Appalachian State University baseball exploded with seven multi-hit efforts in two games to conclude the series, downing Georgia State in a doubleheader, 6-1, 13-1.
The Mountaineers (16-24, 6-12 Sun Belt) won their second conference series of the season and their fourth win in its last six games by limiting the Panthers (14-25, 4-14 Sun Belt) to just two runs all day.
GAME ONE: APP STATE 6, GEORGIA STATE 1
Appalachian trailed to start the first game of the doubleheader as Georgia State was able to get a home run in the second inning to start things off. However, the scoring would end there as the Black and Gold immediately responded in the bottom half with an Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) homer – his third in the last five games.
The Mountaineers stayed on the attack, getting to more runs in the third as a Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) hit-by-pitch and a Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) double down the right-field line set up great positioning. Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) continued his strong weekend by bringing the play to fruition with a shot down the right-field line to bring both home.
Moving to the seventh, App State used a center field rocket by Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) and two Panther errors to set up Curtis scoring on a wild pitch. They put the final runs on the board an inning later when a Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) single through the left side set up a two-RBI jack to right field by Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) – his first of the season.
On the mound, the Mountaineers kept the throttle punched for nearly the entire game. Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) received the win on the day for throwing six scoreless innings (seven total), allowing just five hits overall and striking out five. Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) got his third save of the year, pitching the remaining two innings of the game, allowing just one hit and one walk, while also getting a strikeout.
GAME TWO: APP STATE 13, GEORGIA STATE 1
Without any letdown from Game One, Appalachian State continued to rake, getting 16 total hits for the game and six batters with two or more hits.
Once again, the Panthers were the first to get on the board, getting one run off two hits in the top of the first, but the Diamond Apps used a four-run second inning to blow past them and never look back in the series.
The second inning began with an Avery Jackson hit-by-pitch and Brian Bauk double to right center that gave Bradley Davis (Woodruff, S.C./Woodruff) the opportunity to get his first career RBI after getting his first collegiate hit the game prior and he took advantage. Davis sent a bullet to right field to bring home Jackson and allow Calev Grubbs to sacrifice Bauk home and move Davis to second.
Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) then sent one to deep left field, which brought home Davis and pushed the lead out further. Jason Curtis drew a four-pitch walk before Tyler Stroup joined the hit party, singling through the left side to bring home Vernon.
In the next at-bat for the Mountaineers in the third, the offense took advantage of Jackson reaching on a fielding error and Conner Leonard drawing a four-pitch walk, which set up an RBI single for Bauk, bringing home Jackson. Grubbs then laid down a beautiful bunt that he was able to stretch to a single before Vernon hit a sacrifice fly that plated Leonard.
Appalachian extended its lead in the fourth by one run as Bauk continued to plant seeds in the outfield, this time bringing home Drake Zupcic.
In the fifth inning, App State had its second four-run inning of the afternoon, as a Vernon walk and Curtis single up the middle starting things off. Zupcic fired one through the left side to bring home Vernon and then Jackson was able to get the walk. Leonard once again came through clutch with the bases loaded, sending a screamer right down the right field line to plate everyone and stand up at second.
App State’s offense finished its job in the sixth when Grubbs got his second hit of the day through the ride side before Vernon doubled down the left field line. Curtis then hit a sacrifice fly to score Grubbs before Stroup finished things up with a first-pitch shot up the middle to bring in Vernon.
The Game Three run rule ended the game after the top of the seventh.
Zupcic and Leonard led in the second game, going 3-for-5 and 3-for-4, respectively. Vernon, Curtis, Stroup and Grubbs all finished with two hits while Leonard led all with his three RBI.
After going for just an inning on Friday due to the rain delay, Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) was able to get his full start in for Game Three, once again having a fine outing. Holden went 5.0 innings and allowed five hits, striking out three batters on the night.
Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)) provided an inning of relief, allowing just a hit and getting a strikeout, while Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) finished the final inning off without allowing a hit and striking out one as well.
The Mountaineers continue this seven-game homestand when they host East Tennessee State on Tuesday, April 25. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
The Catawba Women's Lacrosse Team (13-4, 5-3) rallied from a three-goal deficit late in the second half to take a 12-11 overtime win over Lenoir-Rhyne (10-7, 5-3) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game on the Bears' Senior Day.
The Indians' Nicole Hunt (Greensboro, N.C.) scored the game-winner 30 seconds into the first overtime while Katie Barth (Baltimore, Md.) led all scorers with four goals as Catawba rallied from an 11-8 deficit with just under six minutes left in the game to take the win.
Three players – freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.), sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) and senior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) – scored three goals each for the Bears despite the loss. Sousa leads the team in goals scored with 44.
Gianna Pezzulo (Henniker, N.H.) added two goals and four assists for the Indians, winners of five straight games. Catawba's goalkeeper, Madison Anselmo (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.), earned the victory after stopping 14 shots on the afternoon.
For Lenoir-Rhyne, junior All-American Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) was tagged with the loss despite making 11 saves. The Bears held a 32-29 advantage in shots taken in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne and Catawba will face off in the Quarterfinals of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship on Tuesday in Salisbury, N.C. The Bears are the fifth seed in the tournament while the Indians are seeded fourth.
Appalachian State University softball dropped the conference doubleheader to Troy on Saturday at the Troy Softball Complex in Troy, Ala. App State fell 8-3 in game one after a seven-run fourth inning by the Trojans and slipped 5-0 in game two.
Appalachian State (12-29, 0-17 SBC) cranked out six hits on the day with Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) and Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) pounding out doubles in game one. Also, Walker registered her first multiple-RBI game of the season knocking in two on her first double of the year.
Game One: Troy 8, App State 3
App State dropped a three-run lead after the Trojans’ (19-29, 7-14 SBC) bats got hot in the fourth scoring seven runs to put away game one, 8-3.
After a scoreless first inning, Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) reached on base first drawing a two-out walk, and Parker knocked her in driving a RBI double to right center for the 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Mountaineers bumped up their lead by three runs thanks to a two-run RBI double by Walker. Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) and White opened the inning with back-to-back singles, and Parker landed on first on a fielder’s choice. Next, Taylor Rivenburgh (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) pinched in and filled up the bases on a hit by pitch that set the stage for Walker to knock in two.
Then in the following inning, the Trojans snatched the lead from underneath Mountaineers’ feet tacking on seven to seize the 7-3 advantage and added one more in the sixth to put game one out of reach.
Three pitchers saw action in the circle in game one striking out one Trojan and yielding two walks.
Game Two: Troy 5, App State 0
Troy held the Apps to one hit in game two to aid in a 5-0 shutout victory.
The Trojans hopped onto the scoreboard first in the third parking a solo jack over the left field fence and stretched out their lead to 3-0 in the fourth from RBI single and RBI double.
Then at the bottom of the sixth, the Trojans snagged two earned runs to solidify the doubleheader sweep, 5-0.
The Mountaineers fell into an offensive rut and struggled to make any connections until the top of the seventh. Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) slapped a two-out single that landed perfectly between the second and first baseman robbing the Trojans of a no-hitter.
Two pitchers faced the Trojans in the second half of the doubleheader and rang up one batter.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (44-9, 16-4), ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II, split a doubleheader with Carson-Newman (39-10, 16-4) Saturday afternoon as the two teams share the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship.
The Bears fell in the first contest by a 3-2 score before salvaging the split with an 8-3 win over the Eagles in the nightcap. Lenoir-Rhyne, the fifth-ranked team in the region, won its 11th league regular season championship in school history.
Game One – Carson-Newman 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
Ashlyn Cooper (Friendsville, Tenn.) hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning to provide the Eagles all the offense they would need in holding on for the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) both drove in runs in the sixth inning but the Bears couldn't get any closer.
The Eagels' Lacie Rinus (Murfreesboro, N.C.) improved to 22-5 on the year with the complete game victory while Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) (13-5) was tagged with the loss.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Carson-Newman 3
Lenoir-Rhyne raced to a 7-0 lead after four innings of play as the Bears managed the doubleheader split with the Eagles.
The Bears were aided by two bases-loaded walks in the second inning to get things going as part of a four-run frame while Kenley finished with two runs batted in. Lenoir-Rhyne senior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) added two runs scored and a home run in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) improved to 11-2 on the year after earning the victory in relief while Allison Webster (Charlestown, Ind.) fell to 17-6 after taking the loss.
In the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship Quarterfinal Round in Hartsville, S.C., on Thursday, April 27, second-seeded LR faces seventh-seeded Tusculum at 12:30 p.m.,
The fourth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (12-1, 8-0) celebrated Senior Day in style with a 14-13 victory over Catawba (8-7, 4-4) Saturday afternoon in addition to clinching the outright South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship for the second straight year.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior forward Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) both scored four goals as the Bears won their 12th straight contest and improved to 22-1 in their last 23 games dating back to last year.
Dickinson has a league-leading 47 goals on the year and broke the school record for points (64) in a single season. Dickinson added two assists as the Bears ran their winning streak in conference regular season play to 16 dating back two years. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) also notched two goals for the Bears.
Catawba’s Liam Lynch (Marietta, Ga.) scored four times and the Indians nearly pulled off the upset.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the second-ranked team in the region, held a decisive 56-33 edge in shots taken and a 21-8 advantage in ground balls despite the close margin of victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after stopping five shots while Catawba’s Ryan Applegate (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) suffered the loss in goal despite making 21 saves on the day.
Lenoir-Rhyne will be the top seed in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship and will play a semifinal round game on Thursday, April 27, in Charlotte, N.C., at 4:00 p.m. Catawba is seeded fifth and will travel to fourth-seeded Queens on Tuesday for a quarterfinal contest. The Bears will play the winner of the Royals and Indians’ affair.
Franklin Rollin hit a pair of homers, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 15-6 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Friday.
Leody Taveras and Anderson Tejeda also homered for the Crawdads.
Rollin hit a three-run shot in the fourth inning off Yosmer Solorzano and then hit a solo homer in the fifth off Luis Ledo.
Hickory right-hander Emerson Martinez (2-1) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on four hits over six innings. Opposing starter Solorzano (1-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed seven runs and six hits over four innings.
Four runs in the sixth would doom Appalachian State University baseball as it fell to Georgia State, 8-6, on Friday night after a four-hour rain delay.
The Mountaineers (14-24, 4-12 Sun Belt) moved the game up to 4 p.m. with hopes of avoiding rain but after just four outs, the teams exited the field for a rain delay that put the eventual restart time at 8:30 p.m.
Immediately back, Appalachian was able to put runs up on the board, taking a 3-0 lead over the Panthers (14-23, 4-12 Sun Belt). Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) shot a single to left field before Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) sacrificed him to second.
Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) walked to set up a Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) single to center field to bring home Vernon before Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) was able to send a two-RBI double down the left field line, scoring Zupcic and Stroup.
Georgia State put up four runs in the top of the third to take the lead, but it would be short-lived as the Black and Gold scored two in the bottom half. Stroup lasered one up the middle before Zupcic walked and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) capitalized on reaching on a fielding error to load the bases.
Jackson then reached on a fielder’s choice with Stroup getting out at home, but that set up Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) knocking one through the right side to bring home Leonard and Zupcic.
The Panthers took their final lead in the sixth by scoring their four runs (all unearned), however, Appalachian did close the gap to 8-6 by scoring in the seventh. Stroup again pulled an inside pitch through the right side after Curtis had been hit by a pitch to give Zupcic a chance to hit an RBI -single that plated Curtis.
Despite the loss, Appalachian matched GSU hit-for-hit, getting 10 on the day. The Diamond Apps, however, left five runners on base over the last three innings after only stranding three there prior.
Zupcic led all hitters with a perfect night, going 3-for-3 with two RBI, two walks and two runs. Jackson had another good outing at the plate as well in the designated hitter role. He went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Bauk and Stroup also went 2-for-4 for the game, with Bauk batting in two runs as well.
After Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) started the game and pitched the first inning before the rain delay, Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) pitched the next 4.2 innings, allowing seven hits, eight runs (four earned) and striking out seven. Schmid has now struck out 20 batters in his last two appearances, only walking three.
Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) closed the final 3.1 innings of the game for App State, allowing just two hits and striking out three.
Seventh-seeded Appalachian State University men’s tennis suffered a 4-0 setback to No. 2 seed and 47th-ranked South Alabama in the first round of the Sun Belt Championship at City Park Tennis Courts in New Orleans on Friday night.
Appalachian had the tall task right out of the gate facing a tough South Alabama team that featured the Sun Belt Player of the Year (Tuki Jacobs), Newcomer of the Year (Juan Cruz Soria) and Freshman of the Year (Clement Marzol). The Mountaineers finish their season at 12-9 for their second-straight winning season and first back-to-back winning campaigns since 2011-12.
The Mountaineers would fall in doubles play to the second-seeded Jaguars, leading to a 1-0 edge for USA heading into singles play. Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) fell to Juan Cruz Soria and Loic Close, 6-2. Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) fell in a tightly-contested match to Olivier Gingras and Pierre Noyon, 6-4.
After falling early in the match to USA, the Apps tried to get some momentum going in singles action. However, the Jaguars captured the first three finished matches to advance to the semifinals and will await the winner of UT Arlington and Georgia Southern.
Brea fell to Noyon 6-3, 6-2 as the No. 6 in the lineup before Bargeron suffered a 6-1, 7-5 defeat to Cloes in the fourth slot. Pavkovich fell to a tough opponent in Gonzalez as the No. 5, 6-3, 6-3.
Webster held a lead over the 104th-ranked Jacobs, 6-4, 2-1, but would go unfinished. Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) was battling with Soria through two sets before going unfinished, and Trey Morris’ (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agriculture) contest went unfinished with Gingras on court No. 3.
Despite the defeat, App still had a successful season with 12 wins. Appalachian will return six of eight athletes on the roster including four in Bargereron, Brea, Pavkovich and Webster that made up four of the six Mountaineers in the singles lineup and two of the three doubles tandems.
The Newberry Baseball Team (29-19, 14-8) opened a South Atlantic Conference weekend series with a 3-0 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (21-24, 6-16) Friday evening at Smith Road Complex.
The Wolves' Zack Kelly (Daleville, Va.) improved to 7-3 on the year after throwing a six-hit shutout. Kelly struck out nine batters in handing the Bears their fifth straight setback.
Newberry held a 1-0 advantage entering the eighth frame after Tommy Passerello's (Davenport, Fla.) sacrifice fly in the fourth inning before plating two runs highlighted by Ben Herring's (Hopkins, S.C.) RBI double.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) fell to 9-4 on the year despite allowing just two runs while pitching into the eighth inning. Senior John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) struck out two batters in relief for the Bears.
Appalachian State University head men’s soccer coach Jason O’Keefe announced the addition of two student-athletes for the 2017 class on Friday.
Austin Hill (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance (Elon)) and Prince Titus (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) will officially join the Black and Gold.
With the addition of two newcomers, the class of 11 now features four forwards, a dual threat, two midfielders, three defenders and a goalkeeper. In the class, nine of them hail from North Carolina with one from Florida and one from Bermuda.
2017 APPALACHIAN STATE MEN’S SOCCER SIGNEES
Name - Pos. - Ht. - Hometown/High School (Previous College)
Jack Butterfield - GK - 6-3 - Chapel Hill, N.C./CE Jordan
Roman Galaska - F - 6-3 - Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose
Brady Gunter - D - 6-1 - Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth
Austin Hill - M/F - 5-6 - Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance (Elon)
Zeiko Harris - D - 6-4 - Sandys Parish, Bermuda/South Kent
Juan Hernandez - F - 6-0 - Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange
Reed Hunnicutt - F - 5-8 - Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg
Justin Pruitt - MF - 5-10 - Matthews, N.C./Weddington
Yoni Spencer - D - 5-11 - Charlotte, N.C./Providence
Prince Titus - F - 5-9 - Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley
Parker Washburn - MF - 5-8 Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic
Austin Hill (5-6, 145, Midfield/Forward, Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance)
Played one year at Elon ... named to CAA all-freshman team ... recorded three goals as a freshman and played 410 minutes in 15 out of 16 games ... lettered one year at Southern Alamance High School ... was named a Metro 4-A all-conference team as a freshman ... earned Metro 4-A Freshman of the Year ... played for North Carolina Fusion under Andy Butler ... team captain senior year leading the way to the USSDA playoffs ... scored 16 goals as a senior after nine goals as a junior ... won the NCYSA 2013 State Cup Championship ... full name is Austin William Hill ... born Nov. 24, 1997 ... son of Jessie and Avery Hill ... intended major and minor is undecided ... mother was an Elon cheerleader ... enjoys making music with friends in his spare time.
O’Keefe’s Take: “I have known [Austin] since he was 9 years old. He is coming in with college game experience in a winning program. He has a competitive spirit and winning mentality. No matter if it was a 3v3 game at 9 years old or the Academy playoffs, Austin is laser focused and goes out to win. He is dynamic and will make our program better from day one. He can score, defend and has a good soccer IQ. He does the simple thing very often, which helps him and his teammates execute more plays.”
Prince Titus (5-9, 165, Forward, Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley)
Attended James. B. Dudley High School ... played for NC Fusion under Andy Butler ... started in 22 Developmental Academy matches 2015-2016 season while playing in 32. Full name is Prince Terrence Titus ... born on Nov. 13, 1999 ... son of Sophia Krah ... cousin, Aaron Krah, played football at Appalachian State ... cousin, Marcus Krah, runs tracks for North Carolina ... enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with his friends in his free time.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Prince is a fantastic person that will bring a tremendous amount of real life experience into our locker room. He possesses athletic ability with strength and pace and has the ability to score goals and set teammates up. We are excited to work with him over the next four years as the sky is the limit for Prince with the right work ethic, discipline and commitment.”
Appalachian State University men’s track and field standout runner Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) claimed his second Sun Belt Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office on Friday.
Hastings turned in dominant performances last week at the Charlotte Invitational with wins in the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run, as well as, a member of the first-place 4x400-meter relay team.
The junior from Matthews, N.C. posted a personal-best in the 400-meters with a time of 47.97, which is also tops in the Sun Belt this season. Hastings won the fast section of the 800-meter run with a time of 1:50.70, while also a member of the first-place 4x400-meter relay team who finished with a time of 3:18.70.
Hastings and the Mountaineers are competing this weekend at the Duke Invitational.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Hunter McCombs earned 2017 Honorable Mention All-South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf accolades, league officials announced earlier today.
McCombs, a senior from Morganton, N.C., led the Bears this year with a 73.60 stroke average over 16 rounds this year. McCombs tied for seventh – his best finish – at the Richard Rendleman Invitational on February 27-28.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Golf Team will compete in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship starting on Sunday, April 23, and running through Tuesday, April 25, at the Country Club of Salisbury in Salisbury, N.C.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men's Golf Teams
Adam Lumley, Mars Hill
Spencer Skiff, Newberry
John Carter McFadyen, Queens
Sam Broadhurst, Lincoln Memorial
Tom Forster, Carson-Newman
Carlos Leandro, Newberry
Jake Headrick, Carson-Newman
John Ingle, Coker
Dalton Reese, Carson-Newman
George Duncan, Lincoln Memorial
Hunter McCombs, Lenoir-Rhyne
Ben Thompson, Newberry
Luis Vega, Brevard
Harry Boyle, Lincoln Memorial
Taylor Smith, Tusculum
GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Adam Lumley, Mars Hill
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Tom Forster, Carson-Newman
COACH OF THE YEAR
Travis Muncy, Lincoln Memorial
The Hickory Crawdads dropped their fourth straight game in a 6-2 loss on the road at Kannapolis Thursday night.
Ricardo Valencia led the Crawdads with a two-for-three night at the plate with a run scored. Yeson Yrizarri and Brallan Perez each had sacrafice flies.
Mitch Roman had three hits and two RBI, and Jimmy Lambert allowed just four hits over eight innings for Kannapolis.
Lambert (2-0) picked up the win after he struck out four while allowing two runs.
Kannapolis started the scoring with a big second inning, when it crossed the plate for four runs, including a solo home run by Seby Zavala.
Following the big inning, the Crawdads cut into the deficit in the top of the next frame when Yeyson Yrizarri and Brallan Perez hit sacrifice flies.
The Intimidators extended their lead in the fifth when Roman scored on a triple and Jameson Fisher scored on an error.
Kyle Cody (0-1) went four innings, allowing four runs and six hits while striking out three in the South Atlantic League game.
Hickory falls to 5-10 on the first half of the season. Hickory stays in Kannapolis through Sunday.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis had three student-athlete receive All-Sun Belt accolades on Thursday evening, as the awards were announced at the Sun Belt Awards Banquet on Thursday night.
The Mountaineers are one of five teams in the league to have multiple student-athletes receive postseason honors and one of two teams (South Alabama) to have a student-athlete on both the all-first team and all-second team singles list.
Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College), Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) all were recognized for their successful seasons. Webster landed on the all-first team singles and doubles team, while Bargeron joined Webster as his partner on the all-first team doubles list. Maddocks’ career season led to an all-second team singles nod.
“All three athletes are very deserving of the recognition they receive,” said head coach Bob Lake. “Jack, Milo and Scott all had successful seasons for us, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
The trio helped App to a 12-8 mark going into its first round matchup against No. 2 seed South Alabama on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (ET). Bargeron, Maddocks and Webster have contributed to the Mountaineers' 9-3 finish after a 3-5 start to the season.
Webster is the first student-athlete to land on the All-Sun Belt First Team since the Mountaineers joined the conference, while he is the first athlete to garner all-first team honors since Alex Markov in 2011 when App was in the Southern Conference. He’s also the first athlete to make both the all-first team singles and doubles team. The junior led the Appalachian with an impressive 14-4 singles mark as the No. 1 in the lineup, surpassing last season’s win total. Webster is a stellar 10-1 in his last 11 matches going into the Sun Belt Championship. He ran a season- long seven-match win streak at one point, while all his victories have come in straight sets.
Bargeron and Webster make the first team after a solid 9-2 mark in singles as the top duo in the lineup. The pair didn’t start playing together until Feb. 19 at Coastal Carolina. Bargeron and Webster are the first doubles team to land on an all-first team doubles list since Zach Bost and Sebastien King made first-team all-doubles in 2014 when App was in the SoCon. The pair for App are 7-1 in their last eight doubles contests. In addition, Bargeron has the best doubles record of any Mountaineer with 13-4 overall record in doubles play. He’s the first freshman since Webster to earn an all-conference honor.
It’s no surprise as one of the most consistent Mountaineers in the last four seasons was tabbed for a postseason award. Maddocks ended the regular season with a 13-6 singles mark as the No. 2 in the lineup. His 13 wins tied a career high from his freshman season. The senior has played his best tennis of the season down the stretch where he’s boasted a 6-1 record. Maddocks earns postseason recognition by the conference for the second-straight season while he's earned a postseason award all four years at App.
Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Men's Basketball Coach Everick Sullivan has announced the program's first signee for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign in Emmanuel Wembi.
Wembi has been a standout for Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) for the past two years, leading the program to a combined 42-20 mark.
Wembi (6-8, 220, Center) averaged 11.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 57 percent from the field for the Red Hawks this year and leading the squad to a third consecutive berth in the Region X Quarterfinals.
Wembi was also one of three players in the region to average a double-double for the year and was the region's second-best defensive rebounder (8.2). Wembi is a graduate of Rocky River High School in Mint Hill, N.C.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis suffered a tightly-contested 4-3 setback on Thursday afternoon to No. 7 seed and archrival Georgia Southern in the first round of the 2017 Sun Belt Tennis Championship held in New Orleans at City Park Tennis Courts.
You couldn’t have asked for a more exciting match where both of App’s doubles wins were decided by two points and three of the six singles matches went to three sets. App was close once again as all three first round losses since joining the league have been decided by one point.
Trailing 3-2 during the match with their backs against the wall, the Mountaineers tied up the match thanks to Megan Mullen’s (Lake Norman, N.C./Mooresville) hard-fought three-set win over Monsey, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 as the No. 6 in the lineup.
Once again, it came down to Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and her counterpart in the match-deciding point. After winning the match for the Black and Gold in the previous matchup against Georgia Southern, Swope played valiantly against Giulia Riepe, but fell in three sets 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 2-6.
With App leading 1-0 going into singles play, the Eagles would capture the first two singles matches to take a 2-1 lead. Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) fell to Emilia Bujan, 6-7 (2-7), 2-6 before Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) suffered a 2-6, 5-7 setback to Arianna de Winter.
But the Apps, as they did all day, battled to tie up the match at 2-apiece following Taylor Bygrave’s (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 triumph over Mariana Ranzahuer. Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) was defeated in three sets to Truscott in another close match 6-3, 2-6, 1-6. It would come down to the last pair of matches in an exciting way.
The Mountaineers captured two of three doubles matches in exciting fashion to take a 1-0 lead going into singles. After Swope and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) fell to Mariana Ranzahuer and Lindsay Truscott, 2-6. App came back in the next two matches with Mullen and Wreder earning a hard-fought 7-5 win against De Winter/Riepe.
The clinching doubles match was down to Machado and Bygrave, as they gave App the doubles win in a clutch triumph over Bujan and Monsey by a score of 7-5.
App’s season has concluded while GASO will advance to the quarterfinal match against No. 2 seed South Alabama on Friday.
The Mountaineers will return six of their nine student-athletes including four of their top five wins leaders in singles play in Bygrave, Swope, Machado and Morse.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced an exciting new endeavor as it has teamed with Advanced-Online to launch the official online store for Bears’ apparel and collectibles at shoplrbears.com.
The website offers a wide variety of Lenoir-Rhyne clothing including T-shirts, sweatshirts, polos, shorts and hats including items from the official brand of the Bears, Under Armour. In addition, certain items can be customized to feature the sport of your choice.
The site also features collectibles ranging from flags and wall decals to jewelry and watches, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Lenoir-Rhyne University.
“This is a great opportunity for Lenoir-Rhyne to promote Bear Nation beyond the local community.” Deputy Athletics Director Brent Heaberlin said in a statement. “Giving our fans and alumni easy access to the gear they want is a big step forward in expanding our brand.”
Advanced-Online partners with over 80 corporations, 20 Greek organizations, and 150 colleges assisting them in producing client-centered solutions. Unlike any other e-commerce solutions on the market today, our stores require no inventory. Product availability is shown in real time and items ship within 24 hours.
Advanced-Online has teamed with such schools as Wake Forest University, Baylor University, Ball State and Coastal Carolina.
The Lander Baseball Team (19-25) picked up a 7-1 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (21-23) Wednesday evening at Dolny Stadium.
The Bearcats, who avenged an earlier loss to the Bears, were led by Carson Jones (Asheville, N.C.) with a three-run home run and four runs batted in.
Lander took control with three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings while Jones' round-tripper came in the fifth frame. Mason Dodd (Augusta, Ga.) also drove in three runs for the Bearcats, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) drove in the Bears' lone run in the fifth inning. The Bears, however, suffered their fourth straight setback.
On the mound, Tripper Ergle (Blythewood, S.C.) (1-3) pitched four innings in relief to pick up his first win of the year while Lenoir-Rhyne junior Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Va.) (1-2) was tagged with the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play this Friday against Newberry on the road beginning at 6:00 p.m., in Newberry, S.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Iulia Ponomareva has been named to the 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis Singles Second Team, league officials earlier today as part of its annual awards.
Ponomareva, a sophomore from Smolensk, RUSSIA, went 12-9 on the year including a 7-4 mark in league play as a competitor at No. 1 or No. 2 singles. This past fall, Ponomareva was the Bears' first-ever regionally-ranked player.
Lenoir-Rhyne, under first-year mentor Tom Rees, finished 9-12 on the season including a 3-8 mark in conference action.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Tennis Honors
Laura Dean/Rebecca Bruning, Anderson
Franziska Funke/Katarina Majorova, Tusculum
Elizabeth Williamson/Amanda Carrillo, Newberry
Carlotta Nassi/Marta Gonzalez, Queens
Maria Garcia/Oroma Womendu, Wingate
Sydney Homan/Andrea Ernera, Wignate
Honorable Mention Doubles
Johanna Delisse/Julia Loos, Lincoln Memorial
Layla Tanik/Claudia DeAndreis, Wingate
Alisa Liashova/Klara Vuckovic, Carson-Newman
Carlotta Nassi, Queens
Elizabeth Williamson, Newberry
Laura Dean, Anderson
Rebecca Bruning, Anderson
Katarina Majorova, Tusculum
Franziska Funke, Tusculum
Claudia De Andreis, Wingate
Elena Pellegrini, Wingate
Marta Gonzalez, Queens
Ivey Welborn, Anderson
Iulia Ponomareva, Lenoir-Rhyne
Amanda Carrillo, Newberry
Honorable Mention Singles
Marta Pinol, Lincoln Memorial
Ali Harris, Carsion-Newman
Annie McCullough, Tusculum
Caroline Nielsen, Queens
Jill Corsato Owsianka, Carson-Newman
Melissa Laing, Queens
Player Of The Year
Carlotta Nassi, Queens
Freshman Of The Year
Katarina Majorova, Tusculum
Coach Of The Year
Michael Cabana, Wingate
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (43-8, 15-3) remained tied for first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a doubleheader sweep of Queens (20-27, 6-14), 6-1 and 4-2, Wednesday afternoon at Bears Field. The Bears, ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II, also ran their winning streak to 13 games.
Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Queens 1
The Bears held a 2-1 advantage before taking control with a four-run fifth inning highlighted by a two-run single from senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.).
Lenoir-Rhyne junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) hit the game-winning RBI double while freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) garnered the win after holding the Royals scoreless after coming in relief in the third inning.
Queens’ Sydney Ditto (Mooresville, N.C.) and Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) both hit home runs to lead off their first innings, respectively, while the Royals’ Courtney Pearson (Candler, N.C.) (14-16) was tagged with the loss.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 4, Queens 2
Boone helped the Bears break a scoreless tie with a two-run single as part of a three-run second inning as Lenoir-Rhyne held on to beat Queens and earn a sweep.
Junior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) scored twice while Miller (13-4) picked up the win for the Bears. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) came on in relief to earn her first save of the year.
For Queens, Kelly Winter (Jacksonville, Fla.) had an RBI double while Evie Scott (Eden, N.C.) (6-7) was tagged with the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Carson-Newman – the Eagles are tied for first place in the league standings with the Bears – in a conference doubleheader showdown as part of Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.