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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (7-7, 7-0) claimed a share of its first-ever South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship with a 14-9 win over Catawba (9-6, 5-1) in a league showdown Wednesday afternoon at Kirkland Field and Shuford Stadium.

The Bears were led by sophomore attacker Cathleen Gaffney (Allentown, Pa.) and junior midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.) with four goals each as Lenoir-Rhyne won its third straight match.

Elmore scored with 31 seconds left before halftime to break a five-all tie and proved to be the match-winner. Lenoir-Rhyne also held advantages in both shots taken (40-25) and ground balls (30-23) in the win.

Catawba was led by Erin Green (Stratford, N.J.) and Nicole Hunt (Pleasant Garden, N.J.) with a pair of goals and one assist each as the Indians suffered their first loss in league play this year.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the win after making 12 saves while Madison Anselmo (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) made 16 stops for the Indians despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) scored three times and now has a team-leading 47 goals and 56 points on the year. Elmore has 38 goals on the year as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne is now 4-0 all-time against Catawba on the road.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts No. 4 Florida Southern Sunday at Noon at Moretz Stadium

A pair of late-game comebacks by both the Catawba Valley Community College and USC Salkehatchie baseball teams led to a doubleheader split between the two squads on Wednesday at Henkel-Alley Field.

Game one: USC Salkehatchie 10, No. 12 Catawba Valley 9

Down 9-3 heading into the seventh inning, the Indians capitalized on six hits and one CVCC error to score seven runs in the final frame and stun the Red Hawks by one run in the first game of the doubleheader.

Catawba Valley gained a quick 4-0 lead in game one during the bottom of the first inning when first baseman Kyran Russ hit a three-run home run — his team-leading ninth home run of the season — and teammate Graham Mitchell also drove in a run on an RBI single.

The Indians responded with two runs in the top of the second inning, including an RBI single by Rod Dobbs and an RBI groundout by Ashton Hawkins, to cut their deficit to 4-2.

The Red Hawks grew their advantage to 8-2 by scoring four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, including a two-run home run by left fielder David Graves — his eighth home run of the spring.

A solo home run by Andrew Livingston in the top of the sixth inning cut USC Salkehatchie’s deficit to 9-3, setting up the comeback charge.

The Indians’ Hunter Coleman, Asher Smith and Cody Adams helped lead the late-game rally in the seventh inning.

Adams hit an RBI single before both Smith and Coleman connected on three-run home runs. Coleman’s blast with no outs in the inning put the Indians ahead for good in the contest.

The Red Hawks were able to get the tying run — Cory Watt — to third base with just one out, but a strikeout and fly out to left field ended the game.

 

Game two: No. 12 Catawba Valley 8, USC Salkehatchie 4

Scoring eight runs on six hits and taking advantage of two Indian errors in the sixth inning, the Red Hawks rallied for a four-run victory in nightcap of the doubleheader on Wednesday.

Feeling the effects of the game one collapse, CVCC’s offense struggled through five innings, mustering no runs and just three hits. The Red Hawk defense also struggled, committing six errors.

The Indians powered ahead with a pair of RBI singles from Morgan Melendez in the third and fifth innings, which scored three runs total.

Andrew Livingston also drove in a run on a bases loaded walk in the top of the sixth inning to make it a 4-0 lead for USC Salkehatchie.

Left fielder David Graves helped start the comeback for Catawba Valley in the bottom of the sixth inning with an RBI double, scoring teammate Jimmy Marcelli.

A pair of Indian errors on the next two at bats helped plate three more Red Hawk runs in the inning before catcher Willie Gordon’s two-run home run completed the comeback to give CVCC a 6-4 lead.

Adding some late insurance in the bottom of the sixth inning, Marcelli drove in a run on a double and Mitchell also plated a run on a single to left field to make it an 8-4 lead for Catawba Valley.

Freshman pitcher Nic Messina helped closed out the Red Hawk win on the mound in the seventh inning by retiring two of the five batters he faced via strikeout.

The CVCC baseball team returns to action this weekend for three pivotal conference games against visiting Brunswick Community College.

The Red Hawks and Dolphins play a doubleheader consisting on one nine-inning game and one seven-inning contest on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. before playing a single nine-inning game on Sunday at noon.

Appalachian State softball took one of two from the N.C. Central Eagles in a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday, April 11. Seven stolen bases and two home runs from the Mountaineers allowed them to push ahead of the Eagles in game two.

Game One (L, 1-0)
The Apps fell to the Eagles in the first game, only losing by one run from a solo homer. Laura Sales and Jesse Wilson grabbed the Mountaineers' two hits. Kenize Longanecker and Katie Williford split time in the circle, allowing only three hits and one RBI from the Eagles.

Game Two (W, 12-6)
The Mountaineers had the leadoff batter reach base in five of seven innings. Five Mountaineers had a multi-hit game in the second round of facing the Eagles. Dodd went 1-2 with a single to the shortstop, but she reached four of five times after walking and being hit by a pitch on two occasions. Walker and Wilson each went 3-4 in game two, and Wilson earned two RBI from her first career home run. App State had seven stolen bases in game two, a season best.

The Mountaineers started off game two on top with a one-run first inning thanks to a single up the middle from Heather Josey after Laura Sales reached on the walk and stole both second and third base.

In the second inning, Wilson singled to centerfield and advanced to second base on Ally Walters' bunt for a hit to the pitcher. Sales reached on a throwing error by NCCU's third baseman to load the bases. With two outs, Alisha Josey walked and Jenny Dodd was hit by a pitch for an RBI.

Callie Kuykendall had four strikeouts during her time in the circle. To end the second inning, she struck out an Eagle to leave two runners stranded on base to diminish the threat with no harm. The Apps continued their 3-0 lead through the second inning.

Megan Walker led off the third inning with a slap through the left side for a single. The Mountaineers' leadoff batter touched base for the first four innings straight of game two. The Apps' put up three more runs in the third inning. Wilson moved Walker into scoring position at second base on a sacrifice bunt. Walker stole third before Haley Stewart drew a walk and Maddy Bloom entered to pinch run. Ally Walters' single through the right side scored another run for the Apps. The Eagles' right fielder dropped a fly ball hit by Keri White to allow two more runs to come across home plate. After two and a half innings, the Mountaineers led 6-0.

The Mountaineers scored again in the fourth inning. Dodd led off with a walk, and Walker singled to shortstop to put two on base. Wilson dropped a single in shallow left center to load the bases. Haley Stewart's walk bought in the run for an RBI to improve the Mountaineers to a 7-1 lead.

H. Josey blasted her second homer of the season and eighteenth of her career for two more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Wilson sent one over the fence herself for her first career home run as a Mountaineer, bringing the score to 11-6. Sales scored on a wild pitch for the Mountaineers' final run.

Williford entered in the fifth inning to the circle. She kept the Eagles from scoring and escaped a bases-loaded situation to end the inning. The Eagles scored six runs on Kuyukendall in the third and fourth innings on a home run, a grand slam and a sacrifice fly.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (25-16) scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull out an exciting, 9-8 victory over Erskine (23-17) Tuesday evening in a non-conference regional affair at Bears Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore shortstop Corbin Watson (Eden, N.C.) drove in the game-winning run – junior pinch runner Grant Fuller (Simpsonville, S.C.) – in the bottom of the ninth inning with one out with an RBI single up the middle.

Watson, senior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) and senior third baseman Tripp Hamrick (Ellenboro, N.C.) all drove in a pair of runs for the Bears. Lenoir-Rhyne senior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) improved to 3-1 after retiring the final five Erskine batters to take the win.

Drew Yniesta (North Charleston, S.C.) hit a bases-clearing triple and drove in four runs for the Fleet, who fought back from a 6-1 deficit to tie the contest at eight despite the loss. Erskine’s Grayson King (Bethune, S.C.) fell to 3-3 after taking the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne improved to 14-7 at home this year.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Friday against Carson-Newman on the road in Jefferson City, Tenn., beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (38-5, 15-1), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, took care of business in a big way and clinched at least a share of the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship with a doubleheader sweep of No. 22 Queens (31-11, 7-7), 11-6 and 20-3, Tuesday afternoon at Park Road Park.

In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne hit five home runs in the contest including a pair of round-trippers from senior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.). Poe hit a grand slam in the second inning and finished with six runs batted in to lead the Bears.

Freshman first baseman Kylee Leonhardt (Lincolnton, N.C.), sophomore designated player Mackensi Swain (Pinetown, N.C.) and junior outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) also hit home runs for the Bears, who won despite allowing a six-run third frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) came on in relief to earn the win. Kenley (19-2) allowed just one unearned run on three hits with five strikeouts in five innings.

For Queens, Kelly Winter (Jacksonville, Fla.) drove in two runs while Ali Celiberti (Powhatan, Va.) fell to 5-2 with the loss.

In game two, Lenoir-Rhyne’s bats were unstoppable as the squad totaled a season-high in runs scored in addition to 17 hits.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior catcher Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.), who went a perfect four-for-four with a grand slam and six runs batted in. Kenley (20-2) earned the victory.

Queens’ Abby Lathan (Monroe, N.C.) hit a solo home run while Courtney Pearson (Candler, N.C.) fell to 13-7 after taking the loss.

The Bears increased their winning streak to 12 games and are 36-2 in their last 38 games.

Lenoir-Rhyne scored its most runs in a contest since a 21-0 victory over Bluefield State on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

LR clinched a share of its 12th South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship in school history: the Bears also won in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

The Bears will continue their road swing Saturday as they travel to Carson Newman for a league doubleheader on Saturday in Jefferson City, Tenn., beginning at 2:00 p.m. Queens will host league-foe Anderson in a doubleheader on Saturday at Noon.

Appalachian State held a lead at North Carolina until the 12th-ranked Tar Heels used a three-run fifth to pull ahead in a 4-1 win Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium.

Joel McDaniel's RBI double in the fourth inning brought home Kendall McGowan, who had advanced to second on a two-out single by Conner Leonard. Beau Myers contributed a 4-for-4 night at the plate as the Mountaineers (8-22) posted seven hits.

App State pitchers Brandon Boone, Luke Watts, Tristan Helms and Andrew Papp limited UNC (22-11) to six hits.

"I tell ya, you have to give Brandon Boone a lot of credit this year," App State head coach Kermit Smith said. "He's pitched very well and given us a chance to win every start. That's all you can ask for.

"Luke continues to have a great senior season, and I thought Papp was as good as he's been since he's been here. We've got a big game tomorrow, so we need to get home and get a good night's sleep and get ready to go."

The Mountaineers, who arrived in Chapel Hill with a 4-1 midweek road record thanks to Boone's strong pitching, return to action Wednesday at 6 p.m. against North Carolina A&T in Greensboro's War Memorial Stadium.

Boone (2-3) had another encouraging start Tuesday, taking a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning. The Tar Heels had two runners on with one out in the first, but Boone recorded a strikeout on a 3-2 pitch and catcher Bradley Davis immediately threw to third to erase a steal attempt.

Boone stranded two runners in the second and retired the side in order in the fourth.

Ashton McGee led off UNC's half of the fifth with a triple and scored on an RBI groundout to third base before back-to-back walks set up a tiebreaking double from Kyle Datres.

Watts replaced Boone and had no choice but to throw to first on a slow-rolling grounder that produced a third run.

App State's best chance to rally occurred in the seventh inning, which began with a Myers single and continued with two-out walks to McGowan and Drew Beck, who fouled off a pair of 3-2 pitches. UNC reliever Josh Hiatt entered the game and ended the threat with a strikeout.

The Tar Heels added an unearned run in the bottom half of the seventh, and the bases were still loaded when Papp induced a one-out grounder to Beck at third base. Beck stepped on the bag, and Leonard made a nice pick on the throw to first to complete the double play.

Papp retired the side in order in the eighth inning, striking out one batter. Watts' appearance included back-to-back strikeouts on 3-2 pitches to strand two runners in the sixth.

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 3
Draughn: 2

Fred T. Foard: 3
West Iredell: 2

Patton: 12
Hibriten: 11

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
McDowell: 6
Freedom: 5

South Caldwell: 3
Alexander Central: 0

St. Stephens: 7
Hickory: 6

Watauga: 6
West Caldwell: 4

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 13
Newton-Conover: 2

Maiden: 6
West Lincoln: 4

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 8
East Burke: 0

Fred T. Foard: 12
West Iredell: 1

Hibriten: 17
Patton: 2

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 12
Hickory: 0

South Caldwell: 11
Alexander Central: 9

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 4
Newton-Conover: 3

Maiden: 10
West Lincoln: 0

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 2
Draughn: 0

Fred T. Foard: 12
West Iredell: 1

Hibriten: 6
Patton: 1

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 4
Alexander Central: 0

Watauga: 9
West Caldwell: 0

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lincolnton: 8
Maiden: 2

North Lincoln: 2
Bandys: 1

The Hickory Crawdads fell once again to the Delmarva Shorebirds by the final of 4-2 on the road Tuesday.

Yohel Pozo was the only Crawdads player to have a multi-hit game. One night after getting only one hit as a team, Pozo led the 'Dads with a two-for-three night at the plate, with two runs scored. The designated hitter also was walked once.

Tyree Thompson took the loss on the mound for Hickory. He pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out four and only allowing one walk. The bullpen trio of Josh Advocate, Demarcus Evans and Alex Speas combined for allow only two more hits, and a run.

Hickory falls to 0-5 to start the season. They wrap up the seris at Delmarva Wednesday morning, before heading to L.P. Frans Stadium Thursday night for their home opener against the West Virginia Power.

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