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
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team scored in every inning except one en route to a convincing 12-4 victory over Queens which completed the weekend sweep of the Royals. EJ Ranel led the Bears with three hits and Hunter Jackson reached base safely all four times.
LR pushed across single runs in six innings and scored three times in the second and seventh innings. The Bears pounded out 13 hits and were helped by sloppy play from the Royals. Queens committed four errors and threw eight wild pitches.
Jake Conroy got the start and was cruising early. Conroy struck out the first two batters he faced and held Queens scoreless for three innings. Conroy ran into trouble in the fourth and gave way to Matt Ranson who earned his first win of the season. Ranson gave up one earned run in 2.2 innings and struck out a pair.
The strong bullpen work continued as Kevin LaRosa and Michael Allen combined to go the final 3.1 innings and didn't allow a hit. LaRosa recorded his four outs all via the strikeout and Allen allowed one baserunner in his two clean innings.
Grant Fuller sparked the LR lineup from the leadoff spot, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs batted in, a run scored and a stolen base. Will Jones and Jackson each finished with two RBIs and Alex Reynolds drew three walks. The Bears drew eight walks in the win.
The Bears are now outscoring league opponents 56-48. For the year, LR is now +2 in run differential overall.
The four hits allowed are the second-lowest total of the season. The Bears allowed Newberry only two hits on Feb. 22.
LR improves to 10-12 overall and 4-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears hit the road looking for a fourth straight win when they travel to Benedict on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team extended its winning streak to four games on Monday with a non-conference doubleheader sweep of the Limestone JV squad at Founders Stadium.
With the wins, the Red Hawks improve to 14-8 overall.
Game one: Catawba Valley 10, Limestone JV 0 (five innings)
Behind a one-hit performance on the mound from starter Andrew Patrick, the Red Hawks earned a run-rule victory against the Saints in the opening game of the set on Monday afternoon.
Offensively, CVCC only tallied five hits, but also capitalized on 10 walks — scoring 10 or more runs for the third-straight game. Catawba Valley scored one run in the first inning, two in the second inning, four in the third inning and three in the fourth inning en route to its victory.
Third baseman Grant Tilley led the Red Hawks with three RBIs in Monday’s opening contest, including a solo home run to left field in the second inning, while right fielder Malik Stephens drove in two RBIs. Shortstop Mason Lyda also drove in one run.
On the mound, Patrick kept Saint batters off balance, allowing just one walk and striking out eight batters during his four-inning, one-hit outing.
Elijah Carr relieved Patrick in the fifth inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced to help clinch the run-rule victory.
Game two: Catawba Valley 9, Limestone JV 4 (seven innings)
The Red Hawks overcame an early 2-0 hole, scoring four runs each in the third and fifth innings to come away with a five-run victory against the Saints to sweep Monday’s doubleheader.
Limestone scored one run in each of the first two innings of Monday’s nightcap, including an RBI single by James Rowe in the first inning and a solo home run by Dustin West in the second inning, to take a quick two-run lead.
Catawba Valley roared back in the third inning, scoring four runs on four RBI singles — one each by Brett Eurey, Sabion Thomas, Vinny Consolo and Malik Stephens.
John Stabb’s solo home run helped pull Limestone back within 4-3 of the lead, but CVCC answered that run, scoring in the next half-inning on an RBI ground out by Ryan Healy.
The Red Hawks padded their lead in the fifth inning, scoring on an RBI single by Jamie Sheek. Consolo and Stephens also scored on wild pitches in the inning, and Healy plated a fourth CVCC run after swiping home plate on a double steal attempt.
West homered for the second time in Monday’s game off Red Hawks reliever Noah Eaker, but the Saints would get no closer as CVCC won its fourth-straight game.
The CVCC baseball team returns to action this weekend with a road conference series against Bryant & Stratton in Virginia Beach, Va.
The Red Hawks and Bobcats play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. consisting of one nine-inning and one seven-inning game before the two teams close out the series on Sunday with a single nine-inning game at noon.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team sits in eighth place after day one of the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational. The Bears are led by Chelsea Mansel who fired a two-round 150 and sits in 20th place.
Trailing Mansel by a pair of shots is senior Abbey Hartsell who finished 36 holes with a score of 152 and is tied for 32nd place. Patricia Asensio carded a 154 and Ainee O'Connor and Megan Robb each shot identical 155's.
Pilar Martinez of Limestone is the individual leader, carding a 140 (-4). Lynn University is holding the team lead after day one, firing a team score of 580. The tournament field is comprised mostly of strong programs from the state of Florida. Trailing Lynn are Saint Leo and Florida Tech with Limestone claiming fourth place.
LR's Individual Finishes:
Chelsea Mansel - 150 (T-20)
Abbey Hartsell - 152 (T-32)
Patricia Asensio - 154 (T-38)
Megan O'Connor - 155 (T-41)
Megan Robb - 155 (T-41)
Lynn - 580
Saint Leo - 589
Florida Tech - 590
Limestone - 592
Tampa - 601
Florida Southern - 603
West Florida - 603
Lenoir-Rhyne – 607
Rollins - 608
Lee - 609
Embry-Riddle - 610
Wingate - 621
Montevallo - 628
UNC Pembroke - 631
North Georgia - 632
App State Football Announces Black Thursday for Showdown Against Georgia Southern on Halloween NightWritten by Jason Savage
Appalachian State is tapping into the well of tradition, with a slight wrinkle, for the highly anticipated Georgia Southern football matchup this coming Halloween night in Boone.
The nationally televised contest (ESPNU) between the Mountaineers and Eagles will be featured as App State’s “Black Thursday” game in the tradition of the Black Saturday contests that have been a highlight of the football schedule since the 1980s. All fans will be encouraged to wear their favorite black App gear to the game.
The Nov. 23 game against Texas State will be Heroes Day on the Appalachian campus, recognizing military personnel, first responders and veterans with free admission to the game. As the final regular-season home game of the year, it will also be Senior Day.
App State previously announced the dates for the Hall of Fame and Jerry Moore celebrations (Aug. 31 vs. ETSU), Family Weekend (Sept. 28 vs. Coastal Carolina) and Homecoming (Oct. 19 vs. ULM). The Mountaineers also host regional rival Charlotte on Sept. 7.
Appalachian State senior guard Ronshad Shabazz has been named Second Team All-Sun Belt, the league announced on Monday.
It marks the second consecutive Second Team All-Sun Belt selection for Shabazz and third all-conference honor of career. Shabazz is now the sixth player in program history to earn three all-conference selections, joining Don King (All-Carolinas Conference from 1958-61), Rick Howe (All-Carolinas Conference from 1959-61), Wayne Duncan (All-Carolinas Conference from 1963-65), Charles Payton (All-SoCon from 1980-82) and D.J. Thompson (All-SoCon from 2005-07).
This season, Shabazz is averaging a team-high 18.5 points, which ranks sixth in the Sun Belt. He has scored 575 points this and is the first player in program history to score 500 points in three different seasons. He is just 25 points away from 600 points and can become the first player in program history to score 600 or more points in two different seasons.
On Feb. 28 at ULM, Shabazz poured in a career-high 47 points on a career-high 17 made field goals. He drained 10 three-pointers in the game, which tied a school record. The 47-point scoring output ranks as the fourth highest in school history and is the eighth most scored in a single game in Division I this season.
In his career, Shabazz has tallied 2,056 points, which is second in school history and eighth in Sun Belt history. In addition, he is the program's all-time leader in field goals made with 709 and ranks third with 268 made three-pointers.
The Mountaineers earned the No. 10 seed the Sun Belt Tournament and will open play at seventh seed ULM on Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and can be heard on the Appalachian Sports Network from Learfield IMG College.
2018-19 SUN BELT MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTSEASON HONORS
All-Sun Belt First Team
Tookie Brown, Georgia Southern (Sr., G, Madison, Ga.)
D'Marcus Simonds, Georgia State (Jr., G, Gainesville, Ga.)
JaKeenan Gant, Louisiana (Sr., F, Springfield, Ga.)
Daishon Smith, ULM (Sr., G, Jacksonville, Fla.)
Nijal Pearson, Texas State (Jr., G, Beaumont, Texas)
All-Sun Belt Second Team
Ronshad Shabazz, Appalachian State (Sr., G, Raleigh, N.C.)
Rayjon Tucker, Little Rock (Jr., G, Charlotte, N.C.)
Ty Cockfield II, Arkansas State (Sr., G, Gainesville, Ga.)
Zac Cuthbertson, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, New Bern, N.C.)
Josh Ajayi, South Alabama (Jr., F, El Monte, Calif.)
All-Sun Belt Third Team
Quan Jackson, Georgia Southern (So., G, Tallahassee, Fla.)
Michael Ertel, ULM (So., G, Indianapolis, Ind.)
Trhae Mitchell, South Alabama (Jr., F, Austell, Ga.)
Brian Warren, UTA (Jr., G, Indianapolis, Ind.)
Tre'Larenz Nottingham, Texas State (Sr., G, Moreno Valley, Calif.)
Sun Belt Player of the Year
Tookie Brown, Georgia Southern (Sr., G, Madison, Ga.)
Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year
JaKeenan Gant, Louisiana (Sr., F, Springfield, Ga.)
Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
DeVante Jones, Coastal Carolina (Fr., G, New Orleans, La.)
Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year
Daishon Smith, ULM (Sr., G, Jacksonville, Fla.)
Sun Belt Joe Gottfried Coach of the Year
Chris Ogden, UTA
Appalachian State University women's basketball junior Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) was named Third-Team All-Sun Belt, as the league office announced postseason awards on Monday.
Plummer garners All-Sun Belt honors for the second straight season after being named all-third team in 2017-18.
The junior was one of the top inside forces in the Sun Belt, as her 12.1 rebounds per game lead the league, while her 1.3 blocks per game are fourth in the conference. Plummer registered 21 games with 10 or more rebounds and posted a league-high two games with at least 20 boards. She's the first player since Chastity Gooch (WKU) in 2012-13 to lead the conference in rebounding in consecutive seasons. Her rebounding average is the highest in the league since 1993-94 when Travesa Grant (Lamar) averaged 13.2 rebounds per game. Plummer is one of eight players in league history to lead the conference in rebounds in back-to-back years.
Also, the Thomasville, N.C. shattered the junior rebounding record, surpassing Valorie Whiteside's mark of 311 rebounds. Plummer now owns two of the single-season rebounding records for a class. She is fifth all-time with 877 rebounds and sixth in school history with 111 blocks. Plummer posted 10 or more rebounds in the Mountaineers' first 15 conference games, which is tied for the second-longest streak in the nation with Megan Gustafson of Iowa.
She has 10 games with at least 15 rebounds and one game with at least 15 points and 15 boards after a stellar performance of 16 points, 21 rebounds and three blocks in a home win over Marshall.
Plummer is 11th among the nation's active leaders in rebounds per game (9.6 rpg), while she is eighth in the country in rebounding.
The paint presence has become one of the key cogs for the Mountaineers' bounce-back season in which their 16-13 mark is the first winning record under Angel Elderkin. App State's nine-win improvement from last season is tied for the largest increase in the conference with Georgia State. App State doubled its conference win total with 10 victories en route to a fifth-place finish.
App State will play in the second round game of the Sun Belt Tournament against the winner of Coastal Carolina and Arkansas State on Wednesday at 12:30 pm ET/ 11:30 am CT at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) – the governing body of two-year college athletics based in Charlotte, North Carolina – has announced the creation of the NJCAA Foundation to support the mission and endeavors of the association. As the fundraising entity of the association, the Foundation will enable additional opportunities for student-athletes and member colleges through scholarships, community service projects and new initiatives.
The Foundation Board of Directors will be comprised of thirty members who will serve a vital role in the financial support of the Foundation and its long-term planning, oversight and direction.
Don Becker, Vice President Prepaid Card Partnerships, Commerce Bank
Robert W. Betler II, Market President, BB&T
Timothy Britt (Board Chair), Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo
Gary Broadhurst, Associate Dean Athletics, Mohawk Valley Community College
J. Kevin Cobb, CPA, Partner, Cobb PLLC
Sean Connors, CEO, eTeamSponsor
Christine DeBiase, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Brighthouse Financial
Dr. Jim Forkum, Former Community College Athletic Director, Retired
Richard Giannini, Principal, Giannini Sports Consultants
Tracey Hill, Director of Treasury Services, First Reliance Bank
Garrett Hinshaw, President, Catawba Valley Community College
Donna Julian, Senior Vice President of Arena & Operations/General Manager, Charlotte Hornets Spectrum Arena
Christopher R. LaPata, MCR, CCMP, Client Leader, BHDP Architecture & Planning
Brooks Luquire, Senior Vice President/Director of Client Service, LGA
Joel Matthews, Financial Advisor, Bank of America – Merrill
Mick McDaniel - Ex-Officio, NJCAA Board of Regents Chair, NJCAA
Brian Middleton, Vice President, Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute
John Noonan, Director of Group Sales, Hilton Charlotte University Place
Mary Ann O'Connor, Director of Accounting, Marburger Automotive Group
Izach Porter, Senior Commercial Banking Relationship Manager/Vice President, Fifth Third Bank
Marvin Price, Vice President for Economic Development, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
Dan Rajkowski, Chief Operating Officer, Charlotte Knights
Eric Reichard, Chief Operations Officer, Rodgers Builders
Brian Rozelle, Senior Vice President, State Street Corporation
Kristerpher Smith, Vice President Middle Market Banking, JPMorgan Chase
Dr. Karen A. Stout, President & CEO, Achieving the Dream Inc.
Dr. Kathy Turpin, President, K. Turpin Consulting, LLC
Rob Yowell, President, Gemini Sports Group
"The NJCAA Foundation is a significant endeavor that will create new opportunities for our nearly 60,000 student-athletes and over 500-member colleges across the country," stated NJCAA President and CEO Dr. Christopher Parker. "This is a monumental addition to the NJCAA and the leaders that have chosen to join the Foundation will be making history for two-year collegiate athletics in the United States."
NJCAA Foundation Board Chair and Wells Fargo Senior Vice President Timothy Britt expressed his excitement for the opportunity. "On behalf of the members of the NJCAA Foundation Board, we are proud and humbled by this opportunity to provide the leadership and networks across our communities and industries. Dr. Parker and his team will be able to sustain, enhance and expand their ability to advance all aspects of the NJCAA with the support of the Foundation."
The Foundation board members will convene for their first official meeting in March to adopt the by-laws and objectives of the Foundation moving forward. For more information or to donate to the NJCAA Foundation, visit njcaa.org/foundation.
Behind 14 hits at the plate, the Catawba Valley Community College baseball team earned a series victory against conference foe Wake Tech on the road Sunday, claiming game three of the set 12-10 at Ting Stadium.
With the win, CVCC improves to 12-8 overall and 4-4 in Region X games, having won six of its past seven contests.
The Red Hawks immediately took command of Sunday’s series finale, scoring three runs in the top of the first on an RBI triple from Jackson Brown, an RBI fielder’s choice from Sabion Thomas and an RBI single by Trent Jones to take a 3-0 lead.
Wake Tech (11-5, 1-2 in Region X) answered with seven runs on five hits in the bottom of the first inning, including a two-run single by Evan Balzano and a pair of two-RBI doubles by Kevin Catrine and Tyler Vaughn.
Despite its early hole, CVCC slowed chipped away at its four-run deficit, scoring three runs again in the second inning, including an RBI double by R.J. Conner and a two-RBI double by Willie Gordon, before taking the lead back with two runs in the top of the third inning on a two-run home run by outfielder Brett Eurey.
After Red Hawks starting pitcher Trae Starnes exited in the first inning, CVCC relief pitchers Timothy Davila, Myles White and Nic Messina battled valiantly throughout Sunday’s contest, forcing Wake Tech batters to strand at least one runner in eight of the Eagles’ nine innings.
Catawba Valley first baseman Tyler Campbell added to the Red Hawk advantage in the top of the fourth inning on a solo home run to right field — his second blast of the season — making it a 9-7 CVCC lead.
The Eagles would once again answer, tying the game at 9-9 in the fifth inning behind an RBI single by Vaughn and an RBI sac fly from Austin Bulman.
Catawba Valley continued to drive in runs, scoring at least one run in six of its first seven innings. Third baseman Grant Tilley gave the Red Hawks the lead back in the sixth inning on a two-run single, making it an 11-9 advantage for the away team.
Wake Tech pulled within 11-10 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Radim Novotny scored on a wild pitch by Myles White, but the Red Hawks scored on a wild pitch by the Eagles in the top of the seventh inning to once again make it a two-run lead.
Red Hawk relievers White and Messina helped close the door on any potential comeback for Wake in the final three innings.
White struck out the Eagles’ side in order in the seventh inning, and Messina closed out the final two innings, allowing one hit, striking out four batters and stranding the tying runs on first and second base in the ninth inning to earn his third save of the 2019 campaign.
The CVCC baseball team tries to continue its momentum on Monday with a non-conference road doubleheader against the Limestone JV team.
Three Appalachian State wrestlers earned automatic berths into the NCAA Championships as first-time Southern Conference champions, and the Mountaineers finished second in the team standings during a back-and-forth event at the Holmes Convocation Center on Sunday.
App State senior Randall Diabe won a 5-4 decision in the final at 197 pounds, junior Cary Miller claimed an 8-1 decision in the heavyweight final and sophomore Codi Russell posted a 9-4 decision against top-seeded Noah Gonser of Campbell in the final at 133 pounds. Their victories helped the Mountaineers amass 92.5 points, or 2.5 fewer than that total accumulated by first-place Campbell.
Appalachian State, Campbell and Chattanooga shared the regular season title.
The Mountaineers had six finalists in the 10 weight classes, as senior Irvin Enriquez (141 pounds) reached a final for the third straight year, senior Michael Elliott advanced to the final at 165 pounds and sophomore Alan Clothier reached the final at 184 pounds. Matt Zovistoski (149 pounds) and De’Andre Swinson-Barr (125 pounds) were third-place finishers.
With Diabe making the field for the second straight year and App State’s two other SoCon champs qualifying for the first time, Appalachian will have at least three wrestlers at the NCAA Championships that begin in Pittsburgh on March 21. There are also at-large possibilities for wrestlers such as Zovistoski, who is ranked 28th in his weight class by the NCAA Coaches’ Panel.
Russell will be joining his older brother, Sean, a Minnesota senior who wrestles at 125 pounds, in Pittsburgh thanks to Sean’s third-place finish in the Big Ten tournament.
Russell, ranked 31st, had beaten the 17th-ranked Gonser at the Hokie Open but lost to him in a dual matchup in mid-January. Sunday, Russell tied the match at 3-all on a takedown with 47 seconds left in the second period and moved ahead on a takedown eight seconds into the third period. After an escape by Gonser, Russell seized control on a takedown with 1:12 left and a two-point near fall with 1:02 remaining.
In a matchup of two top-25 wrestlers, the 18th-ranked Diabe edged 23rd-ranked Sawyer Root of The Citadel after winning a 9-0 major decision against Chattanooga’s Rod Jones. A first-period takedown of Root helped Diabe lead 3-1 entering the third period, but an escape by Root with 1:48 left and hands-to-the-face penalty on Diabe with 1:40 remaining tied the match.
Diabe executed a tiebreaking takedown with 1:21 left and held on after Root managed an escape with 1:01 remaining.
In the last championship matchup of the night, Miller led 3-0 after one period against Campbell’s Odgerel Batkhishig and took a 5-0 lead into the final period. In his six SoCon duals and two SoCon Championship bouts, Miller went 8-0 with three pins, one technical fall and two major decisions.
A year after winning the SoCon title as a No. 4 seed, the third-seeded Enriquez reached the 141 final with a 7-4 semifinal decision against Campbell’s Nathan Boston, who had pinned Enriquez in their regular season meeting. Top-seeded Chris Debien won 12-7 in Sunday’s final.
Elliott reached his final with a 16-0 technical fall in the first round and a semifinal pin of Davidson’s Hunter Costa. Top-seeded Tyler Marinelli of Gardner-Webb had an 8-0 major decision in the final.
Clothier won his semifinal match by a technical fall before suffering a 4-3 defeat against Campbell’s Chris Kober in the next-to-last final.
Zovistoski endured a 3-2 semifinal loss but went 3-1 in the tournament, and a 1-1 showing allowed Swinson-Barr to take third. Thomas Flitz went 2-2 at 174 pounds, and Angel Najar won his first match at 157 pounds.
1. Campbell, 95.0
2. App State, 92.5
3. Chattanooga, 62.0
4. The Citadel, 42.5
5. Gardner-Webb, 23.5
6. Davidson, 22.5
7. VMI, 17.0
App State Results
125: (3) De’Andre Swinson-Barr (Third place)
L, 9-3 dec. vs. Korbin Meink, Campbell
W, 6-4 dec. vs. Derek Shockey, VMI
133: (2) Codi Russell (First place)
W, 19-4 tech. fall vs. Cliff Conway, VMI
W, 10-1 maj. dec. vs. Kyle Gorant, Davidson
W, 9-4 dec. vs. Noah Gonser, Campbell
141: (3) Irvin Enriquez (Second place)
W, fall in 1:41 vs. Caleb Ziebell, Davidson
W, 7-4 dec. vs. Nathan Boston, Campbell
L, 12-7 dec. vs. Chris Debien, Chattanooga
149: (2) Matt Zovistoski (Third place)
W, 12-1 maj. dec. vs. Zach Schmitt, VMI
L, 3-2 dec. vs. Tanner Smith, Chattanooga
W, 14-4 maj. dec. vs. Will Baldwin, Davidson
W, 10-0 maj. dec. vs. Selwyn Porter, The Citadel
157: (4) Angel Najar
W, 6-0 dec. vs. Evan Schenk, Gardner-Webb
L, 8-2 dec. vs. Benjamin Barton, Campbell
L, fall in 5:23 vs. Ryan Resnick, Chattanooga
165: (2) Michael Elliott (Second place)
W, 16-0 tech. fall vs. Luke Niksic, VMI
W, fall in 4:37 vs. Hunter Costa, Davidson
L, 8-0 maj. dec. vs. Tyler Marinelli, Gardner-Webb
174: (3) Thomas Flitz
W, 16-4 maj. dec. vs. Noah Satterfield, Davidson
L, 8-3 dec. vs. Andrew Morgan, Campbell
W, 3-1 dec. vs. Hunter Fortner, Chattanooga
L, 6-4 dec. (SV-1) vs. Kyle Homet, Gardner-Webb
184: (1) Alan Clothier (Second place)
W, 19-2 tech. fall vs. Conor Fenn, Davidson
L, 4-3 dec. vs. Chris Kober, Campbell
197: (1) Randall Diabe (First place)
W, 9-0 maj. dec. vs. Rod Jones, Chattanooga
W, 5-4 dec. vs. Sawyer Root, The Citadel
285: (1) Cary Miller (First place)
W, fall in 1:45 vs. Michael McAleavey, The Citadel
W, 8-1 dec. vs. Odgerel Batkhishig, Campbell
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball took on Catawba for the 207th time but it was the first time the two programs met in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship and the Indians came away with a 71-67 victory. However, the Bears appear to have clinched a spot in the NCAA Division II Tournament with yesterday's win over Queens.
It was the Bears first appearance in the SAC Tournament title game since 2005 and they were searching for the first championship since 2003 but came just short. The back-and-forth contest never got bigger than an eight point lead either way.
Cory Thomas was outstanding once again for the Bears, finishing with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Thomas was named to the All-Tournament team after scoring 63 points in the three tournament games.
Bertrand Awana continued his outstanding stretch which saw him go perfect from the field for the fourth straight game. Awana went 7-for-7 and has now converted on each of his last 23 field goal attempts. Awana, who also made the All-Tournament team, added a career-high six blocks and six rebounds.
The difference in the game came on the offensive boards as Catawba grabbed 18 and had 17 second chance points. The Bears shot 51 percent from the field but Catawba took 16 more field goal attempts thanks to the offensive rebounding advantage.
Daquan Lilly and Jordan McElveen each scored 13 points for the Indians. Devin Cooper was named the Tournament MVP and finished with 12 points.
Jon Jean was the third Bear in double figures, finishing with 12 points.
This marks Catawba's first SAC Tournament title since 2009.
LR's bench was held to a season-low two points and zero field goals.
The 21 wins matches the highest total in the past 11 years.
LR is now 11-6 away from Shuford Gym this season and 6-4 against regionally ranked opponents.
The Bears are the number six seed and will face S.C.-Aiken in the Southeast Region of the NCAA Division 2 playoffs.