No 1 Mount Olive Closes 2017 Regular Season With 4-3 Win Over Limestone

No 1 Mount Olive Closes 2017 Regular Season With 4-3 Win Over Limestone

Mount Olive, N.C. --- The top-ranked University of Mount Olive defeated Limestone College on senior day, 4-3, at Scarborough Field in Conference Carolinas baseball action Saturday afternoon in Mount Olive, N.C.

Score: Mount Olive 4, Limestone 3
Records: Mount Olive (42-7, 25-2 CC) Limestone (22-25, 10-17 CC)
Location: Scarborough Field, Mount Olive, N.C.

How It Happened


  • Mount Olive fell behind early as Limestone blasted a solo lead-off home run to begin the game, just as the Saints did in game one of the series on Friday.
  • Again a replication of game one of the series UMO had the answer in the bottom of the first. Ricky Surum got on with a one-out double to left center. Drew Ellis pushed Surum home with an RBI-double to right and the game was tied at one.
  • Limestone answered in the top of the second with an RBI-double by Jason Shepherd that pushed two Saints across and Limestone took a 3-1 lead.
  • The Trojans were finally able to strike back in the bottom of the seventh. Surum was walked to lead-off the inning and ended up at third following a stolen base and a throwing error. Ellis again came up with a RBI as he hit a towering shot to right field that fell in between to Limestone defenders and UMO was down 3-2. Jose Lopez then moved Ellis to third on a sacrifice bunt and Jason Smith drove him in with a groundout to tie the game at three.
  • Mount Olive picked up the go-ahead run in an untraditional fashion as Jack Sherrill walked to lead off the bottom of the eighth. A sacrifice bunt and a ground out moved Sherrill into scoring position at third. With Surum at the plate, a wild pitch bounced off the backstop and Sherrill ran home safely to put UMO on top 4-3.
  • Limestone was struck out in order in the top of the ninth and Mount Olive took the win and series sweep.


  • Zach Mozingo (2-0) was credited with the win in relief of Trojan starter Brighton Hudson, who went seven complete allowing three earned runs. Mozingo pitched the final two innings holding Limestone without a hit and struck out four to record his second win of the season.
  • Drew Ellis led the team with a two RBI 3-for-4 performance at the plate.


Up Next

Mount Olive clinched the No. 1 seed in the Conference Carolinas baseball tournament earlier in the season and will play the 7 p.m. game at the Burlington Athletics Stadium Thursday, April 27 against an opponent to be determined.