No.11 Mount Olive Falls To Wingate 10-9

Photo by James Benson
Photo by James Benson

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. --- No. 11 University of Mount Olive Trojans falls to the Bulldogs of Wingate University 10-9 Tuesday afternoon at Scarborough Field in Mount Olive, N.C.

GAME INFORMATION
Score: 
Wingate 10, Mount Olive 9

Records: Mount Olive (14-5) Wingate (15-8)
Location: Scarborough Field, Mount Olive, N.C.

How It Happened
Play-by-Play

GAME RUNDOWN

  • Mount Olive got the game started in the right direction as Jon Cosme led off the bottom of the first with a walk.
  • Cosme then moved into scoring position off a sacrifice fly from Nate Estes and then UMO took the lead off the bat of Joe Mason.
  • Mason singled through the right side and gave the Trojans the 1-0 lead.
  • Following a walk to Gunner Tolston, Aaron Hedgepeth singled to left center to push Mason for the second run of the inning and UMO took a 2-0 lead.
  • Wingate answered with a solo home run to lead off the top of the second and drew the lead down to one.
  • Zack Smith led off the bottom of the second with a single and advanced into scoring position on a groundout by Blake McLean.
  • After a strikeout, Nate Estes doubled down the right field line to push home Smith to regain the two-run lead 3-1.
  • The Trojans pushed home another run in the bottom of the third as Tolston started off the frame with a solo home run on the first pitch of the inning.
  • WU answered in the top of the fourth with three runs sandwiched between a Trojan error to tie the game up at four.
  • Three straight base hits to lead-off the Wingate half of the fifth led to a run crossing the plate as the Bulldogs took the lead.
  • A sacrifice fly continued the inning and added another run to the new cushion for Wingate as they led 6-4.
  • Base hits by Hedgepeth, Junior Snow, and a bunt single by Smith loaded the bases for the Trojans to open the bottom of the fifth.
  • McLean lifted a ball to deep right field deep enough to score Hedgepeth and move every runner up a base and UMO trailed by one.
  • Cosme then put a ball in play and the Bulldogs attempted to throw out Snow at home but the throw was not in time and the Trojans tied the game at six all.
  • Wingate took the lead in the top of the eighth on two two-run home runs and moved ahead 10-6.
  • Mount Olive fought back in the bottom of the eighth with two outs as JT Stone doubled over the head the center fielder to give the Trojans some life. 
  • Joe Mason continued the inning by reaching on a throwing error by the pitcher and Stone moved to third.
  • Tolston helped the cause with an RBI-single through the right side of the infield and UMO decreased the deficit to 10-7.
  • Hedgepeth added another clutch hit as he blooped a hit over first and scored Mason.
  • The battery was not done yet as Snow singled into right as Tolston touch home and made the score 10-9, but that was all Mount Olive could get as the inning ended on a fly out.
  • In the Trojans final at bats of the game, McLean started the frame in the right way getting a slicing base hit down the right field line.
  • An attempted bunt turned into a doubled play that killed the momentum for UMO and the final out was recorded following the double play and the Trojans fell 10-9.

KEY STATS

  • Kyle Davis (2-2) was pinned with the loss in relief going an inning and two thirds allowing four runs, off five hits and struck out one.
  • Gunner Tolston led the team with two RBI, a walk, two runs scored, going 2-for-4 at the dish.

Up Next

Mount Olive will complete the two-game series with Wingate tomorrow at Scarborough Field 4 p.m.