The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team defeated Lincoln Memorial for the first time since Feb. 13, 2010, coming away with an 85-83 victory inside Shuford Gym on Senior Night. The Bears had lost 17 straight to the Railsplitters who are one of the top programs in Division II.
The combination of Djibril Diallo and Cory Thomas scored 49 of the Bears 85 points. Diallo went 7-of-16 from the field, while Thomas was a rebound shy of a double-double finishing with 25 points and nine boards.
Bertrand Awana went a perfect 4-for-4 from the field in his 20 minutes of action and blocked three shots including a crucial rejection with 23 seconds to go and the Bears clinging to a one point advantage.
LR led by 13 with just over nine minutes to play but the visitors clawed back and took an 83-82 lead with 1:01 to play. Diallo calmly sank two free throws to reclaim the lead with 40 seconds left in regulation. The Bears would stop LMU on two straight possessions in the final 35 seconds.
Four players scored in double figures for Lincoln Memorial led by 18 points from Anthony Brown who went 8-for-13 from the field.
The outcome had significant repercussions on the South Atlantic Conference Tournament. LMU drops a spot from the No. 2 to the No. 3 seed and the Bears finish in a fourth-place tie. Due to tiebreakers, LR will earn the No. 5 seed.
LR has had 19 games decided by single digits on the season.
The 19 wins this season is the second-highest total in the past 11 years of LR basketball, trailing only the 21-win team of 2015-16.
The Bears are 19-9 overall, 12-8 SAC. L-R will turn their focus to the South Atlantic Conference tournament as they travel to Tusculum for a Quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday evening.
Patriots advance to the fourth round hosting Carson on Tuesday.
East Burke: 77
Red Devils season ends at 25-5. The Cavaliers advance to the fourth round going to Mountain Heritage on Tuesday.
AL Brown: 59
Patriots advance to the fourth round going to Cox Mill on Tuesday.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (15-12, 9-7) sent its seniors out on a high note with an 83-69 victory over Louisiana (7-20, 5-11 SBC) in the home finale on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers posted an 11-3 mark at Holmes, which is the best home record since App went 11-1 in 2011-12. In addition, the 15 wins are the most victories in the Angel Elderkin era.
Before the game, Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and Anna Perez Gomez (Canet de Mar Spain/Eastern Wyoming) were honored before the game for their dedication and commitment to the program.
Five players scored in double figures in the wire-to-wire win. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) played her best game at home, scoring a team-high 15 points and dished out a game-best eight assists.
Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) registered her second double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-best 10 rebounds, capping off a two-game stretch where she averaged 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and shot 56 percent from the field. Story was one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine boards.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) scored 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting and added six off the glass. Her streak of 15 straight games of 10 or more boards was snapped, which was the second-longest active streak in the country going into Saturday.
Defensively, the Apps held Ty'Reona Doucet in check to just eight points on 3-of-7 shooting and one rebound. In the first matchup, Doucet scored 28 points and 16 rebounds.
App State started the game 6-of-7 from the field en route to a 15-5 start in the first 4:52 of the period. Polacek and Plummer scored the final two buckets to give App a 19-11 lead. The Black and Gold went 8-of-13 from the field while limiting to Louisiana to 38.5 percent from the floor.
Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) gave the Black and Gold a spark with six of her 11 points in the first period.
The defense kept the foot on the pedal in the second quarter. Louisiana shot only 4-of-13 from the field. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Story and Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) and a pair of free throws from Gosnell pushed an eight-point lead to 16, 29-13.
Dominique Jeffery (Tallahassee, Fla./FAMU DRS) later hit two free throws that gave the Black and Gold a 37-19 advantage with 1:37 left in the half. After Louisiana hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 15, Story ended the stanza with a jumper to give the Apps a 39-22 lead at the break.
The Apps were never threatened in the second half, as they took their largest lead in the fourth quarter, 75-51, when Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) hit a free throw.
App State shot an impressive 48.2 percent from the floor, which is the highest number at home during conference play. The Mountaineers also dominated the glass with a 45-28 advantage. The plus-17 rebounding edge is also a conference best.
App State will finish the season in Alabama on the road. The Mountaineers face Troy on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in Troy, Ala.
App State is 14-0 this season when holding opponents to 70 or fewer points.
The 83 points by the Mountaineers are their highest total against Louisiana.
Gosnell and Polacek were a team-high plus-26 in the win. Gosnell led the team with a PER of 19.
App State has outrebounded its opponents in all 15 wins.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team earned its fifth straight win on Friday night, topping Erskine by a final score of 7-0. The match was delayed due to rain but turned out to be a one-sided affair.
"It was a good outing today," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "Our ladies represented the Red and Black well against a historically strong Erskine team."
The Bears earned the doubles point with a clean sweep albeit tightly contested. The Bears earned wins by tallies of 6-4, 6-3 and 6-3.
Marta Escanero earned a hard-fought victory in first singles, outlasting Erskine's top player. Escanero took the first set 7-6 but dropped set two 7-5. The senior would rally in the third set tiebreaker in dominating fashion 10-1. Iulia Ponomareva, Diana Babinets and Emily Murchland grabbed single-set wins and Gemma Southwick and Ally Garofoli earned straight set victories.
Appalachian State (9-4) recorded its longest win streak in program history with eight straight wins after defeating the Miami Redhawks 6-4 on Friday. The Apps followed with a 1-0 loss to Lipscomb Friday afternoon.
"We just never game up," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "Our resilience was terrific in this game. We had strong pitching toward the end of the game. Kenzie did a great job keeping their hitters off balance, and we played some great defense; but the key was timely hitting.
"Hitting is contagious, and our energy is contagious. I'm excited for that win. It was really great for our confidence to continue," Hoerner said.
App State vs. Miami (OH) (W, 6-4)
Kenzie Longanecker (5-0) picked up her fifth win against the Redhawks. In her complete game, she struck out four batters and walked two. The Redhawks scored their only runs on a grand slam in the top of the third inning.
The Mountaineers made a serious comeback, scoring all six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Apps strung together six hits including singles from Caylie Kifer, Baylee Morton, Sidney Russell and Ally Walters. Keri White followed with a two-RBI triple that allowed the Mountaineers to take the lead.
App State vs. Lipscomb (L, 1-0)
App State kept it close with the Bison, falling 1-0 to break the eight-game win streak. Lipscomb scored their sole run when Morton threw down to second on a steal, and a bobble at the base allowed the runner on third to advance home.
The Apps' two hits came from White and Megan Walker. Both games were errorless for the Mountaineers, as the defense looks stronger than ever.
Sydney Holland collected a career-high five strikeouts as a Mountaineer, giving up only four hits with four walks. Her five strikeouts came one per inning in the first five innings of the game.
Two matchups against Power Five Conference foes from the Carolinas and a nationally televised Thursday home game against Georgia Southern on Halloween night are among the highlights in a 2019 schedule that includes two home games apiece in September and October for Appalachian State’s football team.
With Eliah Drinkwitz entering his first season as the head coach of a program that is moving forward from a third consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship and fourth straight bowl win, the Mountaineers have home games against East Tennessee State (Aug. 31 opener for Hall of Fame and Jerry Moore’s 30th anniversary celebration), Charlotte (Sept. 7), Coastal Carolina (Sept. 28 for Family Weekend), ULM (Oct. 19 for Homecoming), Georgia Southern (Oct. 31 on ESPNU) and Texas State (Nov. 23 for Senior Day).
There is one other non-Saturday game on the 2019 schedule, as Appalachian’s road games are at North Carolina (Sept. 21 following an off date the weekend before), reigning Sun Belt West Division champion Louisiana (Oct. 9 for a Wednesday night game on ESPN2), South Alabama (Oct. 26), South Carolina (Nov. 9 following the Georgia Southern game nine days earlier), Georgia State (Nov. 16) and Troy (Nov. 30 in the regular season finale).
The 2019 Sun Belt Championship Game between East and West Division winners will be held Dec. 7 at an on-campus location.
Arkansas State is the lone member of the 10-team Sun Belt not on Appalachian State’s eight-game conference schedule in 2019. The Mountaineers will be facing South Alabama in Mobile, Ala., for the first time since 2015, and the App State-Georgia Southern game will be a midweek ESPN matchup for the sixth straight year.
Appalachian State will play North Carolina in football for just the second time, as the Tar Heels won the first meeting in 1940, and the 2019 game is starting a three-game series with UNC. They are scheduled to play in Boone in 2022 and back in Chapel Hill in 2023.
This year’s South Carolina matchup in Columbia, S.C., is also beginning a three-game series that will continue with a 2025 game in Boone and a 2027 game back in Columbia. The two programs have played each other nine previous times, most recently in 1988.
East Tennessee State restarted its FCS program in 2015, and the most recent meeting in the 46-game history between the Mountaineers and Buccaneers occurred in 2003.
Only five of the primary starters from a record-breaking, 11-2 season in 2018 are gone for App State, which has won 35 of its last 39 games against Sun Belt opponents, and the return of nine All-Sun Belt players has added to the excitement surrounding the upcoming season.
2019 App State Football Schedule
Sat., Aug. 31 vs. East Tennessee State (Hall of Fame / Jerry Moore 30th anniversary celebration)
Sat., Sept. 7 vs. Charlotte
Sat., Sept. 21 at North Carolina
Sat., Sept. 28 vs. Coastal Carolina* (Family Weekend)
Wed., Oct. 9 at Louisiana* [ESPN2]
Sat., Oct. 19 vs. ULM* (Homecoming)
Sat., Oct. 26 at South Alabama*
Thurs., Oct. 31 vs. Georgia Southern* [ESPNU]
Sat., Nov. 9 at South Carolina
Sat., Nov. 16 at Georgia State*
Sat., Nov. 23 vs. Texas State* (Senior Day)
Sat., Nov. 30 at Troy*
Sat., Dec. 7 – Sun Belt Championship Game
*Sun Belt game
Coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team has announced its 2019 schedule for the historic 100th year of LR football. Reigning AFCA National Coach of the Year Drew Cronic and the Bears will kick off the season at home on September 7 when they host St. Augustine's at 6 p.m. which opens up a season-long "Centennial Celebration" Between the Bricks.
In 2018, Cronic turned the program around in his first season at the helm. After inheriting a 3-win program, Cronic led the largest turnaround in the nation as the Bears went 12-2 and rattled off 12 straight wins. LR went a perfect 7-0 in South Atlantic Conference play and was also 7-0 at Moretz Stadium. Thanks to a tremendous regular season, LR hosted a pair of NCAA Playoff games and defeated Florida Tech and Wingate to advance to the NCAA Southeast Regional Final. A season ending loss to Valdosta St. will serve to motivate the Bears this offseason to achieve more in 2019.
After hosting St. Augustine's, LR will travel to Virginia Union before taking on Newberry at home in the South Atlantic Conference opener. In league play, the Bears will also host Carson-Newman (Oct. 19) and Wingate (Nov. 2). In 2018, Lenoir-Rhyne handed their rivals a pair of one-possession losses. The Bears went into Wingate and came away with a 31-24 regular season victory on Sept. 22 and then broke the hearts of the Bulldogs in the Second Round of the NCAA Playoffs with a 21-17 victory. In that game, Cronic called a double reverse flea flicker with less than a minute to play which ended in a 32-yard touchdown pass to Riley McGee for the win.
The Homecoming game is set for October 5 at 2 p.m. as the University of Virginia at Wise comes to town. Senior Day is scheduled for November 9 against UNC Pembroke. Additionally, there will be postgame fireworks after the home opener against St. Augustine's.
The Bears will travel to Mars Hill, Tusculum and Limestone in conference play after defeating them all inside Moretz Stadium in 2018.
On top of an exciting year on the field, Lenoir-Rhyne will be celebrating 100 years of football with season-long festivities. Stay tuned to lrbears.com as details will be released on the events surrounding the celebration.
The full schedule is:
September 7 vs. St. Augustine's (Postgame Fireworks), 6 PM
September 14 at Virginia Union, TBA
September 21 vs. Newberry*, 6 PM
September 28 at Mars Hill*, TBA
October 5 vs. UVA Wise (Homecoming), 2 PM
October 12 at Tusculum*, TBA
October 19 vs. Carson-Newman*, 2 PM
October 26 at Limestone*, TBA
November 2 vs. Wingate*, 2 PM
November 9 vs. UNC Pembroke (Senior Day), 2 PM
November 16 at Catawba*, TBA
November 23 NCAA Playoffs, TBA
*denotes South Atlantic Conference game
Red Tornadoes season ends at 18-8.
Patriots host Asheville in the third round Saturday.
East Burke: 50
Bunker Hill: 40
Bears season ends at 20-9. Cavailers advance to the third round Saturday hosting Newton-Conover.
West Wilkes: 54
Red Devils go to East Burke in the third round Saturday.
Southern Guilford: 67
Red Tornadoes season ends at 23-5.
Ben L. Smith: 56
Patriots advance to the third round hosting AL Brown on Saturday.
Mountain Heritage: 74
Maiden: 69, OT
Blue Devils season ends at 23-5.
North Davidson: 62
Panthers season ends at 15-13.
West Iredell: 0
Lincoln Charter: 10
Alexander Central: 4
South Caldwell: 10
South Iredell: 19
St. Stephens: 5
Bunker Hill: 3
West Caldwell: 12
West Wilkes: 6
West Lincoln: 18
East Burke: 0
Alexander Central: 12
West Wilkes: 1
St. Stephens: 2
East Burke: 17
South Caldwell: 8
Ashe County: 9
West Caldwell: 0
Fred T. Foard: 2
South Caldwell: 1
East Burke: 2
North Lincoln: 6
St. Stephens: 2
The 19th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team came up short in its regular season finale on Wednesday, falling 70-65 on the road against Region X foe Clinton.
The Red Hawks finish the regular season with a 23-5 record and 17-3 mark in conference play — currently tied for the second-best record in the league only 0.5 game behind Bryant & Stratton (23-4, 17-2).
Sherry Johnson led Catawba Valley with 18 points in Wednesday’s contest, while Zharia Brown and Milequa Eason also reached double figures in scoring with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
CVCC fell behind in the early going to Clinton (8-15, 8-11), trailing 15-10 after the first quarter and 30-22 at halftime.
The Red Hawks fought back in the second half to outscore the Golden Bears in both the third and fourth quarters, but despite that effort, Catawba Valley would only gain three points on their halftime deficit and fall to Clinton by five points.
CVCC now awaits its fate as the final regular season conference games are played on Thursday.
The biggest of the games that will decide the Red Hawks’ future is between Bryant & Stratton and Clinton. A home win by Clinton against Bryant & Stratton on Thursday would create a three-way tie for first place between CVCC, Cape Fear and B&S.
However, if the Bobcats are able to defeat the Golden Bears, Bryant & Stratton would secure the Region X regular season championship and top seed in the upcoming conference tournament.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team erased a 20-point deficit at Catawba on Wednesday night but eventually fell in overtime by a final score of 89-81 in South Atlantic Conference play. The Bears were down 20 with three minutes left in the first half but outscored the hosts by 21 over the next 12 minutes to take a lead.
Djibril Diallo led the Bears with 19 points and added six rebounds and four assists. Diallo scored the first five points of overtime for the Bears but LR was outscored 21-13 in the extra period.
Darius Simmons was a spark plug off the bench, scoring 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting including 2-for-3 from long range. Simmons is shooting a league-leading 63.2 percent from long range, a full 16 percentage points ahead of the second-best shooter in the league.
Catawba took a 36-16 advantage with 3:05 to play in the first half before the Bears stormed back. LR went on a 35-14 run to take a 51-50 lead at the 11:09 mark of the second half.
The Indians were keyed by Jordan McElveen who dropped 27 points and was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line. McElveen added seven boards and was 7-of-14 from the field.
Cory Thomas finished with 11 points and Jon Jean had seven points, five boards and five assists. Emmanuel Wembi (nine points, eight boards) and Mason Hawks (seven points) were strong off the bench for LR.
This was Lenoir-Rhyne's fourth overtime game of the season but their first OT loss of the year.
LR has had 18 games decided by single digits on the season.
Catawba dominated the glass, outrebounding LR 45-30. Catawba got to the line 36 times compared to just 15 free throw attempts for the visitors.
The Bears drop to 18-9 overall and 11-8 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will wrap up the regular season on Saturday afternoon as they host Lincoln Memorial at 4 p.m. Before the game, the Bears will honor their Senior Class.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team cruised to its third straight victory with a 66-50 defeat of Catawba on Wednesday evening. Over the final 27 minutes, LR outscored Catawba 49-33 and held Catawba to 28.1 percent shooting from the field.
The LR defense absolutely put the clamps on Catawba's offense, limiting the hosts to just 3-of-18 from long range. On the other end, LR buried nine 3-pointers and shot 41.8 percent from the floor.
Catawba scored the game's first eight points but LR battled back. A late run in the second quarter gave the Bears a 10 point lead going into the break.
Kendall Toineeta led the Bears with 16 points and added five assists and three rebounds. The senior PG was 7-of-16 from the floor and converted a couple of 3-pointers. Toineeta was one of four players to reach double figures in scoring for the Bears.
Ashley Rodriguez gave LR a spark off the bench, scoring 13 points and going 3-of-7 from deep.
Talia Barnes was the best player on the floor for Catawba, going for a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds.
The 50 points scored by Catawba was their third-lowest scoring output of the season.
The Bears shot a season-low two free throws on the night. LR entered the game ranked tenth in the nation in free throw percentage at 77.7 percent from the charity stripe.
LR has swept the season series from Catawba and now sits in a three-way tie for fifth place in the league standings.
The Bears improve to 15-12 overall, 10-9 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will wrap up the regular season on Saturday afternoon as they host Lincoln Memorial at 2 p.m. Following the game, the Bears will honor their Senior Class.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team was handed a sweep at the hands of Division I USC Lancaster on Wednesday afternoon at Doomsday Corner.
With the losses, CVCC drops to 5-5 overall on the season, while USC Lancaster improves to 7-2 with its sixth-straight win.
Game one: USC Lancaster 5, Catawba Valley 4 (seven innings)
Bo Owens launched a two-run walk-off homer, lifting the Lancers to a one-run victory against the Red Hawks in the opening game of the set on Wednesday.
Catawba Valley and USC Lancaster battled for the lead during the early stages of Wednesday’s first contest, trading the advantage three times in the third and fourth innings.
CVCC surged ahead 1-0 on an RBI single from R.J. Conner in the top of the third inning, but USC Lancaster tied the game in the bottom half of the third on an RBI single from Todd Mattox
The Red Hawks went back ahead with one run in the top of the fourth when Willie Gordon reached base on an error at third base, plating Trent Jones in the process.
However, the Lancers would gain the lead on a two-run single by Dylan Jones, holding their advantage until the seventh inning.
Just like it had done one night prior, CVCC rallied in the final frame, taking a one-run lead behind RBI singles from third baseman Grant Tilley and left fielder Jackson Brown.
Needing just three outs to close out their sixth victory, the Red Hawks sent reliever Nic Messina to the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Despite retiring the first two batters in the ninth inning, Messina walked the third batter (Mattox) — setting the stage for Owens’ game-winning blast over the right field fence.
Game two: USC Lancaster 12, Catawba Valley 6 (seven innings)
The Lancers capitalized on 11 hits and five Red Hawk errors to come away with a six-run victory in game two of the doubleheader on Wednesday.
USC Lancaster scored all 12 of its runs in the first four innings of game two, including two runs in the first, six in the second, three in the third and one in the fourth, building a 12-2 lead through four complete.
Lancers shortstop Walker McDowell helped spark the early offensive onslaught for his team with a three-run home run in the second inning and a two-run homer in the third inning — both over the left field fence.
Catawba Valley attempted a comeback starting in the fifth inning. The Red Hawks scored two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings — all four runs coming off the bat of CVCC first baseman Tyler Campbell on a pair of singles to left field.
Despite that late effort, CVCC’s early deficit would be too large to climb out of as it lost its fourth-straight contest.
The CVCC baseball team returns to action this weekend when it hosts conference rival Pitt in a three-game set. The Red Hawks and Bulldogs clash for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday before playing a single nine-inning game at noon on Sunday.
Appalachian State's Matt Zovistoski has been named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday.
Zovistoski recorded a pin in a 32-6 road win at Bloomsburg on Saturday, taking down Aaron Coleman in 4 minutes, 50 seconds. Later in the day, he claimed a 3-2 decision against No. 21 Lock Haven's Brock Port, who entered the day with a 17-11 record.
A redshirt junior, Zovistoski is 9-1 in his last 10 matches at 149 pounds and 24-12 overall this season.
The Mountaineers will return to action March 10 as hosts for the Southern Conference Championships at the Holmes Center.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the All-Region honorees for Division II and 20 Bears on the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Track & Field Teams were selected for the honor. Junior sprinter P.J. Lotharp also earned a spot to compete in the 2019 NCAA Division II Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 8 and 9 in Pittsburg, Kan.
Lotharp leads the way with spots in three events: the 4x400 relay, the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. He ranks first in the south east regional rankings in both the 60-meter (6.73) and 200-meter (21.36) events and will compete in both of those in Pittsburg, Kan. Devine Drummond was selected for both the Distance Medley and the 4x400 relays. Rounding out the trio is Chandelor Stamp who joins Drummond on the Distance Medley relay and the 4x400 relay.
The remaining names to make the all-region team for the men included Josh Adkins, recently tabbed as the SAC Elite 20 Award Winner, who is selected for the Distance Medley Relay, Lucas Besong on the 4x400relay, Anthony Brown in the Heptathlon, Demarius Hampton in the Triple Jump, Cole Henderson in the weight throw, Petar Ivackovic in the Distance Medley Relay and Daniel Nicholson and Chris Reichenbachboth rounding out the list in the Pole Vault.
On the women's side Autumn Drayton was selected on both Weight Throw and Shot Put, Paiton Fair made it in the 800-meter dash and the 4x400 relay and Saidah Hardwick was selected for the 4x400 relay and the 400-meter dash.
Rounding out the honorees for the women are Savannah Drummonds in the Pole Vault, Destiny Gaytonin the High Jump, Savannah Watkins in the Pentathlon while both Taylor Meadows and Tyra Poole were tabbed in the 4x400 relay.
Lotharp made the cut for the NCAA Indoor Championships, but other Bears who were considered for a spot were Hampton and Jaquay Mitchell in the Triple Jump for the men, and Fair in the 800-meters for the women.
A total of 1,612 student-athletes from 157 institutions earned All-Region honors nationwide with 801 honorees coming from the men's side and an additional 811 selections from women's teams.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team fought back from an eight-run deficit against the Montreat JV squad on Tuesday, but ultimately lost a hard-fought 10-9 contest in 11 innings to the Cavaliers at Big League Camp.
The Red Hawks (5-3) took a quick 1-0 lead after a balk by Cavaliers pitcher Evan Dolan in the top of the second inning plated Sabion Thomas from third base during Ryan Healy’s at bat.
However, CVCC’s lead would be short-lived, and Montreat would surge ahead 9-1 in the game, scoring three runs in the second and fourth innings, two runs in the fifth inning and one run in the seventh inning.
Anfernee Torruella led the charge for the Cavaliers with two hits and three RBI during that stretch. Teammates Cole Campanile and Joseph Locascio also drove in a pair of RBIs each.
Held to just two hits through eight innings and stranding eight men on base, CVCC exploded offensively in a do-or-die top of the ninth inning, scoring eight runs on four hits and capitalizing on seven drawn walks to tie the contest and send it into extra innings.
Trent Jones led the way for the Red Hawks during the ninth inning with a two-RBI single, while Tyler Campbell and Jackson Brown had back-to-back RBI doubles to left field.
After a scoreless 10th inning and top of the 11th inning, Montreat was able to use two hit batters and two drawn walks to earn the walk-off walk and a one-run victory against CVCC.
The Catawba Valley baseball team attempts to bounce back when it returns to action on Wednesday for a road doubleheader at USC Lancaster. First pitch between the Red Hawks and Lancers is set for 1 p.m. in Lancaster, S.C.
Bunker Hill: 51
Bears advance to the second round going to East Burke on Thursday
East Burke: 65
Ashe County: 41
Cavaliers host Bunker Hill in the second round Thursday.
North Wilkes: 36
Red Devils advance to the second round hosting West Wilkes Thursday.
West Wilkes: 59
Panthers season ends at 18-9.
Trojans season ends at 16-9.
Fred T. Foard: 21
Tigers season ends at 12-15.
Red Tornadoes advance to the second round going to Asheville on Thursday.
A.C. Reynolds: 26
Patriots advance to teh second round hosting Enka on Thursday.
Bunker Hill: 70
Bears season ends at 16-11.
Red Devils season ends at 16-12. Blue Devils advance to the second round on Thursday going to Mountain Heritage.
Wildcats season ends at 21-6. Panthers advance to the second round Thursday going to North Davidson.
Trojans season ends at 10-13.
Panthers season ends at 20-6.
Red Tornadoes advance to the second round hosting Southern Guilford on Thursday.
Southern Guilford: 76
Alexander Central: 41
Cougars season ends at 17-10.
West Henderson: 71
Patriots advance to the second round hosting Ben L. Smith on Thursday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team used a quality start from Brett Fulk, shutdown bullpen performances and consistent offensive pressure to defeat Belmont Abbey 7-3 at Abbey Field on Tuesday night in nonconference action.
Lenoir-Rhyne sent Fulk to the mound to start the game, and the East Bend, N.C. native earned the win, working 5.0 innings and giving up three runs on five hits while striking out six Crusaders batters. Michael Allen and Hunter Martin combined to work the final four innings of work without giving up a run on just one hit between them.
The Bears were led at the plate by Corbin Watson who was officially 2-for-3 on the night with one run scored. Freshman Austin Reed was the second best hitter on the night going 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.
Belmont Abbey scored three runs on just six hits, and two of them came from third baseman Ben Gobbel. He also had one run batted in.
Matthew Freeman and Brock Johnson had four combined RBIs for the Bears. They accounted for four of the five in that category the winning team recorded.
Tonight was Reed's first start of the season.
This win was significant for the Bears as Belmont Abbey was a 40-win NCAA Tournament team in 2018.
Lenoir-Rhyne has improved their road record to 3-5 on the year and 6-6 in nonconference play.
Martin struck out five of the six outs he recorded in 2.0 innings of work.
The Bears are 6-9 on the season. L-R will return home to prepare for a South Atlantic Conference weekend series against Anderson beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday.