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On a night UL Lafayette honored Ron Guidry, former Ragin’ Cajun pitcher and New York Yankee legend, Appalachian State University baseball was held scoreless in a 7-0 series-opening loss to the No. 19 ranked team in the nation in front of a packed crowd at M.L. Tigue Moore Field on Friday night.

The Mountaineers’ (14-32, 8-17 Sun Belt) offense struggled to string hits together, going 6-for-33 on the night while also striking out 14 times.

App State started the game off with a ground-rule double from Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson). Stroup would advance to third on a ground out followed by Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) drawing a walk to put runners on the corners. The Cajuns (30-16, 15-7 Sun Belt) escaped the inning with no damage done with a diving play by the second baseman who flipped the ball to first to get the final out.

The Mountaineers’ bats went quiet after the first inning scoring chance. After Stroup’s double, App State would not have another runner in scoring position until the top of the eighth inning.

The Ragin’ Cajuns got on the scoreboard with five runs in the bottom of the third inning. A solo home run to right field by Nick Thurman got ULL started. After an RBI single made it a two-run lead for the Cajuns, Alex Pinero cleared the bases with double down the left field line stretching the lead to five.

UL Lafayette tacked on two more runs, one in fifth inning and another in the 8th inning, both aided by base runners stealing second base.

Appalachian had an opportunity to get runs back in the top of the eighth inning when Stroup reached on a two-base throwing error by the ULL shortstop. Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) hit then hit a single to left field followed by Atwood singling on a ball hit right back at to the pitcher to load the bases. Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) looked at strike three to let ULL off the hook.

Appalachian starter Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock) (1-7) suffered the loss after giving up four earned runs on six hits with 3.1 innings pitched. Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) entered the game to relieve Hampton and slowed the Cajun offense down. DeVrieze threw 4.1 innings struck out four batters and gave up only one earned run.

Gunner Leger (6-3) picked up the the win, throwing 5.0 innings and giving up only four hits. Evan Guillory relieved Leger and struck out seven over three innings.

The loss ended the three-game winning streak the Mountaineers were riding entering Friday’s game. The cold offensive night also snapped six-game streak with double digit hits for the Apps going back to the game three at Georgia State on Apr. 24.

The Hickory Crawdads made the most of their meager offensive output Friday night, as the 'Dads scored all 3 of their runs with all 3 of their hits in the 1st inning and road the lead the rest of the way to a 3-1 win against the Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium.

The Crawdads jumped on Braves starter Patrick Weigel in the top of the 1st inning, scoring three runs on three hits and a Rome error to take a 3-0 lead. That would be all the Hickory pitching staff would need, as Erik Swanson, Blake Bass, and Joe Palumbo combined to hold the Braves to one run on five hits to come away with the 3-1 win.

The 'Dads 1st inning rally began with a leadoff single to right from Eric Jenkins followed by a bunt base knock by Chris Garia. Following a sacrifice bunt from Andy Ibanez, Dylan Moore delivered a 2-RBI single to left that got the Crawdads on the board. Moore kept the inning going when he stole second base, moved to third on a ground out, and eventually scored on an error by Rome third baseman Austin Riley to make the score 3-0.

The Hickory hitters went quiet from there, with the 'Dads mustering only four base runners over the final 8 frames on two walks, a hit batter, and an error.

Fortunately the Braves betters were even less successful on the night. Swanson got the pitching ball rolling with five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out 7. Bass followed with a scoreless 6th inning before running into trouble in the 7th when Rome got on the board with a double by Riley and an RBI, infield single from Luke Dykstra. Bass and the 'Dads were bailed out of the inning by Palumbo however, as the lefty reliever struck out Matt Tellor looking to strand the tying runs on base.

Palumbo cruised the rest of the way from there, with five total strikeouts over 2.1 innings to close out the 3-1 Hickory victory.

Swanson (3-0) earned the win with his shutdown start, while Palumbo earned his team-leading 4th save of the year. Weigel (1-3) took the loss for his tough start to the game, as he finished the night with 3 runs allowed on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts over 7 innings pitched.

Moore led the Hickory hitters going 1-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored, while both Jenkins and Garia finished 1-4 with a run scored.

The Crawdads (19-9) leave Rome (10-18) a season-best 10 games over .500 after taking two of three games from the Braves. The 'Dads will now head to Charleston, SC to start a 4-game set with the RiverDogs.

The No. 18 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (48-13) ended the year with a split on Friday at the 2016 NCAA Division II Southeast Regionals at Armstrong State University. The Bears defeated USC Aiken (29-22), 1-0, before falling to Pfeiffer (39-16) by an 8-3 score.

Lenoir-Rhyne 1, USC Aiken 0
Third-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne remained alive with a shutout victory over the Pacers. Senior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) threw a three-hitter to lead the Bears to the win.

Hoskins also struck out 10 batters for her sixth shutout of the year while sophomore second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) drove in the Bears’ lone run of the contest with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, scoring junior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.).

USC Aiken’s Taylor Morgan (Chapin, S.C.) fell to 17-15 on the year despite allowing just two hits with five strikeouts. The Pacers were the seventh seed in the tournament.

Pfeiffer 8, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
The sixth-seeded Falcons advanced to the regional championship game by defeating the Bears in an elimination game for the second time in as many days.

Trailing by a 1-0 score, Pfeiffer plated four runs in the third inning to take the lead for good. Anna Lauren Brafford (Goldston, N.C.) highlighted the frame with the game-winning, two-run single and finished with three hits and three runs batted in.

Lenoir-Rhyne closed the margin to one run – 4-3 – after five innings of play but Pfeiffer took control for good with two runs in both the sixth and seventh frames. The Falcons’ Vada Blue Sherrill (Hiddenite, N.C.) had a two-run double in the seventh and finished with four hits to lead Pfeiffer’s 13-hit attack.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) had a pair of hits and drove in a run while Hoskins (19-7) suffered the loss. Sam Jarmusch (Colfax, N.C.) improved to 11-2 after earning the win.

Sporting News has begun its annual preseason college football positional rankings, beginning with quarterbacks, and has tabbed Appalachian State junior Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) as its No. 19 signal-caller nationally.

At No. 19, Lamb is the only Sun Belt representative among Sporting News’ top 25 quarterbacks and ranks third among all Group of Five conference signal-callers, behind only Houston’s Greg Ward, Jr. (No. 5) and Southern Miss’ Nick Mullens (No. 17).

Entering his junior campaign, Lamb already has 23 starts under his belt and has led the Mountaineers to a 17-6 record as the starter. As a sophomore last season, he threw for 2,387 yards and a school-record 31 touchdowns. His 31 TDs were tied for ninth nationally while his 160.7 pass-efficiency rating ranked 10th in NCAA Division I FBS.

Appalachian State University volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro announced the hiring of Taylor Sherwin as an assistant coach on Friday.

“I’m very happy to add Taylor to our staff,” said Ginipro. “Her playing and coaching experience will be an excellent addition to our team. She was a setter in the toughest league in the country and led Ohio State to a Sweet 16 appearance her senior year, so she knows what it takes to succeed at a high level as a player. This past year, she was on the bench of a program that made it to the National Semifinals and got to learn from a head coach who has won two Olympic medals.”

Ginipro continued, “I know our players are going to love being coached by someone with Taylor’s background and can’t wait to get her in the gym with the team this August for preseason.”

“I am extremely excited to join the App State volleyball family and I want to thank Matt, Chad and the team for this great opportunity,” said Sherwin. “This group is a hard working program that has a clear vision of where they want to be and I can’t wait to join them in this journey.”

Before coming to the High Country, Sherwin spent the past season as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Minnesota. With Sherwin on staff, the Golden Gophers finished the 2015 campaign with a 30-5 overall record, including a nearly-perfect 18-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play. Minnesota made it all the way to the National Semifinal where they dropped a four-set match to the eventual National Runner-Up Texas Longhorns.

In her time at Minnesota, Sherwin had the ability to learn under the Golden Gophers’ head coach Hugh McCutcheon, a former head coach of the United States men’s national volleyball team and the United States women’s volleyball team. In the 2008 Olympics, McCutcheon led the men’s national team to a gold medal, defeating Brazil. At the 2012 Olympics, McCutcheon led the women’s team to a silver medal, losing in four sets to Brazil.

Prior to her arrival in Minneapolis, Sherwin completed a four-year playing career at Ohio State University. In her final year with the Buckeyes, Sherwin was a 2014 AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) All-America honorable mention after a Sweet 16 NCAA run. As an All-Big Ten honorable mention, Sherwin averaged 10.96 assists per set in conference play, which ranked fourth in the Big Ten.

During her senior campaign, she racked up 1,375 assists (12th-most all-time at OSU). The setter was selected as the Big Ten Setter of the Week twice in 2014 and four times in her career. Her 3,624 career assists rank fifth all-time at Ohio State. During her time in Columbus, Sherwin was a three-time captain and most valuable player.

Sherwin began her coaching career immediately after with Mintonette Sports in 2015. She led and coached the 18-1s club team, where she coordinated the team’s training, team travel and implemented practice plans.

Sherwin graduated from Ohio State in 2015 with a degree in speech and hearing communications.

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 7
Hickory: 6

South Caldwell: 17
Fred T. Foard: 1

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 2
West Lincoln: 1

Maiden: 11
East Lincoln: 1

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 11
Mooresville: 0

Northwestern Conference:
South Caldwell: 19
Hibriten: 13

St. Stephens: 11
Fred T. Foard: 6

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 12
Maiden: 2

North Piedmont Conference:
West Iredell: 4
Alexander Central: 1

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
West Lincoln: 1

Newton-Conover: 4
Maiden: 2

West Caldwell: 6
Bandys: 0

Appalachian State University’s Jesse Chapman (Cookeville, Tenn./Cookeville) and Malachi Jones (Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett) are two of 868 student-athletes from all levels of college football that have been named members of the National Football Foundation’s 2016 Hampshire Society.

To be considered for Hampshire Society membership, a student-athlete must have completed his athletic eligibility, been a starter or a primary contributor as a senior and maintained a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better over the course of his collegiate career.

Chapman earned first-team all-Sun Belt Conference honors as Appalachian State’s starting center in 2015. A former walk-on, he was the heart and soul of an offensive line that ranked fourth in NCAA Division I FBS for fewest sacks allowed (11 in 13 games) and paved the way for a rushing game that ranked sixth nationally (271.5 ypg) last season. He was responsible for allowing only one sack while recording 39 knockdowns in 12 regular-season games as a senior. In the classroom, he owned a 3.28 cumulative grade point average and graduated last December with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science (pre-professional).

Jones caught 124 passes for 1,711 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons at Appalachian State, including 25 receptions for 463 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2015. He appeared in all 49 games during his Mountaineer career and made 35 starts at wide receiver, including 13 starts as a senior. His 18.5 yards-per-catch average last season was the highest of his career and would’ve ranked 28th nationally had he not fallen one catch shy of qualifying for the national statistical rankings. Earlier this week, he signed a contract as an undrafted free agent with the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons. In the classroom, Jones owns a 3.34 grade point average as a graphic arts and imaging technology major.

Chapman and Jones are two of 12 Sun Belt representatives in the 2016 Hampshire Society. Appalachian State’s two honorees matched a conference high.

Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) represented Appalachian State University men’s golf in Sun Belt All-Conference selections by being named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team, the league announced Thursday afternoon.

“He is a great example of what can be done if you have a strong work ethic and set high standards,” head coach Bill Dicus said. “I truly believe his best golf is yet to come.”

The junior linksman is the first Appalachian State men’s golfer to be selected to an All-Sun Belt team after posting six top-10 finishes this season and leading the Mountaineers in scoring average with a program-record 72.17. In the Sun Belt player rankings, Moriarty finished ninth overall–a 39-spot jump from his finish last season.

Surf Beach and Golf Club saw Moriarty break a program record at the 2016 Bash at the Beach, where he shot a career-low 65 to lead the field in round one. After shooting a 76 in round two, Moriarty fell to a ninth-place tie and the Mountaineers finished the tournament seventh overall.

The Bash at the Beach finish was part of the Mountaineers’ eight top 10 tournament finishes over the course of the 2015-16 season, where Moriarty shot an average score of exactly 1-over versus par. The team finished ninth overall in the Sun Belt rankings.

Appalachian ended the year finishing 10th at the Sun Belt Conference tournament, where Moriarty led the Mountaineers in all three rounds. In round one, he shot 1-over 72 and tied for 14th place. On day two, he broke the par barrier and shot 1-under 70 in round two. Finishing up on day three, Moriarty brought his total to 216 by shooting a 74, placing tied for 15th overall for the tournament.