The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team opened the weekend series against South Atlantic Conference rival Wingate Bulldogs, and played them in two close games, but found themselves on the wrong end of the result in both games. The Bears fell 3-1 and 4-2 in a pair of pitchers duels on Saturday afternoon.
LR got four base hits throughout the game and two of those came from the leadoff hitter, Grant Fuller. Matthew Freeman and Hunter Jackson got one hit each to round out the Bears with base knocks.
Despite not getting a hit, Clayton Jeffries was still effective with his bat as he drove in the only run of the game for the home team.
Alex Shirazi had a special outing, throwing a career-long 8.0 innings and worked into the ninth before being taken out of the game to a standing ovation from the Bears crowd. The junior scattered six hits, gave up just three runs – and two were earned – while fanning eight Wingate batters.
It was just the Bulldogs who had an even more impressive day on the mound as David Nash earned his second win of the season, giving up just one run on four hits in eight innings of work. The Designated Hitter to start the game, Hunter Dula, was given the ball to record the final three outs, giving him his fifth save of the season for the Bulldogs.
Wingate was limited to just seven hits, but two of those came from Jed Bryant who carried their offense with two base knocks to go along with two runs batted in.
This game was back and forth in the third, fourth and fifth innings. The Bears had their opportunity in the bottom of the sixth as they had two runners in scoring position, but the Bulldogs stranded both in what proved to secure the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led at the plate by Jackson who had two of the Bears' six hits and an RBI to go with it. Will Jones added an RBI despite not recording a hit in the game.
Paul Hall took the loss after he worked 6.0 innings, giving up seven hits and three earned runs, while striking out five batters.
The Bulldogs gave Alex Rodriguez the ball to start as he earned the win and Sawyer Lee earned his first save of the season in two innings on the mound.
This ended the Bears' longest winning streak of the season, five games, and the Bears continue to struggle at Bears Field, holding a 7-15 record in Hickory.
Ranel is on a six-game hit streak, Jeffries' six game hit streak came to an end with an 0-for-7 day at the plate and Austin Reed extended his streak to five games.
LR is 21-23 overall, 7-13 in the South Atlantic Conference. The bears will get set to play the final game of the series on Monday due to severe weather on Sunday.
Madison McCoy, Elisa Sargent and Jelonnie Smith entered the top-10 all-time in program history to lead Appalachian State women's track & field at the Charlotte Invitational.
McCoy turned in a fifth place finish in the discus with a mark of 142-3 (43.35m). Her mark shattered by PR by nearly seven feet and moves into 10th place all-time in the event in program history.
Sargent, who was racing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the first time in her career, crossed in 11:08.89 to finish fourth overall in the event. Her time now ranks as the 10th fastest time in the event in program history.
Smith placed third in the 400-meter dash with a PR time of 56.03 seconds. Her time moves her into ninth-place in the event in program history.
Also in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Izzy Evely placed sixth with a time of 11:21.72.
Hannah Emery turned in a season-best mark of 11-8.50 (3.57m) in the pole vault, placing second overall.
The 4x100-meter relay tandem of Samara Gibson, Erin Morrison, Jessica Dixon and Smith finished fourth in 47.42 seconds.
Sarah Venable posted a third-place finish in the 800-meter run with a PR time of 2:16.91 and Baylee Bilyeu finished fourth in the shot put with a PR toss of 42-2.00 (12.85m).
The Black and Gold will compete again next weekend at the Duke Invitational on Apr. 19 and Apr. 20.
Elliott Graves captured the 400-meter hurdles and Jalen Virgil won the 100-meter dash to lead Appalachian State men's track & field at the Charlotte Invitational.
Graves won the 400-meter hurdles for the first time this season in 52.59 seconds, which was nearly .31 seconds faster than the next hurdler.
Virgil, who is also a member of the football team, won the 100-meter dash in his first race of the year with a time of 10.65 seconds. His mark was .11 seconds faster than the second place finisher.
Virgil also teamed with De'Shawn Ballard, Brenton Ervin and Jabari Johnson for a first-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay in 40.77 seconds.
Graves was third in the 110-meter hurdles in a season-best 14.44 seconds, while Ballard placed third in the 100-meter dash in 10.83 seconds.
App State posted three top-eight finishes in two events.
In the hammer throw, Peter Kenn was third was a throw of 177-7 (54.14m), Evan Hardin was sixth with a PR mark of 157-11 (48.14) and Zachary Weinstein was right behind in seventh with a PR toss of 156-4 (47.66).
The 3,000-meter steeplechase saw Ryan Brown place fourth with a time of 9:17.61, Lawson Benfield finish sixth in a season-best 9:31.49 and Zachary Mercer cross seventh in a PR time of 9:39.75.
Kenn was also second in the discus with a toss of 148-5 (45.24m), with Michael Albert finishing fifth in the event with a toss of 139-11 (42.66m). Albert also was fifth in the shot put with a toss of 45-7.75 (13.91m).
The high jump saw Daniel Lauffenburger finish in a tie for third with a season-best mark of 6-4.00 (1.93m) and Andrew Underdal finish in a tie for sixth place, clearing 6-2.00 (1.88m).
App State now has just two meets remaining before the Sun Belt Championships in Jonesboro Ark. from May 10 to May 12. The Mountaineers will compete again next weekend at the Duke Invitational.
Through multiple rain delays and five-run rallies, Appalachian State Baseball clinched a Sun Belt Conference series victory.
Kendall McGowan's tiebreaking, two-run, two-out single capped a five-run bottom of the eighth inning Saturday as App State posted a 10-8 win in Game 2 of their weekend home series with ULM.
App State (15-18, 7-7) had two five-run innings en route to a Game 2 victory that allowed the program to reach .500 in the Sun Belt for the first time this deep into a season. Play began at 10 a.m., and there were two rain delays before Kaleb Bowman completed his second save of the weekend with a flyout to McGowan at 4:18 p.m.
App State erased a 3-0 deficit with a five-run sixth, highlighted by Joel McDaniel's tiebreaking, two-run homer. Heavy rain began to fall with the Mountaineers taking a 5-3 edge into the eighth inning, and ULM (15-20, 5-9) capitalized on difficult pitching conditions by drawing four walks, being hit by one pitch and delivering two hits during a delay-divided, five-run frame.
ULM had managed to tie the game on a hit by pitch when the first delay occurred with one out and the bases still loaded. After a 54-minute stoppage, the Warhawks moved ahead 8-5 with a two-run single and run-scoring wild pitch.
Losing a lead in adverse conditions set up the possibility of a hard-to-swallow defeat, but App State responded with five runs of its own during a half-inning that was interrupted by a delay of 1 hour, 55 minutes. Phillip Cole started the drawn-out rally with a leadoff double and moved to second on a walk to McDaniel.
Defensive replacement Riley Smith overcame an 0-2 count against new pitcher Jacob Barton to draw a walk on a 3-2 pitch, and App State pulled within 8-6 thanks to a bases-loaded single on a 3-2 pitch to Luke Allison, another defensive replacement. Robbie Young's two-run single tied the game, although ULM did manage to throw out a baserunner on the play.
A strikeout set up a two-out plate appearance for another defensive replacement, CJ Brown, who walked on a 3-2 pitch with Sun Belt batting leader Luke Drumheller on deck. With heavy rains suspending play for nearly two hours, Drumheller walked on a 3-2 pitch once play resumed.
The right-handed McGowan singled through the right side on the first pitch of the next at-bat, bringing home Young and Brown.
Bowman allowed an off-the-wall double to begin the ninth inning, but a popout to second and a strikeout preceded the game-ending flyout.
Bowman earned his fourth save of the season while lowering his ERA to 1.46, the second-best mark in the country for a reliever with at least 17 appearances, and Andrew Papp earned the win despite pitching in the tough eighth-inning conditions. He relieved freshman Tyler Tuthill, who took the mound in the eighth inning with just four hits and three runs allowed.
App State had overcome a 2-0 deficit with a middle-inning rally Friday, and it erased a three-run deficit in Game 2 with its five-run sixth. Tyler Leek drew a one-out walk and scored on an RBI double from Drumheller, who has hit safely in 25 of the last 27 games.
Drumheller raced home on an RBI hit from McGowan, and player contact behind the plate led to a 14-minute stoppage to determine if McGowan would have to return to first from second.
He did, but an errant pickoff throw allowed him to advance to third, and he scored the tying run on Cole's RBI single. McDaniel followed with a 411-foot shot to center for his team-leading fifth homer of the season and his second homer of the series, this one with an exit velocity of 105 mph, according to the @AppStSportsData account.
McGowan finished with three RBIs and, along with Cole, went 3-for-5. Drumheller (2-for-4) and Young (2-for-3) also had multi-hit games.
In Game 3, the first of two early doubles from Leek set up an RBI single from McGowan, but ULM took a 3-1 lead on Braedon Barrett's opposite-field, three-run double down the left-field line in the second inning.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team ran its winning streak to four games with a 19-1 thrashing of Mars Hill on Saturday afternoon. The Bears have scored 17 or more goals in each game of their winning streak.
The Bears jumped all over the Lions, scoring the first 14 goals of the game. Lenoir-Rhyne held Mars Hill scoreless for 28:37 before the Lions finally broke through. Following the only goal of the game for the visitors, LR held them off the board the rest of the way.
Joe Buduo went over 200 career points in this one as he broke the school record of 195 in the Bears most recent win over Catawba. Buduo finished with one goal and four assists.
The Bears were led by Ryan Bell with five goals and two assists. Bell scored his five goals on just six shots and the senior added five ground balls and a caused turnover.
Anthony Fraga added a hat trick for the Bears and Noah Johnson made eight saves to earn his sixth win of the season.
The Bears have outscored opponents 70-14 in their four game winning streak.
Prior to the game, the Bears honored nine seniors who have led LR to 47 wins and a streak of 24 straight regular season wins over conference opponents.
The Bears are 6-7 overall, 3-2 in South Atlantic Conference. L-R will close out the regular season with a matchup at Coker next Saturday.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers and the No. 11 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns went six scoreless innings before finally breaking the ice Friday night. In the seventh, the Mountaineers were unable to match Louisiana and fell by a score of 3-1 in game one of the weekend series.
Two of the Sun Belt's top pitchers went head to head with each defense pulling their weight until the end.
Kenzie Longanecker suffered the loss in the circle bringing her record to 14-4 with a 2.08 ERA. Through six innings, Longanecker gave up no runs and allowed only 5 hits and four walks.
Baylee Morton caught two runners stealing second as well as contributing two hits and the lone RBI for the Mountaineers.
The Apps' defense did not allow a runner to reach second base until the fourth inning and did not allow anyone further until the final inning. The Caylie Kifer and Sidney Russell dynamic duo in the middle of the diamond turned two double plays throughout the night and contributed to over half of the Mountaineers' outs on the night.
With back-and-forth defense dictating the night, the offense didn't kick in until the seventh inning. Four singles by Louisiana and a Mountaineer error allowed for two runs to score and break the scoreless theme of the night. A walk would bring home the final score for the Ragin' Cajuns.
Mary Pierce Barnes lead off the rally inning with a single to get on base and moved her way to second on a Louisiana error. Morton would drive her home on a single through the left side but would prove to be the final push for the Mountaineers in game one.
"What a great game for our program," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "I loved how we competed all game long. When you play a top team in the country, you have to be sharp at all times and execute when given the opportunities. Tomorrow is a new day to play the game we love."
First pitch for game two is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Saturday. The option for a doubleheader on Saturday due to the Sunday weather forecast will be discussed before the start of game two.
The Hickory Crawdads dropped Friday's contest against the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-4.
The Intimidators got four runs across in the top of the second inning off 'Dads starter Jean Casanova.
The Crawdads cut the deficient to two runs in the third as Curtis Terry hit a two-run homer to left field. The homerun was Terry's second of the season. He currently leads the South Atlantic League with 11 RBIs.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Crawdads tied things up with back-to-back homeruns by Pedro Gonzalez and Jonathan Ornelas to deep left field.
Kannapolis retook the lead in the ninth inning with a pair of runs. The two runs were the first given up on the season for 'Dads reliever Grant Anderson.
Tomorrow evening at the Frans is Texas Rangers night. Following the game, the 'Dads will shoot off fireworks presented by the Prysmian Group and KICKS 103.3. The night will also feature a poster schedule giveaway courtesy of Try Something Wild, Dan'l Boone Inn, Lake Hickory Vet, and Hickory Printing Solutions.
A sharp outing from Will Sprinkle, coupled with a middle-inning rally by Appalachian State’s offense, gave the Mountaineers a 3-2 win in their series-opening home game against ULM on Friday.
Based on weather forecasts for the weekend, a Saturday doubleheader has been scheduled with a start time of 10 a.m.
The Sun Belt Conference foes had four hits apiece Friday in an afternoon game that lasted 2 hours, 11 minutes.
Sprinkle tied his career high of seven innings pitched, struck out five batters and allowed just four hits: a bunt single that preceded a second-inning home run that snuck inside the foul pole in right, a check-swing bloop single over an infielder’s head and an infield single between the mound and first base.
Trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, App State (14-18, 6-7) cut into its deficit against the Warhawks (15-19, 5-8) when Joel McDaniel hit his fourth home run of the season.
An inning later, an error on Alex Leshock’s two-hopper to third and Tyler Leek’s double down the left-field line off left-handed starter Trey Jeans put two runners in scoring position with one out. Luke Drumheller tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right, as Leek also advanced on the play, and Kendall McGowan drilled a go-ahead double into the left-center gap.
Sprinkle pitched around the leadoff infield single in the seventh inning by following a sacrifice bunt with a foulout to Luke Allison at third and a groundout to Drumheller at second. Kaleb Bowman relieved Sprinkle to close out a second straight strong start from the sophomore and pitched two scoreless innings to record his third save of the season.
In retiring six of the seven batters he faced, Bowman lowered his ERA to 1.50 — the second-best mark in the country for a pitcher with at least 16 appearances.
Offensively, Drumheller hit safely for the 24th time in the last 26 games as he, Leek, McDaniel and McGowan accounted for App State’s four hits.
Sprinkle faced only three batters in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings. After a one-out walk in the third inning, Allison snagged a line drive and threw to Robbie Young at first to double-up the baserunner. In all, six of the 32 batters from ULM reached base against Sprinkle and Bowman.
App State’s Tyler Tuthill (5-3) and ULM’s Ty Barnes (3-1) are the probable starting pitchers Saturday morning.
Appalachian State University women's tennis (14-5, 7-1 SBC) is just one win away from its first conference championship in school history after a 4-0 sweep over UTA (14-8, 5-3 SBC) on Friday afternoon at Deer Valley Racquet Club.
The Mountaineers have won their last seven matches at home and are 8-1 over the last nine contests. With a win on Sunday, the Mountaineers can claim the top seed in the Sun Belt Tournament and earn a share of the regular season league title if South Alabama beats Georgia State on Sunday.
"Any win in the Sun Belt is great because there's so much parody in the league," head coach Blake Mosley said. "We worked really hard coming off last week and going into our final weekend. We want to finish strong going into the Sun Belt Tournament, so it was a great start."
App State wasted no time in doubles play, as it improved to 12-0 this season when it registers the doubles point. Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) and Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual) improved to 6-0 in league play and 8-1 overall after their 6-4 triumph over Lucia Natal and Alumdena Boza. The duo has won their last seven matches after Friday's victory.
Clinching the doubles point was Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo), who defeated Nanaka Takeuchi and Liz Chileno in a 6-4 decision for their seventh win of the year.
Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord) earned her fourth straight win despite the victory due to withdrawal (retirement) from her counterpart. Earnhardt is 9-8 on the season in singles play. Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) rolled to her ninth victory of the season in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2 against Momoka Horiguchi to push the App lead to 3-0.
Sealing the Black and Gold's first conference shutout of the season was Zacarias, as she snapped a three-match skid after defeating Natal in straight sets. Zacarias won her first set, 6-4, and came back from a 3-0 deficit in the second set to upend her opponent.
The Mountaineers will face the Bobcats on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the last match of the regular season. App State will honor its three seniors in Daniel, Morse, and Swope before the match.
1. Teodora Sevo (APP) def. Momoka Horiguchi (UTA) 6-1, 6-2
2. Kate Earnhardt (APP) def. Carla Pons (UTA) 1-2, retired
3. María José Zacarias (APP) def. Lucia Natal (UTA) 6-4, 6-4
4. Jeannez Daniel (APP) vs. Nanaka Takeuchi (UTA) 6-2, 0-1, unfinished
5. Liz Chileno (UTA) vs. Rebecca Morse (APP) no result
6. Almudena Boza (UTA) vs. Heidi Swope (APP) no result
1. Swope/Zacarias (APP) def. Takeuchi/Chileno (UTA) 6-4
2. Anglesjö/Sevo (APP) vs. Pons/Horiguchi (UTA) 4-3, unfinished
3. DanielMorse (APP) def. Boza/Natal (UTA) 6-4
Appalachian State University men's tennis (5-17, 1-5 SBC) suffered a 4-0 decision to Georgia Southern (15-9, 2-4 SBC) on Friday afternoon in Statesboro at the Wallis Tennis Center.
Appalachian wasn't able to win the doubles point as the hosts recorded the two doubles victories to go up 1-0 heading into singles play.
App State fell in the three doubles affairs that sealed the win for GS. Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) was edged in his first set, 7-5, but later suffered a 6-2 setback to Murphy McCullough. Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) won his first set against Antonio Muniz on Court No. 1. Bargeron's contest went to a third set and was leading 1-0, but the match went unfinished.
The Mountaineers played a tough Georgia Southern team that is now 9-2 at home, while the combined winning percentage of App's road opponents (non-neutral) is .635 (148-85). Appalachian will face Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 12 p.m. in Conway.
1. Antonio Muniz (GS) vs. Milo Bargeron (APP) 7-5, 1-6, 0-1, unfinished
2. Stefano Di Aloy (GS) vs. Zion Heaven (APP) 6-3, 4-5, unfinished
3. Murphym McCullough (GS) def. Ben Webster (APP) 7-5, 6-2
4. Diego Finkelstein (GS) def. Afonso Viana (APP) 6-1, 6-2
5. Pascal Wagemaker (GS) vs. Campbell Stone (APP) 6-2, 4-5, unfinished
6. Santiago Suarez (GS) def. Blake Carter (APP) 6-2, 6-3
1. Muniz/McCullough (GS) def. Heaven/Webster(APP) 6-2
2. Alcala/Di Aloy (GS) vs. Bargeron/Viana (APP) 4-3, unfinished
3. Garcia/Wagemaker(GS) def. Brea/Stone (APP) 6-0
The South Atlantic Conference announced All-Conference Teams as well as individual award winners on Friday morning and the Bears earned a pair of accolades. The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Golf Team placed two on the Honorable Mention Team in senior Brad Robinson and freshman Matthew Raybould while Raybould was named the SAC's Freshman of the Year.
Raybould, a freshman from Bridlington, Yorkshire, U.K., started in every event for the Bears in his first year and is ranked No. 144 across the nation by Golfstat, with an adjusting scoring average of 73.83. He led the Bears’ effort in three tournaments: Newberry Invitational, Battle at Hilton Head, and the Bearcat Golf Classic. At the Donald Ross Invitational, Raybould shined. He finished seven-under par, tied for fourth, while shooting a season-low round of 66.
Robinson, a native of Newcastle, ENGLAND, has been the Bears leader since walking on campus in Hickory, and rounds out a decorated career with four top-10 finishes and an individual title in the Donald Ross Intercollegiate this past fall. Robinson shot a 69-67-67 at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate.
Robinson and Raybould now prepare to lead the Bears in pursuit of a SAC Championship trophy, April 14 through April 16, in Camden, S.C.
Friday night's baseball series opener between Lenoir-Rhyne and Wingate has been postponed due to weather. The Bears and Bulldogs will play a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 1 p.m.
Prior to first pitch tomorrow, the Bears will honor their senior class.
The Bears have won five straight and are playing their best baseball at the right time. Wingate comes to town with a 9-9 conference record and a two game lead over LR in the league standings.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 18
West Caldwell: 2
South Caldwell: 2
St. Stephens: 1
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
West Iredell: 13
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 10
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 18
South Caldwell: 6
St. Stephens: 0
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 4
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 1
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 0
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 0
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 7
The Hickory Crawdads beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-1 in Thursday's Home Opener.
The 'Dads racked up 17 strikeouts, tying a team record for a nine inning game. Starter Jake Latz struck out eight batters across five innings. Tai Tiedemann struck out five in two innings of work while Nick Snyder finished things off with four punch outs in two innings.
Miguel Aparicio got the 'Dads on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning with a double that tied the game at one. Frainyer Chavez followed up with a two run single. Chris Seise reached on a single but was picked off trying to steal second. Seise was able to extend the rundown long enough for Chavez to score from third to put the 'Dads up 4-0.
Sam Huff and Pedro Gonzalez hit back-to-back homeruns in the bottom half of the sixth to extend the lead to five.
The homestand continues with Roaring '20s Night and a post-game fireworks show Friday. The game will also be the first Arby's Reading Program night of the season and students who completed the program can redeem their bookmarks for up to four free tickets. First pitch is at 7pm and gates will open at 6pm.
It was a tale of two games between the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team and the Newberry Wolves as the Bears took game one 11-7 and fell in walk-off fashion in game two, 5-4.
Lenoir-Rhyne took the early 4-0 lead after two innings thanks to a RBI single for Kylee Leonhardt followed by a sacrifice fly for Erin Boone and a Talon LaClair double.
Newberry responded in the second inning with a two-RBI base hit from Chelsey Cunningham. From there the Bears outscored the Wolves 7-4 the rest of the way with three home runs from Mackensie Swain, Savannah Moorefield and Leonhardt.
Leonhardt led the game with four runs driven in on two hits and she scored one run while Moorefield and LaClair also had two RBIs in the game.
Lenoir-Rhyne started Brandi Parks, but she did not get out of the third inning, logging 2.1 innings while giving up seven hits and four runs and three walks. Emily Kenley came into the circle in relief and picked up her seventh win of the season, working 4.2 innings, scattering eight hits but giving up just two earned runs the rest of the game.
Coach Shena Hollar gave Kenley the ball in the circle after getting the victory in game one, but she took the loss on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh for her fourth of the season.
The Bears had one hitter with a multi-hit game and that was shortstop LaClair who went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, a double and a walk. Swain hit for two RBIs while Leonhardt and Taylor Beard got one each.
It was Hayley Simonds who got the base hit to left field to secure the victory and salvage one game in the doubleheader for the Wolves.
This doubleheader split keeps the Bears in the top spot in the South Atlantic Conference standings.
Beard drove in the first RBI of the season with a SAC fly in game two.
LaClair has been dominant at the plate all season for LR, sitting at fourth in the conference with a .415 batting average.
Parks, despite not getting a victory today, remains the top wins leader in the SAC with 17.
The Bears are 25-13 overall and 8-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will stay on the road this Saturday as they travel to Harrogate, Tenn. to take on the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters at 2 and 4 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team put 17 goals on the board for the third straight game and earned their second straight 17-5 victory, handing No. 19 Catawba their first conference loss of the season.
The Bears jumped all over the nationally-ranked Indians and never let up. LR scored nine of the game's first 10 goals to overpower the visitors.
Joe Buduo had a hat trick in the first half and finished with four goals while adding three assists for a seven point evening. Eric Dickinson and Quinn Kuhn each netted three goals and Ryan Bell and Mitchell Linklater dished out a pair of assists.
Patrick Sullivan won 15-of-25 faceoffs and grabbed seven groundballs in his best game of the season. Defensively, Noah Johnson allowed just four goals and made 14 saves to earn the victory. Johnson, who was named the SAC Defensive Player of the Week last week, has now has double-digit save totals in eight games in his freshman season.
LR shot 53 times in the game and held a 43-27 advantage in ground balls. The Bears were lethal with the man advantage, scoring twice in three attempts.
This marks the seventh game against a ranked opponent this season for the Bears who continue to have one of the most difficult schedules in the nation.
In their three game winning streak, Lenoir-Rhyne has outscored its opponents 51-13.
The Bears are 5-7 on the season and 4-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears host Mars Hill on Saturday at 2 p.m. in their home finale. Prior to faceoff, the Bears will honor their senior class.
Appalachian State (27-11) split the midweek doubleheader with UNC Greensboro (25-13) on Wednesday. The Mountaineers dropped game one 2-5, but bounced back in game two and beat the Spartans 2-1.
The most notable stat line of the night is that of Kenzie Longanecker recording her 300th strikeout of her career. She ranks fourth all-time in App State history for strikeouts and tied for second for wins in a single season with 14.
Sidney Russell hit her first home run of the season in game two of the doubleheader. Alison Durrence and Mary Pierce Barnes also contributed home runs to the night in game one.
Longanecker suffered the loss in the circle bringing her record to 14-3 with a 2.08 ERA, good for third in the Sun Belt. Despite the loss, she managed five strikeouts bringing her career total to 300 and single-season to 86 strikeouts.
The Mountaineers jumped on the board first in game one with a solo shot to left center field from Durrence in the second inning. However, the Spartans responded with a two-run home run of their own to start off the fourth inning and take the lead.
After great defense and pitching from both teams, the Spartans would add to their lead in the seventh inning with five hits and two more runs.
The bottom half of the inning was the last chance the Mountaineers had in game one. Leading off the inning, Barnes took the first pitch beyond the left field wall to give life to the black and gold dugout. Ally Walters managed a single to follow but the Apps were unable to keep the momentum going.
Sydney Holland picked up the win in the circle for game two, bringing her record to 10-5. Holland managed to lower her ERA in the process now holding a 2.00 ERA, good for second in the Sun Belt.
Both sides held the other scoreless until the fourth inning when a walk by Keri White and single by Caylie Kifer put runners on. A sac fly by Durrence would bring home White for the first run of the game.
Again, the Spartans responded with two hits and a run in the top of the fifth inning. Leading off the bottom half of the inning, Russell hit a solo shot to left field for what would be the game-winning run.
Solid defense prevented the Spartans from getting anything else going and maintained the win.
"I liked how we came out with a different mentality in the second game today," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "The first game was just not us, but I'm proud of how we refocused and came out a different team. Sydney threw a great game and we made some great plays behind her. UNCG is s very good team and playing them before Louisiana is good preparation."
The Mountaineers are back in action this weekend as they take on the top team in the Sun Belt and No. 10 team in the nation in Louisiana. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday.
Appalachian State’s Kaleb Bowman kept UNC Asheville from breaking the game open, and his timely relief appearance set the stage for a game-changing outburst from the Mountaineers’ offense.
App State posted an 8-2 road win against the Bulldogs on Wednesday night thanks to seven two-out runs in the third inning. The Mountaineers (13-18) faced a manageable 2-0 deficit entering the third because Bowman, who took the mound with one out and two runners in scoring position following a two-run sequence for UNC Asheville, immediately recorded a strikeout and induced a lineout to diving center fielder Alex Leshock.
Bowman’s 2.2 innings of scoreless relief allowed him to improve to 4-0 this season, go to 6-0 in his two-year App State career and lower his ERA to 1.59. His ERA ranks No. 4 nationally among pitchers with at least 15 appearances this season.
Bowman relieved freshman starter Austin Primm, who pitched a scoreless first inning and gave up the two runs (one earned) in the second inning. Jason Cornatzer allowed one hit in three scoreless innings against the Bulldogs (11-20) after taking the mound in the fifth, and the Mountaineers got a scoreless inning apiece from Jack Hartman (two strikeouts) and Andrew Papp.
Robbie Young opened the seven-run third inning with a single, but UNC Asheville starter Danny Wilson retired the next two batters. Luke Drumheller’s 12th double of the season and second double in the first three innings Wednesday brought home Young with App State’s first run.
A walk on a 3-2 pitch to Kendall McGowan prompted a pitching change, and Dalton Williams’ walk on a 3-2 pitch loaded the bases for Joel McDaniel, who delivered a two-run single to left for a 3-2 lead. Hayden Cross’ infield single loaded the bases again, triggering another pitching change, and Bailey Welch lined a two-run single to center.
Welch stole second and moved to third as Cross raced home on passed ball. Young’s second single of the inning pushed the Mountaineers ahead 7-2.
Bowman and Cornatzer held UNC Asheville without a run before App State capped the scoring in the top of the seventh inning, when McGowan hit a one-out triple and went home on Williams’ sacrifice fly to center.
Williams (2-for-3), Young (2-for-3), Cross (2-for-4), McDaniel (2-for-4) and Drumheller (2-for-5) accounted for 10 of the team’s 13 hits. McGowan reached base three times thanks to two walks, scored a team-leading two runs and made a sliding catch in left field.
The Mountaineers return to action Friday with the start of a three-game home series against Sun Belt opponent ULM.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team used seven goals from Rachel Elmore to secure the thrilling 16-15 victory over the Catawba College Indians on Wednesday afternoon.
It was a back-and-forth battle as Catawba struck first just 1:34 into the game with a goal from Colleen Green, then two straight goals for both sides before LR created separation in the first half with four-straight goals. Elmore and Cathleen Gaffney contributed two each in that scoring run for Lenoir-Rhyne.
Following behind Elmore's scoring output was Gaffney who contributed three goals and four assists while Gia Colombo and Kaley Harris added two goals each. Alyssa Sack was another distributor for the Bears as she scored once but added three assists.
Lenoir-Rhyne played both of their goalies in this one as Cristi Rowland played in the first half, giving up seven goals and collecting five saves while Teanna Sieben gave up eight goals with six saves and picking up the win.
Catawba outscored the Bears 8-6 in the second half, and leading the road team in scoring was Nicole Hunt with four, then a pair of scorers with three: Erin Green and Imani Grays.
Gaffney ranks second in the conference in assists with 29 and today marks Elmore's season-high in goals scored as well as the fifth consecutive game with multiple scores.
Lenoir-Rhyne is a perfect 9-0 when scoring 15 or more and LR also improved their home record to 4-2 on the year
The win has secured the number two spot in the South Atlantic Conference standings as of Wednesday night with a one game lead on the Wingate Bulldogs.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 9-5 overall, 5-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears stay home to host the Mars Hill Lions on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. in South Atlantic Conference action.