mosley said. "We worked really hard coming off last week and going into our final weekend. We want to finish strong going into the Sun Belt Tournament, so it was a great start."

App State wasted no time in doubles play, as it improved to 12-0 this season when it registers the doubles point. Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) and Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual) improved to 6-0 in league play and 8-1 overall after their 6-4 triumph over Lucia Natal and Alumdena Boza. The duo has won their last seven matches after Friday's victory.

Clinching the doubles point was Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo), who defeated Nanaka Takeuchi and Liz Chileno in a 6-4 decision for their seventh win of the year.

Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord) earned her fourth straight win despite the victory due to withdrawal (retirement) from her counterpart. Earnhardt is 9-8 on the season in singles play. Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) rolled to her ninth victory of the season in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2 against Momoka Horiguchi to push the App lead to 3-0.

Sealing the Black and Gold's first conference shutout of the season was Zacarias, as she snapped a three-match skid after defeating Natal in straight sets. Zacarias won her first set, 6-4, and came back from a 3-0 deficit in the second set to upend her opponent.

The Mountaineers will face the Bobcats on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the last match of the regular season. App State will honor its three seniors in Daniel, Morse, and Swope before the match.

Singles Competition
1. Teodora Sevo (APP) def. Momoka Horiguchi (UTA) 6-1, 6-2
2. Kate Earnhardt (APP) def. Carla Pons (UTA) 1-2, retired
3. María José Zacarias (APP) def. Lucia Natal (UTA) 6-4, 6-4
4. Jeannez Daniel (APP) vs. Nanaka Takeuchi (UTA) 6-2, 0-1, unfinished
5. Liz Chileno (UTA) vs. Rebecca Morse (APP) no result
6. Almudena Boza (UTA) vs. Heidi Swope (APP) no result

Doubles Competition
1. Swope/Zacarias (APP) def. Takeuchi/Chileno (UTA) 6-4
2. Anglesjö/Sevo (APP) vs. Pons/Horiguchi (UTA) 4-3, unfinished
3. DanielMorse (APP) def. Boza/Natal (UTA) 6-4

Appalachian State University men's tennis (5-17, 1-5 SBC) suffered a 4-0 decision to Georgia Southern (15-9, 2-4 SBC) on Friday afternoon in Statesboro at the Wallis Tennis Center.

Appalachian wasn't able to win the doubles point as the hosts recorded the two doubles victories to go up 1-0 heading into singles play.

App State fell in the three doubles affairs that sealed the win for GS. Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) was edged in his first set, 7-5, but later suffered a 6-2 setback to Murphy McCullough. Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) won his first set against Antonio Muniz on Court No. 1. Bargeron's contest went to a third set and was leading 1-0, but the match went unfinished.

The Mountaineers played a tough Georgia Southern team that is now 9-2 at home, while the combined winning percentage of App's road opponents (non-neutral) is .635 (148-85). Appalachian will face Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 12 p.m. in Conway.

Singles competition
1. Antonio Muniz (GS) vs. Milo Bargeron (APP) 7-5, 1-6, 0-1, unfinished
2. Stefano Di Aloy (GS) vs. Zion Heaven (APP) 6-3, 4-5, unfinished
3. Murphym McCullough (GS) def. Ben Webster (APP) 7-5, 6-2
4. Diego Finkelstein (GS) def. Afonso Viana (APP) 6-1, 6-2
5. Pascal Wagemaker (GS) vs. Campbell Stone (APP) 6-2, 4-5, unfinished
6. Santiago Suarez (GS) def. Blake Carter (APP) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Muniz/McCullough (GS) def. Heaven/Webster(APP) 6-2
2. Alcala/Di Aloy (GS) vs. Bargeron/Viana (APP) 4-3, unfinished
3. Garcia/Wagemaker(GS) def. Brea/Stone (APP) 6-0

The South Atlantic Conference announced All-Conference Teams as well as individual award winners on Friday morning and the Bears earned a pair of accolades. The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Golf Team placed two on the Honorable Mention Team in senior Brad Robinson and freshman Matthew Raybould while Raybould was named the SAC's Freshman of the Year.

Raybould, a freshman from Bridlington, Yorkshire, U.K., started in every event for the Bears in his first year and is ranked No. 144 across the nation by Golfstat, with an adjusting scoring average of 73.83. He led the Bears’ effort in three tournaments: Newberry Invitational, Battle at Hilton Head, and the Bearcat Golf Classic. At the Donald Ross Invitational, Raybould shined. He finished seven-under par, tied for fourth, while shooting a season-low round of 66.

Robinson, a native of Newcastle, ENGLAND, has been the Bears leader since walking on campus in Hickory, and rounds out a decorated career with four top-10 finishes and an individual title in the Donald Ross Intercollegiate this past fall. Robinson shot a 69-67-67 at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate.

Robinson and Raybould now prepare to lead the Bears in pursuit of a SAC Championship trophy, April 14 through April 16, in Camden, S.C.

Friday, 12 April 2019 11:32

Lenoir-Rhyne Friday Baseball Game Postponed

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Friday night's baseball series opener between Lenoir-Rhyne and Wingate has been postponed due to weather. The Bears and Bulldogs will play a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 1 p.m.

Prior to first pitch tomorrow, the Bears will honor their senior class.

The Bears have won five straight and are playing their best baseball at the right time. Wingate comes to town with a 9-9 conference record and a two game lead over LR in the league standings.

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 18
Hickory: 0

Freedom: 5
Watauga: 4

McDowell: 8
West Caldwell: 2

South Caldwell: 2
St. Stephens: 1

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
West Iredell: 13
Draughn: 2

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 15
Lincolnton: 5

Lake Norman Charter: 10
Maiden: 8

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 18
Hickory: 0

South Caldwell: 6
St. Stephens: 0

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 4
Hibriten: 3

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 12
Lincolnton: 0

Maiden: 11
Lake Norman Charter: 1

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 9
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Patton: 3
East Burke: 0

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 7
Maiden: 0

Lincolnton: 1
Bandys: 0

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