Ronshad Shabazz became the program's all-time leader in field goals made as Appalachian State men's basketball defeated Troy 72-64 on Thursday evening inside the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (11-19, 6-11 SBC) clinch a spot in the Sun Belt Tournament by virtue of the victory and loss by Little Rock.
Shabazz converted on the 701st field goal of his career at the 12:42 mark of the first half. He passed Don King who made 700 field goals in his career from 1958-61. Shabazz went on to finish with 13 points on five made field goals, bringing his career total to 704.
Tyrell Johnson finished with a team-high 16 points on 6-of-10 (60.0 percent) shooting, four rebounds and two blocks off the bench.
Justin Forrest added 15 points, four rebounds and three steals, while Isaac Johnson had 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
App State held an early 14-13 lead and got three-pointers from Forrest on three consecutive possessions to build a 23-17 lead midway through the first half. Troy (11-18, 4-13 SBC) countered with the next seven points to take a 24-23 with 5:43 left in the opening half. App State answered back with a 14-2 run to take open a 37-26 lead and took a 41-31 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Black and Gold used an early 8-0 run to build a 51-37 advantage. The Trojans cut the Mountaineer lead to 10 points at 53-43, but App State responded with nine consecutive points to build a 62-43 lead, putting the game away.
The Mountaineers finished 27-of-59 (45.8 percent) from the field, while the Trojans were 28-of-63 (44.4 percent). App State won the rebounding battle 37-33, including a 10-8 advantage on the offensive glass. The Black and Gold also held a 14-4 advantage in second chance points.
Javan Johnson had a game-high 17 points to lead Troy. B.J. Miller had 14 points and five steals and Darian Adams chipped in with 12 points.
Appalachian State will close out the 2018-19 season on Saturday against 2 p.m. against South Alabama.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (15-13, 9-8 SBC) fell to Troy (21-7, 12-5 SBC) on Thursday evening, 95-66, inside the Holmes Center.
Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) led the Mountaineers in scoring with team-high 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field. It's the highest outing for Stanley since her season-high 23 points against the Trojans at the Holmes Center. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) scored 11 points for her sixth straight game in double figures, while Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N,C./RJ Reynolds) rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) posted her 10th game of the season with at least 15 boards, snagging a game-high 15 rebounds and scoring five points in the process. Plummer is now fifth all-time in career rebounds with 864 boards, surpassing Maryah Sydnor (2011-14). Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) led the Black and Gold with seven assists.
Troy took an early lead but a Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) layup early in the first period cut the gap to just one, 7-6, with 6:57 left in the frame. App was unable to capitalize on looks inside the paint and the free throw line, which led to the Trojans outscoring the Apps, 17-8, the rest of the way and taking a 24-14 lead at the end of the period.
The Trojans went up by as much as 17, 38-21, in the second stanza, but the Mountaineers dug in and went on a 13-4 run over the final 5:05 of the half to slice the lead to single digits, 42-34. The Mountaineers started 3-of-3 during the surge. After Troy went up 42-29, App ended the half on a 5-0 burst highlighted by a buzzer-beating field goal from Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) off a missed free throw.
The first possession's execution in the third quarter on offense was done to perfection with Plummer scoring down low, which cut the Troy advantage to six, 42-36. Stanley kept the Mountaineers within striking distance on two occasions at six points. A layup later in the frame by the sophomore put the score to six, 52-46. The momentum stopped there with Troy going on a 14-0 run late in the quarter to pull away the rest of the game.
App State shot just 36.6 percent from the field and hit only four 3-pointers. The Mountaineers and Trojans both had 16 offensive rebounds, but Troy held an 18-7 edge in second-chance points.
Appalachian will end the regular season on Saturday against South Alabama at 5:05 ET.
The South Atlantic Conference has announced its Men's Basketball All-Conference teams and two Lenoir-Rhyne players were named to the list. Djibril Diallo was named Second Team All-Conference and Cory Thomas earned Honorable Mention.
Diallo was an Honorable Mention selection a season ago and has led the Bears in scoring in each of his two seasons in Hickory. In his senior campaign, Diallo has scored 15.8 points per game and has started all 29 contests for the Bears. Diallo shoots 45 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from long range and is third on the team in rebounding at 5.3 boards per game. Diallo is also second on the team with 102 assists. The Guinea native hit the game-winning shot in LR's 76-75 win over Limestone in November and scored a season-high 25 points against Wingate on Feb. 13. He recorded a double-double against Livingstone with 17 points and 13 rebounds and also double-doubled against Wingate.
Thomas' Honorable Mention selection comes after a senior season that saw him score 15.5 points per game and pull down 6.0 boards per game. Thomas shoots 49.3 percent from the field and plays just shy of 30 minutes per game. Thomas has scored 24 points or more in a game on five separate occasions including each of his past two games. The Louisville, Ky. native has a pair of double-doubles on his resume this season including 18 points and 10 rebounds against a nationally ranked Queens team in November.
The duo helped LR to wins over No. 6 Queens and a win over Lincoln Memorial for the first time since 2010. Additionally, the Bears defeated Tusculum in the SAC Quarterfinals for a conference tournament win for the first time since 2009.
Appalachian State University women's tennis (5-3) bounced back with a 7-0 sweep over Savannah State on Thursday at Tiger Tennis Courts.
Following a 4-3 loss to UNF on Tuesday, the Mountaineers did another solid job of bouncing back as they are now 3-0 coming off a loss. It's also the first shutout of the season for the Black and Gold.
After surrendering the doubles point in the last two contests, the Apps captured all three doubles contests to take a 1-0 lead into singles.
Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord)/Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual) downed Christ Turner/Sofia Shut'ko, 6-0, for their first win as a tandem this season. Clinching for App was Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) and Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden/Fria Lároverken, Norrköping), who moved to 5-1 following a 6-1 triumph over Ekaterina Vorobeva/Casi Gilbert.
Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington)/María José Zacarias (La Loma Centro Deportivo) finished off doubles with a 6-4 win over Sansriti Ranjan/Muskaan Ranjan.
Sevo continued her solid day after a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Shut'ko to give Appalachian a 2-0 lead. Anglesjö notched her second singles win of the season with a 6-0, 6-3 topping over Turner. Sealing the match was Earnhardt after her 6-1, 6-2 victory against M. Ranjan.
Swope concluded her day with a straight-set victory, continuing her stellar singles season thus far with a 7-1 overall mark. Swope won her match, 6-3, 6-1 over Gilbert.
App didn't stop there, as Daniel came away with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Vorobeva, while Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) notched a win over S. Ranjan in straight sets to complete the sweep.
Appalachian will have two matches tomorrow. The Mountaineers will face North Carolina Central at 11 a.m. in Durham before facing No. 11 North Carolina State at 5 p.m in Raleigh.
App State 7, Savannah State 0
1. Swope/Zacarias (APP) def. S. Ranjan/M. Ranjan (SSU), 6-4
2. Sevo/Anglesjö (APP) def. Vorobeva/Gilbert (SSU), 6-1
3. Earnhardt/Daniel (APP) def. Turner/Shut'ko (SSU), 6-0
1. Teodora Sevo (APP) def. Sofia Shut'ko (SSU), 6-1, 6-2
2. Kate Earnhardt (APP) def. Muskaan Ranjan (SSU), 6-1, 6-2
3. Jeannez Daniel (APP) def. Ekaterina Vorobeva (SSU), 6-1, 6-1
4. Rebecca Morse (APP) def. Sansriti Ranjan (SSU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Heidi Swope (APP) def. Casi Gilbert (SSU), 6-3, 6-1
6. Sandra Anglesjö (APP) def. Christy Turner (SSU), 6-0, 6-3
The South Atlantic Conference announced their regular season awards and all-conference teams, and a trio of Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball players were honored by the league officials. Madi Suddreth was named to the All-Conference Second Team, Kendall Toineeta to the Honorable Mention Team and Madeline Hardy was selected as an All-Freshman Team member.
Suddreth, the former 2017-18 SAC Honorable Mention selection, finished eleventh in the conference in scoring at 13.7 points per game and fifteenth in rebounding, averaging 6.5 per game. The Taylorsville, N.C. native earned the conference's player of the week honors after the Bears' upset over then No. 20 Carson-Newman, 78-75, putting in a season-high 30 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and adding two steals and two blocks. The senior has been consistent all season long scoring the ball, as she sits at fourth in the SAC in field goal percentage (50.2). Suddreth will forever be in the Bears' record book as she finished ninth in school history in scoring with 1,341 points in her career with Lenoir-Rhyne.
Toineeta started in 25 of her 28 games played this season and was viewed around the SAC as the conferences' best ball-distributor. The Cherokee, N.C. native averaged 5.6 assists per game, which ranks tops in the conference. The senior also is known for her quick hands and defensive prowess, as she is second in the conference in steals per game, 2.5 per game. Toineeta also led the team in double-digit scoring efforts with 17, while her season-high came against Coker where she put in 27 points. The primary distributor for the Bears will go down in the LR record books as she has 389 career assists, good for fifth in school history.
Hardy has made an impact on the roster from the moment she stepped on the court, but she had her coming out party at Anderson on December 15, 2018 – a game she put up 21 points and 14 rebounds to bust onto the SAC scene. The Madison, N.C. native managed to post five double-doubles on the season, two of those coming against Carson-Newman. The forward leads the Bears in rebounding and ranks eighth in the conference at 6.9 per game. This is the second-straight season that Lenoir-Rhyne had one of their own named to the all-freshman team (Kennedy Weigt, 2017-18).
The trio of Bears led the team to a regular season record of 16-12, 11-9 in the conference. Lenoir-Rhyne reeled off four wins in a row at the end of the regular season to earn the No. 4 seed, resulting in a quarterfinal round hosting of Newberry. The Bears defeated the Wolves on Wednesday night and advanced to the SAC semifinals for the first time since 2015.
The last time the women's basketball team had three all-conference selections was in the 2013-14 season, where Jazmine Charles and Jenni Gust earned first team honors and Danielle Bongiorno was tabbed as an Honorable Mention selection.
Appalachian State, which has been a Southern Conference champion in each of the last four seasons, had a league-leading three wrestlers named to the All-SoCon team Thursday.
App State senior Randall Diabe (197 pounds), junior Cary Miller (heavyweight) and sophomore Alan Clothier (184 pounds) made the 10-member team, with one wrestler from each weight class represented. Redshirt freshmen Jonathan Millner (149 pounds) and Anthony Brito (141 pounds) made the All-Freshman team.
Diabe, Miller and Clothier will all be No. 1 seeds at the Southern Conference Championship on Sunday at the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone.
Ranked in the top 20 nationally at 197 pounds, Diabe went undefeated in five SoCon duals and completed the regular season with a 24-5 overall record. He is a repeat selection, as he went 7-0 in SoCon duals last year and ended his career with wins in his last 13 conference duals.
Miller, who is ranked No. 28 in his weight class, went 6-0 in SoCon duals with two pins, one technical fall, two major decisions and an average of 4.7 points scored per SoCon dual. He is 21-11 overall this season.
Clothier, who is No. 33 nationally at 184 pounds in the NCAA RPI, had a 5-1 record in SoCon duals to match Campbell's Chris Kober for the best record at that weight. Clothier claimed a 5-4 decision in the Tiebreaker 1 period during their head-to-head matchup and is 18-13 overall this season.
In making the All-Freshman team, Millner is 21-9 overall with a 3-2 dual record for the Mountaineers. He was in the lineup against two top-15 teams and picked up a big victory against Ohio. He also finished first at the recent Mat Town II Open in Pennsylvania.
Brito is 14-9 overall this season with a second-place showing at the Mat Town II Open and fourth-place finish at the Keystone Classic.
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125 – Alonzo Allen, Chattanooga
133 – Noah Gonser, Campbell
141 – Chris Debien, Chattanooga
149 – Josh Heil, Campbell
157 — Rian Burris, The Citadel
165 – Tyler Marinelli, Gardner-Webb
174 — Neal Richards, VMI
184 – Alan Clothier, Appalachian State
197 – Randall Diabe, Appalachian State
HWT — Cary Miller, Appalachian State
Wrestler of the Year: Neal Richards, VMI
Freshman of the Year: Tanner Smith, 149, Chattanooga
Anthony Brito, 141, Appalachian State
Jonathan Millner, 149, Appalachian State
Dazjon Castro, 165, The Citadel
Kyle Kretzer, 174, The Citadel
Selwyn Porter, 149, The Citadel
Drew Nicholson, 165, Chattanooga
Ryan Resnick, 157, Chattanooga
Tanner Smith, 149, Chattanooga
Kyle Gorant, 133, Davidson
Mitchell Trigg, HWT, Davidson
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team used stifling defense and strong performances from its top scoring trio to put away the Newberry Wolves on Wednesday, 69-51, advancing the No.4-seeded Bears to the semifinal round of the South Atlantic Conference tournament.
Lenoir-Rhyne had four players score in double digits, led by Kendall Toineeta in what is her last game in Shuford Gymnasium. The senior led all players with 22 points with five assists, four steals and was a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Madeline Hardy put up a double-double with 10 points and a game-leading 14 boards. Madi Suddreth and Karlie Bearden wrapped up scorers in double figures in scoring with 13 and 10 respectively.
The Wolves were held to 31.1 percent from the floor for the game and just two players were in double figures for the game, Meg Essex and Shelby Britten with 11 each. Newberry had three players with seven or more rebounds.
Lenoir-Rhyne made 41.5 percent of its shot attempts and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. The Bears outscored the visiting team in points in the paint (22-16) and points off turnovers (19-9).
Lenoir-Rhyne won their first SAC Quarterfinal game since 2015 when the Bears as the seven seed defeated Wingate, the two seed, 80-69. This also marks the first time both the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Basketball Teams advanced to the conference semifinal round since 2009.
Hardy managed to record her fifth double-double of the season and her 14 rebounds ties her season-high.
Bearden put up her fifth double-digit scoring effort of the season after 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
With the win, the Bears have won two of three against Newberry for the season.
The Bears will make their semifinal appearance in the SAC Tournament on Saturday, March 9 at noon as they tipoff against the Anderson Trojans.
Appalachian State Baseball followed its trip-starting road win at FAU with a 6-1 loss against Miami at Alex Rodriguez Park on Wednesday night.
Miami’s Jordan Lala led off the bottom of the first inning by pulling a home run to right, and the Mountaineers (4-7) cut their deficit to 3-1 with a sixth-inning run on Phillip Cole’s RBI groundout, but a two-out throwing error in the bottom of the sixth allowed the Hurricanes (10-2) to double their lead to a 5-1 advantage.
Freshman second baseman Luke Drumheller extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 2-for-4 night in which he scored App State’s lone run, and Kendall McGowan also went 2-for-4 at the plate. The team’s other two hits came from Bailey Welch (double) and Robbie Young.
App State starter Cameron Kepley (one run on three hits in 2.2 innings), Jason Cornatzer (three strikeouts and two earned runs allowed in 2.2 innings), Jack Hartman (three strikeouts and one run allowed in 1.1 innings) and Cam Roberts (one strikeout and two hits allowed in 1.1 scoreless innings) totaled seven strikeouts for the Mountaineers in a staff game.
Six of App State’s losses are against teams with a combined record of 40-7: Tennessee (13-0), Miami (10-2), South Carolina (10-3) and Gardner-Webb, which improved to 7-2 with an upset of the Gamecocks on Wednesday.
Miami opened its half of the first with three straight hits but stranded one runner with the help of a 1-4-6-3 double play, and a two-run fourth inning gave the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead before App State had its most productive frame against 6-foot-4 starter Slade Cecconi (eight strikeouts) in the sixth.
Drumheller delivered a one-out single to left, advanced to third on double to right from an aggressive Welch and scored on Cole’s groundout to the shortstop. A strikeout with Welch on third limited the damage against Cecconi, who had escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second by getting the third out on a lineout to right.
Trailing by five in the ninth, App State loaded the bases thanks to a McGowan single, a walk to Riley Smith and another walk to pinch-hitter Hayden Cross, but closer Daniel Federman entered the game and earned a one-out save with a flyout to right.
Miami broke the game open after posting back-to-back singles and moving two runners into scoring position with nobody out in the sixth. Cornatzer got a swinging strikeout on a 3-2 pitch before giving way to Hartman, who recorded a strikeout on another 3-2 pitch. A slow roller near the mound preceded a throwing error that allowed both runners to score, and the Hurricanes added their final run an inning later.
The Mountaineers return to the Carolinas and resume their schedule Saturday morning with a 10 a.m. game against Western Carolina in Greenville, S.C.
That game is part of the First Pitch Invitational at Fluor Field, as Appalachian will play a Sunday doubleheader against Furman at 9 a.m. and Michigan State at 1 p.m.
It has been a historic season for the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team and it will continue after a South Atlantic Conference Tournament Quarterfinal win over Tusculum on Wednesday evening, 70-58.
The Bears hadn't won a SAC Tournament game since beating Carson-Newman 111-109 in 2009. The Bears closed out the regular season with their first win over Lincoln Memorial since 2010 and have reached the 20-win plateau.
The Bears used a 9-0 run in the last four minutes of the game to pull away from the hosts and advance to the semifinal round. After a Tusculum three cut the Bear lead to 55-54, R.J. Gunn's 3-pointer sparked nine unanswered for LR who pushed the lead to double digits.
For the second straight game, Bertrand Awana was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field as the center finished with eight points and eight boards to go with a pair of assists and two blocks.
Cory Thomas scored a game-high 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting including 9-of-13 from the free throw line. Thomas added eight boards and three assists.
Djibril Diallo scored 10 points and totaled eight rebounds while Darius Simmons and Gunn each scored nine points.
Trenton Gibson led the Pioneers with 22 points while playing all 40 minutes. Tusculum was held to 37.7 percent shooting for the game.
The Bears won despite shooting just 3-for-22 from long range. LR was efficient inside of the arc, shooting a scorching 60 percent from the field in the second half.
Previously, LR had fallen in the quarterfinal round five straight times before today's victory.
The 20 wins this season is the second-highest total in the past 11 years of LR basketball, trailing only the 21-win team of 2015-16.
With the women's team advancing, both team's will be in the semifinal for the first time since 2009 as well.
The Bears advance to take on Queens in the semifinals on Saturday. The Bears handed Queens its only conference loss in the regular season, a 92-79 LR victory on Jan. 30 at Queens. The semifinal will take place on the campus of Furman University at 5 p.m.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 3
St. Stephens: 2
East Burke: 3
Bunker Hill: 16
North Wilkes: 0
North Gaston: 4, 1
Bandys: 1, 4
North Lincoln: 7
Fred T. Foard: 4
South Iredell: 7
Fred T. Foard: 1
South Caldwell: 3
East Burke: 0
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run at the plate, but the Bears' came out on the losing end of the game against the Coker Cobras on Wednesday night, 10-8.
Lenoir-Rhyne and Coker traded offensive punches throughout the game, as both teams managed 12 hits each. The Bears were led by Caleb Beatty who hit 3-for-5 with one run scored, Clayton Jeffries, 2-for-5 with two runs batted in, Will Jones who finished 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI and Hunter Jackson, who had a sneaky-productive day at the plate going 2-for-4.
The Cobras took and secured the lead when Griffin Hollifield took the mound, working 5.0 innings in relief and not allowing a run until the ninth. He finished with five hits and two runs against him in addition to five strikeouts, picking up his second win of the season in the process.
Lenoir-Rhyne reliever Nolan Flachofsky took the loss after working one inning and giving up three runs on four walks and three hits in the heart of the game.
The Cobras were led by RJ Ball at the dish, who finished 3-for-6 with three runs driven in and a run scored while the trio of Lake Lybrand, Chase Bruno and Tanner Crosby earned two base knocks each. Ball and Larry McCabe each hit home runs in the game.
Jackson showed that he can flash the leather in the four hole tonight while adding two hits in the game while getting his first start and playing time at second base this season.
The Bears nonconference record falls to 6-7 and home record drops to 4-7.
The Bears fall to 7-12 on the season. L-R will get set to travel to Charlotte, N.C. for a game at BB&T Ballpark on Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m. to kick off the weekend series against the Royals.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 6
Alexander Central: 2
St. Stephens: 2
West Caldwell: 0
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 13
East Burke: 2
West Iredell: 2
Bunker Hill: 1
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 3
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 11
Alexander Central: 4
St. Stephens: 1
West Caldwell: 5
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 7
West Iredell: 0
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 1
South Iredell: 0
St. Stephens: 1
West Lincoln: 0
Wilkes Central: 5
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball earned a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday afternoon against Division I Spartanburg Methodist at Henkel-Alley Field at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds. CVCC won game one 10-9 and game two 8-5.
With the victories, the Red Hawks improve to 8-7 overall on the season.
Game one: Catawba Valley 10, Spartanburg Methodist 9 (nine innings)
Trailing by three runs entering the final half inning, catcher Willie Gordon launched a three-run home run with two outs, lifting the Red Hawks to a one-run, walk-off victory in extra innings during the opening game of the doubleheader on Tuesday.
Gordon connected on two home runs in the contest and drove in six runs on three hits, leading Catawba Valley to its seventh win of the season.
Things looked bleak early for the Red Hawks, who fell behind 4-1 through 3.5 innings of Tuesday’s opener. Despite that early hole, CVCC rallied by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, including home runs by Gordon and left fielder Trent Jones, to take a 6-4 lead through four complete.
Spartanburg Methodist shortstop Kobe Phillips tied the game in the top of the sixth inning, launching a two-run home run to knot the Pioneers and Red Hawks at 6-6.
All hope seemed lost for Catawba Valley in the top of the ninth inning when SMC scored three runs, including a two-RBI double by Josh Tepper and an RBI single by Houston Wright, to go ahead 9-6.
However, the Red Hawks rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning, plating a run on an error before Gordon’s two-out, three-run blast helped complete the comeback for CVCC.
Game two: Catawba Valley 8, Spartanburg Methodist 5 (seven innings)
The Red Hawks scored eight runs on eight hits, plating runs during four of their six innings on offense, en route to the doubleheader sweep in the nightcap of the twin bill on Tuesday afternoon against the Pioneers.
Center fielder Brett Eurey and catcher Willie Gordon led the charge for CVCC with two hits apiece. Gordon and teammate Tyler Campbell also scored two runs each.
Spartanburg Methodist led 4-3 through 2.5 innings, but Catawba Valley scored five-straight runs, including two each in the third and fifth innings and one in the sixth inning, to seize the lead for good in the contest.
David Kennedy, Jamie Sheek and Eurey all tallied one RBI each to help lead the late charge for the Red Hawks. Kennedy and Campbell also scored one run apiece on a passed ball and a wild pitch, respectively.
Tristen Shea tried to lead the Pioneers on a last-inning comeback, driving home a run on a single in the top of the seventh inning, but Red Hawks reliever Chase Covington was able to close the door, striking out the tying run at home plate to end the game.
On the mound, CVCC freshman Storm Mace earned his first win of the season. He allowed six hits, four runs (one earned), one walk and struck out one batter in four innings of work.
The CVCC baseball team returns to action on Thursday for another home doubleheader — this time against Belmont Abbey JV. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen finished No. 3 overall in the Richard Rendleman Invitational in Salisbury, N.C., leading the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Golf Team to a second place team finish on Tuesday. The senior was named to the All-Tournament Team for his performance.
Lasso had a three-shot improvement on day two of the tournament, finishing 73-70-143. He led the group, but was followed closely by the senior Brad Robinson, who shot 72-72-144 (T-4) for the two-day event. Matthew Raybould, who led the Bears last weekend, 73-74-147, which is good enough to be tied for ninth. Luiz Lopez Malo was fourth on the squad, finishing T-15 in the field and a score of 74-76-150 for the tournament. Wrapping up the list of Bears competing in Salisbury, N.C. is Dawson Walker, who finished T-24 with a mark 76-78-154.
The Bears had three in the top 10 in Par 3 scoring, two in the top 10 in Par 4 scoring, and two in the top-10 in Par 5 scoring.
Lenoir-Rhyne is set to travel to Greenwood, S.C. to compete in the Lander Bearcat Classic Monday and Tuesday, March 25-26.
LR's Individual Finishes:
Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen – 143 (3)
Brad Robinson – 144 (T-4)
Matthew Raybould – 147 (T-9)
Luis Lopez Malo – 150 (T-14)
Dawson Walker – 154 (T-24)
Cape Fear CC – 579
Lenoir-Rhyne – 584
Belmont Abbey – 596
Montevallo - 604
Catawa College – 606
Walters State CC – 624
Pfeiffer – 632
Davis & Elkins – 669
Belmont Abbey - 669
Chowan – 682
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team went head to head with 13 teams in the Low Country Invitational on Monday and Tuesday in Wingate, N.C. and shot a total of 645, which is good enough to tie them for eighth place with Catawba after 18 holes.
The Bears were led for the second-straight day by Abbey Hartsell, who shot 75-77-152, good enough to be tied for sixth overall. Next in order for Lenoir-Rhyne is Ainee O'Connor, who was tied for 27th after shooting a 78-83-161 in 36 holes. Mansel, who led the Bears last weekend was third on the team after shooting 80-87-167 (T-43). Not far behind and wrapping up her first tournament of the spring is Megan Robb, who shot 86-82-168 (T-45). Wrapping up the list of Lenoir-Rhyne golfers is Patricia Asensio, who was No. 48 in the field overall after posting 87-84-171.
Lenoir-Rhyne will head to the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational at the Golden Bear Club in Winter Park, Fla. on March 11-12.
LR's Individual Finishes:
Abbey Hartsell – 152 (T-6)
Ainee O'Connor – 161 (T-27)
Chelsea Mansel – 167 (T-43)
Megan Robb – 168 (T-45)
Patricia Asensio – 171 (48)
Western Michigan – 619
Flagler College – 623
UNC Pembroke – 624
Lander – 629
Newberry – 634
Anderson – 636
Wingate - 641
Lenoir-Rhyne – 645
Catawba – 645
Queens – 649
Tusculum – 658
Wingate (B) – 722
Chowan – DNF
Displaying power with both its arms and bats, Appalachian State Baseball opened its Florida trip with a 6-3 win against NCAA Regional staple FAU on Tuesday night.
Dalton Williams’ first career home run and Riley Smith’s three-run homer to center gave App State a 6-0 lead in support of starting pitcher Brandon Boone, who gave up two runs in five innings. Boone (seven strikeouts), Kaleb Bowman (five strikeouts in three innings) and Andrew Papp (two strikeouts in a perfect ninth to earn the save) combined to strike out 13 batters and allow eight hits.
The Mountaineers (4-6) totaled eight hits, including two apiece from Smith and Luke Drumheller, to win in front of a large gathering of App State supporters and alums. It was Appalachian’s first-ever matchup against FAU, which has made four NCAA appearances in the last six seasons, including one during a 43-19-1 season in 2018.
Making his second straight start at DH, facing left-handed pitcher Hunter Cooley, Williams pulled a no-doubt homer to right on a 3-2 offering to give App State a 1-0 lead in the second inning. That blast from the freshman occurred after a bottom of the first in which the first two batters reached and Boone responded with three straight strikeouts.
Bailey Welch followed Drumheller’s two-out double inside the bag at third with an RBI single to left for a 2-0 lead in the third inning, and Smith’s homer produced the most damage in a four-run fourth.
Kendall McGowan singled, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before Williams turned an 0-2 count into a walk. Smith drilled an 0-1 pitch to center and hit the batter’s eye with his first homer of 2019.
Alex Leshock reached first on a one-out strikeout in the dirt and advanced to third on a single by Luke Allison, who then stole second. The lead increased to 6-0 on a sacrifice fly to right by Drumheller, who was robbed of a hit by diving outfielder Bobby Morgensen.
Francisco Urbaez’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth put the Owls back within striking distance, but the trio of Boone, Bowman and Papp combined to allow one run over the final five innings.
FAU (6-7) cut its deficit to 6-3 with a two-out RBI single in the sixth, and Bowman stranded two runners with a strikeout on a 3-2 pitch. McGowan threw out a baserunner trying to stretch a single into a double leading off the bottom of the seventh, and Bowman ended that frame with back-to-back strikeouts.
Bowman pitched a perfect eighth before giving way to Papp, who finished his second career save with consecutive strikeouts. The last 10 batters of the game for FAU were technically retired in order.
App State returns to action Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a game at Miami (9-2), and Cameron Kepley is the probable mound starter for the Mountaineers.