Appalachian State University men’s tennis (5-5) finished the weekend 2-0 with a 5-2 triumph over Winthrop (0-7) in Rock Hill, S.C. at Memorial Courts.
The Apps captured the doubles point and registered four of six singles matches to claim their fifth win and move back to .500 on the year. App went 4-0 in doubles matches and 9-3 in singles contests.
“I was proud of the team today to turn right back around and keep the same level of intensity,” said head coach Bob Lake. “The pairings we had in there for doubles today played really well and that translated when we went into singles. This was a great weekend for us and I look forward to our next match on Thursday.”
App got things rolling when Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agriculture) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton College) kept the solid weekend going with a 6-2 victory over Dias/Papayiannis. Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensfield, Australia/Mansfield State) improved to 2-2 as partners thanks to a win over Gokhale and Kayat as the third duo in the lineup.
Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron’s (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) doubles match went unfinished against Teixeira/Quiroz as the top pairing in the lineup.
In singles play, Webster ran his record to 6-3 this season capturing the straight-set, 6-3, 6-0 win over Quiroz. Morris tallied his sixth win as well downing Papayiannis in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, as the No. 2 in the lineup, and Bargeron kept the exceptional play going with his 6-4, 7-6 (5) notch at the four spot.
Brea continued his superb play going on Sunday as the sophomore went 6-2, 6-1 over Kayat in a matchup between the No. 6 student-athletes in the lineup.
Pavkovich and Maddocks both fell in their respective singles matches, but both were hard fought and close. Maddocks fell to Teixeira, 5-7, 6-1, 10-8 while Pavkovich suffered a 2-6, 7-6, 10-2 setback to Gokhale.
App will aim to improve to 6-5 on the year and its third-straight win against North Carolina Central at 3 p.m. in Durham, N.C.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball blew out Fayetteville Tech in a 110-81 at home. The Red Hawks exploded in the second half after being down by five at the half but outscored Tech 63-29 in the second half.
Derick Brewer scored 34 points and Emmanuel Wembi had a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds as did Steve Ruszala with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Nolan Whitener also added 18 points.
CVCC improves 19-10 overall and 13-7 in the conference. The Red Hawks have clinched the #4 seed in the Region X Tournament were they receive a first round bye and will play the #5 seed in the tournament on Sunday, March 5.
Appalachian State University softball came away with their third-straight victory over the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as they trounced the Retrievers 10-3 to wrap up action in Wilmington, N.C. at the Hampton Inn University Area Seahawk Softball Classic.
“I was really proud of our pitching staff for bouncing back after Saturday,” said head coach Janice Savage. “We just have to continue to grow and be more consistent offensively, defensively and in the mound. We are really up and down and we need to find that consistent day for us.”
In the third-place Sunday showdown, Appalachian State’s (7-7) batters were on fire registering 12 hits with three Mountaineers leading the offensive charge smacking out at least two including Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) (3-for-4), Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) (2-for-4) and Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) (2-for-4). Orcutt pounded out a career-high two triples, and Stewart crashed out her sixth home run of her career.
In the circle, Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) (1-1) and Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./ Winter Sprints) shut out UMBC for five innings, allowed only three runs (two earned), struck out six Retrievers with three apiece and did not walk a single batter.
Game Rundown: App State 10, UMBC 3
App State filled-up the scoreboard early exploding to a 4-0 lead at the bottom of the first. On the opening at-bat, Orcutt smashed her first-ever triple over the right fielder’s glove and she was followed by Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) who reached on an error. With two runners on base, Russell was determined to bring them home and crashed a single to left field that scored Orcutt and Walters. Then after Taylor Rivenburgh (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) grounded out at first, Stewart cleaned-up the bases bombing her first home run of the season over dead center for a two-run RBI.
In the third, the Retrievers broke through and cut Appalachian’s lead to two after a two-run double, but the Mountaineers extended their advantage to 7-2 in the bottom half tacking on three more. Russell led the inning with a double down the left field line that set the stage for Rivenburgh to bat her in after blasting a single straight up the middle. Right after that, Maddy Bloom (Princeton Junction, N.J./West-Windsor Plainsboro North) pinch ran for Rivenburgh and scored thanks to a UMBC error. Closing out App State’s scoring-run was Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) who hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Stewart who reached on a single.
After the Mountaineers scored two more runs in the fourth, UMBC attempted to get back in the game after knocking in a RBI, but the Apps pulled away with the victory reeling in one more run at the bottom of the sixth to neutralized the Retrievers 10-3.
Appalachian will compete in the Fairfield Inn and Suites Camel Stampede March 3-4 and will face off against Norfolk State, Rider and Campbell.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (16-2), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, made it 10 victories in a row with a pair of wins on Sunday – 2-0 over Flagler and 6-3 over Augusta – at the Mid-South Classic at Tyger River Park.
Lenoir-Rhyne 2, Flagler 0
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) threw a six-hit shutout, her fourth of the season, to lead the Bears to the win. Parks also struck out six batters and improved to 8-0 on the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) drove in both runs for the Bears with a RBI double in the third inning and a solo home run in the fifth frame.
Flagler's Ally Marcano (Middletown, N.Y.) fell to 9-2 on the year after suffering the loss despite going the distance and allowing just two runs.
Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Augusta 3
The Bears rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take its second victory of the year of the Jaguars.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) tied the game at three with a solo home run in the fourth inning before senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) gave the Bears the lead for good with a two-run single in the sixth frame. Keller now has a team-leading five home runs on the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ty Triplett, a Draughn High School grad, came on in relief to earn the win. Triplett (5-0) did not allow a run in nearly five innings of work.
Augusta's Lydia Hausman (Thomaston, Ga.) had two hits and two runs batted in but Kristen Mills (Harlem, Ga.) fell to 1-7 after taking the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Limestone in a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 1, beginning at 3:00 p.m., at Bears Field.
Appalachian State University softball dropped two ballgames on Saturday at the Hampton Inn University Area Seahawk Softball Classic in Wilmington, N.C. The Mountaineers fell to UNCW 14-2 in the afternoon and slipped to North Texas 7-3 in the nightcap.
App State (6-7) registered nine hits on Saturday, and three ladies smacked out two apiece including Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) (2-for-7), Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) (2-for-5) and Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) (2-for-5). In the night game against NT, Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) crashed out her 11th career home run.
Game One: UNCW 14, App State 2 (5)
App struck first with a run in their opening at-bat on Heather Josey’s (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) third RBI of the tournament, scoring Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) who reached on a hit by pitch, but UNCW (6-2) answered back at the bottom of the first with three RBI to take the 3-1 lead.
In the following inning, the Mountaineers shaved the Seahawk’s advantage to one after a RBI from Orcutt, but UNCW regained their lead tacking on three more to the board to end the second up by four.
After the Apps went three-and-out at the top of the third and the Seahawks ‘exploded for six runs in the bottom half, UNCW pulled away with the win scoring two more runs in the bottom of the fourth for the 14-2 victory.
Parker was 2-for-2 with two doubles to lead the App offense, and Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) struck out three Seahawks.
Game Two: North Texas 7, App State 3
Taylor Rivenburgh (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) started the game off for the Mountaineers hitting a RBI single off the right center fence to bring home Walker who reached on a walk to take the one-run advantage after the first.
At the top of the third, North Texas ruptured Appalachian’s lead scoring three runs on a solo RBI single and a two-run RBI double. Then two innings later, the Mean Green smacked a two-run homer over the left corner fence to extend their lead to 5-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Mountaineers chopped down North Texas’ lead some more thanks to a two-run homer from Dodd, her first of the season, but the Mean Green answered back in the top of the seventh with a pair of RBI. Appalachian tried to muster up the right plays to rally back into the game at the bottom half of the inning, but App went down in order and the Mean Green won the rematch 7-3.
Rivenburgh, Russell, Dodd and Orcutt spearheaded the App State offense cracking out a single base hit apiece with Dodd pounding in two RBI. On the mound, Apps’ pitching staff struck out six batters and only gave up one walk.
After going 1-3 in the tournament, the Black and Gold earned the three seed and will play the fourth seed, UMBC, tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Boseman Field.
No. 22 Lenoir-Rhyne (13-3, 2-1) and Anderson (5-9, 1-2) split a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The Trojans prevailed in the first contest by an 8-6 score while the Bears salvaged the split, 8-0, in the nightcap.
Game One – Anderson 8, Lenoir-Rhyne 6
The Trojans' rallied from a 6-3 deficit to take the first game of the doubleheader over the Bears. Anderson took the lead for good with a pair of unearned runs as part of a three-run sixth inning.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior second baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) hit a solo home run in the second inning and finished with three hits and three runs batted in to lead the Bears' offensively despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) fell to 1-1 after taking the setback while Andrew Dill (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) (1-1) earned the win after coming on in relief and pitching close to four scoreless innings to go along with five strikeouts for the Trojans.
Anderson's Avery Sneed (Zirconia, N.C.) hit a solo home run while William Thomas (Irmo, S.C.) totaled three hits and three runs batted in to lead Anderson offensively.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Anderson 0 (seven innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne senior John Curtis, a Hibriten grad, (1-0) threw a one-hit shutout in addition to 13 strikeouts as the Bears were able to salvage the split.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Fred Wadsworth (Columbia, S.C.) opened the scoring with an RBI double in the second inning before hitting a solo home run, his team-leading fifth of the year, in the fourth frame to lead the Bears on offense.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) added a solo home run as part of a three-run seventh for the Bears, who shut out the Trojans for the second time in three games. In addition, six of Lenoir-Rhyne's 10 hits were extra bases.
Anderson's Chris Ayers (Carnesville, Ga.) fell to 2-1 after suffering the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Tusculum in a non-conference regional game on Tuesday at 5pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (10-17, 9-13) saw its season come to a close with a 78-74 setback to Mars Hill (6-22, 4-18) Saturday afternoon at Stanford Arena in a South Atlantic Conference game.
Four players scored in double figures for the Lions – led by Vernon Jackson (Savannah, Ga.) with 16 points – and Mars Hill scored 46 points after halftime to beat Lenoir-Rhyne and snap a four-game losing streak.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) scored a team-high 14 points while senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) added 13 points and three treys but the Bears fell for the ninth time in their last 10 games and missed out on a chance to play in the league tournament.
Mars Hill was able to pull out the victory thanks to a 43-25 edge on the boards in addition to making 22-of-28 free throw attempts. Bennett Wilson (Newberry, S.C.) added 13 points for the Lions.
Lenoir-Rhyne struggled from behind the three-point line – hitting just eight-of-29 attempts – as the Bears and the Lions split the season series.
Ronshad Shabazz’s (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) 20 points and Isaac Johnson’s (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) 10 rebounds highlighted Appalachian State University men’s basketball’s 75-64 loss to ULM on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.
Shabazz led the Mountaineers (8-19, 3-13 Sun Belt) with a team-high 20 points on 6-for-16 shooting from the field. Johnson finished 3-for-5 with six points. Four of his 10 rebounds came on the offensive glass.
The Black and Gold took a 30-22 lead into halftime over the Warhawks (8-20, 2-13 Sun Belt). The Apps led by as many as 14 points in the opening half with 5:48 to go - holding to a 27-13 advantage. ULM closed the half on a 9-3 run.
To begin the second half, the Mountaineers would keep the Warhawks at a distance and maintained a eight-point advantage following a Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) 3-pointer to give App State a 41-33 lead with 13:44 to play.
Following that three from Good, the Warhawks would subsequently go on a 10-1 run to take a 43-42 lead with 11:40 left in regulation. A Shabazz three would knot the score again at 45-45, but ULM, despite multiple Mountaineer attempts, would fend off App State on numerous comeback attempts.
The Warhawks, leading 60-58 after two free throws from Good, would construct a 15-6 run to end the game.
Travis Munnings led the Warhawks with 21 points and eight rebounds. Nick Coppola finished with 16 and Sam McDaniel notched 14.
Notes: App State fell to 1-4 all-time against ULM … Ronshad Shabazz notched his sixth 20-point game of the season and 13th of his career … it also marked Shabazz’s 24th double-digit scoring game of the year and 42nd of his career … Isaac Johnson led the team in rebounding for the 11th time and grabbed at least nine rebounds for the seventh time in 11 games … Johnson’s 10 rebounds marked his fourth double-digit rebounding effort of the season.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis (4-5) dealt Wofford (8-4) a 6-1 loss in Spartanburg at the Reeves Tennis Center on Saturday.
App hands Wofford its first home loss of the season and snaps the Terriers’ four-match win streak. App State captured two of three doubles matches and five of six singles points.
The Mountaineers also snap their four-match skid in the process.
“This was a great win for us on the road against a very good Wofford team,” said head coach Bob Lake. “Capturing the doubles point was key for us in getting off to a good start, and we certainly carried that momentum into singles. This is the type of win that can give us confidence moving forward into tomorrow (vs. Winthrop). I’m proud of the way we performed today on the road.”
Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agriculture) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) picked up the first doubles win as the No. 2 pairing in the lineup with a 6-1 triumph over Andrew Graham/Trevor Gotkowski. Clinching the doubles portion of the match was Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chiselhurst, England/Bullerswood), as they improved to 2-0 as partners toppling Haris Poric/Julian Chousa (6-4).
All five of App’s singles victories went to straight sets, while Webster gave App the 2-0 lead thanks to a 6-2, 6-2, win over Lucas Cerbelli. Wofford drew to within a point after Alex Brea valiantly fell to Peter Cooms in the six slot.
However, the Apps took the next four singles matches, as Maddocks’ 7-6, 6-2 win over Parks Schoen at the two spot and Bargeron’s 6-1, 6-4 victory over Chousa clinched the win for App.
Morris continued his solid day with a straight set, 6-3, 6-3, win over Jack Thomas before Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) ended the day with a 6-4, 6-2 notch under his belt over Kyle Barr.
App will look to finish the weekend 2-0 at 12 p.m. tomorrow against Winthrop.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (17-11, 13-9) ended the regular season with two straight victories including an 89-50 win over Mars Hill (7-21, 5-17) in the finale Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action at Stanford Arena.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) finished with a double-double – 22 points and 13 rebounds – while junior guard Cassidy Joyner (Dobson, N.C.) added 11 points off the bench as the Bears cruised to the easy win and swept the season series from the Lions.
Mars Hill’s Paige Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) finished with a team-high 16 points but the Lions shot just 30 percent (20-of-67) for the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne notched a season-high in points and shot 58 percent (36-of-62) from the field. In addition, the Bears hit eight three-pointers while 14 players scored.
Lenoir-Rhyne will be the sixth seed in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship and will face third-seeded Wingate (22-5, 18-4) in the Quarterfinal Round on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., in Wingate, N.C.
In a game that needed just 125 pitches to put away, Appalachian State University baseball got its second win of the weekend over Gardner-Webb, winning 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Bill Masters Field.
The Mountaineers (3-3) scored three of their four runs on the day with to the help of sacrifice bunts in the fifth and seventh inning, while junior Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) got out of a late jam against the Runnin’ Bulldog (2-5) to get the save.
Howell completed the great day for pitchers by coming in the ninth and striking back-to-back batters with runners on second and third to keep the win for the Black and Gold.
After Appalachian scored in the second by Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) getting his first career triple to bring around Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern), Robert Langdon laid down a sacrifice bunt in the fifth to move Zupcic to second and Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) to third. From there, Bauk was able to steal home after GWU’s pitcher threw a wild pitch before Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) singled to center field to score in Zupcic.
Curtis then added App State’s final run of the game in the seventh when he sacrifice bunt Robert Langdon (West Palm Beach, Fla./Dreyfoos) to second who brought around by a Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) single to center.
The Black and Gold’s bottom of the order carried the team offensively as their four runs on the day came from the 4-8 spots in the order. Overall, however, the game marks the first time this season that they have reached 10-plus hits for a game.
Sophomore lefty Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) received the win, going 7.1 innings and striking out seven batters with only allowing two runs. Will Herman (Dunwoody, Ga./St. Pius X Catholic) also came in in relief for two batters, striking out both to get to the ninth.
The Mountaineers will look to sweep the series against Gardner-Webb on Sunday, Feb. 25. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. and is broadcast on Big South Network.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (1-1) rallied from a four-goal halftime deficit to pick up its first win of the year in thrilling fashion, 9-8, in double overtime over Mount Olive (4-2) Saturday afternoon at Ray McDonald Complex.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) scored the game-winner in the second overtime with 55 seconds left as the Bears spotted the Trojans a 7-3 advantage at halftime.
Sack, who finished with three goals, forced overtime with a goal with seven seconds remaining in the second half as the Bears picked up their first win under new mentor Carlee Buck.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) added three goals while junior goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the win and kept the Bears in the contest after making 17 saves on the day.
For Mount Olive, Claire Murray (Hagerstown, Md.) and Saffron Snethen (Mercer Island, Wash.) both scored two goals but Siena Miller (Vail, Colo.) suffered the loss in goal despite making six stops. The Bears were also able to pull out the victory despite the Trojans holding a 32-17 edge in shots taken.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Tiffin (Ohio) on Thursday, March 2, at 4:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (14-2), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, ran its winning streak to eight games after winning twice on Saturday – 14-6 over St. Joseph’s (Ind.) and 7-2 over Mount Olive – on its first day of the Mid-South Classic at Tyger River Park.
Lenoir-Rhyne 14, St. Joseph’s (Ind.) 6 (five innings)
The Bears put the game away early with a seven-run second inning capped off by a two-run triple from junior catcher Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) as Lenoir-Rhyne run-ruled St. Joseph’s.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) led the way offensively with four hits, three runs scored and two runs batted in while sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) improved to 4-0 after earning the win on the mound.
For the Pumas, Ashley Whitaker (Greenfield, Ind.) tallied two hits and two runs batted in while Sara DeMuth (Shell Rock, Iowa) (0-2) took the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Mount Olive 2
Lenoir-Rhyne broke a two-all with a five-run seventh inning including the game-winning, run-scoring single from junior outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.).
Sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 7-0 on the year after going the distance and allowing just one earned run while Cates and senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) both drove in two runs for the Bears in the win.
For Mount Olive, Jennibeth Burge (Sanford, N.C.) finished with a pair of hits and a run batted in but Emily Chaisson (Stokesdale, N.C.) (5-2) took the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne faces Flagler (10:00 a.m.) and Augusta (Noon) Sunday in the final day of the tournament.
If Appalachian State University women’s basketball (11-17, 6-11 SBC) wants to be playing its best basketball going into the Sun Belt Tournament, Saturday was an excellent way to start, as the Mountaineers downed UL Monroe (5-21, 2-14 SBC) on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center, 79-61.
Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) played a great game inside tying her career high with 19 points on a very efficient 8-for-10 performance from the field to go along with seven boards. Making her first-career start as a freshman, Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) shined in her debut and didn’t disappoint. The forward fired in a career-high 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and tied a career mark with six off the glass. Hampton her confidence going early in the game hitting her first five shots.
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) added 15 to the mix with a season-high six assists and just two turnovers in 34 minutes. Like her usual self, Jones notched eight points in the fourth quarter and went a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.
It wasn’t just the three Mountaineers in double figures that contributed in the scoring column, as all eight student-athletes who got into the game scored. App assisted on 72 percent of its field goals (18-of-25) with four student-athletes recording multiple assists. With the 79 points, improved to 8-1 this season when scoring 70 or more points. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) brought down a game-high 11 boards and scored nine points. In her first-career start, Katelyn Doub (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) chipped in with seven points in 20 minutes.
ULM’s first and only lead came in the early moments of the game with a 4-0 lead. But after starting 0-for-5 from the floor, Appalachian went seven for its next 11 to end the quarter outscoring the visitors, 18-5, and go into the second period with an 11-point advantage. App held the opponents to 26.7 percent shooting from the field, while the Black and Gold assisted on six of the seven-made field goals.
Appalachian kept its foot on the pedal going up by as much as 19 points in the frame, 40-21, thanks to a pair of free throws by Story. The Mountaineers held ULM to just under 33 percent shooting from the floor during the half, and App converted at the free throw line hitting 13-of-18 attempts.
Coming out of the game, Hampton continued her big day with back-to-back buckets to push the App lead to 22, 46-24, for its largest lead of the contest. The Mountaineers kept the Warhawks at bay until ULM trimmed the App State lead to 12 at the end of the period, 55-43.
ULM would get to within 10 points on three separate occasions in the final quarter, putting a little pressure on App. With App State leading 66-56, Cydni Cole (Glen Burnie, Md./George Mason) made a splash in her first appearance since 12/31 at Texas State from a lower body injury, hitting a 3-pointer to bury the Warhawks for good.
App cruised the rest of the way en route to surpassing last season’s win total. The Mountaineers dominated the boards, 49-24, including a 20-6 edge on the offensive glass that led to a whopping 29-0 output in second-chance points. App would rebound 57.1 percent of its missed shots on the day, while the Black and Gold shot 51.1 percent (22-43) inside the arc.
Also, App outscored ULM, 26-10, making a season high in free throws. The Mountaineers shot 78.8 percent from the line, which is the highest percentage this season when attempting at least 20 free throws.
“Our team is at our best when we’re able to get contributions from everyone. We are really proud of our commitment and effort on the boards. I loved our response to the adversity we faced today, and I am looking forward to March with this team. “ - Head Coach Angel Elderkin
- Bassett-Smith and Hampton were a combined 14-for-17 from the field with 33 points and 13 rebounds.
- All eight players were on the plus side in the plus/minus column.
- Amber Driver (Houston, Texas/Tyler JC) held a career-high and tied a team-high with a plus-32 in 25 minutes, chipping in with six point and three boards.
- App is 5-0 all-time against ULM, while all three wins at home have been by double digits.
- The Mountaineers are 10-3 this season when scoring at least 30 points in the paint.
- App attempted at least 30 free throws for the seventh time this season.
- Jones dished out at least four assists for the sixth-straight game. With 27 assists and just eight turnovers, Jones has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.3:1.
- Story recorded double-digit rebounds for the sixth time this season and the third time in the past four games.
- Bayley Plummer (East Davidson/Thomasville, N.C.) is averaging 9.5 rebounds per game over the last two contests after grabbing eight boards, her best two-game stretch this season.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (2-1), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, won its second straight game by outlasting Wheeling Jesuit (0-3), 21-17, Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) led the way with a game-high six goals while senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) added a pair of goals and six assists as the Bears rallied from a 10-6 deficit just before halftime to take the win. Dickinson has a team-leading 10 goals on the season.
The Cardinals, still searching for their first victory of the year, were led by Dereck Downs (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) and Matt Lee (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) with five goals each despite the loss.
With the score tied at 15 entering the final period, the Bears broke it open by scoring the first five goals of the frame including the match-winner from junior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.).
Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Will Remsen (Baldwin, N.Y.) added three goals while junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) played both the first and fourth periods in picking up the win. Crompton made eight saves.
Lenoir-Rhyne held the edge in both shots taken (60-37) and ground balls (47-28). Wheeling Jesuit’s Jake Lilly (Marcellus, N.Y.) made 13 saves but suffered the loss in goal.
Lenoir-Rhyne next opens South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday, March 4, in Hartsville, S.C., against Coker beginning at 7:00 p.m.
East Burke: 77
Cavaliers advance to the fourth round going to Smoky Mountain on Tuesday.
Smoky Mountain: 51
Blue Devils season ends at 21-8.
Kings Mountain: 57
Patriots host Central Cabarrus Tuesday in the fourth round.
South Point: 75
Patriots advance to the fourth round hosting Jay M. Robinson on Tuesday.
North Henderson: 65
Red Tornadoes advance to the fourth round going to Cox Mill on Tuesday. Listen to the game on 1290 AM, 102.3 FM and whky.com.
Appalachian State University baseball came away with its second victory of the season as it downed Gardner-Webb in the first of a three-game series on Friday evening at Bill Masters Field, 5-4.
The Mountaineers (2-3) never trailed in the effort, going up 2-0 in the top of the first and never looking back despite a late push by the Runnin’ Bulldogs (2-4) in the bottom of the ninth.
The hot bats started early in the first when senior Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) doubled to center as the second at-bat of the game. Junior Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) drew a walk to set the stage for a Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) double to left field to drive both Stroup and Vernon home.
After that, right-hander Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) held Gardner-Webb scoreless through five innings. Holden finished the game with 5.2 innings pitched, seven hits, but only one run allowed, striking our four batters.
Starting off the top of the six for Appalachian, Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) hit a solo bomb to left center to go up 3-0. The Runnin’ Bulldogs then responded with a solo home run of their own to left field to end their drought.
Right-handed junior Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) provided relief with two outs in the sixth before throwing 10-straight strikes, keeping Gardner-Webb off the scoreboard until the ninth. Howell finished with three punchouts in 2.1 innings pitched, throwing 25 strikes in 37 pitches total.
In the top of the ninth, freshman Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) and Vernon again came across the plate on a Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) laser up the middle. The Runnin’ Bulldogs attempted to rally in the bottom-half of the inning by scoring three on back-to-back doubles, but closer right-hander Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) put them away without allowing any more damage.
The Mountaineers will continue its three-game series with Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Feb. 25. First pitch at 2 p.m. and is broadcast on Big South Network.
Appalachian State University softball split the day defeating the UMBC Retrievers 5-3 in the morning and slipping to the North Texas Mean Green 1-0 at nightfall on day one at the Hampton Inn University Area Seahawk Softball Classic at Boseman Field on Friday.
The Black and Gold (6-5) competed in two close ballgames in Wilmington pulling out the second-straight win against UMBC (3-8) and falling short to North Texas. In the morning, Appalachian pounded out eight hits but was held to only two in the nightcap. Eight different Mountaineers made connections with the ball on Friday, and freshmen Taylor Rivenburgh (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) recorded multi-hit days with Rivenburgh going 2-for-3 and Russell going 2-for-6.
Game One: App State 5 , UMBC 3 (5-6)
UMBC took the early 2-0 lead in the first after a RBI double and a RBI single, but the two-run drought did not phase App State as they responded with two RBI singles from Rivenburgh and Russell.
After holding each other scoreless in the third, Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) opened up the fourth smashing a double deep to left center, and she was followed by back-to-back walks which filled up the bases. Soon after that Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) came up to bat and lightly tapped the ball for a sacrifice bunt to open up a lane for Parker to dash home and snatch their first lead of the game.
In the bottom of the fifth, the ballgame would see its second tie of the day after UMBC capitalized off a passed ball to even up the score, but Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) stopped the Retrievers in their tracks striking out the first batter of the game to end the fifth with a 3-3 count.
Then at the top of the sixth, App State snatched the lead back on Ally Walters’ (Orange City, Fla./University) second at-bat of the season cracking one out to left field for a RBI single. Right after that, H. Josey followed with her second RBI of the game to extend Apps’ advantage to two runs.
After Longanecker had halted UMBC for the second time to end the sixth, the Mountaineers retired the Retrievers’ batters at the bottom of the seventh to snag the second-straight ballgame away from UMBC 5-3.
On the mound, App State’s pitchers held UMBC scoreless for five innings, and Longanecker threw out four strikeouts.
Game Two: North Texas 1, App State 0
Under the lights, the two defenses and pitching staffs duked it out and kept the game close throughout seven innings registering a combined four three-and-outs, 12 strikeouts and six total hits.
Both teams struggled to create something offensively for four outings until North Texas scored an earned run off a RBI single to grab the one-run advantage in the fifth.
After White had fielded a double play at the top of the sixth and App went down in order at the bottom, Appalachian knew they had one more chance to either tie or take the lead. App State tried to make something happen in the bottom of the seventh when Rivenburgh hit a single for a base hit and White advanced pinch runner Maddy Bloom (Princeton Junction, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro North) to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) struck out swinging, it was up to Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) to muster something up offensively to keep App in the game, but she flew out to left field to end the ballgame with the Mean Green on top.
In the circle, Appalachian’s aggressive pitching from Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) (0-1) and Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) was an essential part in holding NT to one run and four hits. Both pitchers only walked one batter apiece and struck out a total of seven batters.
The Black and Gold will stay in Wilmington, N.C. for day two of the Hampton Inn University Area Seahawks Softball Classic and will play UNCW at 12:30 p.m. and face off against North Texas at 5:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (12-2, 1-0), ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division II, opened South Atlantic Conference play in record-breaking fashion with a 9-0 win over Anderson (4-8, 0-1) Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) improved to 5-0 on the year after throwing a three-hit shutout and striking out a school-record 17 batters.
Lenoir-Rhyne broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning by plating three runs kicked started by a two-run double from sophomore outfielder Zach Jacobs (Moncks Corner, S.C.).
The Bears then put the contest away with a three-run sixth inning and finished with the game with 13 hits. Junior third baseman Fred Wadsworth (Columbia, S.C.) hit his team-tying fourth home run of the year while sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) added three hits and two runs batted in.
Anderson’s Ryan Owens (Boca Raton, Fla.) fell to 1-2 on the year after suffering the loss.
The two teams will wrap up the weekend league series with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis (3-8) fell down early after the doubles portion, but couldn’t come back in a narrow 4-3 setback to Lipscomb (2-7) on Friday at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.
Appalachian would fall in doubles play to the Bison because of a default. It was a valient effort by the Apps in singles play where three of the six matches went into three sets.
Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C. / Weddington) was in the No. 1 slot for the Mountaineers for the fourth time this season, but fell to Viktoriya Dzyuba, 6-1, 6-1. No. 2 featured sophomore Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) outlasted Hannah Gamage in a back-and-forth match, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
In the No. 3 slot, Gabrielle Wreder (Wilmington, N.C. / Hoggard) was defeated by Madeleine Brooks, 6-2, 6-0.
The No. 4 singles match went into a tiebreak in the third set when Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla. / Felix Varela) and Denise Buberl were in a nip-and-tuck match. However, Machado fell valiantly, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 (7-5).
Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia / Miami Gold Coast) won her fifth match in row in singles when she notched an impressive 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) triumph over Thabile Tshatedi.
Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C. / Lake Norman) fell, 6-2, 6-2, to Jaclyn Findlay in the No. 6 slot.
The Black and Gold look to even its weekend record tomorrow on the road against Davidson. The first serve is set for 11 a.m.