Appalachian State Softball (14-7) extended its win streak to five games after taking game one, 4-2, of Wednesday's doubleheader but dropped game two against the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs, 9-6.
Game One (W, 4-2)
The top of the lineup produced for the Apps in game one. Keri White, Caylie Kifer and Haley Stewart combined hit three of the Mountaineers' four hits. Kenzie Longaneckerpicked up her eighth win in the circle, limited the Bulldogs to one walk with six strikeouts and six hits.
App State hopped on the board in the first inning, putting up three runs after singles from White and Stewart and a two-run double from Sidney Russell.
The Mountaineers scored their final run in the bottom of the third inning. White touched base after a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Kifer. On a passed ball, White advanced to third base, and Stewart collected the RBI on a groundout to shortstop.
The Runnin' Bulldogs scored their two runs in the top of the fifth inning after a solo homer and back-to-back doubles, but the Mountaineers remained victorious.
Game Two (L, 6-9)
Stewart went 3-4 in game two. Jenny Dodd hit her third home run of the season. Megan Walker, this week's Sun Belt Player of the Week, and Russell each had two hits apiece.
The Runnin' Bulldogs pulled ahead, 6-1 in the top of the third inning after two homers and two doubles. The Apps scored a run in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back doubles from Stewart and Russell, but the Bulldogs widened the gap in the top of the sixth, scoring three more runs.
App State made a comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning, lessening the Bulldog lead to 9-6, but the Apps were unable to produce the win after a bases-loaded bottom of the seventh inning.
The Mountaineers hit the road for the fourth straight weekend for a Sun Belt series against ULM beginning on Friday, March 15.
Head Coach Shena Hollar won her 800th game at Lenoir-Rhyne as the Bears swept King on Wednesday afternoon. Hollar entered the season 10th among active coaches in coaches in career wins and winning percentage and is 23rd in Division II history in most career coaching victories. Hollar, who spent two seasons at Newberry before coming to Hickory, celebrated her 800th career victory last season and now owns 846 career victories in her 22-year career.
Game one would be the historic victory for Hollar who entered with 799 career wins as a Bear and Brandi Parks made sure she didn't have to wait longer for number 800. The senior starter allowed just three hits in a complete game and struck out six batters to earn her ninth win of the season.
Erin Boone blasted a solo homer to right center in the bottom of the first to give the Bears an early lead but King would even the score in the top of the second. LR responded with a 2-spot in the bottom half of the inning on a pair of infield singles by Macie Gibson and Cassie Healy.
The Bears would add two more in the fifth inning to seal the victory.
Eight different players recorded a hit in the victory, led by a pair from first basemen Mackensi Swain.
Leslie Odom was charged with the loss for King as LR had six hits and scored three runs in just two innings against the righty.
Parks got the nod again in game two and continued to baffle King batters. Parks threw five innings and allowed just one run to get her second win of the afternoon.
LR exploded for eight runs in the fourth and fifth innings to grab a win via the mercy rule. Healy started the scoring with an RBI double in the fourth and Savannah Moorefield drove in a run with a sac fly.
The Bears wouldn't be denied in the fifth inning, scoring six times on five hits while King only recorded one out. After retiring the leadoff hitter, seven straight LR batters reached base safely. Osborne drove in a run with an RBI base hit and Macie Gibson drove in a run with a single. With the bases loaded, Moorefield drove in two with an RBI double and just missed a grand slam. Kylee Leonhardt would end the game with a 2-RBI base hit.
Lenoir-Rhyne pounded out 12 hits and Moorefield finished 3-for-3 with four runs batted in. Osborne, Gibson and Healy were outstanding in the bottom of the order as the 7-8-9 hitters combined to go 6-for-6 with six runs scored and three RBIs.
The main story of the day was Hollar who entered the season with a career winning percentage of .721 and never had a season at LR with a winning percentage below .600. She has led the Bears to 12 regular season SAC titles and she has earned seven South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year awards. Prior to her arrival, LR had never won a SAC regular season championship.
Lenoir-Rhyne is now 7-3 in home games on the season.
The Bears were swept by a late-charging King team on the last weekend of the regular season. King would go on to win the Conference Carolinas Tournament and make some noise in the NCAA Tournament.
LR is 14-7 on the season. The Bears will continue its homestand with a doubleheader against Bloomsburg on Saturday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
The brackets and opening-round opponents for Appalachian State's four NCAA wrestling qualifiers were revealed Wednesday night.
The assignment of a No. 15 seed for App State senior Randall Diabe highlighted the bracket release for the Mountaineers. Diabe (197 pounds), Codi Russell (No. 26 at 133 pounds), Cary Miller (No. 28 at heavyweight) and Matt Zovistoski (No. 29 at 149 pounds) will compete next week at the Division I Wrestling Championships that run from March 21-23 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
* Russell (21-10) will face Iowa’s Austin DeSanto (18-4) in the round of 32. Their match will be Bout 39.
* Zovistoski (27-13) will face Missouri’s Brock Mauller (29-2) in the round of 32. Their match will be Bout 66.
* Diabe (26-5) will face Oklahoma’s Jake Woodley (21-8) in the round of 32. Their match will be Bout 153, and Diabe earned a 5-3 decision against Woodley when the Mountaineers hosted a dual against the Sooners in mid-December.
* Miller (23-11) will face Michigan’s Mason Parris (29-7O in the round of 32. Their match will be Bout 159.
Appalachian State University women's tennis (7-4, 1-0 SBC) notched a 4-2 victory over Coastal Carolina (5-6, 0-1 SBC) to open Sun Belt Conference play on Wednesday afternoon.
With the victory, the Mountaineers have won three of their past four matches and are 5-3 in road contests this season. The win also avenges a 4-2 defeat to the Chanticleers in 2018.
Appalachian jumped out to a 1-0 lead after securing the doubles point. The pairing of Rebecca Morse and Jeannez Daniel earned a swift 6-2 decision before María José Zacarias and Heidi Swope closed out doubles action with a 6-4 triumph.
After the Mountaineers jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to singles victories from Swope and Teodora Sevo, the Chanticleers responded with two wins of their own. With the match score at 3-2, Jeannez Daniel recorded the match-clinching singles victory with a 7-6, 6-4 decision.
Daniel's victory was her fourth of the season. Swope's 7-5, 6-1 win over Alexa Tiefel propelled her to a team-best 9-2 record in singles competition. Sevo's 6-4, 6-3 victory over Viktorija Demcenkova in the No. 1 spot moved her back to .500 in singles play.
Morse's singles match went unfinished, but the senior battled back from a first-set defeat with a 6-1 win in the second set.
After Wednesday, the Mountaineers' roster also has six players who have at least four victories in singles competition.
App State will travel to Jonesboro, Arkansas, on Sunday to continue its conference slate against Arkansas State. First serve is set for 10 a.m.
1. Teodora Sevo (APP) def. Viktorija Demcenkova 6-4, 6-3
2. Jennifer Brown (CCU) def. Kate Earnhardt (APP) 6-4, 6-4
3. Somer Dalla-Bona (CCU) def. María José Zacarias (APP) 6-4, 6-3
4. Jeannez Daniel (APP) def. Alicja Zduniak (CCU) 7-6, 6-4
5. Jessie Mount (CCU) vs. Rebecca Morse (APP) 4-6, 6-1, 3-3, unfinished
6. Heidi Swope (APP) def. Alexa Tiefel (CCU) 7-5, 6-1
1. Swope/Zacarias (APP) def. Demcenkova/Dalla-Bona (CCU) 6-4
2. Brown/Mount (CCU) vs. Sevo/Sandra Anglesjö (APP) 5-3, unfinished
3. Daniel/Morse (APP) def. Tiefel/Zduniak (CCU) 6-2
Order of Finish: (3,1) (6,1,3,2,4)
Appalachian State University women's basketball (17-13) got the 2019 Sun Belt Championships started off in a big way with a dominating 78-42 victory over eighth-seeded Coastal Carolina on Wednesday morning in Lakefront Arena.
The Mountaineers flexed their muscle on both sides of the court with four players scoring in double figures. On the other end, the Mountaineers handed the Chanticleers their worst loss of the season and a season-low 42 points. The 36-point victory is the largest margin of victory for the Black and Gold since defeating Gardner-Webb, 84-43, on Nov. 20, 2012.
It's also the third straight season the Mountaineers recorded a Sun Belt Tournament and the biggest victory in terms of margin in an SBC Tournament game.
Defensively, the Mountaineers flustered the Sun Belt's leading scorer, DJ Williams, into just eight points on 2-for-11 shooting. It was only the second time in conference play she has been held to single digits. Appalachian prevented any player from Coastal to score in double figures.
Appalachian will face No. 4 seed Georgia State tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. ET in the quarterfinal round. The winner will face top-seed Little Rock on Friday at 12:30 p.m. ET in the semifinals.
Four players scored in double figures on a clicking offense that shot 49.3 percent from the field, including 52.8 percent from inside the arc. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) shot 8-of-11 from the field en route to 18 points, while Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) scored 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field. Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) notched 15 points thanks to 7-for-10 shooting from the field. The trio of Polacek, Story and Stanley shot a combined 23-of-33 from the floor and dropped 51 points.
Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points off the bench. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) had herself a stellar outing with a game-high 19 rebounds, leading a rebounding attack that posted a 49-37 advantage on the glass. CCU came in with a plus-9.7 rebounding margin, which was second in the conference.
All App needed was a 7-for-7 start from the floor and a 17-4 run in the first 4:37 of the game to take a commanding lead. Stanley, Polacek and Story hit all seven shots and scored 17 points during the hot start. Appalachian shot 10-of-15 from the field and hit 4-of-6 3-pointers in the frame, leading to a 24-13 lead after the frame.
Appalachian stayed on top of Coastal Carolina in the second frame, continuing its dominance. This time, the defense shut down the CCU offense, as it held the Chanticleers to just four points on 2-17 shooting and went into the break with a convincing 41-17 lead.
The Mountaineers never led by less than 20 points throughout the second half, growing their lead to as much as 37 late in the fourth quarter after a Haile McDonald jumper.
App State fell to Georgia State in the first and only matchup earlier this season, 85-75, in Atlanta. However, Story was out for the game with an upper-body injury. App State is looking for its first trip to a conference semifinal since the 2013 SoCon Tournament.
Head Coach Angel Elderkin
"I told our team this morning that everything happens for a reason. We had a tough game down in Conway against Coastal Carolina. In that game we learned a lot of tough lessons about our team, in terms of how we had to defend in transition, how we had to be ready and not be casual, and our team really locked in and they bought into that. I think we were great from the moment we walked off the bus, in terms of our energy, in our warm-ups, communication, and just everybody being all-in on today. I cannot say enough about our board play as we out-rebounded them 49-37 against a very good rebounding team. Being able to limit their big three in terms of numbers, number 30 (Naheria Davis), 23 (Caitlin Roche) and 32 (DJ Williams), which again just showed how locked in our team was today and executing the game plan."
On limiting D. J. Williams to only eight points on the game:
"The game plan for today was to go at her on the offensive side of the ball and get her into foul trouble so we could limit our time against her. We were able to load up on her and make her face multiple defenders. I also think some of the adjustments we made against her in transition did not allow her to get out and get going as she is really great in the open court."
On taking the positives from this game and using them for the rest of the tournament:
"Just shine a light on why we are playing another 40 minutes and to see what were the things we did right to give us the opportunity to come back and play tomorrow. Shine a light on that because we do not have a lot of time to sit and think about it as it is quickly on to the next game. We have to get them some rest, get them some food and then get them prepared. "
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team continued their spring break road trip in the sunshine state on Wednesday afternoon, falling to nonconference foe Embry-Riddle ion Daytona Beach, 16-13. The Bears scored the last five goals to wrap up the road victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led in scoring by Rachel Elmore with four goals and Gia Colombo with her first hat trick of her career. Elmore added two ground balls and won three draw controls while Colombo led the team in draw control wins with four, one caused turnover and one ground ball recovered. Eight other Bears accounted for the nine remaining goals in the game.
The Bears outpaced the Eagles in saves (16-5), but other than that, the Eagles held the advantage in shots (46-27), turnovers (18-24), ground balls (28-24), draw controls (16-13) and free-position attempts (13-4).
Tienna Sieben, a native of SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA, got the start, recording 16 saves and allowing 13 goals while taking the win for the Bears. The saves and minutes from the freshman are both season-highs while she earned her first win of her career.
Bissell now has two goals on the road trip, both are the first two of her season.
This marks the fourth Sunshine State Conference foe the Bears have faced this season and they are now 1-3 against teams from the SSC.
Elmore leads the Bears with 19 goals scored on the year, and today marks her fourth game with at least three goals scored.
Colombo's three goals scored were a season-high, giving her seven on the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 4-3 on the season. The Bears will begin South Atlantic Conference play with a road game against the Tusculum Pioneers on Saturday, March 16 with a 4 p.m. start time.
The Hickory Crawdads announce their 2019 promotional schedule. The schedule features twelve firework shows, seven giveaways, two post-game Christian Concerts, and a full slate of theme nights.
Fireworks will follow all 11 Friday night games this season and the July 4th game, which will be the biggest show of the year.
The first giveaway will take place on Opening Night, Thursday April 11th. Fans will receive a free magnet schedule courtesy of Absolute Tree Care and WHKY 1290 AM and 102.3 FM. On Saturday April 13th the Crawdads will give away poster schedules thanks to Try Something Wild, Dan'l Boone Inn, Lake Hickory Vet, and Hickory Printing Solutions. The first 1,000 fans on Saturday, May 11th will receive a red replica jersey thanks to Pepsi. Youth and adult sizes will be available. In honor of Mother's Day the following day, Sunday, May 12th, moms will get a carnation from Whitfield's Flower's and More. On Saturday, June 8th, the 'Dads will give away 1,000 bobbleheads. The bobbleheads will be related to the Copa identity that will be revealed on Monday. The Crawdads will have a tee shirt giveaway, sponsored by Ducks Graphics, on Saturday June 22nd to the first 1,000 fans. Various tee shirt sizes will be available. The 'Dads will have two college nights this season that will feature hat giveaways. App State Night is scheduled for Saturday, August 24th and will include a 1,000 giveaway hats presented by Blue Ridge Energies and WHKY 1290 AM and 102.3 FM. A Lenoir-Rhyne Hat giveaway, brought to you by Cody Law Firm, will wrap up the giveaway schedule.
The 2019 promotional schedule will feature three specialty jerseys. The Hickory Crawmoms will return for Mother's Day on May 12th. During the game, Crawdads players will use pink bats that will be auctioned off with the proceeds being donated to local breast cancer patients. The Crawdads are participating in Minor League Baseball's Copa de La Diversion this season and will take on a Hispanic identity during six games this season (June 7-9, July 17, August 8, and August 25). On Friday, July 26th the 'Dads are throwing it back to the Wild West and will wear themed jerseys featuring a western town landscape. A silent auction for the wild west jerseys will be held during the game. The 'Dads will also have a MiLB silent auction on August 9th that will feature various items from bobbleheads to autographed baseballs that were donated by Minor League teams throughout the country.
The post-game Christian concert series will take place on Saturday, April 27th and Saturday, July 27th. Sanctus Real will perform on April 27th thanks to Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove, and Hickory Christian Academy. Micah Tyler will take the stage following the July 27th game presented by Seagle Electric, Gardner-Webb University, and Billy Graham Library.
The 'Dads have scheduled several appearances at the Frans during the season. The ZOOperstars! and BirdZerk! will make their annual trip to the Frans on Memorial Day weekend. The ZOOperstars!, will appear on the Saturday (May 25th) while BirdZerk! will entertain the crowd with his prankster antics on Sunday (May 26th). Jon Reep will make an appearance on June 22nd. The comedian and Hickory native will have the entire night dedicated to his honor.
The Crawdads will bring back several popular theme nights this year. Disney Night featuring the Enchanted Elegance Princesses Night will return on Friday, June 21st. Heroes Night with Heroic Ventures Heroes is set for Friday, August 9th. Star Wars Night is also returning to the Frans on Friday, August 23rd. The Crawdads will host two Bark in the Park days in 2019. The first is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th and the second will be on Sunday, September 1st.
In addition to some of the fan favorite theme nights that are coming back this season, the 2019 schedule is packed with new theme nights and celebrations. The theme nights will kick off on Friday, April 12th with Roaring 20s night. On Thursday, May 9th, the Crawdads will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Napoleon Dynamite. The next night, they will celebrate another movie anniversary with Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Night. The weekend will continue with a Murder Mystery at the ballpark on Saturday, May 11th. Fans will be given clues throughout the night and to try to solve the mystery. Thursday, 23rd fans can have their first Thanksgiving meal of the year with Thanksgiving in May. The Crawdads will celebrate the British Invasion on Friday, May 24th. Get ready for a totally tubular time on July 5th with 80s night. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the Crawdads are hosting Space Night on July 6th. The 'Dads will pay tribute to Tom Hanks on July 25th with a night that will include homages to many of his movies. August will be full of movie and TV show tributes including: Friends Night (August 10th), Simpsons 30th Anniversary (August 22), 80th Anniversary of Wizard of Oz (August 24), and Field of Dreams 30th Anniversary (August 31st).
Also on the promotional schedule are the 77th Anniversary of Duck Tape (April 13th), Remember the Titanic Day (April 14th), Woodstock Night (June 6th), Riverdale Night (June 20), Social Media Sunday (June 23), OJ Night (June 24), and Video Game Night (July 24th). The Crawdads will also host a Wizard night on Friday, August 30th.
Single game tickets will go on sale online this Friday (March 15th) at 9am. Tickets will be available in person starting at the Spring Fling on Saturday, March 23rd.
Justin Forrest tied his season-high with 32 points, but Appalachian State men's basketball fell to ULM by an 89-80 score in the First Round of the Sun Belt Tournament on Tuesday evening.
The tenth seeded Mountaineers see their season come to a close with a 11-21 record, while the seventh seeded Warhawks (17-14) advance to take on No. 6 seed Coastal Carolina on Thursday.
Forrest also scored 32 points earlier this season in Boone against ULM on Feb. 2. On Tuesday, he drained a career-high tying 11 field goals, to go along with six rebounds. It marks the fourth 30-point game of his career.
Adrian Delph tallied 14 points and four rebounds, while Hunter Seacat had 11 points and four rebounds.
Ronshad Shabazz added 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. Shabazz sees his career come to a close with 2,067 points, which ranks second in program history and seventh in Sun Belt history. In addition, he owns the program record for field goals made (712) and ranks third all-time in three-pointers made (269).
ULM came out of the gate strong and opened a 17-4 edge eight minutes into the game. Trailing 22-8, the Mountaineers got back-to-back three-pointers from Forrest and Delph to trim their deficit to 22-14. The Warhawks held the lead for remainder of the half and a late tip in from Delph in the final minute of the half cut the ULM lead to 42-36 at the break.
In the second half, ULM pushed its lead to 10 points, but App State stormed back and cut the deficit to a point at 57-56 on an old-fashioned three-point play from Forrest with 14:38 left to play. The Black and Gold took its first lead of the night a few possessions later at 58-57 on a layup from Seacat.
App State opened a 66-63 lead with 11:29 left on the game on a trey from Michael Bibby, but the Warhawks countered with 14 of the next 15 points to build a 77-67 lead with 6:57 remaining.
The Black and Gold got a three-pointer from Forrest to trim the deficit to 77-70, but ULM answered right back with four more points to open an 11-point advantage. App State pulled to within eight points, but could no closer the rest of the way.
The Mountaineers finished 27-of-57 (47.4 percent) from the field, while ULM went 31-of-62 (50.0 percent).
Travis Munnings paced the Warhawks with game highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Daishon Smith added 16 points and nine assists. Michael Ertel and JD Williams also had 16 points apiece.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 6
Alexander Central: 6
West Caldwell: 0
St. Stephens: 0
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 7
Bunker Hill: 9
West Iredell: 12
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 17
Alexander Central: 12
West Caldwell: 0
St. Stephens: 2
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 4
West Iredell: 0
Fred T. Foard: 7
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 8
West Caldwell: 1
Freedom: 1 (4)
St. Stephens: 1 (2)
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 6
Bunker Hill: 0
West Iredell: 1
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
R-S Central: 3
East Burke: 0
Appalachian State rallied to overcome a 4-1 deficit at Wake Forest on Tuesday, but the Demon Deacons scored a tiebreaking run in the eighth inning of their 5-4 victory at Couch Ballpark.
Kendall McGowan and Bailey Welch hit solo homers in the sixth inning to pull App State (6-9) within 4-3, and Luke Drumheller had a game-tying RBI groundout in the seventh to bring home Tyler Leek, who had moved around the bases on a hit by pitch, stolen base and passed ball. In the bottom of the eighth inning, a leadoff walk and sacrifice bunt set up an RBI single from Wake Forest’s Michael Turconi.
Welch and leadoff hitter Alex Leshock each went 2-for-4 at the plate, as Leshock opened the game with an infield single, stole second, moved to third on a Drumheller flyout and scored on a McGowan sacrifice fly. Leshock accounted for two of App State’s four steals, catcher Riley Smith threw out two steal attempts and three pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts against the Demon Deacons (10-8).
Starting pitcher Brandon Boone matched his career high of seven strikeouts while allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 4.1 innings. Wake Forest’s lead jumped from 2-1 to 4-1 on Chris Lanzilli’s two-run homer to left in the fifth inning, and relief pitcher Jason Cornatzer struck out both batters he faced in the fifth before striking out two more batters in a scoreless sixth and throwing a scoreless seventh. Jack Hartman replaced Cornatzer after Wake Forest’s sacrifice bunt in the eighth inning.
After Leshock and the Mountaineers manufactured a first-inning run, Wake Forest scored an unearned run in the first and added a run in the third. Boone stranded two first-inning runners with a strikeout and faced a bases-loaded jam with a 2-1 deficit in the third when he ended the inning by striking out two straight batters.
The Mountaineers return to action this weekend by opening Sun Belt Conference play with a three-game home series against Georgia State. Games are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium in Boone.
The Appalachian State women's golf team finished tied atop the team leaderboard at the Bucknell Spring Break Intercollegiate and were crowned co-champions of the tournament with Richmond.
The Mountaineers carded a two-round score of 610 (+34) and captured their first multi-round tournament trophy since 2016.
After the first round, the Mountaineers saw themselves holding the lead with a score of 303 (+15) and a three-shot lead over the Richmond Spiders. A second-round team score of 307 (+19) was enough to secure a tie atop the leaderboard.
"We were glad to be in the position that we were in," head coach Heather Brown said. "We gave ourselves opportunities with our putters but were not able to capitalize on them. All in all, we knew the areas in which we needed to improve and in doing so, maintain our position.
Senior Joliana Elias (74-77) and sophomore Abby Bolt (76-75) led the way, each firing a two-round score of 151 (+7) to give them a share of fourth place individually. Junior Melany Chong (78-77) and freshman Kayla Ward (75-80) tied for ninth place at 11 over par, and senior Patricia Thompson finished in a tie for 17th at 16 over (82-78).
"I was happy with what I saw, and we recognized definite areas of improvement," Brown said. "We want to be in the top half of the field in every event, so finishing at the top of the leaderboard will help our confidence going into a strong field this weekend."
The Mountaineers look to carry the momentum into their tournament next Saturday and Sunday in the Low Country Intercollegiate at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team finished tied for eighth place at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational. The Bears were led by Chelsea Mansel who fired a three-round 226 and was on top of the team leader board in 22nd place.
Trailing Mansel by four shots is senior Abbey Hartsell who finished 54 holes with a score of 230 and is tied for 32nd place. Megan Robb made a significant jump on day two to finish third on the team with a 232 (T-35), sharing the same score as her teammate, Patricia Asensio. Ainee O'Connor and rounded out the lineup for the Bears with a 235 for the three-round tournament, good for T-45 spot in the field.
Noelle Beijer of Florida Tech claimed the Individual Championship title, carding a 212 (-4). Florida Tech was crowned tournament champions, firing a team score of 868. The tournament field is comprised mostly of strong programs from the state of Florida. Sunshine State Conference teams, Lynn University, Saint Leo University and Florida Tech, each claimed the top-three spots in the tournament standings.
The Bears will hit the links again at the Sunoco Campbell Oil Classic in Pembroke, N.C. on March 25-26, 2019.
LR's Individual Finishes:
Chelsea Mansel - 226 (T-22)
Abbey Hartsell - 230 (T-32)
Megan Robb – 232 (T-35)
Patricia Asensio - 232 (T-35)
Ainee O'Connor - 235 (T-45)
Florida Tech - 868
Lynn - 882
Saint Leo - 898
Limestone - 902
Florida Southern - 905
Lee - 905
Tampa – 908
Lenoir-Rhyne – 916
Rollins - 916
West Florida - 916
Embry-Riddle - 918
Wingate - 935
UNC Pembroke - 947
North Georgia – 951
Montevallo – 957
Appalachian State freshman Luke Drumheller's five-double game Sunday has been named the national Performance of the Week by the Golden Spikes Award, D1Baseball and USA Baseball.
That NCAA Division I-record-tying effort was part of a five-game stretch in which Drumheller hit .545, and he was also named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week by the league Tuesday.
In extending his hitting streak to 12 games by going 12-for-22 at the plate with six RBIs, six runs and six doubles during a 3-2 stretch for the Mountaineers, Drumheller set school and Sun Belt records with his five doubles in App State's 14-0 victory against Furman on Sunday in Greenville, S.C.
Drumheller became the seventh Division I player with five doubles in a game and the first since Western Carolina's Aaron Attaway in 2012. The other players on the list are Baylor's Jeremy Dodson (1998), Iona's Dean DeGaetano (1992), Villanova's Mike Wismer (1989), Louisville's Bill Gray (1986) and Maine's Tom Vanidestine (1981).
After being retired in the first inning, Drumheller hit a third-inning double and pushed App State ahead 5-0 with a three-run double in the fourth. He also doubled in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings.
By going 2-for-5 later Sunday in a 9-6 win against Michigan State, he went 7-for-11 on the day and was a combined 9-for-15 with six doubles, eight RBIs and five runs scored in App State's three wins away from home. That included a 2-for-4 effort with three RBIs in a victory at FAU.
A second baseman from Olympic High School in Charlotte, N.C., Drumheller ranks 14th nationally with a .462 batting average entering a Tuesday game at Wake Forest.
The other three candidates for national Performance of the Week were San Jose State pitcher Andrew Mitchel (18 strikeouts and one run allowed on four hits in a complete game win), Cal Baptist's Ryan Mota (three homers, seven RBIs and four runs in a 4-for-4 game) and Bradley's Luke Shadid (hit for the cycle in a 5-for-6 game with three runs and two RBIs).
Drumheller received 34 percent of the vote, followed by Mitchel at 29 percent.
Megan Walker was voted the week five Community Coffee Player of Week, the Sun Belt announced on Thursday. She is the first Mountaineer to win a Sun Belt weekly award since joining the conference.
Walker was certainly a contributing factor in the Mountaineers' first-ever Sun Belt sweep over Georgia Southern this weekend. She batted a perfect 7-7 in the first two games of the conference opener and finished the weekend going 8-11, including two doubles and three RBI.
She batted .533 last week including the midweek win against Tennessee State, raising her season batting average to .224 for the fifth highest average on the team. In the Sun Belt series alone, Walker batted .727 with her eight hits.
Walker also placed her name in the record book for recording four hits in game one against the Eagles, tying the most hits in a single game in program history.
In addition, Walker was an asset to the Mountaineer defense. In game two against the Eagles, Walker made the game-ending diving play to capture the 7-0 shutout for the Mountaineers and the series victory over the Eagles. She contributed four putouts for the Mountaineers from centerfield with six total on the week.
The Mountaineers continue their journey to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament with a three-game series against ULM in Monroe, La. March 15-17.
Appalachian State's Matt Zovistoski, who wrestles at 149 pounds, received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships on Tuesday afternoon.
Zovistoski will join App State automatic qualifiers and Southern Conference champions Randall Diabe (197 pounds), Cary Miller (285) and Codi Russell (133) next week in Pittsburgh, where the NCAA event will be held from Thursday-Saturday at PPG Paints Arena.
With 33 wrestlers filling every bracket in Pittsburgh, there were five at-large spots available for the 149-pound wrestlers who didn't qualify automatically. The at-large selections were based on head-to-head competition, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI), coaches ranking and conference tournament finish.
Zovistoski (27-13 overall) was at No. 26 in the most recent RPI and No. 28 in the most recent Coaches' Panel rankings. In addition to going 5-1 in SoCon duals and placing third at the SoCon Championship, where two automatic bids at 149 pounds were awarded, he won seven matches at the Southern Scuffle.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 0
West Caldwell: 0
West Iredell: 3
St. Stephens: 1