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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 07:58

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Falls to Tusculum

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (20-19) fell to Tusculum (24-11) by a 9-4 score on Tuesday evening in a non-conference, regional contest at Bears Field.

The Pioneers' Daulton Martin (Lancaster, Pa.) and Bradley Evans (Shelby, N.C.) both hit home runs and drove in three runs as Tusculum avenged an earlier loss to Lenoir-Rhyne at home.

Martin's home run, a two-run round-tripper, opened the scoring for the Pioneers and was part of a three-run second inning and gave Tusculum the lead for good.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Zach Jacobs (Moncks Corner, S.C.) cut the lead to 4-2 with a two-run single in the bottom of the third inning but the Bears couldn't get any closer the rest of the way. Sophomore pinch hitter Matthew Freeman (Belews Creek, N.C.) added an RBI double for the Bears in the losing effort.

Tusculum's Ethan Stewart (Bostic, N.C.) (1-1) picked up his first win of the year after throwing seven innings and striking out 11 batters. McKenly Berry (Elizabethton, Tenn.) earned his fifth save of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) fell to 2-4 after being tagged with the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Augusta University on Wednesday beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 07:56

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Edges Out Catawba

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (11-9, 4-6) pulled out a 5-4 victory over Catawba (12-12, 4-7) Tuesday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Hickory High School.

The Bears were led by sophomore Shane O'Dea (Dublin, IRELAND), who won at fourth singles and first doubles as Lenoir-Rhyne was able to hold on for the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference match in the regular season finale Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Catawba, meanwhile, see its season come to an end.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Catawba 4
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Michael Patch (CAT), 6-2, 6-2
2. Luca Picci (CAT) def. Tomas Hons (LR), 6-0, 6-2
3. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Lucas Miller (CAT), 6-1, 6-1
4. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Ryen Reid (CAT), 6-1, 6-2
5. Cason Hiers (CAT) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 7-3, 3-6, 10-5
6. Adam Rocko (CAT) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 6-4, 7-5

Doubles competition:
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Michael Patch/Luca Picci (CAT), 8-5
2. Ryen Reid/Cason Hiers (CAT) def. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR), 8-6
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Iago Nunez/Brad Smethurst (CAT), 8-4

Records: Catawba (12-12, 4-7 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (11-9, 4-6 SAC)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (9-11, 3-7) snapped a three-match losing streak with a 5-4 win over Catawba (13-11, 2-9) Tuesday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Hickory High School.

The Bears receive good balance with six players earning a win while sophomore Taylor Fredrickson (Valdese, N.C.) led the way with victories at fifth singles and second doubles.

Lenoir-Rhyne closes out the regular season on Thursday at 3:00 p.m., at home in a league contest at Hickory High School. Catawba's season has come to an end with the setback to the Bears.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Catawba 4
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Iulia Ponomareva (LR) def. Erisa Onchi (CAT), 6-3, 6-2
2. Sophie Hirsch (CAT) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-3, 6-4
3. Olivia Wooldridge (CAT) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 5-7, 7-6, 12-10
4. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Marina Geremias (CAT), 6-0, 5-7, 6-4
5. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Maddy Henderson (CAT), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
6. Emily Corcoran (CAT) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-3, 0-6, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Erisa Onchi/Sophie Hirsch (CAT) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 9-7
2. Emily Murchland/Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Maddy Henderson/Marina Geremias (CAT), 8-5
3. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo/Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Olivia Wooldridge/Emily Corcoran (CAT), 8-1

Records: Catawba (13-11, 2-9 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (9-11, 3-7 SAC)

The Hickory Crawdads picked up their second win of the season when they defeated Columbia 5-1 on the road Tuesday night. Hickory used a four run sixth inning to break out from a 1-0 defeict and added an insurance run in the eighth inning.

Isaias Quiroz hit a bases-clearing triple in the sixth. The triple capped a four-run inning and gave the Crawdads a 4-1 lead after Yanio Perez scored on a passed ball earlier in the inning.

The Crawdads tacked on another run in the eighth when Preston Scott scored on a wild pitch.

Jose Almonte led the Crawdads at the plate with a two-for-three night with a run scored.

Tyler Phillips picked up the win for the Crawdads, throwing five innings, allowing four hits and only one run while striking out four and walking only one. Demarcus Evans and Jacob Lemoine pitched the final four innings, giving up only one hit. and striking out four each.

The Crawdads improve to 2-4 on the season. Hickory wraps up the series against Columbia Wednesday. The Crawdads will host the Kannapolis Intimidators at L.P. Frans Stadium Thursday night at 7.

Erin Boone of Lenoir-Rhyne was tabbed the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player of the Week for games played Apr. 3rd-Apr. 9th, the League announced. Boone wins the award for the second straight week and the third time this season.

Boone, a sophomore from Creedmoor, North Carolina, led the Bears to doubleheader sweeps of Catawba and Anderson last week. She totaled two home runs, six RBI, and batted .583. She hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh in the first contest with Anderson to force extra innings where the Bears would prevail 4-3, victoriously. Boone tallied a slugging percentage of 1.167 over the course of the contests, and she currently sits in first place with the best batting average league wide at a mark of .507.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
Lake Norman: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 6
Kings Mountain: 2

Shelby: 10
East Burke: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 13
Lincolnton: 3

East Lincoln: 11
Newton-Conover: 0

Maiden: 4
Bandys: 0

West Lincoln: 8
West Caldwell: 4

North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 3
Alexander Central: 2

Northwestern Conference:
Patton: 21
Hickory: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 14
Kings Mountain: 7

East Burke: 21
Shelby: 3

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 7
Newton-Conover: 0

Maiden: 7
Bandys: 3

West Lincoln: 14
West Caldwell: 2

North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 8
Alexander Central: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 1
Shelby: 1

Kings Mountain: 13
Draughn: 0

Southern District 7:
Lincolnton: 5
Bunker Hill: 0

Newton-Conover: 2
East Lincoln: 0

Maiden: 1
Bandys: 0

Despite a grand slam in the third inning by Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson), Appalachian State University baseball dropped a 12-6 midweek decision to Davidson on Tuesday night at Wilson Field.

The Mountaineers (12-21) managed 10 hits on the game to counter the Wildcats’ (17-13) 15, but a wild 11-run third inning by both teams through the game completely off balance.

Appalachian got on the board first in the top of the third when a Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) single through the right side and walks from Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) and Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) set up a bases loaded situation for Zupcic. Zupcic stepped up to the plate and took a 1-0 ball deep for his first career grand slam.

Without wasting a moment, Davidson responded with their own grand slam with two outs to start a furious inning that resulted in seven total. The Wildcats then extended the lead in the fourth by one.

The Black and Gold were able to capitalize on a throwing error that allowed Curtis to turn a single into a three-baser, allowing a Vernon shot to right center to bring him home.

Davidson tacked on two more in the fifth and seventh innings to close out the game before Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) continued his fine week at the plate, hitting a double down the right-field line that would bring home Zupcic, who singled earlier to left in the ninth.

Zupcic led all hitters for the Mountaineers, going 3-for-5 on the day with four RBI and crossing the plate twice himself. Appalachian had seven batters get a hit on the day, including a pinch-hit single from Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) in his lone at-bat.

On the mound, Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock) got the start and went just 2.2 innings before Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)) and Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) provided two innings of relief.

Reliever Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) also provided 2.1 innings on the mound and had a fine outing, allowing just two hits, no earned runs and striking out three batters in 11 faced.

The Mountaineers will have a slightly shifted weekend schedule this weekend, heading to play rival Georgia Southern in a three-game schedule that will begin Thursday night at 6 p.m. The series will then shift to a 2 p.m. midday start on Friday and a 1 p.m. start on Saturday to close it out.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (39-8, 11-3) ran its winning streak to nine games with a doubleheader sweep of Coker (35-13, 11-5), 6-3 and 6-4, Tuesday afternoon at Saleeby-Stokes Field. With the sweep, Lenoir-Rhyne moved into a first-place tie in the league standings with Carson-Newman.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Coker 3
Senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior third baseman Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) both hit solo home runs and freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) improved to 11-4 after going the distance to lead the Bears to the win.

Kenley finished with two hits and two runs batted in while Miller won her seventh straight game for the Bears.

For Coker, Augusta Jackson (Kingsland, Ga.) fell to 7-2 after taking the loss while Allyson High (Marshville, N.C.) had a two-run double in the setback.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Coker 4
Lenoir-Rhyne senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) hit a two-run home run and finished with three hits and three runs batted in as the Bears completed the sweep of the Cobras.

The Bears took the lead for good with a three-run second inning which broke a 1-1 tie. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) (19-2) earned the win while Miller pitched the final three innings for her second save of the year.

Coker's Casey Simmons (Dover, Fla.) hit a solo home run while Taylor Forehand (New Bern, N.C.) took the loss and fell to 0-2 on the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Lincoln Memorial in a league doubleheader on Friday afternoon in Harrogate, Tenn., beginning at 2:00 p.m.

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