Myles Moffat has been selected as a member of the USILA Division II Team of the Week as announced by the organization.
Moffat made his return after missing a season due to injury and tallied five goals and an assists in Lenoir-Rhyne's 22-11 season-opening win over Young Harris. Moffat was also named South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
The Bears return to action on Friday night when they host Westminster at 7 p.m.
The ninth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team passed its toughest test to date so far this season on Tuesday night, holding off Southwest Virginia for an 88-86 double overtime victory in conference play.
It was the first double overtime game played in Red Hawks women’s basketball program history.
Sophomore Alliyah Chaplin led Catawba Valley (18-1, 11-0 in Region 10) with a career-high 34 points, while freshman Ariana Montgomery also set a new single-game scoring mark with 21 points.
Both teams battled early and often for the lead in Wednesday’s league game.
CVCC took a 13-11 lead after the first quarter, but Southwest Virginia (11-8, 5-8 in Region 10) roared back to gain a 33-28 advantage at halftime.
The Red Hawks battled back in the third quarter, tying the contest at 54-54, and the game would be deadlocked through the remainder of regulation, sending it into overtime with the score 73-73.
CVCC and SWVA once again remained deadlocked through the first overtime session, tying at 82-82, but it was the second extra session that saw Catawba Valley gain separation.
Scoring the first six points of the stanza, the Red Hawks pulled out to a quick 88-82 lead in the second overtime. Montgomery led the charge with four of those points, and sophomore guard Tazah Hardin also scored a basket.
The Flying Eagles mounted a late charge to pull back in the game, making a pair of free throws and a lay up, but the Red Hawks were able to make the decisive defensive stand with 11 seconds left to hold on for the Region 10 victory.
Fresh off their thrilling win on Tuesday, the CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Thursday in conference play against another set of Eagles — Wake Tech. Tip off is set for 6 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 52
South Caldwell: 57
St. Stephens: 24
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 62
East Burke: 53
West Caldwell: 29
Fred T. Foard: 51
West Iredell: 60
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 44
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 42
South Caldwell: 78
St. Stephens: 60
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
West Iredell: 58
East Burke: 71
West Caldwell: 65
Bunker Hill: 64
Fred T. Foard: 48
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 85
Caldwell Community College women's basketball team had their four game winning streak snapped, losing to Spartanburg Methodist Tuesday night at home, 66-62.
The Cobras trailed by ten points, 47-37, with under five minutes to play in the third quarter, but went on an 11-0 run to take a 48-47 lead. The Pioneers of Spartanburg Methodist responded with a 5-2 run to close out the quarter and take a two point lead going into the fourth quarter. SMC led most of the fourth quarter before a KeyKey Miller three-pointer tied the game at 62 with just over a minute to go. With the game tied at 62 with 51.3 seconds to go, the Cobras had the ball but could not convert. Aliyah Whiteside hit a three-pointer to put the Pioneers ahead for good with just under 30 seconds to go.
East Burke grad Savannah Coble led the way for Caldwell, scoring 17 points. Miller, an Alexander Central grad added 16. Jasmine Holder would score 12.
Caldwell falls to 15-8 overall, 2-2 in Region 10 play. The Cobras return to action Saturday, February 15 when they travel to Denmark Tech for a 4pm tip.
App State women's tennis rolled to a 6-1 victory against UNCG on Tuesday afternoon at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.
The Mountaineers move to .500 on the season with a 2-2 mark while UNCG drops to 1-4.
Appalachian rolled to its 10th straight home win dating back to last season.
App State dominated doubles before clinching the triumph with five singles victories.
Sasha Pisareva (Kyiv, Ukraine/Utah State)/Virginia Poggi (Civitavecchia, Italy/Ernest Hemingway) got things started for the Black and Gold with a 6-2 victory against Sophia Adams/Eugenia Camacho, giving the tandem their first win of the season as a duo. Clinching doubles and the 1-0 lead for App were Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord) and Selina Atay (Izmir, Turkey), who also won their first contest together following their 6-2 triumph over Brianna Gomez/Tayah Cross on Court No. 3.
The top three courts took care of business to clinch the match. Pisareva stayed unblemished in singles action with a 6-1, 6-3 defeat over Erika Barquero, moving to 4-0.
Earnhardt won her second straight match after she defeated her counterpart on Court No. 2 in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. Clinching the match was Cassie McLay (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton), earning a hard-fought three-set win over Hanna Giddings. McLay won the first set (6-4), fell in the second frame (3-6) and then pulled out the match, 6-4.
María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) continued the momentum with her 6-2, 6-1 victory over Camacho. Poggi in her match fell on No. 4, while Atay finished the day on a high note with her first collegiate triumph in straight sets as the No. 6 in the lineup.
The trio of Atay, Earnhardt and Pisareva all picked up a singles and doubles victory, while App State is 15-1 over the last 16 matches when winning the doubles point.
App State goes for its third straight win on Saturday against UNCW on the road at 1 p.m.
App State men's soccer coach Brad Franks has been promoted to Associate Head Coach, head coach Jason O'Keefe announced on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Franks heads into his third season with the Mountaineers.
"I am very excited to be able to promote Brad for all his efforts. I have known Brad for 15 years and have seen him grow tremendously during that time," O'Keefe said. "I was able to coach Brad at Elon University from 2007-2010. Our relationship has grown since then as he started his coaching career. He is a great person and has a very bright future in the game "
In Franks' first season with the Mountaineers, they posted their first winning season since 2012 with an 8-6-3 mark and a 2-1-1 record in the Sun Belt. App State also defeated then-No. 22 Coastal Carolina for its first win over ranked opponent since 2009. The Black and Gold at one point was one of only 19 undefeated teams in the nation.
"Brad has been a massive help here at App State in changing the direction of our program. He is involved in every aspect of the program and has helped us make great strides in his time here on the mountain," O'Keefe said. "We are lucky to have him here and I am very appreciative of all he has done and will continue to do to enhance our program and positively impact the lives of our student-athletes."
Franks played a pivotal role in the offense making a resurgence, posting an eight-goal increase from 2017 (12 goals) to 20 goals in 2018. The 20 goals scored were the most since the 2014 campaign. In addition, App State attempted 88 shots on goal, a vast improvement from the 53 shots on goal in 2017. The Mountaineers had seven players make the All-Sun Belt team, which were the most for App since 1980 and also led the conference.
The Mountaineers followed up the 2018 season with a standout 2019 campaign, posting 11 wins, the most for the Mountaineers since 2002, along with eight shutouts, the most clean sheets since 2011. Over the course of the season, App State took down four top-60 teams including Central Arkansas, High Point, Loyola Maryland and RV North Carolina. App State's win over the Tar Heels was its first since 1980, and marked the second straight season the Mountaineers beat a ranked team.
The Mountaineers consistently ranked in the top 10 of the Southeast region in the United Soccer Coaches poll, ranking as high as No. 4. App State's RPI took a huge leap as well, jumping from 145 in 2018 to 68 in 2019. The Mountaineers ranked as high as 43 in the RPI during the 2019 season. App State scored 26 goals over the course of the season, the most since 2009.
Lenoir-Rhyne is set to honor former women's basketball and volleyball coach Patricia L. Smith on Saturday, February 29 during halftime of the Catawba vs. LR women's basketball game. The game will tip off at 2:00 pm meaning halftime will likely begin between 2:30 and 2:45 pm.
Coach Pat Smith is arguably the most successful women's basketball coach in Lenoir-Rhyne history. Smith led the Bears to a 114-32 record from 1977-1982. During this time, Lenoir-Rhyne won three straight NCAIAW State Championships. Her 1979-80 squad set the school record for wins in a season (28-4 record) and the 1980-81 team qualified for the AIAW Division II Final Four. Coach Smith also served as Lenoir-Rhyne's Head Volleyball Coach over the same time period, and led the Bears to a 111-74 mark including a program-record 33 wins in 1978. Smith was inducted into the LR Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
Just recently, thanks to the generosity of Patricia Smith and Mark '93 and Victoria '97 Walker, LR created the Coach Patricia L. Smith Women's Athletic Scholarship for Leadership Development. This endowed fund will provide scholarship assistance for outstanding female athletes at Lenoir-Rhyne University and will be awarded to a female basketball or volleyball player who is a difference maker both on and off the court. Additionally, we are also proud to announce the naming of the Patricia L. Smith Head Coach's Office for Women's Basketball given by Mark '93 and Victoria '97 Walker.
A fitting tribute to her career and legacy, the Patricia L. Smith Coach's Office and the Patricia L. Smith Women's Athletic Scholarship for leadership development will continue to nurture and develop outstanding female athletes for generations to come. LR women's basketball and volleyball alumni are invited to attend this special game for free. Alumni should RSVP with Leeanne Kale-Hoke by emailing email@example.com.
The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Softball Pitcher of the Week for games played for the week of February 3rd and Lenoir-Rhyne's Lauren Rakes garnered the Pitcher of the Week honors.
Last Monday, Rakes threw her first of two complete game shutouts of the week. Rakes allowed one hit and struck out eight in a 1-0 win over Erskine. On Sunday, Rakes threw another gem in a 1-0 win at #16 North Georgia. Rakes only allowed four hits while striking out six Nighthawks. For the season, the freshman is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA to go along with 18 strikeouts.
Daniel Nicholson and Savannah Watkins were named Men's and Women's SAC Astroturf Field Athletes of the Week announced Tuesday morning.
Nicholson, a sophomore from Statesville, N.C., placed second in the men's pole vault at the VMI Invitational and broke the Lenoir-Rhyne pole vault record with a leap of 4.65 meters. His mark is currently the top in the SAC and in the Southeast region. This marks Nicholson's second Field Athlete of the Week honor of this season.
A junior multi-competitor, Watkins, competed in the long jump where she set a school record and placed first overall with a leap of 5.59m (18'-4.25"). She also finished third overall in the women's hurdles with a time of 9.11. This is Watkins first Field Athlete of the Week honor this season.
Behind a career-best performance from freshman guard Donovan Evans, the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team defeated Southwest Virginia 89-53 at the Tarlton Complex on Monday afternoon.
The win for the Red Hawks (17-8, 12-6 in Region 10) is the program’s 15th at home in 2019-20, breaking a record set last winter for the most home victories in a single season.
Evans scored a career-high 18 points in Monday’s conference contest — 16 of those coming in the first half against the Flying Eagles (7-16, 2-15 in Region 10).
Southwest Virginia effectively utilized 3-point shooting in the first half, making six treys during the half, including three from shooting guard Brett Boyd, to keep the contest close.
Leading 29-28, Catawba Valley closed the first half on an 8-0 run, including a pair of 3-pointers by Evans, to seize a 37-28 lead at halftime.
The Red Hawks continued their torrid pace in the second half, opening on a 15-3 run. Cam Walden led the early second-half charge with six points, while Jonathan McFall add five points.
Those two huge runs helped power Catawba Valley into a double-digit lead on its way to the 36-point Region 10 victory at home.
Sophomores Jeremiah Keith and Zach De La Cruz also reached double figures in scoring for CVCC with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Walden also recorded a career-high nine rebounds.
The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday for the second of three home games this week. The Red Hawks welcome Vance Granville for a 7 p.m. conference contest at the Tarlton Complex.
Battling harsh elements and a loaded field, the Catawba Valley Community College bass fishing team placed third among junior colleges during this past Friday’s FLW Abu Garcia College Fishing tournament on Lake Seminole.
The Red Hawks placed behind only Snead State and Polk State community colleges — both of whom compete regularly at Lake Seminole.
Catawba Valley anglers faced tough conditions that included four-foot waves, temperature around the low 40s and high 30s and 12 to 15 mile per hour winds.
“This was a tough tournament for us,” said CVCC bass fishing head coach Angela Mayo. “Two of our teams had boat problems and lost a lot of practice time. We also lost an entire day of practice because of the weather. Considering the harsh weather and high winds, I am extremely proud of how the team handled themselves.”
Despite the difficult weather, three Catawba Valley anglers caught bass during the tournament. Only 90 out of 140 anglers in the entire field were able to catch any bass during the one-day event.
Red Hawk freshman Jeremy Dellinger led the way, catching two of those bass that weighed three pounds, 10 ounces. That performance placed him 62nd overall.
The CVCC team of Spencer Black and Megan O’Neill caught the other bass, which weighed 14 ounces. Black and O’Neill finished in 90th place.
Other finishes for Catawba Valley included Lane Bailey and Adam Seagle in 105th place, and the tandem of Nathan Smith and Caleb Lonca one spot behind them in 106th place.
Overall, the Red Hawks placed 20th as a team out of 38 total squads, finishing ahead of several Division I schools, including Florida State, Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama.
“Lake Seminole is unlike any lake they have ever seen,” Mayo said. “Because of the standing timber, it is a difficult lake to navigate in the best conditions. I am proud of these guys for working together to help each other on the water. With each tournament, they will gain more experience breaking down new lakes and perhaps — before the end of the season — we will have a National Championship qualifier.”
Next up for the Catawba Valley Community College bass fishing team is a three-day B.A.S.S. tournament from Feb. 27-29 at Smith Lake in Cullman, Ala. — part of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series.
Mayo is excited for her anglers heading into not only the next tournament, but the rest of the season.
“Our next tournament is on Smith Lake in Alabama at the end of this month and then we will head back to Lake Hartwell in March,” she said. “I’m looking forward to these tournaments.”
The Caldwell Community College Cobra Men's Basketball team is ranked 23rd in this week's National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 Poll, released on Monday. The Cobras, 23-1 on the season, moved up from 24th to 23rd following wins this past week vs. Spartanburg Methodist (88-79) and at Richard Bland College (76-69).
Fellow Region 10 member USC-Salkehatchie is ranked 17th.
The Cobras travel to Cape Fear on Saturday and play at Brunswick on Sunday.
App State head football coach Shawn Clark has hired longtime NFL coach Robert Nunn to the Mountaineers’ staff as an assistant coach with the defense.
During his first 31 years coaching football, Nunn spent 19 seasons in the NFL and was a successful junior college head coach for nearly a decade before that.
“We’re excited to welcome Robert and his family to Boone,” Clark said. “As a Super Bowl-winning assistant coach in the NFL and a head coach in junior college, he is going to bring a wealth of knowledge to our staff and players.”
Most recently the defensive line coach for the New York Jets from 2017-18, Nunn was defensive line coach for the New York Giants when they caught fire in the playoffs and beat the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLVI. He also worked with the Cleveland Browns (2016), Giants (2010-15), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009), Green Bay Packers (2005-08), Miami Dolphins (2001-02, 04) and Washington Redskins (2003). In addition to the Giants, he also helped the Dolphins to multiple playoff appearances and the Packers to a pair of playoff games.
“Ever since I started following App State Football in the summer of 1997, I’ve been up to visit 15 or 20 times and I just love Boone,” Nunn said. “From watching Coach (Jerry) Moore, I was always impressed by how well the Mountaineers were coached. It’s a great program that I’ve been attached to for a while, and I’m excited to join the staff and get started.”
Clark has now completed his staff of 10 on-field assistant coaches, which also includes offensive coordinator Tony Petersen; offensive assistants Nic Cardwell, Brian Haines, Pat Washington and Justin Watts; defensive coordinator Dale Jones; and defensive assistants Cortney Braswell, Mark DeBastiani and James Rowe. Position assignments will be announced soon.
During Nunn’s NFL coaching career, he was part of six top-10 defenses for three different teams, and 19 different players of his produced at least five sacks in a season. Of those 19 players, 11 matched or established their single-season career bests while coached by him. Among the players coached by Nunn in the NFL are Hall of Famers Bruce Smith, who broke the NFL career sacks record under him in 2003, and Jason Taylor, who established a single-season best 18.5 sacks in 2002, as well as Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, both of whom registered multiple seasons of 10+ sacks with him, while Osi Umenyiora logged 11.5 in 2010.
Before entering the NFL coaching ranks, Nunn spent nine seasons at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga., including the last eight (1992-99) as head coach while compiling a 66-19 record at the helm. Current App State defensive coordinator Dale Jones was Nunn’s defensive coordinator for four seasons there. At GMC, he mentored 13 NJCAA All-Americans and 15 players who went on to the NFL, including former App State standout Daniel Wilcox as well as Troy Albea, Robert Bean, Lorenzo Brommell, Terry Guess, Billy Gustin, Nic Clemons, Reggie Rhodes, Jimmy Robinson, Sulecio Sanford, Jermaine Smith, Keith Stokes, Allen Williams, Horace Willis and Peppi Zellner.
Nunn coached defensive ends under head coach Johnny Majors at Tennessee in 1989 and 1990, where he first worked on staff alongside Jones. The Vols went 20-3-2 with wins in the Cotton Bowl and Sugar Bowl during those two seasons. Nunn got his start in the coaching profession as defensive line coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in 1988.
Originally from Apache, Okla., Nunn spent four years as a linebacker at Oklahoma State from 1984-87, helping the Cowboys make three bowl games and win two of them. Playing for head coach Jimmy Johnson, he served as team captain during his senior year. He graduated from the school in 1988 with a degree in secondary education.
He and his wife, Karen, have six children: a daughter, Josie, and five sons, Noah, Jacob, Nathan, Johnny and Jason.
Lauren Rakes RBI double with one-out in the top of the seven gave the Lenoir-Rhyne softball team a 1-0 lead. Rakes then finished what she started in the circle with her second complete game shutout of the week. Rakes only allowed four hits while striking out six to lead the Bears to a 1-0 win over #16 North Georgia.
Neither team had a runner reach third base until the bottom of the sixth. After two singles and a walk, Nighthawks had the bases loaded with two outs but Rakes got Jenna Goodrich to go down looking to end the inning.
After Talon LaClair reached on an error to start the 7th, Lori Beth Wood moved her over on a SAC bunt. After a Mackensi Swain walk, Lauren Rakes helped herself with the game-winning RBI double to left-center.
Swain stayed hot with a double in the third. Swain hit .416 this week for the Bears in four games.
North Georiga's Kylee Smith had 15 strikeouts for the Nighthawks. Striking out the side three times in the game.
North Georgia is coming off a 45 win season last year. They reached the championship game of the Southeast Regional last season.
In last year's meeting of top #20 teams, North Georgia took advantage of four Bears errors to beat LR 4-0.
North Georgia have been very tough to beat in Dahlonega, Entering today's game the Nighthawks were 47-3 in their last 50 home games.
For the season through six games, The Bears have hit .343 as a team while their opponents have only hit .181
For the second time this week, The Bears were scoreless through six on the road only to come away with a 1-0 win. Bears beat Erskine 1-0 in game two on Monday.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 6-0 to start the season. The Bears will return home for double header against Limestone Thursday. Game one will start at 2:00 PM.
The App State softball team went 1-1 in the final day of the Charlotte Invitational. The Mountaineers fell to Virginia in the first game, 9-7, but would end the day with a 4-1 win over Charlotte.
The Mountaineers held the lead through five innings against Virginia, but were unable to hold onto it as the Cavaliers used a five-run six inning to take the win. App State scored seven runs between the first two innings, but could not score in the final five.
Virginia took the lead first, scoring in the top of the first inning after two batters were walked home. Following the walks, Taylor Nichols came on in relief for starter Maddie Siemer. Nichols was able to work out of the inning.
App State answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring five runs to take the lead. Emily Parrott started the inning with a double and was moved to second after Caylie Kifer was hit by pitch.
Alison Durrence came to the plate and singled to centerfield, scoring Parrott. Baylee Morton, after hitting two home runs yesterday, tripled down the third base line to score Kifer and Durrence. Morton scored off a throwing error to second base by the catcher after Mary Pierce Barnes, who reached base on a walk, stole second. Barnes reached third off a single from Taylor Thorp and was able to score on a sacrifice fly from Maegan Calandra.
The Mountaineers scored two more in the bottom of the second after yet another home run from Baylee Morton, this time a two-run homer. Kifer reached base on a walk and Morton sent the ball over the left field fence for her seventh RBI of the weekend.
Virginia started chipping away at the five run-lead in the fourth, scoring two runs off of two Mountaineer errors. Nichols was replaced by Kenzie Longanecker after two runners reached base. Longanecker threw the remainder of the contest.
After a scoreless fifth inning on both sides, the Cavaliers broke the game open, scoring five runs en route to their third win of the weekend. After five hits, a walk and a wild pitch, the Apps found themselves behind by two heading into the seventh inning. App State was unable to score in its final opportunities and fell to 1-2 on the season.
Longanecker received the loss in the circle, throwing four innings and giving up five runs. She moves to 0-2 on the year. Aly Rayle received the win in the circle, allowing three runs on three hits with seven strikeouts. The sophomore is now 2-0.
App State bounced back in the second game with another solid performance on the mound from Sydney Holland. Holland threw a complete game, allowing only three hits and one run. She struck out eight in her second win of the season.
Both the Mountaineers and the 49ers were held scoreless until the sixth inning when App State broke through. Parrott started the rally with a double down the left field line. Kifer reached base on a bunt single to put runners on first and second.
After Parrott and Kifer advanced on a steal, Durrence came through with a single through the right side scoring two. Maddux Hughes came on in relief of Charlotte's starting pitcher, Carson Pace. After Hughes walked in a run, Alison Green came on as the third pitcher of the inning. Green would walk in the Mountaineers' fourth run.
Charlotte scored its only run in the bottom of the sixth after a single and a triple. Holland would work out of the inning with only one run scored. From there, the Mountaineer defense shut down the 49ers to earn its second win of the season.
App State returns to action next weekend at the D9 Citrus Blossom Tournament in Orlando, Fla. from Feb. 14-16.
Talon LaClair and Lauren Rakes each hit homeruns and the Bears use 13 hits to beat Hillsdale 9-1 Sunday afternoon.
The Bears got it started in the Bottom of the first, scoring four runs all with two outs. Lora Beth Wood, Lauren Rakes, Hannah Jennings and Ashten Hinkle each had RBI singles.
In the bottom of the third, Lauren Rakes connected on her first collegiate homerun giving the Bears a 5-0 lead.
It was Talon LaClair's turn in the fourth. LaClair connected on her second of the year; a two-run shot giving the Bears a 7-1 lead.
Wood added her second RBI single of the game later in the 4th to extend the lead to 8-1 and Mackensi Swain walked it off with a RBI single in the bottom of the 5th for the 9-1 win.
Mary Anna Clement got the win in the circle for the Bears, Clement starting her first game as a Bear went the distance. Clement only allowed 1 run on 2 hits and striking out 6.
Six Bears had at least two hits for the Bears and six Bears had a RBI on the day.
Hillsdale is a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Hillsdale was selected to finish second in this year preseason pool behind Walsh.
These two teams met for the first time last year in Clearwater, Florida. Hillsdale scored a run in the first and second before holding off the Bears for a 2-1 victory.
Savannah Moorefield hitting streak ended at 10 games dating back to last year.
Talon LaClair RBI in the 4th was her 80th career RBI.
Lora Beth Wood has now hit safely in all five games.
App State men's tennis fell to Tennessee Tech by a score of 6-1 on Sunday morning in the home opener at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.
The Mountaineers fall to 1-4 while TTU improves to 1-3 on the year.
TTU captured the doubles point and five of six singles matches to claim the win.
The match could have gone in favor of the Apps, as they jumped out to good starts in both singles and doubles, but were unable to finish.
In doubles, both victories by the Golden Eagles were by two points on Court No. 1 and No. 3.
After the visitors took a 1-0 lead, Aleksandar Petrovic (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Samford) earned his first spring victory for the Black and Gold at the top spot when he defeated Rafael Tosetto in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. The victory for Petrovic tied up the contest, 1-1.
However, Tennessee Tech picked up the next five singles matches for the win. Zion Heaven's (Ewa Beach, HI/Florida Virtual) match went to a tiebreak in both sets, while Alessio Azzalini's (Rome, Italy/Istituto Visconti) contest also had a frame that went to a tiebreaker.
The Mountaineers aim to snap a four-match skid on Sunday against ETSU at 11 a.m. in Johnson City.
#20 Mount Olive used two five-run innings to win 13-7 and finish the 3-game sweep of the Bears on Sunday afternoon.
Mount Olive got on the board in the first before a 5-run second inning extended their lead to 6-0. Mount Olive's Dusty Baker, the hero in game 1 of the series, hit a lead-off homerun in the inning.
LR had chances for big innings, in the 4th and 6th innings. Will Jones and Mike McHugh both got on to lead off the innings but in both cases only Jones came around to score on wild pitches.
Ben Friebel, Michael Allen and Brett Fulk all came out of the bullpen to combine for 2 and 2/3 scoreless innings.
Mount Olive had their second five-run in the 6th, scoring five runs on just two hits to give them the 13-3 lead.
Brock Johnson added a two-run single in the top of the 8th for the Bears.
Jones went 2-3 with two runs scored. Jones has multi-hit games in three games already for the Bears.
Freshman Caleb Fluno picked up his first career hit and RBI in the 9th with a two-out two-run single.
Fulk has 4 straight scoreless relief appearances to start the season. Fulk started seven games for the Bears last year and finished with a 3-3 record.
Bears pitchers gave nine free bases in the game. For the three games series, Bears pitching had 23 total walks.
The Bears are 2-5 on the season. L-R will head to Southern Wesleyan for a Tuesday evening 5:00 PM first pitch
The ninth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team improved to 10-0 in Region 10 play on Sunday afternoon with a 74-47 road victory against Brunswick Community College at the Dinah E. Gore Center.
Sophomore guard Aniya Taylor led the Red Hawks (17-1, 10-0) with a team-high 16 points in the contest.
Taylor was one of five CVCC women’s basketball players, including Alliyah Chaplin (13 points), Jordan Jenkins (13), Ariana Montgomery (12) and Diamond Steward (10), who reached double figures in scoring in Sunday’s game.
Leading 15-14 after the first quarter, Catawba Valley broke the game open in the second quarter by outscoring Brunswick 19-9 during the stanza to take a 34-23 halftime.
The Red Hawks would go on to outscore the Dolphins (8-13, 1-11) by a 40-24 margin in the second half, paced by eight points from Taylor and seven from Jenkins.
The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to court on Tuesday for another conference road contest — this time at Southwest Virginia Community College.
Tip off between the Red Hawks and Flying Eagles is set for 6 p.m. in Richlands, Va.