The Hickory Crawdads held multiple leads Thursday night in Asheville only to have the hometown Tourists come from behind twice to send the game to the ninth inning in a 4-4 tie. The 'Dads came away with the final rally of the night however, as Brallan Perez's RBI double put Hickory on top for good in a 5-4 win at McCormick Field.
The Crawdads had a 2-0 lead in the seventh before the Tourists rallied for three runs to put the 'Dads behind 3-2. Hickory re-took the advantage at 4-3 on a 2-run home run by Sherman Lacrus in the top of the 8th, only to have Asheville plate a run in the bottom of the frame to tie the score at 4-4. Perez's RBI double once again gave the Crawdads the lead in the top of the ninth though, which reliever Jacob Shortslef made hold up with a perfect bottom of the inning for the 5-4 Hickory victory.
The game started with four scoreless innings for both teams, with Blake Bass for the Crawdads and Peter Lambert for the Tourists holding the opposition at bay. The 'Dads were finally able to break through in the fifth, when Luis Silva and Perez both singled with two outs before Lambert unfurled a wild pitch that allowed Silva to score for a 1-0 Hickory lead. The Crawdads doubled the advantage thanks to another wild pitch in the sixth, as Yeyson Yrizarri reached on an infield single and LeDarious Clark lined a base knock to right before Lambert threw another pitch to the backstop to score Yrizarri for a 2-0 'Dads lead.
Asheville responded in the bottom of the sixth against Hickory reliever Omarlin Lopez, with an RBI single by Terry McClure and a bases-loaded, 2-RBI double from South Atlantic League MVP Brian Mundell giving the home team a 3-2 advantage. Hickory came back to re-take the lead the next half inning, as Yrizarri reached on a leadoff single to left prior to a 2-run homer to left from Lacrus for a 4-3 Crawdads advantage.
The Tourists wouldn't go away however, as Asheville loaded the bases in the eighth on a single from Scotty Burcham, a hit-by-pitch to Chris Keck, and a walk by Eric Toole before Hickory reliever Matt Ball threw a wild pitch to bring home a run and tie the game at 4-4. The Crawdads proved to have the last rally though, as Chuck Moorman led off the top of the ninth with a double off the right field fence and Perez followed one out later with an RBI double down the right field line for the 5-4 score the 'Dads would win by.
Perez finished the game 3-4 with a double and the game-winning RBI, while Clark also finished 3-4 with two doubles. Lacrus ended the night 1-4 with his second home run of the season and two RBI.
Ball (3-1) earned the win for the 'Dads after allowing one run on one hit, one walk, and two strikeouts over his one inning pitched, while Shortslef (1) recorded his first save of the season with a perfect ninth inning. Asheville reliever Alexander Guillen (3-2) took the loss after giving up one run on two hits and two strikeouts over his one inning on the mound.
The Crawdads (34-32/72-64) end the road portion of their SAL schedule with a league-leading 41 wins away from home. The 'Dads will now return to L.P. Frans Stadium for a 4-game series against the Lexington Legends to conclude the season, with first pitch on Friday scheduled for 7:00 pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Soccer Team (0-0-1) found itself down three goals early in the match but rallied to tie Francis Marion (0-0-1), 3-3, Thursday evening in the 2016 season opener at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
The Bears scored a pair of goals early in the second half – at the 57:46 and 59:02 marks of the contest – to tie the contest at three and the two teams battled to a draw after 110 minutes of action.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Marc Fernandez (Barcelona, SPAIN) notched a goal and an assist including the match-tying score off a pass from junior forward and all-league honoree Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE).
Lenoir-Rhyne, which held a 24-16 advantage in shots taken, also received goals from freshman forward Devi Ndrita (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and sophomore midfielder Romain Lopez (Cannes, FRANCE).
Francis Marion built a 3-0 advantage just 25 minutes into the match capped off by a penalty kick from Harrison Smith (Hartlepool, ENGLAND) but couldn’t hold the lead. The Patriots’ Lee Northfield (Biggleswade, UNITED KINGDOM) opened the scoring just 2:44 into the match.
Both goalkeepers – Lenoir-Rhyne junior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) and Francis Marion’s Jonathan Mannes (Auckland, NEW ZEALAND) – tallied seven saves on the evening.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road for the first time this year to face Lander on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., in Greenwood, S.C. Francis Marion hosts Mount Olive on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University baseball redshirt sophomore RHP Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) received first team All-Coastal Plain League recognition as a starting pitcher after spending the summer with the Morehead City Marlins, the CPL announced on Tuesday.
Each team features 24 players: One player per each infield position, four designated hitter/utility players, five outfielders, six starting pitchers and four relief pitchers. Watts is the only student-athlete representing a Sun Belt home university on the first team, while Georgia Southern had a student-athlete make the second team.
The right-handed pitcher finished third in the CPL on the mound in ERA with 2.77 in 10 appearances. Watts finished with a 4-1 record with 58 strikeouts, allowing just 51 hits and 16 earned runs in 61.2 innings pitched. His 58 strikeouts were good for third in the CPL. This season, the Marlins finished 30-25 (16-12 Second Half), finishing fifth in the CPL East.
Watts is no stranger to the CPL, having played in 2015 as well. He played well enough in his first year to be named the Carteret County News-Times Marlins Player of the Week award (July 15) after being the only Marlin with more than 10 innings pitched and an ERA under 2.00. He had a 1.88 ERA in 14.1 innings.
The Taylorsville-native made 17 relief appearances in 2016 for the Mountaineers, finishing 1-1 on the year. In just 29.0 innings pitched, Watts had 24 strikeouts, only allowing 28 hits and 12 earned runs for a 2.48 ERA. He finished third in appearances and fourth in caught stealing by (five).
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams were picked to finish eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches Polls.
On the men’s side, Queens was voted on to repeat as league champions after garnering 11 first-place votes and 131 points. The Royals won the SAC Championship in 2015, ending Mars Hill’s streak of 18 consecutive league titles. The Lions were picked to finish second in this year’s preseason poll.
Lenoir-Rhyne is led by juniors Derek Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) and Aubrey Hite (Pelion, S.C.). Chavis was the Bears’ top runner at last season’s conference championship race while Hite was a 2014 All-SAC honoree as a freshman.
On the women’s side, Wingate is looking to win its fourth straight South Atlantic Conference Championship. The Bulldogs were picked first with 11 first-place votes for a total of 111 points. Junior Blakely Gantt (Advance, N.C.) is one of the team’s top returnees.
Both the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams open the 2016 campaign on Saturday at the Chick-fil-A Invitational in Salisbury, N.C., at Salisbury Community Park. The men’s race opens the meet at 9:00 a.m.
2016 South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Cross Country Preseason Poll
1. Queens (11) 131
2. Mars Hill (1) 111
3. Anderson 98
4. Wingate 87
5. Lincoln Memorial 81
6. Catawba 67
7. Coker 58
8. Lenoir-Rhyne 50
9. Brevard 35
10. Carson-Newman 32
11. Tusculum 27
12. Newberry 12
2016 South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Cross Country Preseason Poll
1. Wingate (11) 121
2. Queens (1) 119
3. Anderson 101
4. Carson-Newman 86
5. Coker 76
6. Lincoln Memorial 73
7. Catawba 62
8. Mars Hill 51
9. Lenoir-Rhyne 45
10. Tusculum 29
11. Brevard 17
12. Newberry 11
South Caldwell: 3
St. Stephens: 3
Fred T. Foard: 1
South Mountain Athletic:
East Rutherford: 1
East Burke: 3
North Lincoln: 0
South Mountain Athletic:
East Burke: 1
East Rutherford: 2
Alexander Central: 1
Davie County: 0
Fred T. Foard: 2
North Lincoln: 1
Lincoln Charter: 1
Avery County: 1
West Caldwell: 2
West Iredell: 2
South Caldwell: 1
The Hickory Crawdads were in a tight game over the first five innings in Asheville Wednesday night, before the powerful Tourists' bats broke out for nine runs over the final three frames against the Hickory bullpen resulting in a 13-5 'Dads defeat at McCormick Field.
The Crawdads looked good over the first four innings with the offense scoring a pair of early runs in support of starting pitcher Jonathan Hernandez, who held the Tourists to just two baserunners to that point. Everything changed in the fifth however, as Asheville came alive for four runs against Hernandez to take a 4-2 lead. The 'Dads fought back with a solo home run from Ricky Valencia in the sixth cutting the deficit to 4-3, but the Tourists pulled away from there with five runs in the sixth and two more tallies in both the seventh and eighth.
Hickory's 11 hits in the game were only one behind Asheville's 12, but the Tourists put up six extra base hits compared to two from the 'Dads while also out-walking the Crawdads 8-2.
The 'Dads took their early lead in the third, when Luis Silva and Frandy De La Rosa singled ahead of an RBI base knock from LeDarious Clark off the 42-foot wall in right field. Asheville right fielder Sam Hilliard also committed a throwing error on the play, which allowed another run to score for a 2-0 Hickory lead. That advantage held until the fifth, when the Tourists plated four runs on three hits and two walks to go on top 4-2. All four runs came in with two outs in the inning, as Carlos Herrera delivered a bases-loaded, 3-RBI triple to left before Mylz Jones came through with an RBI, infield single.
The Crawdads cut their deficit in half to 4-3 with a solo homer by Valencia in the top of the sixth, but Asheville came back with five more runs on eight hits and two free passes against 'Dads reliever Jason Richman in the home half of the frame to push the score to 9-3. Two-out this were once again the key for the Tourists, with a 2-RBI triple by Scotty Burcham and an RBI double from Herrera both coming with two away.
Hickory picked up another tally in the top of the seventh with a double from Sherman Lacrus and an RBI single by London Lindley making the score 9-4, but the Tourists responded with two runs on two hits and two walks off of Crawdads reliever Tyler Ferguson in the bottom of the inning to push their advantage to 11-4. Asheville plated two final tallies in the eighth on a 2-run home run to right by Brian Mundell, before Lindley picked up his second RBI of the night for the 'Dads in the top of the ninth for the final 13-5 score.
Lindley finished the game 3-5 with two RBI and a stolen base to lead the Hickory hitters, while Valencia went 1-5 with his fourth home run of the season.
Hernandez (10-9) took the loss for the 'Dads after allowing four runs on four hits, three walks, and one strikeout of his five innings pitched. Asheville starter Drasen Johnson (7-4) earned the win with three runs given up, two earned, on six hits, one walk, and three strikeouts over six innings on the mound.
The Crawdads (33-32/71-64) and Tourists (31-33/65-68) will play the rubber match of their 3-game series on Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 0
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
West Caldwell: 0
West Wilkes: 3
South Iredell: 2
St. Stephens: 1
The Hickory Crawdads put out a consistent and unrelenting offensive attack Tuesday night in Asheville, as the 'Dads collected a hit in every inning to finish the game with 18 total knocks en route to a 6-2 win over the Asheville Tourists at McCormick Field.
All nine position players finished with at least one hit on the night, with LeDarious Clark going 4-5 with a double, two RBI, two runs scored, and three stolen bases to lead the way. Clark's steals also proved to be historic for the 'Dads as the stolen bases were numbers 210, 211, and 212 for the team on the season, setting a new franchise record.
The Crawdads jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first, when newcomer London Lindley lined a double off the left field fence before coming home to score on a 2-out, RBI single to left by Clark. The 'Dads double the advantaged to 2-0 in the second, this time on a double from Yeyson Yrizarri and a 2-out, RBI base knock by Brallan Perez.
The big frame for Hickory came in the third, with the club plating three runs on four hits to push their lead to 5-0. Back-to-back doubles from Frandy De La Rosa and Clark drove in the first tally, before Ricky Valencia crushed a 2-run home run to left for his third long ball of the season.
The Tourists got on the board against Crawdads starting pitcher Luke Lanphere in the bottom of the third, with a double from Max George and an RBI single by Terry McClure cutting the score to 5-1. The 'Dads responded in the top of the fifth though, when Clark singled to right, stole both second and third base, and eventually scored on a double play groundout from Yrizarri to put the club on top 6-1.
The record breaking steal for Hickory came two innings later in the seventh, as Clark lined a single to center for his fourth hit of the night before the speedster stole second base for his third swiped bag of the evening. The stolen base was the 212th of the season for the Crawdads, breaking a tie with the 2001 club for most in franchise history.
Asheville picked up one last unearned run in the top of the ninth on a throwing error from Perez at third base that allowed Brian Mundell to reach and eventually score on an BRI base knock to right by George. 'Dads reliever Peter Fairbanks shut the door there however, with a groundout of Eric Toole to finish off the 6-2 Hickory victory.
Lanphere (2-2) earned the win for the Crawdads after allowing one run on four hits, one walk, and five strikeouts during his six innings pitched, while Fairbanks (2) recorded the save with one unearned run allowed on three hits, one walk, and three strikeouts over three innings of relief. Tourists starter Javier Palacios (2-2) took the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits and four strikeouts during his three innings on the mound.
Joining Clark with a big night for the 'Dads bats was Valencia, who went 1-2 with a home run, two RBI and two walks. Lindley ended the game 2-5 with two doubles and a run scored, while Perez finished 2-5 with an RBI.
The Crawdads (33-31/71-63) and Tourists (30-33/64-68) will play again Wednesday night at 7:05 pm in game two of their 3-game series.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team was voted to finish runner-up in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Head Coaches Poll, league officials announced today.
Wingate, with nine first-place votes and 119 total points, was picked to win its 12th straight league championship. The Bulldogs finished 28-5 last year including a 20-2 mark in South Atlantic Conference play.
Lenoir-Rhyne (25-8, 18-4) is coming off one of its best seasons in school history in 2015. The Bears captured their first-ever SAC Tournament Championship and advanced all the way to the regional finals for the first time ever.
LR, which won 13 straight matches at one point last fall, received three first-place votes and 111 total points.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) and junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) both earned preseason all-league accolades.
Redmond was a First-Team All-SAC and All-Southeast Region pick last year after leading the squad with 401 kills to go along with 356 digs and 60 blocks. Redmond was the MVP of the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championship and was an NCAA Division II Southeast Region All-Tournament honoree.
Steele led the Bears in blocks with 114 last year in addition to 178 kills, 88 digs and 21 service aces.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2016 season on Friday, September 2, against Augusta University (12:45 p.m.) and Francis Marion (5:15 p.m.) at the Queens Invitational in Charlotte, N.C.
2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Volleyball Preseason Teams
1. Wingate (9) 119
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (3) 111
3. Lincoln Memorial 94
4. Carson-Newman 81
5. Tusculum 73
6. Catawba 69
7. Queens 65
8. Anderson 56
9. Newberry 46
10. Mars Hill 33
11. Brevard 30
12. Coker 15
2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Volleyball Preseason Teams
Anna Patton, Carson-Newman
Abby Saehler, Wingate
Brooke Redmond, Lenoir-Rhyne
Serena Jackson, Anderson
Rachel Garnett, Tusculum
Kiera Holland, Lincoln Memorial
Meredith Jones, Queens
Melissa Mazur, Tusculum
Natalie Harris, Carson-Newman
Marissa Mitter, Anderson
Bri Howard, Catawba
Oakley Attaway, Wingate
Logan Hayward, Newberry
Emily Steele, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kori Adams, Wingate
Kimberly Hovey, Wingate
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Caldwell: 3
St. Stephens: 0
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 2
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 2
Alexander Central: 3
Bunker Hill: 2
North Iredell: 2
Ashe County: 0
South Caldwell: 0
Appalachian State University men’s cross country was tabbed 15th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Region Preseason Rankings on Monday, Aug. 29.
The Mountaineers were the sole representatives of the Sun Belt Conference featured on the list. The southeast region was slated as one of the deepest regions in the nation last year according to the association, and the coaches chose Eastern Kentucky to finish out on top. Virginia, Louisville, Furman, and NC State all rounded out the top five.
The men’s cross country squad is coming off of a successful 2015 season where they finished second at the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships and collected 433 points at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships to place 16th. App State was highlighted by Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) who had a phenomenal junior campaign. The first team all-conference runner ran a time of 25:4.60 in the 8k and crossed the finish line in fourth at the conference championships. The Winston-Salem native also ran the fastest 10k performance in App State history at the Southeast Regional Championships.
Cross Country will open up the 2016 season at the annual Covered Bridge Open in Boone, N.C. on Friday, Sept. 2. The men’s 6.4k race will begin at 6pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team has been picked to finish third in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season race as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches in the preseason poll.
Carson-Newman, with seven first-place votes, was picked to repeat as league champions. The Eagles also won the SAC Championship Tournament and hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament last fall. Wingate – with three first-place votes and 112 total points – was voted second in the poll.
Lenoir-Rhyne (12-4-2, 8-2-1) had another strong year in 2015 and finished the season unbeaten (6-0-2) in its last eight games. Since the start of the 2010 campaign, the Bears have compiled a 94-19-12 mark. In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne has won five straight SAC Regular Season Titles (2010-14) and earned five consecutive berths in the playoffs (2010-14) during that span.
Two members of the squad earned preseason all-league honors: senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) and senior defender Kim Migliarese (Salem, Va.).
Smith was a preseason first-team all-conference selection after finishing with five goals, one assist and 11 total points. A fifth-year senior, Smith was a 2012 All-SAC honoree.
Migliarese started all 18 matches for the Bears last year and anchored a defense which limited its opponents to just a 0.81 goals-against average while making 10 shutouts.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season on road on Friday, September 2, against Barry at 6:00 p.m., in Miami Shores, Fla. Barry is ranked No. 6 in the national preseason poll.
2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll
1. Carson-Newman (7) 115
2. Wingate (3) 112
3. Lenoir-Rhyne (2) 106
4. Queens 89
5. Anderson 81
6. Tusculum 65
7. Newberry 59
8. Lincoln Memorial 57
9. Coker 33
10. Catawba 28
11. Mars Hill 27
12. Brevard 20
2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Soccer Preseason Teams
F – Julianne Herrity, Carson-Newman
F – Charlotte Ring, Queens
F – Carly Mill, Tusculum
F – Kendall Smith, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Katja Andersson, Tusculum
MF – Kaitlyn Brunworth, Wingate
MF – Varin Ness, Carson-Newman
MF – Heida Ragney, Carson-Newman
D – Macy Franklin, Wingate
D – Ashley Osiecki, Queens
D – Megan Peterson, Carson-Newman
D – Mariah Lewis, Queens
GK – Alexis Jones, Wingate
F – Erika Linch, Newberry
F –Alaina Gay, Anderson
F – Becky Frost, Catawba
MF – Kathy Fisher, Queens
MF – Breona Tate, Mars Hill
MF – Elizabeth Gutierrez, Newberry
MF – Tera Dolan, Anderson
D – Elissa Lane, Carson-Newman
D – Kim Migliarese, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Shelby Osiecki, Queens
D – Carlie Thornber, Tusculum
GK – Jessica Fraiture, Carson-Newman
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Soccer Team was voted on to finish seventh in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Head Coaches Poll.
Wingate, the 2015 SAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, was picked to repeat as league champions after receiving nine first-place votes for a total of 119 points. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 18 in the NSCAA NCAA Division II National Preseason Poll Coaches Poll.
Carson-Newman, who shared the league regular season title last year with Wingate, was picked second with three first-place votes (112 total points). Both the Bulldogs and Eagles went 9-2 in conference play last fall.
Lenoir-Rhyne, 8-8-2 overall and 5-5-1 in conference play last year, finished with 65 points. The Bears are under the leadership of first-year mentor Jack Winter.
In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) was named to the 2016 All-SAC Preseason Second Team. The all-conference selection last year led the Bears in goals scored (eight) and total points (19) in addition to three assists.
The Bears also return senior defenders Josh Alderson (Formby, ENGLAND) and Tom Seery (Bristol, ENGLAND), both of whom anchored a defense which limited their opponents to just a 1.48 goals-against average and registered six shutouts.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2016 season at home on Thursday, September 1, at 6:00 p.m., against Francis Marion at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
2016 South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll
1. Wingate (9) 119
2. Carson-Newman (3) 112
3. Lincoln Memorial 95
4. Queens 98
5. Tusculum 77
6. Anderson 71
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 65
8. Mars Hill 46
9. Catawba 44
10. Coker 33
11. Newberry 26
12. Brevard 12
2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Soccer Preseason Teams
F – Jon Ander, Wingate
F – Tom Read, Carson-Newman
F – Corey Brown, Queens
F – Ismael Noumansana, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Aksel Juul, Wingate
MF – Callum Ross, Wingate
MF – Henrique Rezek, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Thibault Mathorez, Carson-Newman
D – Alex Nelson, Wingate
D – Guillermo Lazcano, Tusculum
D – Damian Gaona, Wingate
D – Ryo Ogawa, Anderson
GK – Pablo Jara, Wingate
F – Bruno Andrade, Carson-Newman
F – Marius Staalby, Carson-Newman
F – Danilo da Silva, Lincoln Memorial
F – Ryan McPhillips, Brevard
MF – Marc-Kevin Schwenk, Queens
MF – Brad Du Plooy, Anderson
MF – Polymnios Avgousti, Carson-Newman
MF – Amine Merdjett, Mars Hill
D – Ryan Kawczynski, Queens
D – Ricardo Da Silva, Tusculum
D – Hisham Abedlaziz, Lincoln Memorial
D – Josh Calabria, Anderson
GK – Jorge Alvarez, Tusculum
Appalachian State University volleyball’s true freshman Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) has been named the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week and the Freshman of the Week, announced by the league office on Monday.
“Clearly, Emma had a great weekend for us at Virginia Tech,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “To have 30 kills in her first-ever collegiate match is just amazing and she followed it up with two more really good performances against Norfolk State and Siena. We have been able to see what she is able to do on the court every day in practice, but it was exciting to see it carry over into match play.”
Longley tallied 30 kills in her debut for the Black and Gold last Friday in a five-set loss to Virginia Tech in the season opener. Her 30 kills were the most for a Mountaineer since Anna Wagner totaled 31 on Aug. 26, 2011 against NC State. The match also served as Longley’s first career double-double as the freshman totaled 13 digs in the effort.
In a pair of straight-set sweeps on Saturday, Longley collected 23 more kills and ended the weekend averaging 4.81 kills per set and a .243 hitting percentage.
Longley and the Mountaineers will return to action beginning on Friday night at 7 p.m. as they host UNCW for the start of the Black and Gold Invitational. Over the weekend, App State will also play Wofford and Ohio.
Despite falling down 1-0 early in the match, Appalachian State University women’s soccer battled back to score two goals to defeat Radford 2-1 on Sunday evening, improving to 3-1 on the season and tying a program-best start (1999).
“I’m so proud of these ladies,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “They battled for a full 90 minutes and earned the result. Radford is a very good program and has been a team we have struggled to beat for two years. It was definitely good to get back on track and see so many of the girls step up and make an impact in tonight’s match. Jackie Nieradka and Morgan Mosack were incredible and both their first career goals, Taylor Ray was solid in the net and Kat Greer stepped in and created chances.”
The Mountaineers found themselves in a familiar bad spot, falling behind early when Radford’s (0-2) Jasmine Casarez put an unassisted goal on App State when she stole the ball in the box, pivoted and fired one into the high-right of the net in the 12th minute.
But Appalachian stayed focused and continued to attack, keeping the pressure on the Highlanders throughout the entire match. The constant attack allowed senior Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in the 23rd minute to find senior Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) who blasted her first career goal through the uplefts of the net from 30 yards out to equalize the match. The assist moves Cline into tied-third in all-time career assists (13).
It wouldn’t be until the second half when a corner kick by sophomore Greer (Cayce, S.C./Brookland Cayce) found redshirt sophomore Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) who headed it toward the far post where junior Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) was able to put it home for her first career goal and game-winner.
Redshirt freshman Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) made her first career start in the net for the Mountaineers and had plenty of shots fired her way. The goalkeeper had two saves on 11 shots faced with only the one goal allowed.
Appalachian fell down early but put on an all-out offensive after falling behind 1-0. Not only did the Black and Gold outshoot Radford 12-11 in total shots, but App held the more important shots-on-goal advantage, 9-3. The Mountaineers also had a season-high 12 corners in the effort.
Individually, the Mountaineers were led on the attack by Nieradka, Mosack and Cline, who all two shots on goal. Also getting one shot on goal was redshirt senior Jenn Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams (Clemson)), Greer and freshman Kristin Brown (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman).
Freshman Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert), junior Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) also had one shot on the evening. This was Derrick and Brown’s first action of their collegiate careers.
The Mountaineers will now go on to finish their road trip at Liberty on Friday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. App State then returns home on Sunday, Sept. 4 to face Maryland. Kickoff for the home match is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Hickory Crawdads and the Charleston RiverDogs faced on in a classic pitchers' duel Sunday afternoon in the rubber match of their 3-game series. A 1-1 tie in the third inning lasted all the way until the 10th, when the 'Dogs got a hit-and-run, RBI double to break the stalemate and give the 'Dads a 2-1 defeat at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The RiverDogs struck first with an unearned run in the opening inning to take a 1-0 lead. Ricardo Ferreira led off the game with a single, took second on a passed ball by Crawdads catcher Chuck Moorman, advanced to third on a bunt hit from Hoy Jun Park, and finally scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Mandy Alvarez to put the road team ahead.
Hickory answered with an unearned tally of their own in the third, as Ti'Quan Forbes led off with a hit-by-pitch before he advanced to second on passed ball by Charleston catcher Luis Torrens, moved to third on a single from Luis Silva, and ultimately scored on a wild pitch from Christian Morris to tie the game at 1-1.
Both offenses dried up through the remainder of regulation, as the 'Dogs were held without another hit until the eighth while the 'Dads accumulated only four hits the rest of the way. Hickory starting pitcher Joe Palumbo kept his team in the game with six dominant innings on the mound, with the southpaw striking out a career-best eight batters while allowing only one unearned run on two hits and two walks. Reliever Jacob Shortslef picked up where Palumbo left off by fanning five of the six outs he recorded over two scoreless frames.
The RiverDogs finally got a rally started in the top of the 10th however, when Gosuke Katoh led off the frame with a walk from Crawdads reliever Tyler Ferguson. The RiverDogs then executed a perfect hit-and-run as Katoh took off for second base as Cesar Diaz hit a hard ground ball through the vacated left side of the infield. With the outfield playing deep to prevent an extra-base hit, Katoh was able to score all the way from first to break the tie and give Charleston the 2-1 lead they would win by.
Ferguson (0-1) took the loss for the 'Dads after allowing one run on two hits, two walks, and one strikeout over two innings pitched. 'Dogs reliever Hobie Harris (2-4) earned the win after tossing three scoreless frames on one hit and three strikeouts, while teammate Andrew Schwaab (19) recorded the save for setting the Crawdads down in order in the bottom of the 10th.
Forbes led the 'Dads bats with a 1-3 game including a double, a hit-by-pitch and a run scored. Carlos Arroyo, Ricky Valencia, Yeyson Yrizarri, and Silva all finished 1-4 at the plate.
The Crawdads (32-31/70-63) have an off day on Monday before heading to Asheville for their final road trip of the regular season on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Appalachian State University field hockey slips to Georgetown 4-3 in a nail-biting match that went into overtime on Sunday afternoon at the Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field Hockey Stadium.
“Today was a heart-breaker, but a really positive experience for our group,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “We got better today and we were able to string more passes together. We had one of our freshman, Kaley Selner (Herndon, Va./Herndon), step up today and add a goal and good defensive work. Our group will continue to work hard and get better everyday.”
The first half started off slow with both teams trying to develop their rhythm, but Georgetown (2-0) got into the groove first and provided the first strike into the goal. The Mountaineers (0-2) did not wait long to respond to the Hoyas scoring in the 29th minute from a smoldering unassisted-shot but junior Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) to even out the score.
Then in a blink of an eye, Selner stormed into the circle and hurled a frightening shot past the goal line that shook the Hoyas in the final ticks of the 29th minute. Appalachian ended the 35-minute period up by one with great momentum leading into the second half.
Trailing by one, the Hoyas entered into the second half eager to shorten the Mountaineer-gap. GU’s Megan Parson granted the Hoya’s wish by smacking the ball into the goal to bring the score to 2-2.
Gaining new momentum, the Mountaineers responded to Georgetown’s second goal with one of their own. In the 60th minute, Freshman Ali Williams (Myersville, Md./Middletown) slammed the ball into the goal off of a rebounded shot by Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear Academy) to extend the lead to 3-2.
With 15 minutes left on the board, the Hoyas never gave up and scored another goal to end regulation at three a piece.
With the game on the line in overtime, both teams were yearning to deliver the gut-wrenching shot to end the match. Each team exerted much energy in pressuring each goalie in extra-time, but Georgetown’s Sam Hickey delivered the final sting to end the bout 4-3.
The goalies on both sides of the turf were presented with many shots from each team’s attackers, but Georgetown was able to outshoot App 31-13 with 16-9 shots on goal.
Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont (Ohio State)) supplied the perfect backup for the Mountaineers in the close matchup between Georgetown. Gaines deflected 11 Hoya-attacks for 76:53 minutes to keep the game within reach for the App State players battling it out on the pitch.
The Black and Gold will go on the road for two-straight away games. The first match will be against James Madison on Friday, Sept. 2 at 6pm in Harrisonburg, Va., and on Sunday, Sept. 4, the ladies will travel to Davidson, N.C. to face LIU Brooklyn. The start time for the LIU Brooklyn match will be announced soon.