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Harsh conditions cause men’s golf to struggle tremely well the first day. The first day’s weather was ideal for good scorThe men’s golf team ing conditions,” sophoendured a tough tourna- more Casey Komline ment at the C&F Bank said. Invitational, finishing in However, the competitenth place tion became out of 29 more diffiteams. “...I have every cult the folThe event lowing days. took place confidence that W e a t h e r over the we’ll be able to c o n d i t i o n s duration of win the South- contributed three days ern Conference to the team’s in Wilstruggle, liamsburg, Championship.” as players Va. battled exJosh Nichols Starting tremely high Junior men’s golf player winds off strong, and App posted excessive low scores amounts of leaving the team stand- pollen. ing with one over par. “The pollen was a huge “The team played ex- issue. It just kept blowby ANNIE RUCKER

Intern Sports Reporter

ing out of the pine treeshuge clouds of pollen,” junior Josh Nichols said. “It made it hard to focus, so it was definitely a factor.” Both Komline and Nichols remained in the top 10 out of 150 players there, leading the team for App. The last day was also a difficult for ASU, with the team struggling to put together a good score. “Although I finished well in the large field, I wasn’t happy with how I played,” Komline said. “If I had putted a little bit better than I did, I feel like I would have had an extremely good chance of winning.” Komline finished in

12th place with five over par. “I could have played a lot better,” Nichols said. “The course was playing pretty tough. Nichols followed closely behind Komline, finishing with six over par for a tie in 15th. The next tournament is the Wofford CocaCola Invitational taking place April 9-10. “We’ve showed already that we can play well and have played well.” Nichols said. “If we just stay patient and play how we know we can play, I have every confidence that we’ll be able to win the Southern Conference Championship.”

Track’s Darius Purcell has eyes on Olympics by LEIGH ROBERTS Senior Sports Reporter

High jumper Darius Purcell has talent and potential, sure. But what stands out most is his confidence. The senior from Fayetteville didn’t even start running track until his junior year of high school, when he was discovered by his school’s track coach. “The track coach found me playing varsity basketball and I was pretty good at that,” Purcell said. “He saw me jump and he said, ‘Hey, you should try high jump.’ I went out and jumped like 6’6” my first year and went to state.” After that, Purcell started focusing on track, despite scholarship offers to play basketball. “It was when I started getting offers in track that I started realizing that I wanted to do track in college,” he said. “For some reason when Appalachian State called me, I was like ‘Okay, I think I want to go to Appalachian State.’ I came on my visit, and I was sold.” High jump coach Gary Murphy thinks the hard work Purcell has put in since he’s been at App is what has made the difference in his career. “He came out of high school

like a lot of kids, he was very confi- we don’t see it as competition as dent of what he did,” Coach Mur- much as just helping each other,” phy said. “It’s a ‘they’re never as Purcell said. “They know what good as they think they are’ kind I want to jump and they’ll push of thing when they come out. He me. If I’m playing around with was inconsistent and he had some heights that they know I should things that he needed clear, they’ll be like to work on and he ‘Come on man, you did. He’s been an ex“He’s been an can clear that.’ It’s tremely hard worker extremely hard friendly competition, through the years.” if anything. I push Purcell knows he worker through myself a lot at meets, didn’t get off to the but in practice and the years.” best start at Appalastuff, my teammates Gary Murphy chian State. However, always keep me moHigh jump coach his hard work is starttivated. I may come ing to pay off. in at a higher height “My first few years I and the competition kind of struggled with my grades, may be completely lower, but my just being in a different environ- teammates, they still keep me foment,” Purcell said. “I got used to it cused on the goals that I’m trying around my junior year, and now it’s to make.” just beautiful, I just love it up here. Looking beyond the conference It’s right for me.” meet, Purcell also has his sights set He’s stood out on ASU’s team on the London Olympics. since then, being named Southern “I’m trying to break the conferConference athlete of the week ence meet record and qualify for multiple times, breaking both the the Olympics, which I’m pretty indoor and outdoor records for close to doing,” Purcell said. “I Appalachian and winning confer- need another good day like I had in ence. Wake Forest, and it’s pretty sure to And he’s had a tremendous happen. If I qualify, I’ll go to Oramount of support from his team- egon and I have to get top four in mates as well. that meet, to make the USA team “For the other guys on my team, and then I’d go to the Olympics.”

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Baseball dominates Aggies for tenth-straight home win

Paul Heckert | The Appalachian

Junior infielder Hector Crespo slides safely into third in Tuesday afternoon’s game against North Carolinia A&T. The team blasted past the Aggies 14-0.

Baseball blasts N.C. A&T with eight first-inning runs to stay perfect at home by LAUREN OSBORNE Intern Sports Reporter

The Mountaineer baseball team came out with another victory Tuesday, winning a second game against North Carolina A&T to push its record to 10-0 at home. Appalachian ran away with it in the first inning, scoring eight runs and setting up an easy 14-0 victory against the Aggies. “We kind of jumped on them early and took the wind out of them,” senior shortstop Will Callaway said. Offense jumped early, batting eight in the first inning with six hits. Designated hitter Daniel Kassouf and third baseman Trey Holmes were big hitters, having an RBI double and an RBI triple to help with the production. “There’s not really a weak point in our lineup,” Callaway said. “So I think that’s what makes it so effective. They can’t pitch around people, so they have to pitch to everyone and everyone’s just battling out

there.” Freshman pitcher Jamie Nuun got his second win, pitching five innings and allowing just three hits. “I give a lot of credit to freshman Jamie Nuun, who came in and really set a tone in the top of the first inning,” head coach Chris Pollard said. “He came out and really dominated the first and set a tone and our guys really settled in and got some life about them.” The team didn’t seem to slow down after the cushion they created in the first inning. Another freshman, Alex Leach, hit his first home run of the season. “A mid-week game and you start getting deep in the season and with a big lead like that, sometimes you can kind of fall into a comfort zone. I thought our guys did a good job keeping their foot on the gas pedal,” Coach Pollard said. The team will play a threegame series against Oakland at home this weekend. First pitch will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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