Baseball wins two of three at Southern Wesleyan
CENTRAL, SC—A complete-game shutout by senior Greg Duncan gave the Cavaliers the series win over Southern Wesleyan on Saturday, as they took the three-game series 6-5, 1-3, 6-0.
Duncan allowed five hits and one walk with nine strikeouts to earn his first win of the season, while first baseman Tyler Horvath led the team with two RBI and finished 1-for-2 at the plate with a double in the finale.
In the series opener, sophomore James Balogh earned his first career win after allowing one unearned run while striking out two in two innings of relief. Second baseman Bret Roberts reached base three times in the victory, as he finished 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a hit by pitch and a run scored.
Designated hitter Caleb Pritchard drove in the lone run for the Cavaliers in the Game 2 loss, hitting an RBI single in the fourth inning to drive in right fielder Matthew Branham. The Cavaliers were limited to six hits in the loss, and ended the game with 12 runners left on base.
Branham and Horvath were the only Cavaliers to record a hit in all three games, with Horvath finishing the weekend 3-for-10 with a double, two RBI and a run scored while Branham was 4-for-10 with two doubles, one RBI and four runs scored.
The Cavaliers (6-4) will remain on the road this weekend, when they open up a three-game series beginning Friday at Mars Hill University. They will return to Wise for their home opener on Feb. 28, when they start a three-game series against Tusculum University.
Vanzant, Ross combine for 51 points in win at Queens University
CHARLOTTE, NC—Freshmen Nia Vanzant and Caitlyn Ross combined to shoot 16-for-28 from the floor and scored 51 points in the Cavaliers 76-58 win over Queens University of Charlotte on Saturday afternoon.
The Cavaliers never lost the lead throughout the game, as they shot 46.3 percent from the field and 70.4 percent from the free-throw line to snap a three-game losing streak.
Vanzant scored a career-high 30 points in the win, shooting 10-for-14 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free throw line. It was the most points scored in a game by a Cavalier since 2014 when Blair Harding scored 33 points against West Virginia Tech.
Ross came close to recording her second triple-double of the season, as she finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Junior Ada Stanley tied with Ross for the game-high with eight rebounds, while redshirt freshman Makayla Richards recorded her first career minutes and finished with three points in two minutes of play.
The Cavaliers (11-13, 7-11 SAC) are tied for eighth place in the South Atlantic Conference with four games remaining in the regular season. They will play on the road on Wednesday at Lenoir-Rhyne in a battle for sole possession of eighth place before returning to Wise on Saturday for their second-to-last home game of the season against Wingate University.
Softball closes out Florida trip with three straight victories
PETERSBURG, FL—The Cavaliers wrapped up a six-game road trip to Florida with three straight wins against No. 25 Saint Leo and Eckerd College.
First baseman Julia Hoy provided all the offense the Cavaliers needed to defeat nationally ranked Saint Leo on Sunday afternoon, finishing the game 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and an RBI single in the 3-2 victory. Freshman McKenna Falwell tossed a complete game against the Lions, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six over seven innings.
The Cavaliers finished the trip with a doubleheader sweep of Eckerd on Monday evening, defeating the Tritons 8-5 in Game 1 and 5-3 in Game 2. Junior Kailyn Spencer improved to 1-1 on the year after allowing three runs — two earned — over five innings of relief in Game 1, before senior Raychel Lapallo threw the team’s third complete game of the trip in the doubleheader finale. Center fielder Alexis Miles went 4-for-7 at the plate in the doubleheader, finishing with a double, two home runs and six RBI. The pair of home runs moved Miles into sole possession of fifth place all time in program history with 21 career homers.
In the first three games of the trip, the Cavaliers struggled on offense as they dropped a pair of games to Flagler College 3-0, 6-1 as well as an 11-0 loss to Saint Leo. The team combined to hit .211 with 17 strikeouts over that span, with Lapallo’s first career home run accounting for the only run against Flagler.
The Cavaliers (5-3) will host a doubleheader with King University for their 2020 home opener on Saturday afternoon. First pitch for Game 1 is scheduled for 1 p.m., with Game 2 tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m.
Whiteside’s 30 points not enough for Cavaliers in loss to Royals
CHARLOTTE, NC—Sophomore Cameron Whiteside recorded his fifth 30-point performance of the season on Saturday afternoon, but the Cavaliers couldn’t snap their losing streak as they fell 100-68 to Queens University.
The Cavaliers kept the scoring closer in the second half, shooting 45 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the arc, but a 20-point halftime deficit proved too much to overcome as their skid extended to 13 games.
Whiteside shot a season-high 6-for-11 from three-point range and finished second on the team with six rebounds. Senior Chance Sheffey was second on the team with nine points, while seniors Eric Okenchi and Tajh Eason tied for the team-high with seven rebounds each.
The Cavaliers (5-19, 1-17 SAC) will play at Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday night before returning to Wise for their final two home games against Wingate University on Saturday and against Carson-Newman University on Feb. 26.