Already a two-time NCAA Championships qualifier, Appalachian State wrestler Matt Zovistoski is now a two-time NWCA Division I Scholar All-American.
Majoring in Cell/Molecular Biology, Zovistoski was also honored in 2017. He redshirted last year and returned to the NCAA Championships as a redshirt junior who finished the season 27-15 to improve his career record to 73-39.
Both of Zovistoski’s appearances at the NCAA Championships have occurred at 149 pounds, as he posted two NCAA wins during a 28-10 season in 2017.
App State has had at least one wrestler earn a Division I Scholar All-American Award in eight of head coach JohnMark Bentley’s 10 seasons.
“Honoring individuals and teams who have set themselves apart in the classroom is one of the greatest ways we can preserve and grow our sport,” National Wrestling Coaches Association Executive Director Mike Moyer said in a release from the NWCA. “Wrestling is one of the top collegiate sports having first-generation college attendees, and it’s great to see so many student-athletes taking advantage of the opportunity the sport has given them by pursuing excellence in the classroom as well as on the mat.”
Zovistoski joins Forrest Przybysz (three times from 2016-18), Denzel Dejournette (2016-17) and current App State assistant Dominic Parisi (2013-14) as multi-year honorees from App State.
To be eligible, a wrestler must have:
· Achieved a cumulative GPA Average of 3.2
· Won 60 percent of his/her total schedule (must have competed in 60 percent of team schedule) and/or was a 2019 NCAA Qualifier
· Achieved a cumulative GPA Average of 3.0
· 2018 NCAA All-American Honors
Sam Huff's power surge continued on Thursday night at L.P. Frans Stadium, but the Hickory Crawdads fell to the Lakewood BlueClaws 3-1 in the series opener.
The BlueClaws jumped ahead in the first inning, tagging Crawdads starting pitcher Ronny Henriquez for a pair of runs.
Sam Huff cut into the BlueClaw's lead with a homerun to right-center. Huff has homered in his last three games and leads the South Atlantic League with nine homeruns this season. He has recorded a hit in 15 of his 19 games.
The BlueClaws added another run in the sixth inning to take a 3-1 lead.
The 'Dads threatened in the bottom of the ninth with the winning run reaching first. They loaded the bases on a walk, double, and intentional walk but were unable to bring a run in.
The series will continue tomorrow night at 7pm. The Crawdads will be raising money for local schools with the Battle of the PTOs presented by Denise Clay: Edward Jones. Following the game there will be a fireworks show thanks to Crowne Plaza and WHKY 1290 AM and 102.3 FM.
The South Atlantic Conference announced its softball All-Conference selections and major award winners on Thursday afternoon and three Lenoir-Rhyne Softball players made All-SAC. Kylee Leonhardt earned First Team honors while Savannah Moorefield and Talon LaClair were named to the Second Team.
Leonhardt, last year's SAC Freshman of the Year, earned her first career First Team All-Conference selection. The catcher was a Second Teamer a season ago and finished her sophomore campaign with a .336 batting average, eight home runs, 32 RBIs and a .433 on-base percentage.
Moorefield led the conference with 51 runs scored, five more than any other player in the league. Moorefield also stole 13 bases and posted a .385 batting average and .464 on-base percentage. The sophomore had six doubles, three trips and seven home runs in her 44 games.
LaClair earns her second straight All-Conference honor after being a First Teamer in 2019. LaClair led the Bears with a .419 batting average, including a conference-best .507 batting average in league play. The sophomore recorded a hit in nine straight at bats and she finished in the top ten in five offensive categories. LaClair led the team with 44 RBIs and had 15 multi-hit games.
2019 SAC Softball All-Conference
All-SAC First Team
OF – Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman
OF – McKenzie Barneycastle, Newberry
OF – Emma Swenson, Wingate
1B – Mary Claire Coyne, Wingate
2B – Ty-Kella Goins, Lincoln Memorial
SS – Natalie Willis, Newberry
3B – Hannah Davis, Newberry
DP – Kayson Boatner, Anderson
UTL – Aubrey Reep, Wingate
C – Kylee Leonhardt, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Rachel Weidner, Wingate
P – Allison Rager, Carson-Newman
All-SAC Second Team
OF – Savannah Moorefield, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Chloe Pelham, Coker
OF – Taylor Battle, Tusculum
1B – Haley Simonds, Newberry
2B – Sydney Ditto, Queens
SS – Talon Laclair, Lenoir-Rhyne
3B – Emma Webb, Lincoln Memorial
DP – McKenzie McCullen, Queens
UTL – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
C – KaraLynne Levi, Carson-Newman
P – Courtney Pearson, Queens
P – Taylor Forehand, Coker
OF – Grace Cochran, Lincoln Memorial
OF – Jordan Floyd, Wingate
OF – Julia Bomhardt, Newberry
1B – Kelsie Hocutt, Lincoln Memorial
2B – Kasey Grant, Anderson
SS – Sierra Hucklebee, Lincoln Memorial
3B – Sammi Jo loney, Wingate
DP – Hannah Smith, Mars Hill
UTL – Paige Meyer, Newberry
C – McKenzie Henry, Lincoln Memorial
P – Isabelle Mullen, Coker
P – Selice Daley, Newberry
Freshman of the Year
Sierra Hucklebee, Lincoln Memorial
Player of the Year
Aubrey Reep, Wingate
Pitcher of the Year
Allison Rager, Carson-Newman
Coach of the Year
Ritchie Richardson, Lincoln Memorial
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has announced the winners of the Willie Bradshaw Memorial Endowed Scholarship for 2018-2019. The Willie Bradshaw Endowed Scholarship provides $750 of scholarship support to selected outstanding Black African American, Native American, Alaska Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or Hispanic American student-athletes participating on a sanctioned varsity team at an NCHSAA member school.
Out of the regional recipients, one male and one female student athlete will be selected as a state scholarship recipient and each will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship as state award winners. The state recipients will be announced at the Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill.
The Willie Bradshaw Memorial Endowed Scholarship is in honor of Durham-native, Willie Bradshaw, an NCHSAA Hall of Fame inductee in 1995 and National High School Hall of Fame inductee in 2010. Bradshaw was an outstanding athlete at Hillside High School, playing on the undefeated 1943 football team that went untied and unscored upon. He went on to North Carolina College (now NC Central University) and then on to pitch professionally for several Negro League teams. He became the first African American city or county athletic director when he took over for the Durham City School system until his retirement in 1992.
Two regional winners include:
Danielle Brown from Bandys High School has maintained a 3.6 unweighted GPA while participating on the Cheerleading team and in track and field. Brown is a member of the Beta Club and volunteered at soup kitchens, STEM camps, and cheerleading camps. She plans to study Biology as she furthers her education.
Sierra Davenport is a senior at Freedom High School. She has maintained a 3.8 unweighted GPA while playing basketball and volleyball. Davenport is a National Honor Society member and is interested in furthering her knowledge of rehabilitation services.
The Hickory Crawdads won in walk-off fashion on Wednesday night as Chad Smith led off the bottom of the ninth with a homerun. The 5-4 victory gives the Crawdads the series win over the visiting Augusta GreenJackets.
Pedro Gonzalez put the 'Dads ahead 1-0 with a solo homerun to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The GreenJackets tied things up in the top of the fifth with a run off Crawdads starter Hans Crouse.
The Crawdads took back the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Chris Seise singled and advanced to second on a groundout by Jonathan Ornelas. Curtis Terry hit his eighth double of the season to bring Seise around to score.
Crouse finished the evening after six innings, striking out four and walking three. He allowed six hits.
The 'Dads extended the lead to two runs as Gonzalez hit his second homerun of the night. Gonzalez finished the evening 3-3 with a walk.
The GreenJackets erased the Crawdads lead in the eighth, scoring three runs to pull ahead 4-3.
The 'Dads offense fought back as Sam Huff crushed a ball to dead center in the bottom of the inning that tied the game up at four.
Chad Smith sent the 'Dads home winners with a lead-off homerun to left field. The homer was Smith's second of the season and the Crawdads fourth of the night. The victory is the team's second walk-off of the year.
On Wednesday morning, the South Atlantic Conference officials released the 2019 All-Conference Teams and there is an abundance of Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse players throughout the First, Second and Honorable Mention Teams. Among the major award winners is Gia Colombo, who was voted as Co-Freshman of the Year by the SAC.
On the All-Conference First Team are Midfielders Rachel Elmore and Colombo as well as Cassie Lafler on Defense.
Elmore, the senior from White Plains, Md., had a season for the books as she surpassed the century mark in goals scored in the 18-7 victory at Tusculum. The two-time SAC Offensive Player of the Week put in 53 goals this season, including a season-high seven scored against Catawba. Her three assists put her point total at 56 for the year. She managed 77 draw control wins this season, 231 in her career which is tops in program history.
Colombo, the First Team member and Co-Freshman of the Year, blazed her way onto the field this season early and often as the middie. The Waxhaw, N.C. native added 21 goals and three assists for 24 season points. She also collected 22 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.
Lafler was steady on the defensive end of the field all season. The Penn Yan, N.Y. native collected 33 ground balls, 23 caused turnovers and was a threat to win draw controls at the end of the season, taking seven of them in the final five games this year. The defender's season-high in ground balls is six against Lincoln Memorial, two draw controls against Coker and three caused turnovers at LMU.
Making the SAC Second Team All-Conference list are Cathleen Gaffney and Alyssa Sack at Attack and Madison Prkna on Defense.
Gaffney was the primary coordinator of the Bears' offense as she ranked first on the team and second in the SAC with 37 assists on the year to go along with 20 goals. The Allentown, Pa. native is tenth in the conference in points for 2019 with 57. Her season-highs for goals scored and assists came against Mars Hill as she scored three goals and dished out five assists.
Sack, after sitting out the 2018 season due to injury, returned to form and made her presence felt at the offensive end of the field. The native of Senoia, Ga. recorded 27 goals and 17 assists to total 44 points scored in her return as a redshirt Sophomore. She added 14 ground balls and six caused turnovers to her season stat line.
Prkna was solid on the defensive end for the Bears as she led a defense to give up single-digit goals scored to Mars Hill with three, Lincoln Memorial with four and Coker with six. The Baltimore, Md. native collected 25 groundballs and 13 caused turnovers while her season-high in ground balls came against Catawba with four and caused turnovers with three against Coker.
Making the Honorable Mention Team is freshman Goal Keeper Teanna Sieben.
Sieben split time in goal for the Bears as a true freshman. The Bienfat, Saskatchewan, CANADA native was just a pair of saves shy of the century mark with 98, owend a record of 7-2 in goal, logged nearly 600 minutes played and had a goals against average of 10.94 for the season.
Four of these seven Bears serve as repeat selections from one season ago. They have led the Bears to an overall record of 11-5 overall record, 7-1 in SAC play and a second place finish in the conference standings behind Queens.
2019 SAC Women's Lacrosse All-Conference
All-SAC First Team
A – Hanna Scott, Queens
A – Kendall Wells, Wingate
A – Ally Blood, Queens
A – Faith Kent, Coker
MF – Rachel Elmore, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Katie Wardle, Queens
MF – Allison Conn, Queens
MF – Gia Colombo, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Cammy Case, Queens
D – Cassie Lafler, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Zoe Zervos, Lincoln Memorial
D – Sierra Street, Wingate
GK – Arion Pierre, Wingate
All-SAC Second Team
A – Cathleen Gaffney, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Erin DePaul, Lincoln Memorial
A – Alyssa Sack, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Rachel Perrett, Queens
MF – Becca Ruiz, Wingate
MF – Juliette Cusano, Tusculum
MF – Emily Ketron, Wingate
MF – Chloe Wood, Newberry
D – Imani Grays, Catawba
D – Sydney Hussey, Queens
D – Megan Amrein, Wingate
D – Madison Prkna, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Chase Brokaw, Queens
A – Kara Blanchard, Queens
A – Rachel Holmes, Tusculum
A – Erin Green, Catawba
A – Gianna Pezzulo, Catawba
MF – Casey Kelly, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Amara Moss, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Kiersten Foust, Mars Hill
MF – Alyssa Baronella-O'Toole, Coker
MF - Kelly Csenar, Lincoln Memorial
D – Riannon Beddington, Lincoln Memorial
D – Adara Garner, Newberry
D – Hannah Baird, Coker
D – Caroline Falcone, Catawba
GK – Teanna Sieben, Lenoir-Rhyne
Player of the Year
Ally Blood, Queens
Co-Freshman of the Year
Gia Colombo, Lenoir-Rhyne
Becca Ruiz, Wingate
Coach of the Year
Clare Short, Queens
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Kim Pate has announced that Tom Fleenor will no longer serve as the head baseball coach for Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Fleenor, who held the position since June 2013, finishes his tenure at Lenoir-Rhyne with an overall record of 150-136 and a 59-91 record in South Atlantic Conference play. The 2019 season, which ended yesterday, saw the baseball program finish with an overall record of 23-27 and tied for eighth in the conference standings.
"We are committed to the success of our baseball program and providing our student-athletes the best possible experience including competing for championships as well as preparing them for success in life," Pate said. "I wish Coach Fleenor nothing but the best in his future endeavors."
Assistant Coach Chaz Frank will serve as the interim head coach during the transition. A national search for the next baseball coach will begin immediately.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team used a season-high four goals and three points from Anthony Fraga en route to a 15-6 victory over Newberry in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Quarterfinal on Tuesday night. The win sets up a rematch of the 2018 SAC Tournament Championship game as the Bears take on Wingate on Friday.
Fraga netted a hat trick in the first quarter as the Bears ran out to an early 4-1 lead. The LR defense held Newberry scoreless in the second quarter and allowed just three total goals in the final 45 minutes of the game.
Edward Tate also netted a hat trick for the Bears and added an assist. Ryan Bell finished with a goal and two assists and Joe Buduo had a pair of goals and a couple of assists. Buduo also netted his 140th career goal in the game.
Lenoir-Rhyne outshot Newberry 46-34 and committed just 12 turnovers in the game. Conversely, Newberry turned the ball over 17 times and went 11-of-15 in clear attempts.
Noah Johnson was outstanding in goal for the Bears as the freshman finished with 18 saves to earn the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne has won six straight and have held each of those opponents to six goals or less in that stretch.
The Bears defeated Newberry 21-16 earlier in the season. Newberry earned their first SAC Tournament bid in the program's second year of existence.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team lost both games of a road doubleheader against host Spartanburg Methodist on Tuesday afternoon, losing 6-0 in game one and 8-5 in game two.
The Red Hawks’ record now stands at 26-19 overall on the season.
Game one: Spartanburg Methodist 6, Catawba Valley 0 (seven innings)
The Red Hawks committed five errors and tallied just one hit at the plate in a shutout loss to the Pioneers during the opener of the set on Tuesday afternoon in Spartanburg, S.C.
Trent Jones recorded the lone hit for the Red Hawks — a single to center field with one out in the top of the fifth. Jones reached base twice during Tuesday’s opener, including once on an error in the third inning.
SMC starting pitcher Charles Schaum went the distance to earn his second win of 2019. He allowed one hit, two walks and struck out three batters during his complete game performance.
Tristan Shea led the Pioneers on offense with a two-run single in the first inning, while Houston Wright, Andrew Krauss and Donald Hansis also drove in one run each for Spartanburg Methodist.
Game two: Spartanburg Methodist 8, Catawba Valley 5
The Pioneers used a four-run sixth inning to seize the lead late en route to the doubleheader sweep against the Red Hawks during the second game of the twin bill on Tuesday.
Shortstop Joey Tepper led the late charge for SMC (27-17) with a two-run home run in the sixth inning — his second of the game.
After falling behind 4-0 through three complete innings, Catawba Valley surged ahead of Spartanburg Methodist by scoring three runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth inning to gain a 5-4 advantage.
Center fielder Malik Stephens got the scoring going for CVCC during the fourth inning, driving in a run on an RBI double down the left field line. Before the inning was over, shortstop Jamie Sheek added an RBI sac fly and second baseman Ryan Healy drove in a run on an RBI single to cut the Red Hawks’ deficit down to 4-3.
Back-to-back home runs by third baseman Grant Tilley and right fielder Vinny Consolo helped push Catawba Valley ahead for the first time in Tuesday’s second game, poising them to earn their 27th win of the spring.
However, a potential come-from-behind win for CVCC would be spoiled in the sixth inning when Tepper homered down the left field line for the tying and eventual game-winning runs.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team returns to action this weekend for its final road conference series of the season.
The Red Hawks travel to Jamestown, N.C. to take on Guilford Tech for a 1 p.m. doubleheader consisting of one nine-inning game and one seven-inning game on Saturday before playing a single nine-inning game on Sunday at noon.
Luke Drumheller, Robbie Young and Joel McDaniel all homered for Appalachian State, but Radford used a six-run top of the first inning and five homers of its own to claim a 12-6 road win Tuesday night.
The Mountaineers (16-22, 8-9 Sun Belt) will resume their league schedule Friday with the start of a three-game home series against first-place UTA (28-14, 14-4).
Drumheller’s second homer of his freshman season was part of a 2-for-4 game that raised his league-leading batting average to .383, McDaniel hit his team-leading sixth homer of the season and Young homered for the second straight game. He came close to adding a two-run homer that would have cut App State’s eighth-inning deficit to 11-8, but left fielder Adam Whitacre reached up above the top of the wall to make the catch.
App State’s offense also benefited from a 2-for-4 outing by Kendall McGowan, who had three RBIs, and Bailey Welch scored the Mountaineers’ first two runs after reaching on a walk and triple.
Radford, which is tied for second place in the Big South, got two homers from Clayton Baine and one homer apiece from Spencer Horowitz, Andrew Szamski and Will Harless.
Horowitz followed a single to open the game with a two-run homer to right off App State starter Cameron Kepley, who then followed a walk to back-to-back strikeouts. He was close to getting out of the inning with limited damage, but Harless’ hard-hit grounder with an exit velocity of 105 mph snuck past an on-the-move infielder’s glove.
With runners on the corners for new pitcher Jason Cornatzer, two runs scored on a two-out fielding error before Baine delivered a two-run homer.
The Highlanders (21-19, 12-6 Big South) led 10-2 through four innings, with App State’s early runs coming on McGowan’s RBI single in the first inning and his third-inning sacrifice fly. The Mountaineers trimmed their deficit to 10-5 on Drumheller’s fifth-inning homer to right with a 101-mph exit velocity, Young’s 398-foot homer to right in the seventh and McGowan’s RBI single to score Alex Leshock later in the same inning.
After Radford scored an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning, McDaniel led off the bottom of the eighth with a homer that had an exit velocity of 103 mph, according to the @AppStSportsData account.
App State used seven pitchers on a staff day, and Austin Primm finished with two strikeouts in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. Jack Hartman took over for Primm and pitched a clean seventh inning.
Appalachian State (30-17) won game one and lost game two of the doubleheader against Western Carolina (18-27) on Tuesday. The Mountaineers scored eight runs on 10 hits in the 8-2 game one win but fell short in the seventh inning of game two, losing 2-3.
With the win, Appalachian State reached 30 wins for the second time in program history. The only other time the Mountaineers have had a 30-win season was in 2013 when the Apps went 31-22 under third year head coach Shae Wesley.
Head coach Shelly Hoerner is in her second season with the Mountaineers. After going 14-34 in 2017, Hoerner led the Mountaineers to an improved 17-35 record in her first season in command. The improvement jump to 30 wins is the largest margin of imporvement since 2009 when under head coach Amy Herrington.
The Mountaineers are currently 12-8 in Sun Belt play as they head into their final six regular season conference games. For the first time in program history, the Apps have punched their ticket to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The tournament will begin following the series against Coastal Carolina on May 8 and conclude on May 11.
With the win in game one of the doubleheader, Sydney Holland picked up the win in the circle bringing her record to 13-8 on the year. Holland picthed her 11th complete game of the season tallying five strikeouts along the way and allowing only two runs.
The Catamounts struck first with a double and a sacrifice bunt to bring home two runs in the bottom of the third. Despite the lead, it would be the last time they would touch home in game one.
In the top of the fourth, the Mountaineers responded scoring five runs on four hits. Haley Stewart, Alison Durrence and Megan Walker each had a single to put runners on and get the offense flowing. After Gabby Burauto made her way around for the first Mountaineer run on the single by Durrence, Baylee Morton would draw a walk and bring home Stewart.
Keri White knocked a double through the left side to keep the inning alive scoring Walker, Morton and Sidney Russell and bringing the score to 5-2.
In the top of the sixth, White got on base with a single and Caylie Kifer did the same to bring her home.
The final two runs for the Mountaineers came in the seventh inning when Mackenzie Parker drove home Ally Walters and Mary Pierce Barnes to cap the score at 8-2.
Maddie Siemer suffered the loss in the circle after recording 4 strikeouts in the loss, bringing her record to 2-4. Taylor Nichols also picked up a strikeout after finishing the sixth inning with bases loaded without allowing a run to score.
Again the two remained scoreless midway through the second game and again the Catamounts scored first.
In the bottom of the fourth, two singles put runners on and in scoring position. After a groundout allowed the first run to score, Western Carolina hit a two-run home run to right field to bring the score to 3-0.
The Mountaineer defense would step up and did not allow another run to score the remainder of the game.
In the top of the seventh, the bats came to lfie for App State as Stewart singled to get on base. Alison Durrence followed nicely with a two-run home run to center field to bring the score to only a one-run deficit. The home run was Durrence's 12th on the year as she continues to lead the team and is now tied for second in the Sun Belt Conference.
With two outs in the game, Ally Walters singled to right field but was caught in a run down for the final out of the game, ending the seventh inning comeback just short.
"Any win is a good win, especially when you hit the 30 mark for only the second time in program history," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "I continue to be so proud of what this team is accomplishing. Their fight amazes me; their love for each other is even greater. They have played with passion and for each other every day and I can't ask for anything else."
The doubleheader marked the end of non-conference play for the Mountaineers. App State is back in Boone this weekend as they take on UTA in a weekend series. The two are the fourth and fifth ranked teams in the Sun Belt respectively as they head into a crucial matchup that will ultimately determine Sun Belt tournament rankings in May.
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Augusta GreenJackets 3-2 on Tuesday evening. The victory evens the series at one game each.
Curtis Terry collected his league-leading 20th RBI with a solo homerun that put the Crawdads ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth. Two batters later, Sam Huff extended the lead to two runs with a homerun to dead center field that hit halfway up the batter's eye.
The GreenJackets got a run back in the sixth to make the score 2-1. Crawdads starting pitcher Yerry Rodriguez finished the evening with six innings pitched, giving up one run and striking out seven. He lowered his season ERA to 1.20.
Matt Whatley gave the Crawdads a 3-1 lead with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 8th.
Scott Engler allowed a homerun with two outs in the ninth, but got the final out of the game on a groundball. Engler recorded his second save of the season.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team and the Erskine Flying Fleet went to battle on Tuesday night in the last regular season game for both clubs. It took 10 innings, 29 runs and 32 hits to settle it before the Bears won on a walkoff single by Brock Johnson to left center field, 15-14.
The big hit came from Johnson to complete the game, but prior to that there was a solo home run to right center by Caleb Beatty that tied the game at 14-14 in the tenth.
Lenoir-Rhyne used a total of 12 pitchers in this one, but it was freshman Hayden Gresham who earned his first win of his career, getting the final out of the ballgame before the Bears took the victory.
Six different hitters recorded multiple base hits, but it was Caleb Beatty who led the way with a 3-for-4 day at the plate with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Zack Shoemaker, Matthew Freeman, Brock Johnson, Clayton Jeffries and Grant Fuller all had two hits.
The Flying Fleet had a big day at the plate as well as Cole Warken (3-for-5, two RBIs and three runs scored), Xander Vizzcorando (2-for-3, one RBI, three runs scored) and Kyle Heiss (3-for-7, four RBIs, one run scored) had the most disruptive days against Lenoir-Rhyne.
Freeman and Jeffries each pitched for the first time this season.
LR swept the Flying Fleet and took both games for wins this year.
The Bears season ends at 23-27.
Upon the conclusion of the regular season, the South Atlantic Conference officials announced its postseason awards and all-conference teams. Clayton Jeffries was selected as an outfielder on the All-SAC Second Team and the trio of E.J. Ranel, Matthew Freeman and Alex Shirazi were named as Honorable Mention selections.
Jeffries, a SAC Player of the Week and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Regional Player of the Week this season, led Lenoir-Rhyne with a fifth-ranked batting average of .379 after the final conference game of the season. The Lakeland, Fla. native played in every game of the year and was tied for second on the team with 14 doubles and added one home run and a team-leading 48 runs batted in, which is good for third in the conference.
Ranel, an outfielder from Dacula, Ga., is fourth on the team with a batting average of .289 in 44 games played. Of his 46 hits on the year, the junior tallied seven doubles, a pair of triples and a team-leading seven home runs and is third on the squad with 30 RBIs.
Freeman, the team's Designated Hitter, played in 43 games for the Bears. His .354 average ranks 10th in the SAC and second on the team. The senior from Belews, Creek, N.C. had an impressive on-base-plus-slugging percentage is tops on the team at 1.121, led Lenoir-Rhyne with 18 doubles and three triples, logged six long balls and was second on the team with 34 RBIs.
Shirazi, the series-opening starting pitcher for the Bears, is the final player selected to the Honorable Mention Team. The junior Charlotte, N.C. native was unlucky in the record books, owning a 2-5 mark this season while holding an earned run average of 4.84 in 2019. The Friday night ace for the Bears made 12 appearances and started in all those. He pitched one complete game and logged 70.2 innings of work for Lenoir-Rhyne.
The individual awards given by the conference office were headlined by the Newberry Wolves as they received Coach of the Year (Russell Triplett), Player of the Year (Danton Hyman) and Freshman of the Year (Josh Bookbinder). Tusculum's Charles Hall was voted as the Pitcher of the Year.
The South Atlantic Conference announced its All-Conference teams on Wednesday afternoon with five Bears earning honors. Joe Buduo, Eric Dickinson and Tyler Bane were named First Team All-SAC, while Noah Johnson earned Second Team All-League honors. Also, Connor Stanley was named to the Honorable Mention team.
Buduo and Dickinson were the league’s top scoring duo through the 2019 season. Buduo, who topped 140 career goals and 200 career points in his senior campaign, totaled 42 goals and 64 points which were both good for the third highest total in the conference. Dickinson also scored 42 times and added 19 assists for 61 points.
Bane rounded out the First Team with a standout junior season. The defender caused 15 turnovers on the season and added 24 ground balls for the Bears. Bane’s tough play on the defensive end helped Lenoir-Rhyne hold SAC opponents to just 52 goals, the second lowest total in the league.
Johnson was another reason the Bears were stout on defense as the freshman goalie earned Second Team accolades. Johnson allowed just 7.50 goals to league opponents and his 62.5 % save percentage against SAC opponents was the best mark in the conference.
Rounding out the awards was Connor Stanley, last week’s SAC Defensive Player of the Week. Stanley earned Honorable Mention honors as an LSM after a sophomore campaign that saw him record 47 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers and adding three goals and an assist on offense.
2019 SAC Men’s Lacrosse All-Conference
All-SAC First Team
A – Joe Buduo, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Keegan Bell, Tusculum
A – Dylan Mansur, Newberry
MF – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Alex Llerandi, Wingate
MF – Joe Barber, Catawba
D – RJ Neal, Wingate
D – Tyler Bane, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – James Houston, Wingate
LP – Griffin Stechmiller, Queens
Spec. – Wyatt Weiseman, Wingate
GK – Kevin Geiger, Catawba
All-SAC Second Team
A – Bobby Padden, Wingate
A – Kealan Pilon, Queens
A – Cole Fanzo, Catawba
MF – Conor Gronbach, Wingate
MF – Ethan Irizarry, Coker
MF – Robert Tucker, Lincoln Memorial
D – Payton Leonard, Catawba
D – Ryon Bellamy, Queens
D – Nick Rizzieri, Queens
LP – Reese Orman, Wingate
Spec. – Sean Moran, Wingate
GK – Noah Johnson, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Ian Cook, Lincoln Memorial
A – Stone Boone, Newberry
A – Ryan Ormerod, Wingate
MF – Kevin Barry, Queens
MF – Zac Carrigan, Mars Hill
MF – David Byrne, Queens
D – Jake Coleman, Queens
D – Quinn McKitrick, Tusculum
D – Keenan D'Arcy, Catawba
LP – Connor Stanley, Lenoir-Rhyne
Spec. – Drew Flack, Queens
GK – Alex Cordero, Wingate
Player of the Year
Alex Llerandi, Wingate
Freshman of the Year
Brady Kearnan, Newberry
Coach of the Year
Peter Bourque, Catawba
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team concluded the South Atlantic Conference portion of their schedule with a pair of one-run losses on Monday at Tusculum, losing game one 6-5 and game two, 5-4. The Bears dropped all three games to the Pioneers by one run.
LR and Tusculum ended up locked in a one-run ballgame once again in game two of the series. After the Bears put up a four-spot in the top of the sixth, it was the Pioneers who used a two-run homer after an error that put the home team on top for good.
Jackson had the biggest day at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a run batted in and a run scored. Zack Shoemaker also was a stand out for the Bears as he was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and three RBIs to go along with one run scored.
Alex Shirazi was given the start on the mound in game one of the doubleheader, as he allowed four runs on six hits, walked three, struck out three and all in 4.1 innings of work. Kain Kiser, who threw 3.0 innings, took the loss despite giving up a pair of unearned runs on the homerun by Bradley Evans.
The Pioneers were led at the plate by Nate Montgomery (2-for-4, three RBIs) and Evans (2-for-4, two RBIs) whose homer proved to be the series clincher.
The Bears and Pioneers were caught in the third neck-and-neck battle of the series, as it was tied 4-4 heading to the bottom of the seventh inning. It was Tusculum's Bryson Ford who hit the walk-off single up the middle, bringing in Zack Finchum to score the game's winning run.
Senior Hunter Martin, in his second appearance of the weekend, took the loss. Paul Hall was the game's starter and the senior allowed just two hits while striking out seven.
LR was led at the plate by Corbin Watson, fresh off an injury, who went 2-for-3 and a walk. Matthew Freeman was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a homerun that cut this game to 4-3 in the fifth inning.
Tusculum was led at the plate by Ford (2-for-3 with a walk, run scored and one run driven in - the game-winner) and Montgomery whose only hit was a grand slam in the third inning.
Andrew Willis was the starter, and he worked five complete innings but gave up three runs on four hits and walked four while fanning seven Bears batters. Alec Lay worked the two extra innings in the ballgame and held the road team to one hit and no runs, earning his third victory of the season.
The Bears have lost five of the past six games heading into the final game of the season.
Freeman hit his sixth home run of the year in game two, extending his hit streak to 11 games and 15 of the past 16. He also stole his first base of the season in the seventh inning of game two.
Lenoir-Rhyne ended the road schedule with a winning mark of 14-11 in games away from Bears Field.
All three games were decided by one run, the first time that has occurred in a weekend series this spring.
L-R drops to 22-27 overall and 7-17 in the South Atlantic Conference . The Bears will play host to Erskine for the final game of the 2019 campaign on Tuesday with first pitch set for 4 p.m.
The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Augusta GreenJackets 5-1 in Monday's series opener.
The GreenJackets took an early lead, getting a run across in the second inning.
The 'Dads fought back in the third to tie the game at one. Jose Almonte doubled to start off the inning. Ornelas followed up with another double to bring Almonte around to score.
The GreenJackets quickly retook the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. They added on a run in the sixth and one in the eighth to make the score 5-1.
Crawdads starting pitcher Tim Brennan pitched 6 innings yielding 4 runs on 7 hits. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter. Brennan fell to 1-1 for the season and his ERA rose to 2.65.
Abdiel Mendoza pitched three innings of relief, allowing a run. Hever Bueno pitched a scoreless ninth, hitting 99 on the radar gun.
The series continues tomorrow evening with a 6:30pm first pitch. It is Dollar Dog Tuesday which means hot dogs are $1 and dogs can get into the park for a $1 thanks to Hebrew National, Cody Law Firm, WHKY 1290AM & 102.3FM. Craft beers will be $2 tomorrow courtesy of Lowes Foods.
On Senior Day, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team earned a split with Tusculum in the regular season finale on Monday afternoon, winning the first game, 11-6 but dropping the second contest, 8-7. With the split, the Bears clinched a bid to the South Atlantic Conference Tournament this weekend.
After Tusculum plated a pair in the top of the first, Lenoir-Rhyne stormed back with a 3-spot in the bottom of the frame. Talon LaClair drove in one with a single up the middle and Mackensi Swain doubled in two more to give the Bears a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
The offense didn't stop as LR pushed across four more runs in the bottom of the second. Savannah Moorefield's single drove in Macie Gibson and Erin Boone drove in one more with her double to right. LaClair added RBI's number two and three on the game with a single.
A 3-run homer for the visitors narrowed the gap to 7-5 but the Bears rebounded with four in the bottom of the third.
For the game, Lenoir-Rhyne had 14 hits led by a 4-for-4 day from LaClair who finished with five runs driven in. Taylor Beard, Gibson and Moorefield each had two hits and Moorefield scored three times.
For the second straight game, Tusculum scored in the top of the first. In this game, Tusculum pushed across three runs and the Bears would answer with three of their own in the bottom of the frame. Swain drove in a pair with a double and Beard knocked her in with a base hit to right.
Unfortunately, Tusculum would erupt for four runs in the top of the second and one more in the top of the fifth.
Moorefield wouldn't let the Bears go down quietly, homering in her final two at bats. The sophomore clubbed a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth and followed up with a 3-run bomb in the sixth to cut the lead to 8-7.
The Bears had a chance to do more damage than just one run in the bottom of the fifth trailing 8-4. LR loaded the bases with nobody out but failed to push a run across.
Tusculum had 17 hits in the game two, the most hits allowed by the Bears in a game all season.
LR ended the regular season by dropping six of their final seven games. Heading into the week, the Bears were ranked No. 4 in the Southeast Region with the updated regional rankings coming out on Wednesday.
Prior to first pitch, Lenoir-Rhyne honored four seniors. Cassie Healy, Boone, Emily Kenley and Brandi Parks all played in their final game at Bears Field today.
The Bears are 26-18 overall and 9-10 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will return to action on Friday in the opening round of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament. The tournament is hosted by Catawba.
On Monday, the South Atlantic Conference released its AstroTurf SAC Players of the Week, and it was Connor Stanley who earned Defensive Player of the Week honors. This is Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse's third occasion, and second player, to receive Defensive Player of the Week recognition this season.
A sophomore defender, Stanley caused three turnovers and collected six ground balls, aiding the Bears to hold their fifth straight opponent to six goals or less. The Glenelg, Md. native also helped force Coker into 26 turnovers and only 19-for-30 in clear attempts. This is Stanley's first Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season.
2019 SAC AstroTurf Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Feb. 4 – None
Feb. 11 – Justin Messersmith, Newberry
Feb. 18 – Kyle Hornik, Queens
Feb. 25 – Kyle Hornik, Queens
Mar. 4 – Mike DiLegge, Wingate
Mar. 11 – Chris Hagy, Coker
Mar. 18 – Noah Johnson, Lenoir-Rhyne
Mar. 25 – Kevin Geiger, Catawba
Apr. 1 – Sean Moran, Wingate
Apr. 8 – Noah Johnson, Lenoir-Rhyne
Apr. 15 – Alex Cordero, Wingate
Apr. 22 – Connor Stanley, Lenoir-Rhyne
AstroTurf is an official corporate partner of the South Atlantic Conference and title sponsor of the Conference's Player of the Week awards program.
The South Atlantic Conference announced its final AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week honor this season for Women's Lacrosse and Rachel Elmore was named the Offensive Player of the Week after two victories against Mars Hill and Coker.
A senior midfielder, Elmore and the Bears went 2-0 in conference on the week to extend their win streak to four games. The White Plains, Md. native score nine goals in victories over Mars Hill and Coker while adding seven draw controls, two ground balls, and a pair of caused turnovers. This is Elmore's second Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.
AstroTurf is an official corporate partner of the South Atlantic Conference and title sponsor of the Conference's Player of the Week awards program.
2019 SAC AstroTurf Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week
Feb. 4 – Faith Kent, Coker
Feb. 11 – Faith Kent, Coker
Feb. 18 – Kiersten Foust, Mars Hill
Feb. 25 – Erin DePaul, Lincoln Memorial
Mar. 4 – Faith Kent, Coker
Mar. 11 – Erin DePaul, Lincoln Memorial
Mar. 18 – Rachel Elmore, Lenoir-Rhyne
Mar. 25 – Rachel Perrett, Queens
Apr. 1 – Ally Blood, Queens
Apr. 8 – Juliette Cusano, Tusculum
Apr. 15 – Hanna Scott, Queens
Apr. 22 – Rachel Elmore, Lenoir-Rhyne