Appalachian State University baseball’s recent graduate Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) will receive one of the Sun Belt Conference’s Postgraduate Scholarships, the conference announced on Monday.
Chosen by the Sun Belt’s 12 Faculty Athletic Representatives, select student-athletes who have demonstrated fine academic achievement will receive a $3,000 scholarship to be used toward continuing his or her education.
“Sean is very deserving of this recognition,” head baseball coach Kermit Smith said. “He has dedicated a lot of time over his college career to being involved with the Sun Belt Conference while representing App State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He is a very committed student and athlete and will be a great ambassador of Appalachian State.”
A four-year member of the Mountaineers pitching staff, Mason made 52 appearances and 12 starts on the mound. With two complete games and 104 innings pitched, the right-hander recorded 93 strikeouts and held opponents to a sub-.300 batting average for his career, including a career-low .263 in his senior year.
From his first season in the Black and Gold, Mason impressed on the mound. He was especially spectacular when the starter limited Clemson to two runs on four hits over eight innings before holding Wake Forest to one run on two hits while striking out a career-high eight over 6.1 innings two starts later. Then, Mason tossed a two-hit shutout gem against Virginia Tech. Over the next three years, the Austin, Texas native worked as a mainstay member of the bullpen, providing much-needed relief in key games.
Off the field and in the classroom, Mason continued to lead, being both a member of Appalachian State athletics’ academic honor roll and the Sun Belt Conference’s academic honor roll. As a senior, he was named the president of Appalachian State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was selected to represent the Sun Belt Conference at the 2017 NCAA Leadership Forum.
Mason graduated from Appalachian State in May with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a 3.46 GPA overall and a 3.91 GPA in his major. He plans to attend the University of Texas for a master’s degree in public affairs and will pursue a law degree.
Hickory Crawdads right-handed pitcher Jonathan Hernandez has been named the South Atlantic League's Pitcher of the Week for May 15th-21st, thanks to his dominant performance against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on May 15th.
Hernandez, 20, was nearly unhittable allowing just one hit and striking out six batters over seven shutout innings. Signed by the Rangers as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2013, Hernandez leads all Crawdads starting pitchers in strikeouts (37), ERA (2.80) and innings pitched (35.1) to go along with a 37/11 K/BB ratio.
Hernandez joins teammate Yanio Perez as winners of SAL Weekly Awards in 2017, with Perez winning Player of the Week in week 3 of the season.
Appalachian State University men’s basketball and head coach Jim Fox announced the addition of transfer guard Joseph Battle (Abbeville, S.C./Abbeville/Tulsa) to the program on Monday.
Battle, a 6-foot, three-inch guard was a heralded player coming out of the state of South Carolina as a 2015-16 Gatorade Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, as well as, Mr. Basketball for the state of South Carolina.
He appeared in 14 games for the Golden Hurricane last season, totaling 13 points and nine rebounds in 52 total minutes played. Battle made his debut off the bench against Wichita State on Nov. 16 and a season-high four points in five minutes off the bench in a win against UCF on Jan. 28.
As a senior at Abbeville High School, Battle averaged 31.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals, earning Class 2A Player of the Year honors and leading the Panthers to the Class 2A state championship. In that title game, Battle scored 32 points.
He averaged 23.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a junior and shot better than 50.0 percent from the field in each of his last two seasons - finishing his career with a scoring average of 23.0 points per game to go along with 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals per contest.
Battle set a school record by scoring more than 1,800 points and became the state’s leading scorer as a senior en route to Class 2A Region 2 Player of the Year.
While in high school, along with playing basketball, Battle was a prolific dual-threat quarterback on the gridiron. Battle led Abbeville to the 2015 Class 2A football state title, accounting for six total touchdowns in the title game en route to South Carolina High School Football Offensive Player of the Year.
HEAD COACH JIM FOX
“We are excited to add someone of Joseph’s caliber to our program. Even though he will sit out next season from competition, Joseph will make an immediate impact to our team with his competitive nature and desire to improve himself and others around him. His contagious attitude will be infectious for our team beginning this summer when he steps on campus."
Grant Massey hit a two-run single in the seventh inning, leading the Kannapolis Intimidators to a 9-8 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Sunday.
The single by Massey scored Brandon Dulin and Zach Remillard and was the game's last scoring play.
The Crawdads took an 8-7 lead when Ti'Quan Forbes scored on a forceout in the fifth.
Danny Dopico (1-2) got the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Kaleb Fontenot (1-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. Ben Wright retired the side in order for his first save of the season.
Based on leadership, sportsmanship, community service, citizenship, academic excellence and the core values at Appalachian State University, men’s tennis student-athlete Scott Webster was named to the Sun Belt Conference Leadership Team on Sunday, the league office announced.
The Australia native represents App State as one of 12 student-athletes from each Sun Belt member that was named to the leadership team, while the rising senior is the lone men’s tennis athlete to be recognized for the prestigious honor.
“Scott has certainly excelled on and off the court,” stated head coach Bob Lake. “He is a leader that has been heavily involved on campus and in the community throughout his time here. To be honored by the Sun Belt for this accolade is a great achievement, and we couldn’t be more proud of Scott.”
Over three years at App State, Webster is 45-12 in singles play and 37-19 in doubles competition while earning Sun Belt postseason recognition all three seasons including Sun Belt Freshman of the Year in 2015 and earning First-Team All-Sun Belt Honors in singles and doubles this past season.
When Webster isn’t leading the Apps to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2011-12, he’s earning a 3.20 GPA while being named to the Dean’s List for his excellent work in the classroom. Webster helped App win the inaugural Mountaineer Cup, exemplifying on-court success, succeeding in the classroom and going above and beyond in the community.
On campus, Webster has taken on a leadership role where he is the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Vice President and is a part of the BB&T Emerging Leaders. Also, Webster has volunteered for numerous community events, including the Autism Speaks 4v4 Soccer Festival and at the local tennis club in Boone. He is an advisor and mentor for junior athletes as well.
“Scott has been a great leader not for only the men’s tennis program, but also for all of our student-athletes, the University, and the Boone community,” mentioned Brittney Whiteside, senior women’s administrator. “He embodies what being a Mountaineer is all about and is a great representative for App State on the Sun Belt Leadership Team. We couldn’t be more proud of Scott in what he has accomplished in his first three years on and off the court.”
Sun Belt Student Leadership Team
Appalachian State University
Arkansas State University
Coastal Carolina University
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
University of Louisiana Lafayette
University of Arkansas Little Rock
Texas State University
University of Louisiana Monroe
University of South Alabama
University of Texas Arlington
Demarcus Evans struck out nine over 5 2/3 innings, leading the Hickory Crawdads over the Kannapolis Intimidators in a 4-0 win on Saturday.
Evans (2-4) allowed four hits to get the win.
In the fifth inning, Hickory went up 1-0 on a single by Carlos Garay that scored Ti'Quan Forbes. The Crawdads scored again in the seventh when Franklin Rollin hit a two-run single and then scored on a single by Yeyson Yrizarri.
Jimmy Lambert (4-2) went seven innings, allowing four runs and nine hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out four and walked one.
The Intimidators were held scoreless for the third time this season, while the Crawdads' staff recorded their second shutout of the year.
Appalachian State University baseball went toe-to-toe with No. 24 Coastal Carolina, blasting two home runs and tossing five scoreless innings. Four runs in the seventh inning, however, would end up being the difference in a tough 6-2 loss on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (19-36, 8-22 Sun Belt) combined for six hits on the day, allowing just three more to the Chanticleers (37-18-1, 22-7-1 Sun Belt) in the season finale.
From the hill, Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander County) got the start and had a fine outing, going 4.2 innings with just four hits and two runs allowed while striking out two. Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) went 1.1 innings in relief and punched out two batters while not allowing a hit or run.
Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) and Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) covered the next inning before Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) closed. DeVrieze’s final inning of work as a Mountaineer was clean, not allowing a hit, run or a walk and striking out one.
From the plate, two Diamond Apps were able to launch home runs to keep things close. Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech) started things off in the third inning by giving Appalachian its first lead of the weekend with a solo rocket passed the left field wall. The homer gives him eight for the season and 16 for his career at App State.
The designated hitter on the day, Dylan Hamel (Lenoir, N.C./Hibriten), then came up to bat in the top of the eighth inning and launched a no-doubt jack over the left field wall as well to give him his first home run of his career.
Miguel Aparicio hit a run-scoring double in the sixth inning to give the Hickory Crawdads a 5-4 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday.
Yeyson Yrizarri scored on the play after he reached base with a double and advanced to third on a groundout.
Jake Lemoine got Zach Remillard to fly out with runners on first and second to end the game for his second save of the season.
Blaine Prescott homered and singled, driving home two runs in the win.
Starter Edgar Arredondo (2-2) got the win while Kevin Escorcia (1-1) took the loss in relief in the South Atlantic League game.
In game two, Hickory's four game winning streak came to an end as Seby Zavala homered twice, driving home three runs and scoring a couple as the Kannapolis Intimidators beat the Hickory Crawdads 9-1.
Jameson Fisher tripled and doubled with two runs for Kannapolis.
With the game tied 1-1, the Intimidators took the lead for good with four runs in the second inning. Zavala hit a solo home run en route to the four-run lead.
Kannapolis right-hander Luis Martinez (1-0) picked up the win after allowing one run on four hits over five innings. Opposing starter Reid Anderson (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing five runs and seven hits over 1 2/3 innings.
Appalachian State University baseball staged a rally to cut the deficit in half on a ninth-inning, two-run homer by Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery), however, it wouldn’t be enough as it fell 4-2 to No. 24 Coastal Carolina on Friday night at Springs Brooks Stadium.
The Mountaineers (19-35, 8-21 Sun Belt) were able to get eight hits on the day to help keep the pressure on in the low-scoring affair while the Chanticleers (36-18-1, 21-7-1 Sun Belt) were able to tally nine on the evening.
Jackson led all hitters for App State, going 2-for-4 overall with the home run in the top of the ninth. Six other Mountaineers were able to record hits on the day to getting into scoring position, but weren’t able to be brought home.
Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) got the nod for Appalachian and was able to go six innings only allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out three. Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) and Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) went an inning apiece to finish the game out, allowing just one hit between them.
The 24th-ranked Chanticleers simply chipped away at a lead scoring one run in the third, two in the fourth and the fourth run in the seventh to create a small distance between them and App. Where the Diamond Apps faced trouble was in 0-for-4 hitting with runners in scoring position.
The North Carolina High school Athletic Association track and field championships were held this weekend. Area athletes that medaled include:
Mya Jones, Newton-Conover, finished second in the 300-meter hurdles.
Leanna Seagraves, Draughn, finished second in the pole vault.
Bernie Briley, Bunker Hill, finished second in teh 100-meter dash
Hibriten 4x100 meter relay team finished third
Jon Barrett Lewis of Hibriten finished third in the shot put.
Lyndon Strickland, Alexander Central, finished third in the discus throw
Appalachian State University men’s track and field standout hurdler Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) earned Most Outstanding Performing Freshman at the Sun Belt Conference championship meet last weekend.
“Very proud of Elliott and his accomplishments as a freshman. Thrilled to see him come in his first year and do so well both for our program and the Sun Belt as a whole,” said head coach John Weaver. “I know that this will be a great motivation for Elliott moving forward as he looks towards his future competitions in a conference as strong as the Sun Belt.
Graves snatched the gold in the 400-meter hurdles crown and shaved .19 seconds off of his previous personal-best time in the event. His time last weekend of 51.29 seconds is good for fourth all-time in program history.
Earlier in the season, Graves set his personal-best in the 400-meter hurdles at the Duke Invitational with a time of 51.48 and placing second.
Appalachian State University's Board of Trustees approved a new five-year contract for Appalachian State football head coach Scott Satterfield at its March 24 meeting. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved the contract at its May 18 meeting. The contract lasts through the 2021 season.
Satterfield led Appalachian State to the Sun Belt title and a second consecutive Camellia Bowl win in December. Appalachian State finished the 2016 season 10-3 overall, a second consecutive 10-win season since transitioning to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level.
“Scott Satterfield continues to take App State football to new heights,” Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said. “In four seasons at App State, he has orchestrated one of the most successful transitions to FBS football and continues to build App State football for long-term sustainable success on a national level. Under Scott's leadership, our football program is 27-5 over the last 32 games, which ranks among the nation's best.
“As strong as Scott's on-field success has been at App, he also continues to raise the bar for our football program's performance in the classroom and its involvement in the community," Gillin continued. “Our last two football recruiting classes have averaged a 3.5 GPA, and we just achieved our highest fall semester GPA under Scott's leadership. Scott is truly building our program the right way.”
In addition to changes to his compensation package, Satterfield has also agreed to take on an active and expanded role in A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive for Excellence, a fundraising initiative designed to generate and provide essential resources for the entire Appalachian State athletic department.
Satterfield is 32-18 at App State and has quickly made the Mountaineers one of the premier programs in the Sun Belt and across the Group of Five conferences. Appalachian State is 20-4 in three seasons of Sun Belt play and holds the distinction of being one of the winningest programs in the nation over the last two and a half seasons. Only Clemson, Alabama, and Ohio State have more wins in their last 32 games. He was named the 20th head coach in Appalachian State history on Dec. 14, 2012. In all, he has spent 21 of the last 26 years at Appalachian State as a student-athlete (1991-95), assistant coach (1998-2008, 2012) and head coach (2013-present).
“Appalachian is home and it continues to be a dream realized to be the head coach at my alma mater, a place at which I have spent most of my life,” Satterfield said. “I would like to thank Chancellor Sheri Everts, the Board of Trustees, and Doug Gillin for their continued commitment to myself, my family, our coaching staff and Appalachian State football. I look forward to continuing to lead this program and be an ambassador for Appalachian State University. It's great to be a Mountaineer!”
Yanio Perez hit a two-run home run and had two hits as the Hickory Crawdads topped the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-4 on Thursday.
Matt Ball got Antonio Rodriguez to ground out with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season.
Hickory went up 4-0 in the third after Perez hit a two-run home run.
After Kannapolis scored a run in the third on a single by Mitch Roman, the Intimidators cut into the deficit in the fifth inning when Roman hit an RBI single, driving in Joel Booker.
The Crawdads later tacked on a run in both the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, Ricardo Valencia hit a solo home run, while Miguel Aparicio hit an RBI single in the ninth.
Sal Mendez (3-0) got the win in relief while Kannapolis starter Bernardo Flores (5-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.