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Appalachian State University men’s basketball cut a 12-point first half deficit to just seven points at the break, but Troy would overwhelmingly take control in the second half and handed Appalachian an 84-64 defeat in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament on Wednesday.

The Mountaineers (9-21) were paced by Ronshad Shabazz’s (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) team-high 22 points. Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) added 11 points, while freshman Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) notched 10 points and six rebounds.

Leading App State on the glass was Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth/VMI) who grabbed eight boards.

The contest was very slow to get started offensively with the Apps leading the Trojans (19-14) 3-2 at the first media timeout with 14:57 to play in the opening half.

Both teams started to get into a rhythm, while Troy would be quick to jump out to a double-digit lead toward the end of the half - leading App State 33-21 with 3:25 left.

The Black and Gold would engineer a 7-0 run - sparked by a T. Johnson free throw and capped by back-to-back threes from Shabazz to pull to within five and Troy would take a seven-point lead into the break.

The Trojans kept the Mountaineers at a safe distance for the first couple minutes of the second period, but with App State down 44-37, the Mountaineers put together a 7-3 run behind layups from I. Johnson and Shabazz to cut the deficit to just three points at 47-44.

However, Troy would construct a 15-4 run to answer the Mountaineers’ comeback bid and pushed its lead to a game-high 14 points at 62-48 with 10:52 to play. Troy grew its lead and would go on to win the game 84-64.

Wesley Person led the Trojans with a game-high 29 points.

Notes: App State moves to 6-2 all-time against Troy … Ronshad Shabazz tallied his 27th double-digit scoring game of the season and 45th of his career … it was also Shabazz’s seventh 20-point outing of the year and 14th of his career … Shabazz finishes the season 128 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point plateau … Isaac Johnson becomes the first freshman to lead the Mountaineers in rebounding since Mel Hubbard (1975-76) … Johnson’s 10 points marked his seventh double-digit scoring game of the season … Tyrell Johnson scored 11 points for his eighth double-digit scoring game of the season and 10th of his career.

Appalachian State University baseball used strong hitting from its whole lineup to win its home opener against UNC Asheville, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. The win gave Kermit Smith his first home win as head coach.

The Mountaineers (6-6) went up against eight pitchers on the evening as the Bulldogs (5-6) used the midweek matchup as a staff pitching day. Despite multiple different looks on the mound, Appalachian had six batters get a hit and two get multiple hits.

The Black and Gold got on the board first in the fourth inning of their first home game of the season as Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence Darlington)) started things off with a leadoff single through the left side. UNC Asheville then failed to turn the double play as Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) beat out the throw. Facing a 3-1 hitter’s count, Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) got his second home run of the season, jacking one to left center to get his two RBI on the day.

The Bulldogs then countered in the sixth when a solo bomb to center field was followed up by back-to-back shots barreling down the right and left field line fair to bring home the tying run. Asheville then took the lead in the seventh as the Mountaineers couldn’t turn the double play to end the inning, allowing one to cross the plate.

Unfettered by the tight game, App State responded with a double to deep right field by Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) and a Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) single to right. Grubbs was then almost caught stealing second, but reached safely after the Bulldog pitcher at the time overthrew his intended target, allowing pinch runner Robert Langdon (West Palm Beach, Fla./Dreyfoos) to go home. The Mountaineers then capitalized on a wild pitch that allowed Grubbs to score.

Appalachian would allow just one hit over the next two innings to close out the game. Left-handed sophomore Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock) got the start for the midweek matchup, but it was Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Roswell) who received the win, entering the game in the sixth inning with the game tied at two apiece.

Closer Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) received the save – his second of the year. He started the ninth inning with a one-run lead and faced just four batters, walking one, striking out the other and forcing a groundout to second base to end the game.

On the day, Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) and Jackson helped lead the offensive charge, going 2-3 and 2-2, respectively. Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) also tied Jackson with a double on the day. App State made aggressive plays away from the plate on the base-paths, forcing the defense to either make a play or give up bases.

The Mountaineers will now embark on their longest road trip of the season thus far when they head to take on Missouri in a weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 2 p.m. (all eastern times) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

All three games of the series will be broadcast live on the SEC Network + and can be streamed online on WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (14-6) fell to Belmont Abbey (11-11), 4-2, Wednesday night in a regional affair at Bears Field.

Trailing by a 2-1 score in the top of the seventh inning, the Crusaders took the lead for good thanks to a three-run home run from Kayden Krause (Charlotte, N.C.).

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) hit an RBI double but the Bears suffered their third consecutive loss.

Belmont Abbey's Troy Herterick (Dacula, Ga.) improved to 2-0 on the season after allowing just one earned run with five strikeouts while pitching into the seventh inning. Ross Garrett (Fleming Island, Fla.) was credited with the save after registering seven strikeouts.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Connor Dailey (Rutherfordton, N.C.) (1-1) suffered the loss in relief while Shoemaker and sophomore outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) each totaled two hits for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Friday at 6:00 p.m., against Lincoln Memorial at Bears Field.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 08:08

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Defeats Pfeiffer

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (3-2) picked up a 12-7 road victory over Pfeiffer (4-2) Wednesday evening at N.E. Lekfo Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) and junior attacker Brooke Ouderkirk (Syracuse, N.Y.) totaled three goals each to lead the Bears to the victory. Schwitkis added two assists and leads the Bears with 13 points this year.

Pfeiffer was led by Ally Unkenholz (Ellicott City, MD) with three goals in the setback.

The Falcons held a 3-2 advantage with less than 12 minutes remaining in the first half before the Bears reeled off four straight goals to take the lead for good.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 22-14 edge in shots taken while junior All-American Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the win in goal. Pfeiffer's goalkeeper, Emily James (Marietta, Ga.), suffered the loss despite making five saves on the evening.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday when the Bears travel to Wingate, N.C., to take on Wingate beginning at Noon.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team (23-2), ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II, swept a doubleheader from Augusta (5-23), 3-2 and 4-2, Wednesday afternoon to run its winning streak to a school-tying 17 games.

Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Augusta 2
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 12-0 on the year after earning the complete game victory as the Bears were able to hold on and defeat the Jaguars.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) totaled three hits and a run scored while senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) added an RBI double as the Bears staked themselves to a 3-0 advantage in the victory.

Augusta's Courtney Browne (Aurora, Colo.) drove in both runs in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively, while Morgan Hunter (Richmond Hill, Ga.) fell to 2-6 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne 4, Augusta 2
Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and freshman third baseman Jessie Valerius (Punta Gorda, Fla.) both hit home runs as the Bears rallied from a 2-0 deficit to complete the sweep of the Jaguars.

Kenley finished with three hits in the contest while Lenoir-Rhyne took the lead for good with a three-run fifth inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) improved to 7-0 after pitching into the sixth inning and allowing just two unearned runs while Augusta's Kristen Mills (Harlem, Ga.) fell to 1-12 after taking the loss. Freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) was credited with the save for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face USC Aiken in a doubleheader on Friday at 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 09:05

High School Baseball Results From Tuesday, 3/7/17

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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 7
South Iredell: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 4
Freedom: 0

Patton: 5
Hickory: 0

St. Stephens: 2
Watauga: 1

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Burns: 8
East Burke: 4

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 8
Bandys: 5

Maiden: 2
Bunker Hill: 0

West Caldwell: 6
Newton-Conover: 3

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 09:05

High School Softball Results From Tuesday, 3/7/17

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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 11
South Iredell: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 11
Freedom: 10

St. Stephens: 9
Watauga: 8

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 4
Bandys: 2

Maiden: 10
Bunker Hill: 9

Newton-Conover: 8
West Caldwell: 5

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Chase: 2
Draughn: 0

East Burke: 4
Burns: 1

Hickory: 4
South Point: 0

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 08:39

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Wins Fourth Straight

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (4-1, 2-0), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, made it four victories in a row with a 20-6 win over Brevard (2-5, 0-2) Tuesday night in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) finished with six goals and three assists while junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) added three scores as the Bears also ran their league regular season winning streak to 10 contests.

Dickinson now has a conference-leading 20 goals on the year as the Bears held big advantages in both shots taken (59-27) and ground balls (50-18) on the night.

Brevard's Kyle Hunziker (Gainesville, Fla.) scored four of the Tornados' six goals but Brevard couldn't recover from an 8-0 deficit.

Twelve players scored for the Bears while junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win in goal after making eight saves. Brevard's goalkeeper, Christopher Stallings (Bel Air, Md.), suffered the loss despite making 12 saves in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road again to face Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference showdown on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., in Wingate, N.C.

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