Bullpen Shines In Doubleheader Losses

BOONE, N.C. — Louisiana took both games of a Saturday doubleheader against Appalachian State's baseball team, winning 5-4 and 6-2 in Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

App State returns to action next week with consecutive home games against North Carolina Central on Tuesday and Western Carolina on Wednesday.
 
The short-handed Mountaineers staged late rallies in each game Saturday, following a three-run seventh in the opener with a one-run ninth and then breaking through for two eighth-inning runs in the Sun Belt Conference series finale.
 
On the mound, App State's bullpen allowed seven hits and just one run in 10.2 innings Saturday.
 
Andrew Papp, who had two scoreless innings at North Carolina on Tuesday, allowed one hit over three scoreless innings to close Saturday's opener. Will Sprinkle entered the finale in the second inning, pitched 3.2 scoreless innings and lowered his ERA to 0.89 by extending his scoreless streak to 13.2 innings.
 
Cameron Kepley allowed one run in three innings, and Jason Cornatzer pitched a scoreless ninth.
 
"Our bullpen was excellent," App State head coach Kermit Smith said. "After a strong appearance earlier in the week, Papp gave us another good outing, and the three freshmen pitched really well. I'm really proud of them."
 
App State (8-26, 1-14) trailed 5-0 through four innings of the doubleheader opener, and Conner Leonard delivered an RBI single in the seventh after Bradley Davis hit a leadoff double. Leonard moved to third on a double by Jason Avers, and they both scored on an RBI single from CJ Brown. Joel McDaniel's one-out triple in the ninth set up an RBI single from Avers, but a fielder's choice and strikeout ended the game.
 
The Ragin' Cajuns (20-17, 8-7) led 5-0 through two innings and 6-0 heading to the bottom of the eighth in the second game. Drew Beck hit a two-run single with two away to score Beau Myers and Bailey Welch. Myers walked before Welch was hit by a pitch, and they executed a double steal to put two runners in scoring position for Beck.
 
In the two games Saturday, Beck (third baseman), McDaniel (shortstop) and Welch (second baseman) made several nice defensive plays while combining for no errors and 17 assists, including 11 in the finale.

 

Apps Fall to Georgia State Despite 12 Hits in Series Finale

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State softball dropped a pair to the Georgia State Panthers on Saturday, April 14, to conclude the Sun Belt series.
 
Despite two losses, Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium saw the highest attendance of the season with over 200 fans, including 30 alumni who were recognized on the field before the doubleheader. Katie Boyd, an alumna from the class of 2011, threw out the honorary first pitch.
 
Game Two (L, 17-5)
Julianna Roupas started in the circle for the Mountaineers, but Katie Williford came in during the first inning to a bases-loaded situation with no outs. Two singles and a sacrifice fly allowed the Panthers to start off the game with a 3-0 lead. The Panthers continued with five runs in the top of the second inning for a larger lead. Calllie Kuykendall wrapped up the game pitching the final two innings.
 
The Mountaineers started to chip away in the third inning. Avery Wheatley reached base and advanced to second on a throwing error committed by Georgia State's third baseman. The Panthers committed another error to allow Ally Walters to reach base. Laura Sales took advantage and grounded out to the left side to score Wheatley for the RBI. After three innings, the Panthers led 8-1.
 
The Apps scored another run in the fourth inning after Alisha Josey drew a walk and Baylee Morton doubled off the wall in center field. With A. Josey on third base, Haley Stewartearned the RBI with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
 
Georgia State scored two in the top of the fifth inning, but the Mountaineers did not let the game end early. One more run scored on Sales' infield single, Megan Walker's single through the left side and A. Josey's double to right field to keep App State in the game. Walters cranked out her first home run of the season in the sixth inning to score two more. The Mountaineers pushed through but came up short in seven innings.
 
Game Three (L, 9-2)
The Mountaineers started out on top in the final game of the series with a 2-0 lead. Sales singled to the first baseman but ran into the out on A. Josey's fielder's choice. Jenny Dodd reached base on a walk, and Heather Josey reached on a fielder's choice. Back-to-back singles from Morton and Stewart allowed an RBI for Stewart. Walker's single up the middle followed for another RBI, putting two on the board for the Apps.
 
Georgia State came back with four runs in the second inning and one more in the top of the third. The Panthers held onto their 5-2 lead through the sixth inning and added four runs in the top of the seventh. The Mountaineers were unable to string their 12 hits together to overcome the Panthers in. their 2-9 loss.
 
The Mountaineers had 12 total hits in game three, the same amount of hits as Georgia State. Stewart went 3-4 at the plate. Walker, Walters and H. Josey each had two hits apiece. Dodd went 1-1 with three walks in game three.
 
The Mountaineers will head to UNCG for a midweek non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, April 18, before traveling to Mobile, Alabama, for the next Sun Belt series against South Alabama April 21-22.

 
Women’s Track and Field Competes at Charlotte Invitational
 
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Appalachian State women's track and field team competed at the Charlotte Invitational, hosted by the University of Charlotte.
 
In the pole vault, junior Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview), junior Sofia San Miguel (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and junior Lainey Hunnicutt (South Mecklenberg) all cleared 11-11.75, which placed them in a tie for second. The mark also tied a PR for San Miguel and represents new season-bests for both Emery and Hunnicutt.
 
The 4x100-meter relay tandem of senior Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams), junior K'Lynn Beal (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton), freshman Samra Gibson (Clayton, N.C./Corinth-Holders) and freshman Jessica Dixon (Louisburg, N.C./Broughton) placed third in 47.23 seconds.
 
Hargrave clocked a new PR in the 100-meter dash in 12.22 seconds and Dixon would also record a new PR in the 400-meter run in 58.23 seconds.
 
The 5,000-meter run saw freshman Samantha Kolor (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) cross third in 18:12.58 and freshman Sarah Hajnos (Apex, N.C./Apex) place sixth in 18:56.30.
 
In the 100-meter hurdles, junior Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) was fourth in a PR time of 14.24 seconds. She also placed eighth on the 400-meter hurdles in 1:08.36.
 
The 800-meter run saw freshman Ann Mosely Whitsett (Homewood, Ala./Homewood) and freshman Jennae Jacob (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) both post new PR's in 2:23.87 and 2:28.89, respectively.
 
In the 4x400-meter relay, senior Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), junior Molly Pusateri (Canton, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas), Jacob and Whitsett placed seventh in 4:09.89.
 
On Friday, junior Katelyn Butler (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post) crossed the finish line first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:52.73. Senior Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) finished second in 11:07.83 and junior Emily Fedders (Beckley, W. Va./Woodrow Wilson) placed third in 11:26.06.

Also competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase were freshman Annika Merkh (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddon Township) and Casey Turro (Wake Forest, N.C./Wake Forest), who finished with times of 11:39.78 and 12:19.61, respectively.

Senior Jessica Ricks (Rocky Mount, N.C./Northern Nash) recorded a fourth place finish in the javelin, with a PR toss of 127-0. 

In the hammer throw, senior Samantha Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) placed ninth with a mark of 157-06. Senior Ashley Muschiatti (Newark, Del./Padua Academy) and senior Amber Daniel (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) both recorded a new PR in the event, with marks of 153-11 and 144-0, respectively.

Sophomore Sarah Venable (Cary, N.C./Cary) posted a new PR in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:43.04.

The Mountaineers will compete again next weekend at the Duke Invitational.
 
 

Trio of Mountaineers, One Relay Win Events at Charlotte Invitational

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sophomores Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) and Jalen Virgil (Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View), freshman Ben Cignarale (Greer, S.C./Riverside) and the 4x100-meter relay team won their respective events to lead the Appalachian State men's track and field team at the Charlotte Invitational on Saturday.
 
Graves captured the 110-meter hurdles in a career-best time of 14.39 seconds, which was .12 better than the next closest athlete. Graves also notched a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles in 54.79 seconds.
 
Virgil, who was running in his first race since high school, won the 100-meter dash in 10.40 seconds His time also ranks as the fourth fastest time in the event in school history and also sits third in the Sun Belt.
 
Cignarale crossed first in a PR time of 15:32.76 in the 5,000-meter run. Freshman Luke Bennett (Durham, N.C./Voyager Academy) placed fifth with a time of 16:01.74.
 
Virgil also teamed up with sophomore Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick), freshman Brenton Ervin (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) and freshman De'Shawn Ballard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) for a first-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay in 40.76 seconds.
 
The Apps saw senior Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) and Jabari Johnson both set new PR's in the 400-meter dash. Hastings finished second in 47.08 seconds and Johnson was 10th in 49.38 seconds. Hastings' mark is also the fourth fastest time in the event in program history.

Ervin also was fourth in the 100-meter dash in 10.74.
 
Junior Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) was third in the 400-meters in 53.71 seconds and also sixth in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.91 seconds.
 
Hastings, Graves, Jabari Johnson and Smith teamed up for a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:16.25.
 
The discus saw sophomore Peter Kenn (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) record a fifth-place finish with a PR toss of 156-0 and sophomore Michael Albert (Buchanan, Va./James River) finish seventh with a mark of 143-9.
 
Sophomore Jackson Widener (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) was third in the pole vault, clearing 14-9.00.
 
The Black and Gold placed four in the top-10 in the high jump. Sophomore Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) placed third with a mark of 6-8.00, senior Nick Hinton (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) was fifth with a height of 6-6.00, sophomore Andrew Underal (Yakinville, N.C./West Forsyth) finished sixth with a PR height of 6-6.00 and senior Hampton Harvin (Mt. Pleasant, S.C./Wando) was ninth with a height of 6-4.00.
 
In the 1,500-meter run, freshman Gable Dershem (Clyaton, N.C./Cleveland) finished eighth in 4:01.73. Senior Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Almance) was 10th in the event in 4:03.01 and freshman Zachary Mercer (Mooresville, N.C./Morresville Senior) finished right behind in 11th-place in a new PR time of 4:03.84.
 
Sophomore Nic Botett (Dayton, N.J./South Brunswick) recorded an eighth-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 45-11.75.
 
In the 800-meter run, sophomore Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk Country) recorded a new PR with a fifth-place finish in 1:56.28. Sophomore John Fravel (Roswell, Ga./Milton) also crossed 10th in the event in 1:58.35.
 
On Friday, Kenn recorded a new PR in the hammer with a toss of 162-10. freshman Evan Hardin (Alworth, Ga./Carl Harrison) was sixth with a mark of 145-02, Albert placed seventh with a PR mark of 142-10 and Botett finished 12th with a season-best mark of 121-08. 

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Lawson Benfield (Apex, N.C./Apex) was fourth with a PR time of 9:26.06 and senior Evan Georges(Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) finished right behind in fifth, with a new PR mark of 9:28.02.

Sophomore Michael Flanagan (Landenberg, Pa./Tatnall School) clocked a new PR in the 1,500-meter run, crossing the finish line in 3:56.73.
 
App State will compete again on Friday and Saturday at the Duke Invitational.
 
 

 App State Seeks Sun Belt Championship in Florida

BOONE, N.C. – After tying for third place at last year’s Sun Belt Women’s Golf Championship, Appalachian State will aim for its first Sun Belt crown when the Mountaineers compete at this year’s event to be held Sunday-Tuesday in Sandestin, Fla.

 

Eleven Sun Belt teams will battle for the league title at the three-day event, held at The Raven Golf Club’s par-71, 6,171-yard course.

 

Following Saturday’s practice round, App State will tee off on hole 10 at 7:30 a.m. CT in Sunday’s first round. The Mountaineers will be paired with UT Arlington in the first round. Pairings for rounds two and three will be determined by standings after the conclusion of day one. Split tee times on holes 1 and 10 for rounds two and three will begin at 7:30 a.m.8:10 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., depending on seed.

 

Fans can watch the competition live at https://www.facebook.com/SunBeltConference/. Live scoring will be available at http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=14960.

 

App State will send out a lineup consistent to what has played most of this season in sophomore Melany Chong, junior Joliana Elias, freshman Abby Bolt, junior Patricia Thompson and senior Annika Winebarger.

 

“We have practiced longer yardages, altering our comfort zone as well as gaining confidence with our putters all week,” head coach Heather Brown said. “Everyone in the lineup has put up a good number at some point this semester, so we will focus on that potential. Our game plan will be to chip away with pars, stay positive and believe in ourselves.”

 

At last year’s championship, Elias finished third in the individual standings and teamed up with Chong to lead a Mountaineer surge that resulted in a school-record team score of 285 (-3) in the final round. That helped App State rise to a program-best tie for third place in the Sun Belt Championship.

 

Chong and Elias once again lead the way this year. Chong paces the team with a 76.95 scoring average in 20 rounds, followed by Elias’ 77.29 scoring average in 21 rounds. All five App State representatives have shot a round of 75 or lower this season, topped by Chong’s best of 70 at the River Landing Classic in Wallace, N.C.

 

WTEN: ETSU 5, App State 2

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Appalachian State University women's tennis (10-10) suffered a 5-2 decision to conclude the regular season at ETSU (11-10) on Saturday afternoon in Johnson City, Tenn.
 
The Mountaineers have been successful in doubles, but the Bucs claimed the doubles point while claiming three of the five singles matches. 
 
María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) earned a win in singles competition for her 10th win of the season. Emily Gaskins (Marietta, Ga./Walton) notched her second singles triumph of the season. Both victories highlighted App's day that concluded the regular season. 
 
Two of three matches that ETSU claimed in doubles play were by two points. Gaskins and Sandra Anglesjö fell to Alejandra Morales/A. Pascual-Larrinaga in a 7-5 setback. 
 
Alory Pereira/Ioanna Markesini dealt Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and Zacarias a tight-knit setback by two points, 7-5. 
 
The Apps looked to turn the momentum around, but ETSU already had ended up with three of the first four finished contests.
 
App State will await its Sun Belt Tournament opponent, which will take place in Peachtree City, Ga. this week. 
 
 
MTEN: App State 4, Davidson 3 
 
DAVIDSON, N.C. - Appalachian State University men's tennis (11-10) captured a thrilling 4-3 triumph over Davidson (13-6) on Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Tennis Courts.

The Mountaineers snapped a four-match losing streak against a formidable Wildcat squad that won seven of their last eight matches going into the contest and boasted a 7-2 mark at home.

App State claimed the doubles point and won three out of four singles matches to secure the win. 

Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) notched their 14th win of the season against Artem Khrapko and Axel Fries in a 6-1 win. 

Clinching the 1-0 start for the Black and Gold was Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State), who cruised to a 6-1 triumph Shamael Chaudhry and David Hager for win No. 14. 

With the 1-0 edge, Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Brouhgton) came up big to deliver App the 2-0 start with a 6-3, 6-3 over Jack Riazzi. The win was the sixth of the season for Stone.

The Wildcats cut the deficit to one, 2-1 after Pavkovich fell to Hager. But the Apps bounced back winning the next two matches for the victory.  Scott topped Khrapko in straight sets for his 15th win of the campaign, the most wins for the senior in singles since his freshman season. 

Ben continued his big day, as he clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Fries, which gave Ben his 11th win of the year.  It might have been the most significant performance of the season for the freshman, contributing to the doubles tally and the singles match. 

Bargeron fell in his match in three frames to Chaudhry. The sophomore was down one set but forced a third set, 3-6, before falling in the final stanza, 6-4. 

Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) would fall in his match, but it was a valiant effort against Yash Parikh 2-6, 5-7 (10-3). 

App State will await its opponent for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, which will take place from April 18-22 in Peachtree City, Ga. 

FINAL RESULTS
DOUBLES
1. Scott Webster/Milo Bargeron def. Khrapko/Fries 6-1

2. Alex Pavkovich/Ben Webster def. Chaudhry/Hager 6-1
3. Campbell Stone/Alex Brea vs. Parikh/Riazzi, 2-5 (unfinished)
Order of finish: 1, 2*

SINGLES
1. Scott Webster def. Khrapko, 6-4, 6-2
2. Chaudhry def. Milo Bargeron, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
3. Ben Webster def. Fries, 7-5, 6-1. 
4. Hager def. Alex Pavkovich, 6-4, 6-2
5. Campbell Stone def. Riazzi, 6-3, 6-3
6. Parikh def. Alex Brea, 6-2, 7-5 (10-3)
Order of finish: 5 ,4, 1, 3*, 6, 2
 
SATURDAY'S GAME
SOFTBALL
McDOWELL 9, WATAUGA 4

BASEBALL
CHARLOTTE-PROVIDENCE 4, ALEXANDER CENTRAL 3
MITCHELL 19, AVERY 3

BOY'S LACROSSE
CHARLOTTE-ARDREY KELL 30, WATAUGA 2