8th-inning HR lifts N.C. State over Appalachian State

From News ReleasesFebruary 23, 2014 

No. 6 N.C. State 3, Appalachian State 1: Jake Armstrong hit a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth to lift the Wolfpack (6-1) over Appalachian State (0-7).

Sunday’s game featured a pitchers’ duel between Appalachian State’s Jeffrey Springs and N.C. State’s Brad Stone. Springs limited the Wolfpack to one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings, and Stone blanked the Mountaineers over six innings.

The score was 1-1 until the eighth when Armstrong drove a 1-2 pitch from reliever Taylor Thurber for a two-run blast that gave the Wolfpack a 3-1 lead.

Virginia: Top-ranked Virginia scored six two-out runs to complete a nonconference sweep over visiting East Carolina with a 6-2 victory. Virginia (6-1) jumped to a 4-0 lead in the third, thanks to five hits, three stolen bases and a walk. East Carolina (3-4) snapped its scoreless streak at 18 2/3 innings, scoring a pair of runs in the the fourth to cut the lead in half, 4-2.

North Carolina: The No. 17 Tar Heels (3-3) rallied for three runs in the ninth to beat visiting Xavier (4-2) , 3-2, in the series finale. Alex Raburn tied the score with a sharp single and Adam Pate won it with an infield single in the hole between third and shortstop. Spencer Trayner got his first collegiate win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Duke: Redshirt junior Chris Marconcini led a contingent of four Blue Devils with multiple hits as host Duke (4-3) beat Akron (3-3) 5-2 to wrap up the inaugural Duke Baseball Classic. Marconcini went 2-for-4, including a three-run homer in the fifth.

Wake Forest 5, Radford 4: Evan Stephens hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to give host Wake Forest (5-3) a victory over Radford (2-5) in the final game of the WFU Invitational.

Radford got two-run doubles from Aaron Scoville and Blake Sipe to account for its scoring, but the Deacons held on.

High Point 9, William & Mary 8: Host High Point (3-4) beat William & Mary (3-4) in 11 innings when Brenden Rivera hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to score Kyle Brandenburg.

The Panthers led for most of the afternoon before the Tribe got five in the ninth to tie the score.

Catawba 7, Newbery 5: The Wolves (9-6, 4-5 South Atlantic) fell behind host Catawba (5-8, 2-3) early and couldn’t complete the comeback. .

Elon 7, Wagner 3: Thanks to seven shutout innings from Jake Stalzer, host Elon (5-1) completed a three-game sweep of Wagner (0-3).

Tyler McVicar got things started with a double and would score on an Andy Moore double. Elon’s lead reached 4-0 in the fourth with the assistance of two Wagner errors.

USC Upstate 7 , Butler 6: Tyler Lesch’s two-out, two-run double lifted host USC Upstate (4-4) to a come-from-behind victory over Butler (1-4)

RALEIGH, N.C. NC State's Jake Armstrong hit a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning to lift the sixth-ranked Wolfpack to a 3-1 victory over Appalachian State University baseball on Sunday afternoon at Doak Field.

With the heartbreaking loss, Appalachian State fell to 0-7 on the season. Six of the seven losses have come at the hands of nationally ranked opponents and four of the seven have been decided by two runs or less.

Sunday's game featured a pitchers' duel between Appalachian's Jeffrey Springs (Belmont, N.C./South Point) and NC State's Brad Stone. Springs limited the Wolfpack to one run on four hits over 5.2 innings while Stone blanked the Mountaineers over six innings.

NC State (6-1) broke a scoreless tie in the fifth when Springs made the only crucial mistakes of his sterling outing. After retiring the Wolfpack's first two batters of the inning on just five pitches, Appalachian's junior southpaw hit Logan Ratledge with a 1-1 pitch. Armstrong followed by ripping a full-count pitch into the gap in left center field, which allowed Ratledge to score all the way from first base and give NC State a 1-0 lead.

The Mountaineers got the run back in the top of the seventh when Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) and Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) welcomed NC State reliever Eric Peterson to the game with back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice bunt and strikeout put Dobson and Davis on second and third with two outs, Peterson skipped a pitch to the plate that deflected off catcher John Mangum and up the third-base line. The wild pitch only got about 15 feet away from home plate but Davis made a great break on the play and easily scored to knot it at 1-1.

The score remained 1-1 until the bottom of the eighth when NC State struck again with two outs to claim the victory. It was Armstrong again who drove a 1-2 pitch from Appalachian reliever Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) over the left-field wall for a two-run blast that gave the Wolfpack a 3-1 lead.Peterson (1-0) retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the win for NC State.

Thurber (0-1) was saddled with the loss despite two innings of otherwise effective relief.

Davis, Dobson, Preston Troutman (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) and Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) all had hits for Appalachian while Armstrong accounted for three of the Wolfpack's seven hits and all three RBI in the game.

Appalachian State returns to action on Tuesday with another contest against a nationally ranked foe at No. 17 North Carolina. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.

North Carolina: CHAPEL HILL --- No. 12 North Carolina rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Xavier, 3-2, in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Alex Raburn tied the game with a sharp single to left and Adam Pate won it with an infield single in the hole between third and short. Spencer Trayner got his first collegiate win with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.

For the third game in as many days, the pitchers dominated on both sides. Carolina's Zac Gallen and Xavier's Vinny Nittoli matched each other with six scoreless frames before Gallen ran into trouble in the seventh. Joe Forney led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on Landon Lassiter's throwing error. After Derek Hasenbeck singled to put runners on the corners, Gallen struck out Patrick Jones and got Daniel Rizzie to pop out to first on a safety squeeze attempt.

With the lefty Brian Bruening due up, Carolina (3-3) went to its bullpen and Zach Rice. Rice, who had struck out all four batters he'd faced in 2014 entering Sunday, allowed an infield single to Bruening to give Xavier (4-2) the first run of the game.

The Musketeers added an insurance run in the eighth without a hit. Trevor Kelley walked the leadoff man Schoettmer, who advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Kelley got Andre Jernigan to ground out to first, Tate Parrish came on to face left-handed pinch-hitter Bo Slemons. Parrish got Slemons to foul out to right, but it was deep enough to score Schoettmer from third to make it 2-0.

Xavier almost added more in the ninth, but Trayner buckled down to keep it 2-0 and set the stage for the Carolina rally. After an error and a single put runners on the corners with two out, Trayner got Mitch Elliott to ground out to second to end the XU threat.

Wood Myers led off the bottom of the ninth against Xavier closer Daniel Przeniczny and fell behind 1-2 before singling up the middle to give UNC the leadoff runner on for just the second time all day. Przeniczny then hit Lassiter with a first-pitch breaking ball to put the tying run aboard with no one out.

After a Skye Bolt sacrifice put both runners in scoring position, Xavier elected to intentionally walk Michael Russell to get to Parks Jordan. But Przeniczny's 2-1 pitch to Jordan skipped off Rizzie's leg and to the backstop to allow Myers to score, and XU put Jordan on to set up a potential double play.

After Alex Westrick came on to replace Przeniczny, Raburn, who'd entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, lined an 0-2 pitch to left to score Lassiter and tie the game. One pitch later, Pate got his first career hit to win it, as his grounder to the left side was fielded by Andre Jernigan, who had no play.

Gallen was outstanding for the second time in as many starts, as the freshman went 6.2 innings and allowed just an unearned run on five hits and no walks. He also struck out eight before giving way to Rice in the seventh.

Adrian Chacon had two of Carolina's three hits prior to the ninth, and the Tampa, Fla., rookie catcher was one of eight freshmen to appear on the day.

Nitolli was equally impressive on the mound for Xavier. The redshirt senior was perfect through 4.2 innings and left after just 65 pitches having allowed two hits over six. Bruening led the Musketeers at the plate with four hits and an RBI single.

Carolina will be back in action Tuesday, Feb. 25, when the Tar Heels host Appalachian State at 3 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium.


Duke: Redshirt junior Chris Marconcini led a contingent of four Blue Devils with multiple hits as host Duke (4-3) beat Akron (3-3) 5-2 to wrap up the inaugural Duke Baseball Classic. Marconcini went 2-for-4, including a three-run homer in the fifth.

Over the past four games, Marconcini was 10-for-15 at the plate while adding two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, six runs scored and three stolen bases.

“Obviously [Chris] Marconcini’s been really, really good since the get go this year,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “[Ryan] Deitrich has had a really good weekend getting back in the mix … had the RBI and the two hits today. And two hits by [Jordan] Betts, he’s had a number of good ball games. I thought Jordan also had a really good game defensively. I was really impressed with the way David Perkins came off the bench and swung the bat as well. You look up and down the lineup, and a lot of good productivity today. [Akron] didn’t give us anything free. They walked two guys all day. They only had the one hit by pitch. We had to earn it.”

Marconcini singled and scored in the bottom of the second to give Duke (4-3) a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the way. Left fielder Mark Lumpa drew the bases-loaded walk following base hits from Deitrich and Betts to plate the first run of the game.

The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth when Marconcini unleashed a three-run shot over the right field wall. A Rosenfeld double and McCabe single earlier in the inning provided Marconcini with the RBI opportunity.

Akron (3-3) plated a pair of unearned runs off Duke starter James Marvel (1-1) in the sixth to narrow the margin to 4-2. Left fielder Daulton Mosbarger singled and scored in the inning, while designated hitter Grant Alvarez drove in a run.

Marvel was outstanding in his second start of the season, securing the victory with 6.2 solid innings of work. Despite being struck by a line drive up the middle, the Moraga, Calif., native did not permit an earned run, scattering six hits on the day. In addition, Marvel did not allow an extra base hit, struck out five batters and issued just one walk.

“I thought [Marvel] was very, very good early in the game,” Pollard said. “He was down in the zone. He had life. He had movement. Much sharper than he was this time last week. After he took the ball off the hand, I wasn’t sure if he would be able to continue going, but it kind of made him mad. He showed a lot of toughness there; he got better after that. I’m proud of him. I thought it was a terrific outing.”

Duke put an insurance run on the board in the seventh as McCabe drew the free pass, his eighth walk of the season, and Deitrich drove him in with a live drive to left.

Relievers Chris Kono, Conner Stevens and Robert Huber clinched the victory, working the final 2.1 innings without yielding a run. Huber earned the save, his first this season and the second of his career, after setting down the Zips in order in the ninth.

“Our bullpen was unbelievable this weekend,” Pollard added. “You look at the numbers for the weekend, it was pretty lights out.”

Next up, Duke hosts non-conference foe Norfolk State at Jack Coombs Field Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Top-ranked Virginia scored six two-out runs to complete a non-conference sweep over East Carolina, 6-2, Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field.

Virginia (6-1) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third thanks to five hits, three stolen bases and a walk. With two outs, Joe McCarthy walked then stole second base to move into scoring position. From there, Brandon Downes, Derek Fisher, Matt Thaiss and Nate Irving each had consecutive RBI base hits chasing ECU starter David Lucroy from the contest.

Brandon Waddell (1-1) notched his first win of the season working 5.2 innings where he surrendered two runs (both earned) on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Whit Mayberry relieved Waddell in the sixth going 2.1 innings with a strikeout before Kevin Doherty (walk) and Nick Howard (two strikeouts) worked a scoreless ninth.

Lucroy (0-2) allowed four runs (all earned) on seven hits with a walk and strikeout before he was lifted in the third for senior Ryan Williams. The right-hander went 5.1 innings in relief giving up two runs (both earned) on six hits with a pair on punch-outs.

ECU (3-4) snapped its scoreless streak, which was at 18.2 innings, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the fourth frame cutting the lead in half, 4-2. Senior Zach Houchins singled through the left side with two outs and came around to score on sophomore Luke Lowery’s double down the left field line. Senior Dylan Brown pushed across Lowery with a shot to center before getting caught in a run down.

McCarthy drove in the Cavaliers fifth two-out run of the afternoon in the fourth with a soft single to right field in no-man’s land that scored Mike Papi for a 5-2 advantage.

Virginia added another run in the sixth extending its lead to four, 6-2. Thaiss singled through the right side with one out, moved to second on Irving’s ground out to short and scored on John La Prise’s single to left field.

Houchins collected two of ECU’s ix hits extending his hit streak to 10 games, while pushing his consecutive games reaching base to 25. Lowery, who was 1-for-4 with an RBI, extended his hit streak to seven games. Junior Hunter Allen recorded his first hit in a Pirate uniform reaching on an infield single in the seventh frame.

The Pirates will close out its four-game road trip Wednesday, Feb. 26 when they travel to Richmond, Va. to square off against former Colonial Athletic Association foe Virginia Commonwealth. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. (EST).


MURFREESBORO, NC – The Chowan University baseball team fell to 1-8 on the season after dropping a twinbill to the visiting Warriors of East Stroudsburg University. The Warriors defeated the Hawks 9-7 in both games and move to 7-0 on the season.

The first game took extra innings to decide a winner. East Stroudsburg used a five-run third inning and plated two additional runs in the fourth to pull ahead 7-0. Chowan responded in the home half of the fifth, scoring seven runs off three hits and four Warrior errors. A sacrifice fly and RBI single in the top of the ninth secured the 9-7 win for East Stroudsburg.

Ben Bortz earned the win on the mound for the Warriors while Tyler Burden suffered the loss. Evan Hart, Josh Barmoy, and Will Gurganus all made appearances on the mound for the Hawks. Ryan Moore, John Hunter and Josh Catalano each tallied two hits in the loss.

Each team plated two runs in their half of the first inning to start out the nightcap. East Stroudsburg added six runs in the top of the second using three hits and two Hawk errors to pull ahead 6-2. A sacrifice fly by Evan Holton and RBI double from Moore tacked on two runs for the Hawks in the bottom of the second, and a three-run third inning for Chowan put the Hawks within striking distance. Chowan's comeback was not enough to overcome the deficit as the Warriors scored an additional run in the top of the sixth to secure the 9-7 victory in game two.

George Mazza took the loss on the mound for Chowan after giving up eight runs (three earned) on five hits. Stephen Hux entered the game in-relief of Mazza. He held the Warriors to one run off six hits.

Josh Martin went 3-3 at the plate with one RBI in the loss. Moore tallied two hits and two RBI's to aid the effort.

The Hawks travel to Winston-Salem State this weekend to compete in their first CIAA match-up of the season. First pitch is slated for 12:00pm on Saturday and 1:00pm on Sunday.


ATLANTA, Ga. – The UNCG baseball team allowed seven runs to Georgia Tech in the bottom of the fourth inning Sunday as the Yellow Jackets cruised to a 12-3 victory and completed the non-conference series sweep of the Spartans at Russ Chandler Stadium. The contest marked the fourth against an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference for UNCG in five games to open the season.

The Blue and Gold tallied double-digit hits for the first time all weekend, but was out-hit by Georgia Tech 18-10. The Yellow Jackets also reached double figures in extra base hits with seven doubles, two home runs and a triple.

Junior RHP Lee Gilliam (0-1) was tagged with his first loss of the season, throwing 3.2 innings giving up seven runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts. Josh Heddinger (1-1) took the victory for Georgia Tech as he went 5.1 innings allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out six.

Junior infielder Jordan McDonald (Perth, Australia/Chattanooga State) paced the UNCG offensive attack going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs driven in. Junior outfielder Tyler Long (Halifax, Va./Louisburg College) also turned in a multi-hit effort with two hits, a double and a run scored.

Both teams let opportunities to score first go by the wayside in the second inning. In the top of the frame, junior infielder Hunter King (Mason City, Iowa/Northern Iowa Area CC) led off with a single to short before junior designated hitter Aaron Wright (Asheville, N.C./Chattanooga State) ripped a single to right center that moved King to third. Senior infielder Sean Guite (Huntington Beach, Calif./Irvine Valley CC) struck out looking and junior outfielder L.J. Kalawaia (Wailuku, Hawai’i/Ohlone College) was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one away. UNCG could not plate any of the runners, however, as Long struck out looking and freshman catcher Jake Kusz (Durham, N.C./Riverside) struck out swinging.

Brandon Gold led off with a double down the right field line in the bottom of the inning, but he would stay at second as Gilliam recorded two strikeouts and induced a popup on the infield to escape damage. A double with two outs by redshirt freshman Julian Abreu (Miami, Fla./Florida Christian) in the top of the third did not result in a run either as King grounded out to the pitcher.

Georgia Tech broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth scoring seven runs on seven hits – including a pair of two-run home runs – to assume a 7-0 advantage. UNCG was able to break onto the scoreboard in the top of the fifth, scratching across two runs on a RBI double by McDonald and a RBI groundout by Abreu.

The momentum did not last long as the Yellow Jackets answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth and would out-score UNCG 3-1 the rest of the way.

The Spartans return home Tuesday, Feb. 25, hosting Wake Forest at 4 p.m. Admission to all games at the UNCG Baseball Stadium is free.


PEMBROKE – Visiting and 18th-ranked Montevallo rallied back from an early 4-1 deficit with five runs in the fifth inning and plated four more insurance runs in the eighth to salvage its weekend series with the No. 15 UNC Pembroke baseball team on an 11-6 win over the Braves on Sunday at Sammy Cox Field.

The setback snapped a three-game losing streak for the Braves (10-3, 3-3 PBC) who clinched the series victory with 11-10 (13 innings) and 8-0 triumphs over the Falcons on Saturday. Saturday's twinbill sweep marked the first time the Falcons (10-5, 3-3) had dropped consecutive outings this season.

Daniel Fraga doubled and drove in two runs to key a 2-for-5 outing for the hosts, who also got a 2-for-5 hitting line from Drew Cole. Zade Denton punched in a pair of runs as well to highlight a 1-for-4 day at the plate. All-American Will Fulmer doubled twice and drove in four runs on a 4-for-5 performance for Montevallo, while LSU transfer Jackson Slaid registered a 2-for-5 outing which included his third homer of the weekend.

Connor Pratt (2-1) yielded five earned runs on eight hits and a walk in 4-1/3 innings from the mound to take the loss for the Braves. Alex Pondick (3-0) allowed six earned runs on as many hits and a pair of walks to pick up the win for the Falcons.

Down 4-1 heading into the inning, the Falcons rallied for five runs in the fifth, including a 3-run homer by Vinny Rodriguez, to take the lead for good. UNCP whittled away at its deficit with a lone run in the bottom of the frame, but the Falcons pushed their lead back to two runs, 7-5, on Slaid's solo job in the seventh, and then scored four unearned runs in the eighth.

The Braves will close out a five-game home stand on Wednesday when they suit up to welcome region rival Erskine (9-1) to Sammy Cox Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba won the rubber game of the three-game series with visiting Newberry, winning 7-5 in South Atlantic Conference baseball action on Sunday at Newman Park. The Catawba Indians improve to 5-8 overall and 2-3 in the SAC, while the Wolves fall to 9-6 and 4-5.

Blake Houston (Mt. Ulla, NC/S. Rowan HS) colleted three hits and scored a pair of runs for Catawba. T.J. Wharton (Lutz, FL/Bishop McLaughlin HS/Greensboro Tech) drove in four runs and hit a big three-run homer. Albert Baur swung another hot bat for Newberry with three hits and four RBI.

Paul Kronenfeld (Greensboro, NC/Woodberry Forest HS/Georgia Tech) delivered a sacrifice fly to give the Indians a 1-0 lead after an inning. Keaton Hawks (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) singled home a run in the third before Wharton added his home run for a 5-0 edge.

Newberry finally got to Catawba starter Craig Brooks (Monroe, NC/Parkwood HS) in the fifth. Brooks had thrown three no-hit innings before a Baur double in the fourth. Baur would single home two runs in the fifth to trim the margin to 5-2.

Wharton singled home a run in the Catawba fifth, but Newberry cut the deficit to a single run in the seventh. Alex Kirby led off the inning with a solo homer and Baur chased Brooks with a two-run shot to make it 6-5.

Michael Trombino (Boca Raton, FL/Calvary Academy) came on to record the final two outs of the seventh and added a perfect eighth. Catawba picked up an insurance run in its eighth on a sacrifice fly from Ethan Satterfield (Madison, NC/McMichael HS).

Nolan Schrenker led off the ninth with a single, but Trombino got JoJo Bradley to roll into a double play to get the Indians within an out of the win. Ryan McClintock (Matthews, NC/Providence HS) entered and struck out Ryan Cranmer to post his third save with Baur on deck.

Wharton, Satterfield and Hawks had two-hit games for Catawba in an 11-hit attack. Baur was the lone Newberry batter with more than one hit.

Brooks got the win to improve to 1-2. He allowed five runs off seven hits over six and a third innings with nine strikeouts. Trombino allowed just the one hit over two and a third frames. Jonathan Rosenberger (1-2) took the loss for Newberry, giving up five runs on six hits over three innings.

Catawba will not return home to Newman Park until March 14 and next travel to Barton on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. first pitch.


DURHAM, N.C. – Niagara University pounded out 18 hits, including three home runs, while North Carolina Central University committed seven errors, resulting in a convincing 22-2 win for Niagara on Sunday (Feb. 23) afternoon at the Durham Athletic Park.

Of Niagara’s 22 runs, half of them were unearned.

The visiting Purple Eagles blew open a 4-0 game by scoring nine runs in the sixth inning to take a commanding 13-0 lead. NCCU responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Niagara plated nine more runs in the next three innings.

Offensively, NCCU was topped by senior third baseman Tyson Simpson and sophomore first baseman Christian Triplett, who each hit 3-for-4 with a double. ForSimpson, it was his third double of the weekend and he now has a team-high four on the season.

Niagara (3-4) had three batters drive in four runs. Sophomore first baseman Greg Rodgers went 3-for-5 with two doubles, four RBI and four runs scored. Sophomore catcher Pavel Chavez-Rusova hit 3-for-6 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore outfielder Hayden Coll came off the bench in the eighth inning and belted a grand slam in the ninth. Junior outfielder Anthony Firenzi caps Niagara’s top offensive performers with three hits, including a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.

Niagara’s starting pitcher Drew Fittry scattered seven hits with seven strikeouts and just one walk in seven innings on the mound to earn the victory. NCCU sophomore hurler Alex Dandridge allowed six earned runs in five innings of action in the loss.

NCCU (1-4-1) returns to the diamond on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at High Point University with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.


ELON, N.C. -- Thanks to seven shutout innings from Jake Stalzer, the Elon baseball squad completed a three-game sweep of visiting Wagner by claiming a 7-3 victory over the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon at Latham Park.

Stalzer (2-0) has started his career in the maroon and gold by not allowing an earned run in his first 14.0 innings of work. On Sunday, he allowed just three hits - one to the leadoff hitter and none until there were two outs in the seventh inning. He issued three walks and struck out three while facing just 26 hitters.

"We've been fortunate with those three guys (Stalzer, Lucas Bakker and Michael Elefante) who threw well all weekend," said Elon head coach Mike Kennedy. "It's pretty important to do that and get some confidence. Now what happens, is guys feel like we're going to be in the game and it relaxes us a little bit offensively. It all ties hand-in-hand. It got tight all of a sudden. It was pretty nice to see us respond and go throw three more on there."

The Phoenix (5-1) offense did its part by getting out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Tyler McVicar got things started with a double down the left field line and would later score on an Andy Moore double. Elon's lead reached 4-0 in the fourth with the assistance of two Wagner (0-3) errors. A Moore single was followed by a walk before Quinn Bower put down a bunt for a single. The throw to first was wild and two runs scored and Bower found himself on third. He later came in on a sacrifice fly.

With Elon still holding a 4-0 edge into the eight, Wagner took advantage of three consecutive walks by Phoenix relievers to load the bases to start the inning. Nick Dini got the Seahawks on the board with a single through the right side before a passed ball let a second run score. Wagner pulled within one, 4-3, on a Shaun Flynn RBI ground out.

Elon came right back with a three-spot in the last of the eighth to secure the victory. With runners on second and third, Sebastian Gomez picked up his second RBI of the game with a ground out. Casey Jones then doubled home a run and Ryan Cooper singled home the final marker.

Ryan Pennell gave up one run on one hit to earn the save for the Phoenix.

The loss went to Paul Mammino (0-1) who surrendered three runs (two earned) on five hits in three innings.

Elon will complete its five-game swing at home by hosting UNC Wilmington on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. It is Pack Latham Park Day and all tickets are just $1.


HIGH POINT, N.C. - The High Point University baseball team pulled out a 9-8 win over William & Mary in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon at Williard Stadium when freshman Brenden Rivera hit a sacrifice fly to center with the bases loaded to score senior Kyle Brandenburg. The win gave HPU a 2-1 series win over the Tribe for the weekend.

"We really started to get things done offensively today," head coach Craig Cozart said. "I am proud of the way we performed at the plate. Andre Scrubb was exceptional today. They got to him in the seventh but he set a great tone for us. You have to credit William & Mary for coming back and tying the game but our team showed great character. This was a good week for this team."

The Panthers led for most of the afternoon before William & Mary scored five runs in the ninth inning to tie the game at 8-8. HPU was held scoreless in the ninth and both teams were unable to push across a run in the 10th.

High Point loaded the bases with no out in the bottom of the 11th on a single by Brandenburg, an error on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Tim Mansfield and a bunt single by junior Josh Spano. Rivera then pinch hit and lofted a 2-2 pitch to the warning track to drive in the game-winning run. It was the first RBI of the season for the freshman.

Junior Conor Lourey earned the win for High Point after pitching 2-1/3 scoreless innings of relief. The right-hander came in with two on and two outs in the ninth and got the final out to end the William & Mary rally. He allowed just one hit while striking out two.

Kevin Casey took the loss for William & Mary after allowing one run on four hits in 2-1/3 innings pitched.

The series win was the first of the season for High Point which improves to 3-4 on the season. William & Mary drops to 3-4 after the second weekend of action with the loss.

High Point took an early 5-0 lead in the contest, scoring two runs in the first and three in the second. JuniorSpencer Angelis drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single to score Mansfield and Spano scored on a passed ball as the Panthers jumped ahead early.

One inning later, junior Dane McDermott and freshman Chris Clare led off the inning with back-to-back singles then came around to score on a throwing error by the pitcher on a sacrifice bunt by Brandenburg. The HPU third baseman then scored the third run of the frame on a sacrifice fly by Spano.

The Panthers continued to pad their lead in the fourth inning when Spano drove in his second run of the game with an RBI groundout to plate Clare, who led off the inning with a single.

HPU starter Andre Scrubb kept William & Mary off the board until the seventh inning when the Tribe scored three runs with two outs to pull within 6-3. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases. William & Mary scored its first run when Kevin Nutter was hit by a pitch then added two more on an RBI single by Willie Shaw. Senior John Maloney then came into the game for Scrubb and struck out Ryan Lindemuth to end the threat.

Scrubb pitched 6-2/3 innings in his home debut and allowed three runs on five hits and four walks. The freshman struck out six batters on the day, the most for any HPU pitcher in a game this season.

High Point added two runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead to 8-3. Junior Tony Fortier-Bensen scored on a throwing error by the W&M second baseman and Brandenburg scored on an RBI single by Spano.

Down 8-3 in the top of the ninth, William & Mary loaded the bases with no outs on a single, a hit batter and a walk. The Tribe then got RBI singles by Nutter and Shaw and a sacrifice fly by Lindemuth to drive in three runs. After a pop out to short by Michael Katz and a walk by Nick Thompson, Ryan Hissey hit an RBI single to right to tie the game at 8-8.

Mansfield and Angelis each finished with four hits on the afternoon as Mansfield went 4-4 with a run scored from the leadoff spot and Angelis went 4-5 with an RBI. Spano finished 2-5 on the day with a team-high three RBI and Brandenburg finished with a team-high three runs scored.

Casey and Derek Lowe each finished with two hits and two runs scored for William & Mary while Shaw went 2-4 with two RBI.

William & Mary starter Nick Brown lasted just one inning and allowed five runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks.

High Point concludes its five-game home stand on Tuesday, Feb. 25, when the team hosts North Carolina Central at Williard Stadium. The Panthers swept a home-and-home series with Central last season. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.


GREENSBORO, N.C. – Zach Tobias’ one-out double in the ninth scored Austin Cain from second base and lifted visiting Case Western Reserve University to a 13-12 baseball win at Guilford College Sunday. Dan Sondag worked through the heart of the Quakers’ lineup in the bottom of the ninth for his first save of the year.

The Spartans (4-0) bashed five homers in the game, two apiece by Noah Sherman and Andrew Frey, but the Quakers (6-6) refused to back down and hit three bombs themselves. Guilford rallied from 5-0 and 9-5 deficits and tied the score at 12 on Grayson Tuttle’s eighth-inning homer, his second of the game. The Quakers nearly took the lead later in the eighth, but Danny Ditota was thrown out at home after a powerful collision with catcher Jordan Swisher. The crash resulted in multiple ejections, including that of Ditota and Spartans’ head coach Matt Englander.

After the inning-ending collision, Case Western Reserve rookie Aaron Cain led off the ninth with a double to centerfield off of Avery Rogers (0-1). Cain scored one out later on Tobias’ slicing double into the right-field corner. After intentionally walking Andrew Gronski (who hit for the cycle and two homers in a 23-11 Spartans’ win over Guilford Saturday), Rogers retired the dangerous Frey on a shallow fly ball and Kerrigan Cain on a dribbler up the first-base line.

Sondag, the Spartans’ closer, yielded a lead-off single to Kyle Humphrey in the home ninth. Nathan Fulbright lined out to center field before Sondag fanned Guilford cleanup hitter John Macon Smith on a tipped third strike. Needing a single for the cycle, Corey Wallace drew a two-out walk after falling behind, 0-2. Sondag got Tuttle to fly out to right field, saving the game for reliever Ray Kelly (1-0).

Sherman had four of the Spartans’ 20 hits and four RBI. Gronski and Tobias both added three hits. Frey’s two homers led to three RBI. Kerrigan Cain hit Case’s fifth homer and had three RBI. Robert Winemiller, the fourth of six Spartans’ pitchers, threw three scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts.

Wallace went three-for-five with a homer and five RBI. Tuttle also had three hits and three RBI. Michael Whited added three hits, including a double.

Guilford looks to snap a three-game losing skid when it opens Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play Saturday (3/1) at Virginia Wesleyan College.


BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Chad Martin and Luke Alicknavitch limited Campbell to two hits as Delaware clipped Campbell 6-2 Sunday in the CU Invitational finale.

After falling 9-2 to Campbell and 7-2 to Manhattan on Saturday, Delaware (3-4) jumped on the board with four in the first inning against the Camels (6-2), sending nine to the plate and chasing starter Matt Nadolski (0-1). Nadolski fanned two with a walk and four runs, with one coming earned in the loss.

The Blue Hens added another in the second on Norm Donkin’s solo home run to left, taking a 5-0 lead.

Campbell broke through in the bottom of the third, with Sam Rector scoring after Aaron Vogt was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. John Reilly then came around on Kyle Leady’s double play ball, to make it 6-2 Delaware.

Zach Lopes’ sacrifice fly in the fifth extended the Blue Hen lead to 6-2, giving the game its final tally.

Delaware starter Chad Martin (1-0) picked up the win, pitching seven innings of one hit ball with two runs, a strikeout and two walks. Alicknavitch earned his second save of the day, working the game’s final two innings, allowing a hit with three punchouts.

CU reliever Ryan Thompson entered the game with two away in the seventh and allowed just one hit, striking out four. Coley Thompkins and Bobby Thorson each allowed a run on three hits in relief, combining to pitch six innings.

Donkin paced Delaware at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, while Jake Clark knocked in two on a 2-for-4 day.

Campbell opened the tournament with two wins over Manhattan, 12-2 and 7-4, and Delaware, 9-2, before Sunday’s loss.

The Camels return to action Wednesday in Cary, N.C., taking on Missouri at the USA Baseball Training Complex. CU gets back to tournament play next weekend, hosting the Campbell Classic, featuring Army and Towson.


CARY, N.C. – Freshman shortstop Corey Brassington (Raleigh, NC) was 2-for-3 at the plate for Saint Augustine’s University in a 6-1 baseball loss to West Liberty University at USA Baseball National Training Complex on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The game was the third of a three-game weekend series between both teams.

The Falcons tied the game 1-1 in the seventh inning when sophomore left fielder Jason Baytop (Manchester, MD) stole third base and scored on a throwing error to third by the catcher. West Liberty scored three runs in the eighth and two runs in the ninth for the final score.

The Falcons are 4-9 overall. The Hilltoppers improved to 2-1 overall.




KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The East Carolina softball team pounded out 12 hits and stole eight bases to support a complete-game by pitcher Sarah Christian in a 9-1 win over Delaware on Sunday morning at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic.

Christian (5-1) tossed all seven innings in the circle, scattering three hits and one run while walking none and striking out six.

Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases, Jordan Lewis 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, three runs and two steals, while Shelby Johnson and Alex Fieldhouse had two hits and one RBI, respectively. Johnson also stole her team-leading 10th base of the season.

The Pirates got the offense going in the top of the first inning with a leadoff double by Kaluhiokalani-Glackin and a bunt single and stolen base by Shelby Johnson to put runners in scoring position with no outs. Kristi Oshiro hit a ball deep enough to left field to score Kaluhiokalani-Glackin on a sacrifice fly and give ECU a 1-0 lead.

After Christian retired the Blue Hens in the bottom of the frame, Jordan Lewis drew a leadoff walk to start the second inning, before reaching second on a sac bunt and stealing third. Following a groundout that kept Lewis at third, Meredith Mitchell hammered a stand-up RBI triple over the right fielder’s head to make it 2-0 in favor of ECU.

East Carolina (7-4) padded its lead further in the top of the third, scoring four runs with two outs. Alex Fieldhouse ripped an RBI single to left to score Johnson, and Lewis followed up with her second home run of the season – a two-run shot to left.

The long ball was the 16th of her career, placing her in a three-way tie with Marina Gusman-Brown (2009-10) and Fieldhouse for ninth place in program history.

Casey Alcorn drew a walk after Lewis’ homer and stole second and third base on consecutive pitches, before scoring on a wild pitch to increase the Pirates’ advantage to 6-0.

Christian continued to retire Delaware (2-7) hitters, as East Carolina manufactured a run in the top of the sixth on a leadoff single and stolen base by Kaluhiokalani-Glackin and a subsequent RBI groundout by Johnson extended the lead to 7-0.

A leadoff double to right center by Fieldhouse began the seventh inning, before Lewis pulled an RBI double to right center. Lewis


KISSIMMEE, Fla. – In a game that saw four lead changes in the final two innings, Abby Wynne hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the East Carolina softball team to a 5-4 win over Fairfield in its final game of the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports on Sunday afternoon.

Jordan Lewis went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI, while Shelby Johnson went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored to lead the East Carolina’s (8-4) offensive attack.

Sarah Christian (6-1) pitched a complete game to earn the victory, surrendering four runs on nine hits while walking none and striking out two.

The game was an all-out pitcher’s duel for the first five frames, as Christian and Fairfield (1-2) starting pitcher Lauren Falkanger exchanged zeroes, while each allowed just three hits, respectively.

ECU’s best scoring chances came when it left runners on first and second in both the third inning and fourth innings, while Christian did not allow multiple base runners on at the same time until the top of the sixth inning, when the Stags caught the Pirates sleeping.

Fairfield put its first two runners on base to start the frame with a pair of infield singles, before dropping down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over to second and third with one out. A ground ball to second baseman Kristi Oshiro was thrown home to nail the runner attempting to score from third, as the batter reached on a fielder’s choice and the Stags’ runner on second moved to third.

With the ball live, Fairfield’s runner on first took off for second base and drew a throw to the bag, where it was cut off and the runner from third slid around Wynne’s tag safely for the game’s first run.

ECU escaped the top half of the inning on the next batter, before Oshiro hit leadoff single and Alex Fieldhouse reached on a throwing error by Fairfield’s shortstop. Lewis then stepped in and sent an opposite field, three-run shot over the left field fence to give the Pirates its first lead of the game, 3-1.

The homer was the 17th of Lewis' career and now puts her in a tie with Kaui Tom (2007-10) for the eighth most in program history.

Down to their last strike in the top of the seventh inning, the Stags hit a 1-2 pitch into left center for a two-run double to tie the game at four. The subsequent batter slapped a single down the left field line, scoring the runner from second to put Fairfield back on top, 4-3.

The Pirates escaped further damage and came up to bat in the bottom of the seventh with one last chance to swing the momentum in their favor. Meredith Mitchell led off the inning and sent a triple over the centerfielder’s head, and scored on an error by the Stags’ cutoff man who dropped the incoming throw from the outfield fence, tying the game, 4-4.

With one out, Johnson ripped a single into right and stole second base – her 11th swiped bag of the season. A wild pitch moved her over to third, and Oshiro drew a walk to set the stage for Wynne, who drove a high fly ball to left, deep enough for Johnson cross home plate and give East Carolina the 5-4 come-from-behind victory.

East Carolina will return home and begin an eight-game homestand next Saturday, March 1 when it hosts Tennessee Tech in a doubleheader at the ECU Softball Stadium.


SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Appalachian State University softball closed out its play in the Blues City Classic on Sunday morning with a single game against the Evansville Purple Aces and fell in the tournament finale, 5-2.

Shivaun Landeros (Sparks, Nev./Edward C. Reed) received the starting nod against the Purple Aces and began the game in dominant fashion whiffing the first two batters she faced and getting the third to pop out in foul territory. The Mountaineers (3-9) would be sent down in order in their half of the first inning.

After a single and two walks, Michal Luckett connected on a pitch that dropped in a perfect spot in short left centerfield that opened the scoring for the Purple Aces (5-4) as they took the lead 1-0. Landeros battled back getting Kacey Rogers to swing and miss for the second out, but not before Chandra Parr singled home two runs to extend the lead to 3-0. A wild pitch led to another run for Evansville with Landeros able to strike out Emma Buckles to end the threat.

After Ashley Seering (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) was hit by a pitch and Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) drew a walk to put runners on first and second, Alex Sohl (Paducah, Ky./Lone Oak) hit a laser into centerfield to drive in Seering and advance Parker to third with no outs. Ashley Best (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) would ground into a double play, but Parker would still score from third and cut the deficit to 4-2 in favor of the Purple Aces.

In the third, Landeros faced runners on first and second and then on first and third and managed to escape the inning unscathed with the deficit still at two runs. Evansville would remove Emily Morris and slot starting second baseman Megan Gurski into pitch in the third inning. Gurski would get the Apps down in order.

Landeros would make quick work of the Purple Aces in the fourth with her second 1-2-3 inning of the morning. Gurski would replicate Landeros’ top half and make quick work of App State heading into the top of the fifth. Buckles hit one to the gap in right-center, but a great relay from Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter) to Parker and onto Caroline Rogers (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) allowed the Mountaineers to get the out at third. App State would go down in order in the fifth and send Landeros back out to the circle.

The Purple Aces would tack on one more run on a swinging third strike that got away from Warnock behind the plate, but the Mountaineers would get the last out of the inning on a second runner trying to score. Whitney Johnson (Dunn, N.C./NC School of Science and Math) led off the sixth with a base hit up the middle, but the Mountaineers would not advance her.

With second and third and only one out, Landeros picked up a strikeout and a groundout to escape danger in the seventh. Parker dropped a one out triple down the right field line but the Mountaineers wouldn’t be able to get her home and would fall to Evansville, 5-2.

Landeros pitched seven innings for the Black and Gold and finished with eight hits and four earned, including nine strikeouts.

The Mountaineers will return to action next weekend when they travel to Charleston, S.C. for the Charleston Southern Tournament. The Apps will kick it off with two games on Friday against Colgate at 11 a.m. and Charleston Southern at 3 p.m.


Raleigh, NC – The St. Andrews University softball team split their games Saturday at the Triangle Classic in Raleigh falling 6-3 against Div. III Meredith College, their second and final opponent after topping another Div. III school Roanoke College (Va.) 4-1 in their previous game Saturday.

After Meredith (1-1) started off the game with 3 runs and 3 hits in the first inning, the Lady Knights rallied back against the Avenging Angels with 3 runs and 4 hits of their own in the bottom of the first. Unfortunately for the Knights, Meredith continued to score in the second, third, and sixth inning.

While St. Andrews (3-7) rounded up five more hits through the game, they failed to score again, making the final score 6-3.

Leading the Lady Knights offense was freshman third baseman Kori Ballard, as she went 2 for 4, racking up one run, one double, one RBI, and a stolen base under her belt in the game against MC. Junior Kelsey Lee also went 2 for 4 in the game with a stolen base. Freshman catcher Brooke Sikes also drove in a run with a single and stole a base as well.

Meredith pitcher Amanda Beirne pitched the entire game for the Avenging Angels, taking the win over the Lady Knights. Meredith's shortstop Amanda White played a huge part in the win after going 3 for 3, with a three RBI homerun, four RBI's total, two doubles and a sacrifice fly.

Taking the loss for the Knights was pitcher Corinne Eosso as she pitched 2 innings giving up 4 runs with 2 strikeouts to fall to 1-3.

The Roanoke game went much better for St. Andrews as the women came out firing scoring 2 runs in the first and another in the 2nd inning while taking a 3-0 lead. Roanoke would get one back in the 2nd, but freshman starter Kimberly Cook would come back to shut the Maroons down the rest of the game as she pitched her second complete game of the season giving up just 4 hits and 1 run with 2 strikeouts.

Leading the offense was senior shortstop Amber Madden who went 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs while Ballard also drove in two in her 2 for 4 day. Sikes was a perfect 2 for 2 as well while Lee and junior Mary Cross also recorded hits. Stealing bases were Lee, Jessie Wiegers, and Sikes. Ballard now leads the Knights with a .364 average and 9 RBIs while Lee leads with 8 stolen bases.

The Lady Knights then returned home to play Div. II Mars Hill University (NC) on Sunday, but fell 5-0 in game one before falling 10-0 in game two.

Mars Hill (8-4), one of the better Div. II teams in the area showed why as they recorded 12 hits against Knights starter Kim Cook with Laurinburg native Brittany Gibson leading the charge going 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored and two stolen bases. Cook pitched 5 and 2/3 innings giving up 4 earned runs and 2 walks before reliever Brittany Gunn came in to retire the last four batters.

The Lions would then pile on more of the offense in game two as they rolled to a 10-0 win in 5 innings over the Lady Knights. They were led this time by power hitter Jamie Hockaday as she went 2 for 5 with a triple and a home run driving in 5 RBIs. Allie Carrigan shut down St. Andrews over 4 innings giving up no hits.

Freshman center fielder Mekayla Valentine led SAU with a double. However, their pitching was overwhelmed on this day as Gunn, Mary Cross, and Eosso each gave up 3-4 runs apiece and combined for 7 walks with Gunn taking the loss.

SAU (3-9) will next be in action on Wednesday when they face Voorhees College (SC) on the road at 1 pm.


RALEIGH, NC- The Chowan University softball team dropped three games on Sunday in the final day of the Shaw University Softball Challenge. The Hawks fell to Columbus State 9-0, West Virginia Wesleyan 5-1 and Millersville 4-2 to contribute to an 0-5 finish at the tournament. Chowan slips to 0-11 on the season with the losses.

Tori Cragan and Leigh Ward were the lone Hawks to collect hits in the first game. The Cougars scored four runs in the bottom of the first using an RBI single to right field and a three run homerun to take a 4-0 lead. A two-run homer to left in the bottom of the second put Columbus State ahead 6-0 and a Hawk error combined with two RBI singles secured the 9-0 win for the Cougars. Alora Lincoln took the loss on the mound for the Hawks after surrendering nine hits and nine runs (eight earned).

Lindsey DeFee earned the run for Columbus State after holding Chowan to two hits over the course of five innings.

In the Hawks' game against West Virginia Wesleyan, an RBII single by Tori Cragan gave Chowan a 1-0 lead in the third inning. The Bobcats used a three-run fifth inning and a two-run homerun in the seventh to secure the 5-1 victory. Demi Reynolds suffered the loss on the mound.

Chowan concluded play on Sunday with a 4-2 loss to Millersville. Cragan finished the game with three hits while Ward went 2-3 at the plate. Leighanne Huggins knocked in both RBI in the loss. Courtney Groce took the loss on the mound.

Please note that complete statistics were not available for games against West Virginia Wesleyan and Millersville. Please check back to www.gocuhawks.com as results become available.

The Hawks return to action this weekend when they host UVA-Wise and West Chester. Chowan takes on the Cavaliers on Friday at 2:00pm and hosts the Golden Rams on Sunday in a 12:00pm contest.


CHATTANOOGA, TENN. – Katie Henderson and Taylor Deason of Chattanooga combined for a one-hitter to defeat Campbell 3-1 in the final game Sunday of the Frost Classic of Chattanooga.

Katie Henderson (3-2) earned the win for Chattanooga, pitching five innings allowing one hit, one run walking two and striking out two. Taylor Deason tallied a save, pitching two perfect innings. The victory for Chattanooga gives them an overall record of 8-6.

Katie Baker (3-3) took the loss for the Camels, pitching three innings allowing three runs (three earned) on five hits striking out one and did not walk a batter. Campbell falls to 7-7 overall on the season.

Campbell scored one run in the top of the first inning, while holding Chattanooga scoreless. Stephanie Jones reached on an error by the shortstop and advanced on a walk by Ericka Nesbitt. Jones stole third, Nesbitt advanced to second on the play. Milly Martinet drove in Jones on a sacrifice fly to give Campbell a 1-0 lead.

CU was held scoreless in its half of the second inning. Chattanooga scored via a two-run homerun by Jesslyn Stockard driving in Jenny Garcia, who singled to start the inning. Chattanooga took the lead 2-1 going into the third.

Chattanooga’s Sarah Beth Roberts homered in the bottom of the fourth inning. The 3-1 lead was maintained by Chattanooga to secure the victory.

Campbell travels to N.C. Central to play a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday.


GREENSBORO, N.C.---Casey Snead's one-out RBI single in the extra innings of game one and Rebekah Langston's three-hit shutout propelled the Quakers to a doubleheader sweep of Ferrum College Sunday Afternoon. Guilford won game one, 6-5, in eight innings and took the nightcap 3-0.

Miyana Ross put the Panthers on the board in the top of second inning with a RBI-single to center field. Ashley Ammann increased the lead, 2-0, with a sacrifice fly.

The Quakers answered in the bottom of the third when Brooks Bray (Thomasville, N.C/Ledford) belted a home run to right center field to cut the Panther lead in half.

The Panthers countered in the top of the fourth when Emily Nelson hit a two-RBI double into left center field to increase the lead, 4-1.

Extra base hits from the Quakers in the bottom of the fifth inning erased the Panther lead as Taylor Boyd hit a RBI-double into left center field. Marty Wilcox followed with a two-run home run into right center field, tying the game, 4-4.

Chloe Bryzcki gave the Panthers a late lead, 5-4, in the top of the seventh inning with a RBI-single before being tagged out at second base.

Wilcox kept the Quakers alive in the bottom of the seventh with a RBI-single for her third RBI of the game, tying the game, 5-5, heading into extra innings.

Snead (1-0), who relieved game one starter Maggie Shaffer after four and two thirds innings of work, helped her own cause with a one-out single in the extra inning to claim the win. Snead threw three and a third innings for her first win of the season.

The Quakers carried momentum into game two where the Quakers got on the board in the bottom of the second inning thanks to a pair of RBI-singles from Steffi Sides and Cynthia Hayes (Seagrove, N.C./Southwestern Randolph). Laura Hall added a RBI-single in the bottom of the fifth inning to add insurance to the Quaker lead, 3-0.

Langston (2-0) threw a complete-game shutout, the first of her collegiate career, striking out six and surrendering just three hits. Langston also held back two Panther bases-loaded rallies in game two as the Panthers stranded eight runners on base.

The Quakers (7-1) return to action Wednesday when they travel to Raleigh, N.C. to face William Peace University at 2 p.m.


ELON, N.C. – Head coach Kathy Bocock earned her 290th career win as the Elon University softball team earned a 10-1 victory over Iona in its finale at the Phoenix Opening Tournament on Sunday, February 23, at Hunt Softball Park.

The Phoenix (8-4-1) plated its 10 runs during the first two innings of the contest, cruising to its third run-rule win of the season. Elon went 10-for-23 at the plate and had three players have multi-hit games with Alaina Hall, Emily Cameron and Ali Ford leading the way with two apiece.

Chelsea White (4-3) earned her third straight win after pitching 4.0 innings and giving up only one run on two hits. She also had two strikeouts and walked a batter. Sophomore Kayla Caruso saw her first action of 2014 in relief in the fifth inning, pitching a clean slate during in her outing.

The Phoenix jumped out quickly in the first due to some miscues by the Gaels. Hall, Carleigh Nester and Cameron all reached to load the bases before Emily Roper was walked to score the first run of the game at 1-0. Elon would move up 3-0 after Grace Eng flied out to the second baseman, but Nester would score after an errant throw to home. Cameron also plated a run on the play after the Gaels were slow to react to the ball, putting Elon ahead 3-0.

Roper crossed home plate on a Ford single to right center to make the score 4-0. Ford then stole second and advanced to third after another error. Ford would get tagged out at home on Lauren Oldham’s fielder’s choice, but the Phoenix added another run on a wild pitch to move up by five, 5-0.

Iona attempted to answer in the top of the second inning as Eileen McCann singled to left field and attempted to leg out a double. Cameron however threw her out at second base from left field for the first out of the inning. White retired the next two batters, moving the game into the bottom half of the frame.

Elon moved ahead 8-0 on a three-run home run by Cameron in the bottom of the inning. Hall and Nester both reached to lead off the frame before being driven in on Cameron’s sixth homer of the young season. Oldham added the ninth and tenth runs of the game for the maroon and gold on a two-RBI one-out single up the middle to push Elon’s advantage to 10-1.

Iona finally got on the board in the top of the third on a solo home run by Sarah Schutz, making the score 10-1. That would be the lone hit of the inning for the Gaels as White struck out the next batter and recorded the next two outs to quickly move into the bottom half.

The game ended in that score as the Phoenix concluded its first weekend at home by winning three out of four and improved Bocock’s mark to 12-3 all-time in home tournament games at Elon.

The Phoenix returns to Hunt Softball Park on Wednesday, Feb. 26, with a midweek matchup versus Charlotte. That game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.


SALISBURY, NC -- The Catawba softball team ran its record to 6-1 with a pair of wins on Sunday in the Catawba Invitational held at Community Park. The Catawba Indians took wins over Belmont Abbey 5-1 and Pfeiffer 8-0. Freshman Caroline Turner (Kenly, NC/N. Johnson HS) and Katie Smith (Goodwater, AL/Coosa Central) combined to throw a no hitter against Pfeiffer.

Turner walked two and hit one batter over her five innings of work. She struck out five. Smith threw a perfect sixth inning before Catawba ended it in the sixth on a pinch-hit three-run homer by Caroline Ward (Claremont, NC/Maiden HS).

Katherine Shumaker (Branch, NC/Bartlett Yancy HS) posted three hits and singled home a run in the first for the Lady Indians. Catawba broke the game open with a four-run third. Shumaker added another RBI single and Emily D. Huneycutt (Oakboro, NC/W. Stanly HS) got a run in on a bases-loaded walk.

Two more runs scored on outs as Gina Gerone (Brooklyn, NY/Madison HS) had a sacrifice fly and Natalie Naturile (Thomasville, NC/E. Davidson HS) hit into a fielder's choice. The Lady Indians ended it on the Ward homer due to the eight-run rule.

Gerone had three hits, including a homer, in the earlier win over Belmont Abbey. Catawba trailed 1-0 after an inning, but her home run in the third erased the deficit and put the Lady Indians on top for good. Catawba extended the lead to 4-1 on a two-run triple by Holli Chandler (New London, NC/N. Stanly HS) in the fourth.

That was plenty of support for Carley Tysinger (Lexington, NC/C. Davidson HS), who entered for Catawba in the fourth and improved to 4-0. She hurled three and two-thirds of hitless relief while fanning eight. She allowed only one baserunner when she hit a batter in the seventh.

Next up for Catawba will be a home doubleheader with Limestone at Whitley Field on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.


SALISBURY, NC -- The Catawba softball team ran its record to 6-1 with a pair of wins on Sunday in the Catawba Invitational held at Community Park. The Catawba Indians took wins over Belmont Abbey 5-1 and Pfeiffer 8-0. Freshman Caroline Turner (Kenly, NC/N. Johnson HS) and Katie Smith (Goodwater, AL/Coosa Central) combined to throw a no hitter against Pfeiffer.

Turner walked two and hit one batter over her five innings of work. She struck out five. Smith threw a perfect sixth inning before Catawba ended it in the sixth on a pinch-hit three-run homer by Caroline Ward (Claremont, NC/Maiden HS).

Katherine Shumaker (Branch, NC/Bartlett Yancy HS) posted three hits and singled home a run in the first for the Lady Indians. Catawba broke the game open with a four-run third. Shumaker added another RBI single and Emily D. Huneycutt (Oakboro, NC/W. Stanly HS) got a run in on a bases-loaded walk.

Two more runs scored on outs as Gina Gerone (Brooklyn, NY/Madison HS) had a sacrifice fly and Natalie Naturile (Thomasville, NC/E. Davidson HS) hit into a fielder's choice. The Lady Indians ended it on the Ward homer due to the eight-run rule.

Gerone had three hits, including a homer, in the earlier win over Belmont Abbey. Catawba trailed 1-0 after an inning, but her home run in the third erased the deficit and put the Lady Indians on top for good. Catawba extended the lead to 4-1 on a two-run triple by Holli Chandler (New London, NC/N. Stanly HS) in the fourth.

That was plenty of support for Carley Tysinger (Lexington, NC/C. Davidson HS), who entered for Catawba in the fourth and improved to 4-0. She hurled three and two-thirds of hitless relief while fanning eight. She allowed only one baserunner when she hit a batter in the seventh.

Next up for Catawba will be a home doubleheader with Limestone at Whitley Field on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.


DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s defense held visiting Stony Brook scoreless in the first half while senior Josh Dionne joined the 100-goal club as the No. 2 Blue Devils posted a 14-6 win on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

The Blue Devils improve to 4-0 while the Seawolves fall to 1-2. The win pushes Duke’s win streak to nine dating back to May 5, 2013.

“Offensively, I thought we moved the ball and were unselfish,” said head coach John Danowski. “I think we would have liked to have gotten one or two more, but certainly going into the locker room with a seven goal lead we were happy.”

Duke’s Jordan Wolf, who matched his career high with seven total points on the day, scored two goals in the opening half as the Blue Devils raced to a 7-0 lead. Goalkeeper Luke Aaron, who surrendered just two goals before giving way to Justin Turri after three periods, carded eight of his career-high 11 saves in the opening 30 minutes.

Stony Brook got on the board after 31:03 and added five more as the Blue Devils only outscored the Seawolves 7-6 in the final 30 minutes.

“We are very disappointed in the second-half performance,” Danowski said. “I think if you were a spectator and showed up in the second half you would have said ‘Wow these are two even teams’ if you didn’t know the score. I think the Stony Brook kids played for a full 60 minutes and played really hard and were really competitive. I was disappointed with the way we competed in the second half.”

With a pair of tallies, Dionne became the 16th player in Duke history to reach the 100-goal plateau. The group includes Wolf (130) and current Duke assistant coach Matt Danowski (170). Deemer Class, Kyle Keenan and Case Matheis added two goals each as Duke won its third game in three tries against Stony Brook.

The two goals for Keenan give the junior midfielder six for the year, which is just two shy of matching his combined total form his first two seasons. Keenan owns two goals in three of Duke’s four games this season and has at least one point in all four.

The Blue Devil defensive unit was spearheaded by Casey Carroll, who logged five caused turnovers and five ground balls. Brendan Fowler (9-of-15) and Jack Rowe (6-of-8) combined for a 15-of-23 effort at the faceoff X.

“It’s been really easy [settling in],” said Aaron. “It’s been seamless. The guys in front of me make it easy. The defense is playing really stout and has made my job really easy.”

For Stony Brook, Brody Eastwood logged three goals while Matt Schultz had one goal and two assists. In the net, Dan Shaughnessy was credited for 11 saves.

Duke opens ACC play on Saturday, March 1 by travelling to face Maryland. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m.

on the board for the Mountaineers getting the first takedown of the match and got the first-period pin (2:51) at the 125-pound weight class. Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) was down 5-4 but secured a takedown with less than two seconds on the clock to get the 6-5 win at heavyweight.

The rest of the day also featured very entertaining matches.

Nationally-ranked Dylan Cottrell (Spencer, W.Va./ Roane County) dominated Karsten Van Velsor and picked up a 52-second pin. Dylan finished the season undefeated in conference play and in dual matches. He is 23-1 on the season and ranked sixth in the nation at the 149-pound weight class.

Scott, only up one point, was able to fight off his opponent’s rapid attempts at a takedown to capture the 5-4 decision at the 157-pound weight class and John Petrov rallied to capture the 14-10 decision against Javon Johnson (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) at 141.

Two NCAA qualifiers from last year, Zack Strickland (Muncy, Pa./Muncy) and Matt Lester faced off at the 165-pound weight class. The match was tied 4-4 at the end but a one-point technical call gave Lester the 8-7 win. Colin Hedash (Slatington, Pa./Northern Lehigh) gave up the last second takedown to lose 5-4 and Nick Vetell (Trinity, N.C./Trinity) could not get the last second takedown and dropped his match 3-2.

Tyler Radford (Marion, N.C./McDowell) gained the 8-5 win against Josh Wood in another match that came down to the wire. Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) received a forfeit at the 133-pound weight class.

Appalachian finished the regular season with a 7-8 record and 4-3 in the Southern Conference. They move to 2-0 against SIUE and 6-2 at home at Varsity Gym. Appalachian will travel to Buies Creek, N.C. on Saturday to wrestle in the SoCon Tournament. The tournament is an all-day event and will determine which individual wrestlers will travel to Oklahoma City on March 20 for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.


GREENSBORO, N.C. –The UNCG men’s basketball team picked up a pivotal Southern Conference victory Sunday afternoon as the Spartans knocked off second-place Chattanooga 88-84 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Eight different Spartans scored at least six points on their way to their second largest scoring output this season in the SoCon and the fourth-highest total overall to improve to 6-8 in league play, taking over sole possession of sixth place in the conference.

“I am pleased we found a way to gut one out today, especially for our seniors,” head coach Wes Miller said. “You want to send your seniors out the right way and we did that today. What Drew Parker has done and been through for this program during his career and what Tyler McNeely does each and every day in practice, it is fitting we won for them on senior day. Today was a hard-fought win. It wasn’t perfect, but you have to be happy getting tough wins in February.”

Junior forward Kyle Cain (Chicago, Ill./Arizona State) posted his 11th double-double of the season and led three players in double figures scoring. Cain finished with game with a game-high 24 points and a team-high 10 rebounds as he was 7-of-10 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line.

Freshman guard Tevon Saddler (Aberdeen, Md./St. Frances Academy) added 13 points and four steals in the victory, despite going just 5-of-14 from the field. Sophomore forward Kayel Locke (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) rounded out the double figure scorers at 12 points and five rebounds as he was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

The hard-nosed battle saw 57 fouls called between the two teams, resulting in 77 total free throw attempts. The Spartans connected on 78.1 percent (25-of-32) from the free throw line while the Mocs hit 34-of-45 (75.6%) from the line in the game. UNCG finished the night shooting 46.7 percent (28-of-60) from the field and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from long range in the victory while Chattanooga was limited to 39 percent (23-of-59) from the field and just 4-of-17 (23.5%) from distance.

Casey Jones led two Chattanooga players with double-doubles with a team-high 21 points and 11 rebounds, despite only playing 30 minutes as he fouled out with 2:34 left to play. Z. Mason added 19 points and 11 rebounds, but he was just 3-of-15 from the field. Mason did hit 12-of-16 from the free throw line to overcome his tough night shooting.

The two teams came out and battled back-and-forth for the first eight minutes before Chattanooga scored six straight points to take a 19-13 lead. Mason led the way early with five points during the spurt and the Mocs extended their lead to double figures at 27-17 with 7:47 remaining in the half after Greg Pryor hit a pair of free throws.

UNCG (13-16, 6-8 SoCon) trailed 34-25 with 5:44 left in the half before scoring seven straight points on its way to a 17-3 run to close out the first half. The Spartans’ reserves stepped up down the stretch as sophomore Jordan Potts (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) scored five points, including a three-pointer, while freshman Tyrone Outlaw (Roxboro, N.C./Person County) also added five, capping the run with a three-pointer giving the Spartans a 42-37 halftime lead.

The Spartans connected on 52 percent (13-of-25) from the field and hit 4-of-5 from three-point land in the opening 20 minutes Cain led the way with 12 points while junior Nicholas Paulos (Salt Lake City, Utah/New Hampton School) added eight points, including a pair of three-pointers. Chattanooga was held to 34.5 percent (10-of-29) from the field and just 1-of-6 from long range but hit 16-of-22 (72.7%) from the free throw line.

The Spartans continued to hold the momentum early in the second half, scoring the first four points of the half as Saddler and redshirt freshman center R.J. White (Frisco, Texas/Frisco) added baskets to take a 46-37 lead.

Chattanooga (16-13, 10-4 SoCon) responded with 10 straight points to take a 47-46 lead. The Mocs posted their run in a span of just 2:03 as Jones got going, scoring six points in the spurt either in the paint or at the free throw line.

The Spartans did not back down from the pressure, scoring seven straight points and recording a 15-4 run to take a 64-53 lead. UNCG’s answer spanned a stretch of 3:22 of the second half. Locke ignited the play with six points in the run while freshman Diante Baldwin (Greensboro, N.C./High Point Christian) and Cain hit three-pointers during the spurt.

The see-saw affair saw Chattanooga have another response, posting nine straight points to narrow the gap to 69-67 with 8:36 remaining. Mason scored four in the run, including a three-pointer that cut the deficit to two points. The teams traded baskets over the next five minutes until UNCG tallied an 8-3 run to take an 86-77 lead with 1:41 remaining. The Spartans got big baskets from four different players, with Locke capping the run with a basket after Baldwin soared for an offensive rebound.

Chattanooga turned up the pressure and scored seven straight points using the full court press to create offense. Ronrico White hit a big three-pointer after UNCG was forced into a turnover and he also hit a pair of free throws to make it an 86-84 contest with 42 seconds remaining. The Spartans got the ball inbounds against the Chattanooga pressure and the Mocs were forced to foul Potts. He calmly stepped up and drained both free throws to make it a one-possession game with 31 seconds remaining and the Mocs’ three-point attempts on the final possession were well off the mark sealing the victory.

Potts finished the game with seven points as he was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Outlaw added nine points off the bench while Paulos finished with eight points. White and Baldwin each chipped in six points in the all-around team effort for UNCG. White added 11 points off the bench for the Mocs but hit just 2-of-10 from the field and only 2-of-7 from long range. Gee McGhee rounded out Chattanooga’s double figure scorers at 12 points while Pryor finished with eight points.

UNCG closes out the regular season with two straight road games next week, beginning Thursday night as the Spartans travel to Davidson. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Belk Arena.


RIO GRANDE, P.R. – The North Carolina men’s golf team kicked off its spring season at the Puerto Rico Classic, carded a 7-over-par 295 total, and stands tied for 11th place after the first round of play. Freshman Davis Bateman led the Tar Heels with a 4-under-68 on the River Course at Rio Mar Country Club.

“Davis played wonderfully today,” says Tar Heel head coach Andrew Sapp. “His game is perfect for this course because he is such a good ball striker. He hit 12 fairways today and that is what you need to do on this course to score well. He had a great finish with birdies on three of his final four holes – an awesome way to start the spring season.

“We struggled to post a good team score today. “Whenever you have two players shoot in the 80s, you know the team score isn't going to be what you are looking for. However, I know Brandon and Keagan will bounce back and play well the final two rounds, and everyone needs to keep improving throughout the tournament so we can move up the leader board.

Bateman, from Charlotte, N.C., fired six birdies and two bogeys en route to his 4-under 68 which put him in a tie for fifth place, just two strokes behind the leader. Another freshman, Henry Do, fired a 1-over 73 with four birdies, three bogeys and one double-bogey. The Canton, Mich. native is tied for 33rd place going into the second round. Junior Bailey Patrick is one stroke back at 2-over 74 in a tie for 42nd. Patrick, from Charlotte, N.C., carded three birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey in Sunday’s first round. Junior Brandon Dalinka and sophomore Keagan Cummings struggled a bit as Dalinka shot 80 and Cummings shot 83. Dalinka, from Newtown, Pa., is tied for 72nd place while Cummings, from Dublin, Ireland, is tied for 74th.

Alabama fired a blistering 15-under-par 273 and leads the field of 15 teams. Georgia and Georgia Tech are five strokes back in second place at 10-under 278. Host Purdue is in fourth place at 7-under 281, Michigan is fifth at 3-under 285, Clemson is sixth at 1-under 287 and Virginia Tech is seventh at 1-over 289.

Adam Schenk of Purdue grabbed the individual lead by firing a 6-under-par 66. Three players are one stroke back in a tie for second place at 5-under 67 – Georgia’s Joey Garber and a pair of Alabama players, Robby Shelton and Cory Whitsett. Carolina’s Bateman and Georgia Tech’s Bo Andrews are deadlocked in fifth place at 4-under 68. Three players are tied for seventh place at 3-under 69 – Michigan’s Brett McIntosh, Alabama’s Trey Mullinax and Georgia Tech’s Seth Reeves.

The 54-hole event is being played at Rio Mar Country Club’s River Course which features a par 72, 6,902-yard layout. Live scoring is available throughout the event at GoHeels.com and Golfstat.com.

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