Appalachian State (10-6) finished its trip to the Music City with a win in extra innings against Tennessee State (2-7).
Four Mountaineers had a multi-hit game against the Tigers. Keri White and Jenny Dodd each had three hits apiece to contribute to the team's season-high 13 combined hits.
After a five-run first inning for the Tigers, the Mountaineers lessened their lead to one run in the top of the third off of two hits and three errors. In the top of the fourth, App State took the lead after singles from White, Haley Stewart and Mary Pierce Barnes and a double from Dodd, to make the score 6-5.
The Tigers tied up the score in the bottom of the seventh to take the Mountaineers to extra innings. With the International Tie Breaker rule in effect, the Apps pulled ahead with help from a sacrifice bunt from White, a sacrifice fly from Caylie Kifer and a solo homer from Dodd over the 220-foot centerfield fence.
The Mountaineers secured the win in the top of the ninth, scoring two runs. Tennessee State's sole run in the bottom of the ninth wasn't enough to defeat the Apps.
Junior Sydney Holland (4-4) picked up the win, entering the game in the first inning to relieve Kenzie Longanecker during a two-out, bases-loaded situation. In her 8.1 innings pitched, she struck out five batters and limited walks to two. Holland allowed six of the Tigers' 10 hits.
The Mountaineers continue their road trip to Statesboro, Ga., after this weekend's Sun Belt opener has been moved to Georgia Southern. The series will start on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. followed by game two on Friday at 3 p.m. and finish on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Mountain Heritage: 71
East Burke: 66
Cavaliers season ends at 24-6.
Patriots will take on Cuthbertson in the regional finals, Saturday in Hickory.
Cox Mill: 101
Patriots season ends at 28-3.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team saw its six-game winning streak come to an end in a doubleheader split with Erskine on a sunny but chilly Tuesday afternoon. The Beras lost the first game 7-3 but took the nightcap, 6-2.
In game one, after Erskine scored in the top of the first, Savannah Moorefield would lead off the bottom half of the inning with a triple to right field. The next batter was Erin Boone who singled Moorefield home to even the game just two batters in.
LR would run out to a 3-1 advantage by pushing across two runs in the third inning. Mackensi Swain would plate Moorefield with a single down the left field line and Talon LaClair scored on an Erskine error.
However, the visitors would score the game's final six runs to grab the victory. Erskine pushed across two runs in each of the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
Morgan Hendrix earned the win by allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk. Reigning South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week Brandi Parks suffered the loss by allowing four runs in her four innings of work.
Moorefield went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Game two was the opposite of game one with Erskine scoring early and the Bears scoring six straight runs to earn the win.
With LR down 2-0, the Bears would score once in the bottom of the third and erupt for four runs in the fourth. Natalie Parham drew a bases loaded walk and Moorefield drove in one with an infield single. LaClair would push two across with an RBI single up the middle.
Ashten Hinkle drove in the final run for LR with a double that plated Leanna Sherrill.
Kimberly Blair earned the win in relief, firing 3.2 scoreless innings and permitting just two hits. Blair struck out three for her second victory of the year.
LaClair reached base safely in all four plate appearances in the second game.
Moorefield has six multi-hit games so far in 2019 and her 19 runs scored is by far the team leader.
LR is 11-6 on the season. The Bears continue its home stand with a doubleheader against Augusta on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Softball Players of the Week for games played during Feb. 25 through Mar. 3 and Lenoir-Rhyne's Brandi Parks garnered the Pitcher of the Week honor.
Parks, a senior right-handed pitcher, finished the week with a 0.67 earned run average in her three complete-game wins, including a shutout of No. 18 Young Harris. In 21 innings of action, the Roaring River, N.C. native allowed two earned runs, 16 hits, nine walks, while striking out 13 batters. In the field, she had one putout and assisted on four. This is her first Pitcher of the Week honor of the season.
The fifth-seeded Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Region X/District VI tournament on Monday night with a 95-75 victory against 12th-seeded Vance Granville at the Tarlton Complex.
With the victory, the Red Hawks improve to 22-8 overall on the season — breaking a tie for the second most wins in a season in program history.
Returning from a foot injury that sidelined him during the final three games of the regular season, sophomore forward Isayah Johnson scored a team-high 15 points in Monday night’s win — 11 of those coming in the second half of the contest.
Teammates Jordan Powell, Dezure Moulden and Brandon Reeves also reached double figures in scoring for the Red Hawks with 13, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Leading by two points early in the first half, CVCC used a 13-3 run during a three-minute span starting at the 9:36 mark of the first half to break away from Vance Granville, growing its single-digit lead into a double-digit advantage and taking a 42-27 lead by halftime.
Building on its comfortable lead, the Red Hawks outscored the Vanguard 53-48 during the second half. Moulden scored all 11 of his points during the second half — equaling Johnson’s second-half point total — to help secure the program’s first postseason victory since Feb. 28, 2016.
Justus Baldwin and Quavion Basyden led Vance Granville (5-24) with 25 and 21 points, respectively.
The CVCC men’s basketball team continues play in the Region X/District VI tournament on Thursday with a tough match up against fourth-seeded Wake Tech — the host team for the tournament. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Eagles is set for 6:30 p.m. in Raleigh, N.C.
Below are the updated brackets for the Region X/District IV tournament following Monday’s results:
2019 Region X/District VI men’s basketball tournament
First round scores (from Monday)
#5 Catawba Valley 95, #12 Vance-Granville 75
#6 Bryant & Stratton 82, #11 Lenoir 62
#7 Davidson County 95, #10 Fayetteville Tech 86
#9 Patrick Henry at #8 Louisburg, no report
Quarterfinals (Thursday at Wake Tech CC)
Game 1: #2 Guilford Tech vs. #7 Davidson County, noon
Game 2 :#1 Pitt vs. #8 Louisburg/#9 Patrick Henry winner, 2 p.m.
Game 3: #3 Florida Gateway vs. #6 Bryant & Stratton, 4:30 p.m.
Game 4: #4 Wake Tech vs. #5 Catawba Valley, 6:30 p.m.
Semifinals (Friday at Wake Tech CC)
Guilford Tech/Davidson County winner vs. Florida Gateway/Bryant & Stratton winner, 5 p.m.
Pitt/Louisburg winner vs. Wake Tech/Catawba Valley winner, 7 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team used a stellar pitching performance from its starter on the mound and an explosive seven-run third inning to put away the Anderson University Trojans 14-2 on Monday night to wrap up the weekend series.
Lenoir-Rhyne sent Jake Conroy out to the mound for the start, and this was the second consecutive quality start for a Bears' pitcher. Conroy earned his second win of the season as he put in 6.0 innings of work, giving up just two runs on seven hits, two walks and sent seven Trojans back to the dugout via the strikeout. Hunter Martin and Griffin Templeton managed to work 3.0 combined innings and throwing up a goose egg for the game while giving up just three hits in the process.
The Trojans starter Matthew Stanley took the loss as he was pulled from the mound after giving up six earned runs on six hits in 2.1 innings on the mound.
Anderson was led at the plate by Brandon Odachowski, who went 3-for-4 while scoring a run. Will Lindsey and Will O'Brien each managed multiple base hits as well.
Each man in the starting lineup recorded a base hit, led by Clayton Jeffries (3-for-4 with two runs batted in) and Corbin Watson (3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored). Alex Reynolds and Dalton Putnam were close behind, each having a multi-hit game, one RBI and at least one score between them.
This marks the first win in South Atlantic Conference play this season.
Grant Fuller and Jeffries account for 49 of the Bears' 170 hits so far this season, good for just under 29 percent. The duo also accounts for 27 of the 91 RBIs for Lenoir-Rhyne on the season.
The Bears are 4-0 on the season when scoring 10 or more runs, and 14 runs marks a season-high in scoring this season.
The Bears improve to 7-11 overall and 1-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R has a quick turnaround as they host Coker College on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. in nonconference play.
After posting a career night on Thursday, Appalachian State guard Ronshad Shabazz has been named Men's Basketball Sun Belt Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
In a pair of games last week, Shabazz averaged 33.5 points on 21-of-42 (50.0 percent) shooting, a 14-of-24 (58.3 percent) clip from deep and a perfect 11-of-11 mark from the free throw line. He also averaged 5.0 rebounds.
On Thursday at ULM, Shabazz had a game for the ages. He poured in a career-high 47 points on 17-of-30 (56.7 percent) mark from the field and 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) shooting from deep, to go along with five rebounds. The 47 points ranks as the fourth highest scoring output in a single game in program history and was the eighth highest scoring game in Division I this season. In addition, the 10 made three-pointers tied the school record held by Nate Cranford in the 2006-07 season.
Also on Thursday, Shabazz scored the 2,000th point of his career, joining Donald Sims as the only two players to reach 2,000 career points. He also scored his 500th point of the season, becoming the first player in program history to score 500 or more points in three different seasons.
Shabazz followed up his performance on Thursday with 20 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 mark from the free throw line, and five rebounds in a 90-80 Mountaineer win at Louisiana on Sunday.
Shabazz is averaging 18.8 points this season, which leads the team and sits sixth in the Sun Belt. He enters Thursday's contest with 699 career field goals made and is just two baskets away from becoming the program's all-time leader in field goals made.
Appalachian State will conclude its regular season with two home contests inside the Holmes Center this week. The Mountaineers will host Troy on Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday against South Alabama.
Appalachian State University women's basketball sophomore Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) was named the College Sports Madness Sun Belt Player of the Week, announced on Monday.
Gosnell averaged 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds through the Mountaineers two victories over the weekend against ULM and Louisiana. The Demorest, Ga., native also shot 56 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the charity stripe. It was the first Sun Belt sweep of the season for the Black and Gold, while the 11-3 mark at home is the best record at the Holmes Center since the 2011-12 season. Also, the 15 wins with two games left are the most wins in the Angel Elderkin era.
In the 56-51 victory over the Warhawks, Gosnell poured in a personal-high 26 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the field with five boards. She scored 16 of her points in the second half, which was half of Appalachian's scoring output. Against the Ragin' Cajuns, she registered her first Sun Belt double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Over the past seven games, Gosnell is averaging 14.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and shooting 54.4 percent from the field, 40.5 percent from 3-point range and 81.3 percent from the line. She has scored in double figures in five straight games, which is a career long.
Gosnell and the Mountaineers have won the last three games and look to continue their solid play going into the Sun Belt Tournament. App closes the regular season in Alabama. It will face Troy on Thursday at 7 p.m. (ET).
Junior Sprinter P.J. Lotharp keeps reeling in the accolades after a record-breaking 2018-19 Indoor Track & Field season. The USTFCCA tabbed him as the Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year on Monday morning.
Lotharp, an Indian Trail, N.C. native, is ranked third nationally in the 60-meters at 6.73 and twelth nationally in the 200-meters at 21.36. It was at the South Atlantic Conference Championships where he won the 60, 200 and was a member of the record-breaking and first-place 4x400 relay team.
The last regional award winner for Lenoir-Rhyne was Kate Griewisch in 2011 and 2012.
Lotharp is set to compete in the 60 and 200 at the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in Pittsburg, Kan. this weekend.
Award winners were determined by a vote of the USTFCCCA member coaches and the regional awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.
Lenoir-Rhyne's Josh Lazenby has been named the South Atlantic Conference AstroTurf Men's Tennis Player of the Week for matches played February 25 through March 3, the Conference announced today.
Lazenby, a freshman from Beverley, England, led the Bears to a 2-0 record last week, extending their winning streak to six matches. He was perfect in both singles and doubles play; defeating opponents from Limestone and Tiffin at No. 2 singles and No. 3 doubles.
This is Lazenby's first Player of the Week selection this season.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team fell 6-3 to 12th-ranked Pitt in Sunday morning’s conference match up at Henkel-Alley Field at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds.
The Bulldogs (7-3-1, 2-1 in Region X) recorded three solo home runs in the contest —one each off the bats of Chandler Blackwelder, Joey Goldsmith and Garrett Tyndall — in its three-run win.
Pitt took an early 2-0 lead in Sunday’s “rubber match,” scoring on a wild pitch in the fourth inning and Blackwelder’s solo blast in the sixth inning.
The Red Hawks (6-7, 2-3 in Region X) broke up the shutout in the bottom of the sixth inning when Garrison Burress’ single drove in Trent Jones.
Opening up a four-run lead, the Bulldogs scored threes runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Goldsmith homered and Josh Netterville record an RBI single in the seventh inning, and Caleb Morris added an RBI single in the eighth inning.
CVCC attempted a comeback in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring on a pair of RBI singles by Jackson Brown and Jones.
Brown led the Red Hawks at the plate in Sunday’s nine-inning game, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Jones went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and third baseman Jamie Sheek also had two hits and a run scored.
Scoring for the fourth-straight inning, Tyndall’s solo home run in the ninth inning expanded Pitt’s lead back to three runs, and Bulldogs closer Noah Jones retired the final five Red Hawk batters to pick up his third save of the season.
CVCC starting pitcher Trae Starnes suffered his second loss of the season. Starnes allowed five hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and struck out five batters in his six-inning appearance.
The CVCC baseball team returns to action on Tuesday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Division I Spartanburg Methodist at Henkel-Alley Field.
Hunter Seacat poured in a career-high 16 points as Appalachian State men's basketball recorded a 90-80 victory at Louisiana on Sunday afternoon.
Seacat went 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the field and added eight rebounds (four offensive).
Ronshad Shabazz tallied a team-high 20 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 mark from the free throw line, and five rebounds. With four made field goals, Shabazz now has 699 field goals made in his career and is just two baskets shy of becoming the program's all-time leader.
Justin Forrest added 13 points and Tyrell Johnson finished with 15 points and three rebounds in a reserve role.
Isaac Johnson added 10 points and eight rebounds and Adrian Delph finished with nine points and four rebounds.
The Mountaineers used 15-4 run to open 23-13 lead, capped off by a trey from Shabazz, with 10:47 left in the opening half. The Black and Gold pushed its lead to as large as 12 points at 30-18, but a late surge by the Ragin' Cajuns trimmed the Mountaineer lead to 41-37 at the break.
Early in the second half, App State used a quick 5-0 spurt to build a 54-45 lead with 14:53 remaining. The Mountaineers expanded their lead to 16 points at 68-52 thanks to an 10-0 run with 8:18 left to play.
Louisiana chipped away at the Mountaineer lead and trimmed the App State lead to 78-71 with 2:56 left in the game, but Forrest drew a foul on the next possession and drained both free throws to push the Mountaineer lead back to nine.
Louisiana continued to chip away at the App State lead and a trey from P.J. Hardy cut the Mountaineer advantage to 83-78. Isaac Johnson was fouled on the next possession and drained both free throws to push the edge back to 85-78 with 56 seconds to go.
App State got another stop and Isaac Johnson was fouled again. He stepped to the line and hit both free throws to give the Black and Gold a nine-point lead and put the game away.
JaKeenan Gant had 23 points and 15 rebounds to pace the Ragin' Cajuns. Hardy added 16 points and six rebounds and Cedric Russell chipped in with 14 points.
The Mountaineers shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the field and limited Louisiana to just 41.8 percent (28-of-67).
Appalachian State will return to Boone for its final two games of the regular season. App State will host Troy on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
Appalachian State (9-6) battled in two close competitions but ultimately fell to Miami 5-4 in extra innings and dropped one to Eastern Illinois 2-1.
App State vs. Miami (OH) (L, 4-5, 9 inn.)
The Apps' defense remained strong throughout the game. Haley Stewart made multiple diving plays to help the Mountaineers against the Redhawks, but Miami's bats powered through for the win.
The Mountaineers first scored in the top of the fourth inning. Jenny Dodd went 2-4 against the Redhawks, including an RBI double. The Apps collected six runs on six hits in their rematch against the Redhawks.
Miami tied it up in the bottom of the sixth inning after a leadoff walk and a standup triple. International Tiebreaker took effect in the eighth inning, placing the last out at second base for both teams.
After a scoreless eighth inning, App State took the lead in the top of the ninth. Stewart's sacrifice bunt moved Caylie Kifer to third base. Dodd beat out the throw on a single to deep shortstop before Sidney Russell singled to the third baseman to bring in the go-ahead run for the Mountaineers. Ally Walters followed by beating out the throw from the third baseman to score Maddy Bloom, making the score 4-2.
Miami scored three in the bottom of the ninth to take the win in walk-off fashion. Sydney Holland was credited with the loss after her 3.1 innings pitched.
App State vs. Eastern Illinois (L, 1-2)
Taylor Nichols started in the circle, and Kenzie Longanecker came in to relieve. Longanecker came in during the fourth inning and escaped a bases-loaded situation by striking out the batter for the third out.
Mary Pierce Barnes made her second start for the Mountaineers and smashed a double to the outfield. Baylee Morton immediately followed with a double, bringing in the Mountaineers' sole run of the game.
The Panthers took the lead in the fourth inning on a two-RBI homer. The Apps fought until the end, but the Panthers held onto the win.
The Mountaineers continue play in Nashville this week for their first midweek doubleheader as they take on Tennessee State on Tuesday, Mar. 5.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team split its home conference doubleheader with rival Pitt on Saturday afternoon at Henkel-Alley Field at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds.
The Red Hawks improve to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in Region X play, while the Bulldogs are now 6-3-1 overall and 1-1 in conference games.
Game one: Pitt 2, Catawba Valley 1
Despite a dominant pitching performance from freshman Blake Dockery, the Red Hawks fell just short in a one-run loss in the opening game of the twin bill on Saturday.
Dockery tied a school record with a 14-strikeout performance in just six innings. He allowed only three hits, two walks and one earned run — a solo home run by Pitt left fielder Austin LaFollette in the fourth inning, which opened the game’s scoring.
CVCC tied the game in the fifth inning when shortstop Garrison Burress scored from third base on a wild pitch.
After center fielder Josh Netterville led the eighth inning off with a triple, the Bulldogs gained the lead for good after Mikey Polansky drove in Netterville on a sac fly.
The Red Hawks managed to get the tying run to second base during the ninth inning, but a fly out by Burress to center field ended the game.
Game two: Catawba Valley 3, Pitt 1
Behind timely hitting and a stout pitching performance on the mound from redshirt sophomore Logan Bender, the Red Hawks earned a two-run victory against the Bulldogs in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Bender allowed just three hits, one unearned run, two walks and struck out eight batters to earn his second victory of the season.
Pitt quickly took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, scoring on an RBI single by Chandler Blackwelder, which plated Josh Netterville.
However, CVCC answered in the bottom of the first inning, tying the game on an RBI ground out by Tyler Campbell, who scored teammate R.J. Conner.
The Red Hawks scored the eventual game-winning runs in the bottom of the third inning, including Conner’s first collegiate home run and an infield RBI single by freshman catcher Cole Chapman.
After Bender exited in the top of the sixth inning, Red Hawks receiver Nic Messina closed out the final two innings of the contest, allowing no hits, no runs, no walks and striking out four batters to earn his second save of 2019.
With its biggest offensive outburst in a decade, Appalachian State Baseball posted its highest-ever run total in Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium during a 24-3 home victory against Gardner-Webb on Saturday.
The record-setting win completed the rain-shortened weekend series with the Runnin’ Bulldogs, who started Saturday’s doubleheader with a 12-3 victory.
Appalachian (3-6) closed the doubleheader with 23 hits, including four apiece from Luke Drumheller and Robbie Young, while amassing as many as 24 runs for the first time since a 24-4 road victory against Furman in 2009.
The program record for single-game runs is 26, set during a road win against Elon in 2008, and the Mountaineers’ previous high for runs at their 12-year-old stadium was 23 against UNC-Asheville in 2008. Their 23-2 victory at Davidson in 2007 was their last win by at least 21 runs.
“I think everyone just stuck to (hitting) coach (Erik) Lunde’s plan, and we were all seeing the ball well,” Drumheller said. “It was great to see the bats explode the way they did.”
On the mound, App State starter Tyler Tuthill (2-1) allowed no runs and just one hit (off a leaping infielder’s glove) through five innings. He finished with three earned runs allowed and three strikeouts in seven innings, as Austin Primm and Jack Hartman didn’t allow any hits over two scoreless innings of relief against the Runnin’ Bulldogs (6-2).
The Mountaineers turned two double plays defensively in an error-free game, recorded seven extra-base hits and had 12 players post at least one hit. They led 1-0 before blowing the game open with a three-run third and five-run fourth. App State added two runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, five in the seventh and six in the eighth — Bret Baldwin could have circled the bases on an outfield error that let the ball roll to the wall, but he was stopped at third by assistant coach Britt Johnson.
Young reached base in all six plate appearances during his 4-for-4 night that included a walk, a hit by pitch and four runs scored. Drumheller was 4-for-5 with three RBIs, two runs and one walk, designated hitter Dalton Williams went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, three runs and two walks in his first start and Hayden Cross went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in his first start at catcher.
Center fielder Tyler Leek went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, three runs scored and a triple in his first start, Phillip Cole also scored three runs, Luke Allison was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in his third straight start at third base and Bailey Welch went 2-for-5 with two runs. Kendall McGowan also contributed a triple and scored twice.
In the series opener, Allison and Riley Smith had two hits apiece. Smith scored twice, and Welch produced two RBIs.
Gardner-Webb scored four times in the third inning and three times in the fifth inning, with only four of those seven runs being earned. The Runnin’ Bulldogs had two runners on with a 1-0 lead in the third inning when a line drive to the outfield turned from a potential diving catch for the third out into a 4-0 advantage for the visitors, as Chandler Redmond officially recorded a two-run triple and raced home on a mishandled relay throw.
App State heads to Florida on Monday in preparation for a Tuesday night game at Florida Atlantic (5-6) and a Wednesday night game at Miami (7-2).
Playing against two of the top teams in the region, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team earned an impressive sweep of Georgia College and Young Harris on Saturday evening. Rain changed the schedule over the course of the weekend but didn't stop LR from pushing their winning streak to six straight.
Against Georgia College, the Bears got on the board in the top of the first on an RBI base hit from Leanna Sherrill and a bases-loaded walk to Mackensi Swain. However, the Bobcats would rally with a pair in the bottom of the fourth to even the score.
Each team would score a run in the sixth before LR pushed across two in the top of the seventh to take control. Swain hit the first of her two homers of the night and Kory Hammett singled in a run.
Brandi Parks would pick up her sixth win of the season by allowing just one earned run. Parks struck out four and allowed just four base hits to a tough lineup.
Savannah Moorefield went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and Erin Boone had a four-hit game. Boone added a run scored and an RBI.
Against Young Harris, Parks was dominant in the nightcap, firing a complete game four-hitter. Parks struck out three and tossed her second complete game shutout of the season.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth when LR erupted for four runs. Talon LaClair stroked an RBI single to right field to score Moorefield to set the stage for Swain. The first basemen crushed a 3-run homer to left field to seal the LR win.
Boone added two more hits in game two as did LaClair. Moorefield went 1-for-3 with a run and a walk and added a double.
With her two homers today, Swain has four bombs on the season. Swain has homered in three different states so far this year: Florida, North Carolina and now Georgia.
Parks is tied for second in the league with seven wins. Swain is tied for fourth in the conference in long balls.
LR is 10-5 on the season. The Bears return home for the first time since Feb. 16 when they host Erskine on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team celebrated their five seniors as they played their final home game of their careers inside Shuford Gymnasium. The Bears came out victorious 58-55 over Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, launching them into the No. 4 seed heading into the South Atlantic Conference Tournament on Wednesday.
Three Bears put in double-figures in scoring as Madeline Hardy lead the team with 14, followed closely by senior Madi Suddreth with 13, including six of the team's final 10 of the game to secure the victory, and Kennedy Weigt who added 10 herself.
LMU was led by Griffith twins, Emily with 18 and Rachel with 13 points on the night.
Kendall Toineeta had more assists than points, 9-8, and adds on to her historic career in assists as she came into the game leading the SAC in assists per game.
The seniors honored tonight all received the start in the contest and combined for 26 of the team's 58 points.
With the win, the Bears secured the No. 4 seed in the SAC Tournament, meaning the Bears will play host to Newberry on Wednesday March 6 with a time to be determined.
The back-and-forth home finale featured a defensive battle that saw eight ties and 12 different lead changes.
Lenoir-Rhyne ended the regular season on a four-game win streak. With the win their home record is above .500 at 7-6 and they increase their overall win total from 2017-18 by one game and their conference record by two from the same season.
The Bears are 16-12 overall and 11-9 in the SAC. The Bears will play host as the No. 4 seed in the SAC Tournament as the welcome in the Newberry Wolves as the No. 5 seed.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team defeated UVA Wise on Saturday afternoon, 16-11.
The Bears took advantage of home field, dominating draw controls (22-7), ground balls (20-19), and shots on goal (30-28).
Lenoir-Rhyne had 10 different players put in goals in the game, led by Kaley Harris and Gabby Sousa who each had a hat trick while Rachel Elmore and Alyssa Sack each had two. 16 different Bears recorded at least one ground ball while nobody had more than two.
Elmore was nearly unstoppable on draw controls, winning eight of those, which is more than the road team had combined.
UVA Wise had a duo of hat trick scorers in the form of Jesse French and Caroline Earnshaw. McKayla Grasham led the Cavaliers with four ground balls.
Cristi Rowland was dynamite in goal for the Bears, getting the win and 10 saves in the process of giving up just seven goals in a little over 39 minutes played.
10 saves is Rowland's career high in goal.
This is the second-straight win for the Bears. 16 goals seem to be a key for Lenoir-Rhyne as that is their winning-score each time they have taken a victory this season.
Cathleen Gaffney continues to be the player to watch for the Bears, as she has eight goals but 12 assists on the season, good enough for 20 points to lead the Bears. Elmore continues to lead Lenoir-Rhyne with 15 goals scored this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 3-2 on the season. The Bears will hit the road as they take on Young Harris College on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team lost both of the double header games on Saturday afternoon against the Anderson Trojans, 10-7 and 2-1.
Paul Hall, the Bears' Friday night starter, worked 4.0 innings, giving up four earned runs, six free passes, and fanned six batters but did not receive the decision. Nolan Flachofsky took the loss as he worked two complete innings, giving up four runs and four walks in addition to two strikeouts.
Lenoir-Rhyne was off to a 7-1 lead after a grand slam from E.J. Ranel in the first inning. The Trojans proceeded to put a 3-spot up in the fifth, then one each in the seventh, eighth and ninth.
Anderson started Will Gee on the mound, and the Blackville, S.C. native took his second win of the season working 7.0 innings, giving up seven earned runs and nine hits and fanning nine Bears batters in the process. Christian Carpenter worked the final inning and one third to earn his fourth save of the season. Carpenter didn't give up a hit or walk while striking out two in the relief appearance.
Chandler Castleberry led the Trojans at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four runs batted in. Six other hitters for Anderson recorded at least one base knock.
The Bears could ask nothing more from its game two starter, Alex Shirazi. The Charlotte, N.C. native worked a complete game and only gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk. He also struck out six Anderson batters in the process.
The Trojans started Austin Todd, who now is an even 1-1 on the season, who put in 6.0 innings of work on the mound and gave up just one run on five hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Carpenter worked the final inning to collect another save in the same day.
Lenoir-Rhyne's only run of the game came off an RBI double down the right field line from Grant Fuller to score Will Jones. Both Fuller and Jones are the only LR players to record multiple base hits in the game.
Anderson's four and five hole hitters knocked in both of their runs to take the win, in the form of Brandon Odachowski and Jackson Strange.
Carpenter, the Trojans' closer, picked up two saves in a perfect 3.0 innings of work.
Ranel's grand slam is the team's third of the season.
The Bears fall to 6-11 overall and 0-5 in the SAC. L-R and Anderson are wrapping up their series tonight.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team led by scored twice in the fourth quarter to even the game at 10 but Florida Tech scored the game's final two goals to come away with a 12-10 win on Saturday evening.
Bowen Collins, Joe Buduo and Eric Dickinson each scored twice for the Bears and Buduo added a pair of assists for a four-point evening.
Florida Tech scored three times with the man advantage (on six attempts) with all three of those goals coming in the final 17:42 of game action.
The Bears went into halftime trailing 7-5 but scored three straight to take the lead. Edward Tate opened the scoring with a man-up score and was followed by Buduo and Collins.
With the game tied at 10, the Panthers scored twice in a 31-second span to secure the neutral site victory.
Daniel Flock was the star for the Panthers as the goalie made 23 saves to earn his third victory of the year. LR goalie Noah Johnson made 16 saves.
Florida Tech held a 54-48 advantage in shots in the game and a 40-35 lead in ground balls. The Panthers won 14 of 25 face offs in the matchup.
Neither team was ahead by more than two goals in the back-and-forth affair.
Florida Tech only put 28 of their 58 shots on goal.
The Bears only have two non-conference games remaining. Today was the first time they played a team not ranked inside the Top 15 in the nation.
Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 0-4 to open the season. L-R will now open up South Atlantic Conference play next Saturday when Wingate comes to town for a 1 p.m. face off. The Bears have won 24 straight SAC regular-season games.