For the second straight week, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Thomas St. Clair has been named the NCBWA NCAA Division II Southeast Region Pitcher Of The Week. NCBWA is the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
St. Clair, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., threw his second straight complete game last weekend in a 6-2 victory over Catawba in game one of a league doubleheader Saturday at home.
St. Clair struck out 16 batters – giving him 33 in his last two outings – and allowed just one earned run in the win. St. Clair is 6-0 on the year with a 1.29 earned run average and leads the nation in strikeouts with 62.
St. Clair, who set the school single-season record for strikeouts with 91 during the 2015 season, has also been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Pitcher Of The Week three of the last four weeks.
Wingate’s Bradley Brown was named the NCBWA NCAA Division II Southeast Region Hitter Of The Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (14-6, 3-3) returns to South Atlantic Conference play Friday at home against Lincoln Memorial (9-12, 3-3). First pitch at Bears Field is set for 6:00 p.m.
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South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 14
East Burke: 6
North Lincoln: 2
West Caldwell: 14
Bunker Hill: 2
East Burke: 1
Fred T. Foard: 9
West Lincoln: 0
St. Stephens: 5
Appalachian State University men’s basketball cut a 12-point first half deficit to just seven points at the break, but Troy would overwhelmingly take control in the second half and handed Appalachian an 84-64 defeat in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament on Wednesday.
The Mountaineers (9-21) were paced by Ronshad Shabazz’s (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) team-high 22 points. Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) added 11 points, while freshman Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) notched 10 points and six rebounds.
Leading App State on the glass was Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth/VMI) who grabbed eight boards.
The contest was very slow to get started offensively with the Apps leading the Trojans (19-14) 3-2 at the first media timeout with 14:57 to play in the opening half.
Both teams started to get into a rhythm, while Troy would be quick to jump out to a double-digit lead toward the end of the half - leading App State 33-21 with 3:25 left.
The Black and Gold would engineer a 7-0 run - sparked by a T. Johnson free throw and capped by back-to-back threes from Shabazz to pull to within five and Troy would take a seven-point lead into the break.
The Trojans kept the Mountaineers at a safe distance for the first couple minutes of the second period, but with App State down 44-37, the Mountaineers put together a 7-3 run behind layups from I. Johnson and Shabazz to cut the deficit to just three points at 47-44.
However, Troy would construct a 15-4 run to answer the Mountaineers’ comeback bid and pushed its lead to a game-high 14 points at 62-48 with 10:52 to play. Troy grew its lead and would go on to win the game 84-64.
Wesley Person led the Trojans with a game-high 29 points.
Notes: App State moves to 6-2 all-time against Troy … Ronshad Shabazz tallied his 27th double-digit scoring game of the season and 45th of his career … it was also Shabazz’s seventh 20-point outing of the year and 14th of his career … Shabazz finishes the season 128 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point plateau … Isaac Johnson becomes the first freshman to lead the Mountaineers in rebounding since Mel Hubbard (1975-76) … Johnson’s 10 points marked his seventh double-digit scoring game of the season … Tyrell Johnson scored 11 points for his eighth double-digit scoring game of the season and 10th of his career.
Appalachian State University baseball used strong hitting from its whole lineup to win its home opener against UNC Asheville, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. The win gave Kermit Smith his first home win as head coach.
The Mountaineers (6-6) went up against eight pitchers on the evening as the Bulldogs (5-6) used the midweek matchup as a staff pitching day. Despite multiple different looks on the mound, Appalachian had six batters get a hit and two get multiple hits.
The Black and Gold got on the board first in the fourth inning of their first home game of the season as Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence Darlington)) started things off with a leadoff single through the left side. UNC Asheville then failed to turn the double play as Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) beat out the throw. Facing a 3-1 hitter’s count, Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) got his second home run of the season, jacking one to left center to get his two RBI on the day.
The Bulldogs then countered in the sixth when a solo bomb to center field was followed up by back-to-back shots barreling down the right and left field line fair to bring home the tying run. Asheville then took the lead in the seventh as the Mountaineers couldn’t turn the double play to end the inning, allowing one to cross the plate.
Unfettered by the tight game, App State responded with a double to deep right field by Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) and a Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) single to right. Grubbs was then almost caught stealing second, but reached safely after the Bulldog pitcher at the time overthrew his intended target, allowing pinch runner Robert Langdon (West Palm Beach, Fla./Dreyfoos) to go home. The Mountaineers then capitalized on a wild pitch that allowed Grubbs to score.
Appalachian would allow just one hit over the next two innings to close out the game. Left-handed sophomore Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock) got the start for the midweek matchup, but it was Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Roswell) who received the win, entering the game in the sixth inning with the game tied at two apiece.
Closer Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) received the save – his second of the year. He started the ninth inning with a one-run lead and faced just four batters, walking one, striking out the other and forcing a groundout to second base to end the game.
On the day, Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) and Jackson helped lead the offensive charge, going 2-3 and 2-2, respectively. Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) also tied Jackson with a double on the day. App State made aggressive plays away from the plate on the base-paths, forcing the defense to either make a play or give up bases.
The Mountaineers will now embark on their longest road trip of the season thus far when they head to take on Missouri in a weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 2 p.m. (all eastern times) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
All three games of the series will be broadcast live on the SEC Network + and can be streamed online on WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (14-6) fell to Belmont Abbey (11-11), 4-2, Wednesday night in a regional affair at Bears Field.
Trailing by a 2-1 score in the top of the seventh inning, the Crusaders took the lead for good thanks to a three-run home run from Kayden Krause (Charlotte, N.C.).
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) hit an RBI double but the Bears suffered their third consecutive loss.
Belmont Abbey's Troy Herterick (Dacula, Ga.) improved to 2-0 on the season after allowing just one earned run with five strikeouts while pitching into the seventh inning. Ross Garrett (Fleming Island, Fla.) was credited with the save after registering seven strikeouts.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Connor Dailey (Rutherfordton, N.C.) (1-1) suffered the loss in relief while Shoemaker and sophomore outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) each totaled two hits for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Friday at 6:00 p.m., against Lincoln Memorial at Bears Field.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (3-2) picked up a 12-7 road victory over Pfeiffer (4-2) Wednesday evening at N.E. Lekfo Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) and junior attacker Brooke Ouderkirk (Syracuse, N.Y.) totaled three goals each to lead the Bears to the victory. Schwitkis added two assists and leads the Bears with 13 points this year.
Pfeiffer was led by Ally Unkenholz (Ellicott City, MD) with three goals in the setback.
The Falcons held a 3-2 advantage with less than 12 minutes remaining in the first half before the Bears reeled off four straight goals to take the lead for good.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 22-14 edge in shots taken while junior All-American Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the win in goal. Pfeiffer's goalkeeper, Emily James (Marietta, Ga.), suffered the loss despite making five saves on the evening.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday when the Bears travel to Wingate, N.C., to take on Wingate beginning at Noon.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team (23-2), ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II, swept a doubleheader from Augusta (5-23), 3-2 and 4-2, Wednesday afternoon to run its winning streak to a school-tying 17 games.
Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Augusta 2
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 12-0 on the year after earning the complete game victory as the Bears were able to hold on and defeat the Jaguars.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) totaled three hits and a run scored while senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) added an RBI double as the Bears staked themselves to a 3-0 advantage in the victory.
Augusta's Courtney Browne (Aurora, Colo.) drove in both runs in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively, while Morgan Hunter (Richmond Hill, Ga.) fell to 2-6 after taking the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne 4, Augusta 2
Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and freshman third baseman Jessie Valerius (Punta Gorda, Fla.) both hit home runs as the Bears rallied from a 2-0 deficit to complete the sweep of the Jaguars.
Kenley finished with three hits in the contest while Lenoir-Rhyne took the lead for good with a three-run fifth inning.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) improved to 7-0 after pitching into the sixth inning and allowing just two unearned runs while Augusta's Kristen Mills (Harlem, Ga.) fell to 1-12 after taking the loss. Freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) was credited with the save for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face USC Aiken in a doubleheader on Friday at 3:00 p.m.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 7
South Iredell: 1
Fred T. Foard: 4
St. Stephens: 2
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 4
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 8
Bunker Hill: 0
West Caldwell: 6
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 11
South Iredell: 0
Fred T. Foard: 11
St. Stephens: 9
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 4
Bunker Hill: 9
West Caldwell: 5
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 4
South Point: 0
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (4-1, 2-0), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, made it four victories in a row with a 20-6 win over Brevard (2-5, 0-2) Tuesday night in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) finished with six goals and three assists while junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) added three scores as the Bears also ran their league regular season winning streak to 10 contests.
Dickinson now has a conference-leading 20 goals on the year as the Bears held big advantages in both shots taken (59-27) and ground balls (50-18) on the night.
Brevard's Kyle Hunziker (Gainesville, Fla.) scored four of the Tornados' six goals but Brevard couldn't recover from an 8-0 deficit.
Twelve players scored for the Bears while junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win in goal after making eight saves. Brevard's goalkeeper, Christopher Stallings (Bel Air, Md.), suffered the loss despite making 12 saves in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road again to face Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference showdown on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., in Wingate, N.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team moved up three spots on the final day Tuesday of the Pfeiffer Invitational at The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes to finish fourth overall.
Lenoir-Rhyne shot a 612 (+36) on the par-72, 5,800-yard course while West Georgia won the tournament with a 587 (+11).
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.) tied for second after falling in a playoff to the winner: West Georgia's Franziska Bremm (146, +2). Five players vied for the individual title in the playoff.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team next competes in the Wingate Intercollegiate on Sunday, March 19, and Monday, March 20, in Monroe, N.C., at the Rolling Hills Country Club.
March 6-7, 2017 – Final Results
The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes
Pfeiffer, host institution
1. West Georgia 587 (+11)
2. Wingate 591 (+15)
3. King 600 (+24)
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 612 (+36)
5. Mount Olive 613 (+37)
6. Anderson 615 (+39)
7. Catawba 616 (+40)
8t. Erskine 624 (+48)
8t. Converse 624 (+48)
10. Southern Wesleyan 649 (+73)
11. Bridgewater 662 (+86)
12. North Greenville 666 (+90)
13t. Randolph-Macon 668 (+92)
13t. Chowan 668 (+92)
15. Quincy 679 (+103)
16. Pfeiffer 686 (+110)
17. Emmanuel 707 (+131)
2t. Abbey Hartsell 146 (+2)
15t. Chelsea Mansel 150 (+6)
35t. Ainee O'Connor 158 (+14)
35t. Laura Morrison 158 (+14)
61. Natalie Kratts 168 (+24)
Appalachian State University women's basketball ousted No. 8 Coastal Carolina with a convincing 79-58 victory in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on Tuesday.
With the win, Appalachian will move onto the quarterfinals to face top-seed Little Rock on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (ET). The winner of that game will advance to the semifinals on Saturday at 6 p.m. (ET).
The Apps led from start-to-finish en route to their first-ever Sun Belt Tournament victory.
Five student-athletes scored in double-figures with Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) firing in an efficient performance scoring a team-high 24 points on 7-for-16 shooting from the floor. Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) played well on both ends of the floor with 13 points and 12 off the glass for her first double-double of the season.
Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) scored 13 points and dished out a game-high six assists. The redshirt-sophomore played a pivotal role in shutting down Coastal's leading scorer, Ced Gibson. Coming into the game, Gibson was averaging 14.9 points per game coming into the contest but was held to 1-for-12 shooting and just five points.
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) ran the offense to a "T" with 11 points, five assists and just one turnover, while Bayley Plummer (East Davidson/Thomasville, N.C.) tied a career-high with 10 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting with five boards.
The backcourt of Jones and Murray played exceptionally well as the tandem combined for 24 points, 11 assists and just two turnovers.
Appalachian sprung out to a 24-15 lead in the opening quarter thanks to 66.7 percent shooting from the field and tenacious defense limiting Coastal to 6-for-19 from the floor. Leading 13-10 with 4:56 left in the game, App outscored Coastal, 11-5, to end the quarter for the nine-point lead.
The Mountaineers kept the intensity and energy up doubling up on Coastal, 34-17, thanks to the play of Bassett-Smith and Murray. Murray had a hand in all six points in a 6-0 spurt with a field goal and two assists, both of which went to Bassett-Smith.
Coastal would comeback to cut the deficit to eight, 38-30, with two minutes left in the opening half, but Jones sparked a 9-2 surge that pushed the lead back to 15 as App scored a season-high 47 points in the first half.
App shot an impressive 53.1 percent in the first half while committing just five miscues.
Coming out in the second half, the Apps didn't let up jumping out to a 20-point lead in the early minutes of the third period following a free throw from Story.
Coastal would slice the gap to 13, but never threatened the Apps the rest of the way as App kept the lead in double digits. App had leads by more than 10 points in the two setbacks against Coastal, but the third time was a charm as it coasted to the 21-point win.
App significantly improved in the turnover column, committing 12 turnovers. Appalachian averaged 22.5 turnovers against the Chanticleers in the two matchups during the regular season.
The Mountaineers' defense forced Coastal into 20 turnovers for 25 points.
- Story's 24 points is a career-high in a Sun Belt Tournament game, as the junior didn't score any points in the previous two SBC Tournaments.
- Story has hit at least 20 points in seven contests this season.
- The Mountaineers assisted on 57.1 percent (16-of-28) field goals.
- App is 9-1 when scoring 70 or more points this season.
- Jones led the team in plus/minus with a plus-20.
- App is 31-27 all-time in conference tournaments and 13-9 in the first round.
- The win snaps a three-game slide in conference tournaments
- The 21-point win is the largest conference tournament win since defeating Chattanooga, 77-52, on March 4th, 2012 in the SoCon Tournament.
Freshman 133-pound wrestler Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) qualified as an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship, the association announced this week, bringing the total number of qualifiers for Appalachian State University wrestling to four.
Smith finished second overall in the 133-pound division in the Southern Conference Tournament after a thrilling, double-overtime first-place match with Chattanooga’s Chris Debian. Despite the setback, Smith impressed with his regular season performance, gathering 24 wins and just eight losses (13-3 in duals) en route to making the SoCon all-freshman team.
Placing first in the freshman/sophomore division at the Southeastern (Hokie) Open to start the season, Smith fought for six wins (four bonus) before also placing at the Keystone Classic (fifth). His season featured a seven-match win streak at one point as he finished the regular season with 14 bonus point victories.
Joining Smith in St. Louis, Mo. will be 2016-17 SoCon Wrestler of the Year Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) in the heavyweight division, Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) in the 149-pound division and Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) at 125 pounds.
The four Mountaineers will travel to the tournament in Missouri, which is set to take place March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Sarah Kenley has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player Of The Week, league officials announced earlier today.
Kenley, a senior catcher from Charlotte, N.C., batted .571 (eight-of-14) with a home run and 11 runs batted in this past weekend in leading the Bears to five wins in five contests at the Shaw Challenge in Cary, N.C. Kenley also had a slugging percentage of 1.071 on the week as well.
Kenley has started all 23 games this year and is batting .423 with a team-leading five home runs, 26 runs batted in and a .803 slugging percentage. Kenley was a 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team honoree.
Queens’ Courtney Pearson was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Pitcher Of The Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (21-2) is ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division II and has won 15 straight games. The Bears next host Augusta (5-21) in a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 2:00 p.m.
For the third time this year, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Thomas St. Clair has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Pitcher Of The Week.
St. Clair, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., notched his second straight complete game victory last Saturday in a 6-2 triumph over Catawba in the first game of a home league doubleheader.
St. Clair allowed just one earned run in addition to 16 strikeouts against Catawba and has struck out 33 batters in his last two outings.
St. Clair, last week’s national pitcher of the week by the NCBWA, is 6-0 on the year with a 1.29 earned run average. St. Clair also leads NCAA Division II in strikeouts with 62.
Wingate’s Bradley Brown was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Player Of The Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (14-5) returns to the field on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., when the Bears host Belmont Abbey (10-11).