Mount Olive Sweeps Pfeiffer In Regular Season Home Finale

Mount Olive Sweeps Pfeiffer In Regular Season Home Finale

A seventh inning comeback in game one highlighted by Ashleigh Mason's two RBI-double allowed the University of Mount Olive to take game one and gave them the momentum to also take the nightcap for a doubleheader sweep of Pfeiffer University 6-5, 6-4 for Conference Carolinas Softball Wednesday night in Mount Olive, N.C.

Game One – Mount Olive: 6 Pfeiffer: 5

A seventh inning walk-off RBI-double by Mason lead the way for Mount Olive (17-24 Overall, 5-6 Conference Carolinas) to take a game one win from Pfeiffer (15-22, 5-7-1).

The Falcons led off the game with a three run inning. Sadie Saine walked with one away to start off the threat in the first. Celia Dew singled up the middle and Lindsey Russell was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Rachel Crowder reached on a fielder's choice and the Trojans played smart defense to get the runner, Saine at the plate.

Jessica Jackson singled home the first runs of the game with a two RBI-single back up the middle and Russell and Dew scored. Jaclyn Boever singled to left center and brought in Crowder.

The three runs scored by Pfeiffer in the first were not the last as they continued to swing the bats hot in the third. Dew walked with one away to give Pfeiffer a base runner. Russell reached on a fielding error by the shortstop and on the next pitch both runners advanced on a wild pitch.

Crowder brought one in with a sacrifice fly to center as Dew tagged from third. Jackson reached on another fielding error by the shortstop and that allowed Russell to score on the play.

Mount Olive got the bats going in their favor in the third. After a walk to Beth Overman, Tiffany Hawley doubled into left center to plate the first run for the Trojans. Megan Ready pinched ran for Hawley and was eventually caught stealing at third. Kalie Smith got hit by a pitch and Jennifer Jones drew out a walk to set up Kassie Lowe's RBI-single through the left side and Mount Olive was down 5-2.

In the bottom half of the sixth Lauren McGrath singled through the left side with one out to start the sixth. Kelsey Akers reached on a fielder's choice the eliminated McGrath and then Mason waked to move Akers to second. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch to set up Caitlin Ewers' two RBI-single into left field and Mount Olive trailed by one.

Lowe singled with one batter down in the final set of at bats for UMO. Savannah Becker pinched ran for Lowe and moved to second on a single by Katie Moore. McGrath singled through the left side to load the bases for the Trojans. After a line out to third Mason came through with the biggest hit of the game as she shot a ball past a diving third baseman and off the glove of the Pfieffer shortstop to bring home the tying and winning runs as Mount Olive took game one 6-5.

Ewers (3-2) picked up the win in relief of the starter as she went three perfect innings not allowing any runs or hits and struck out two.

Sam Jarmucsh (6-10) got hit with the loss as she allowed six runs off eight hits, walked seven and had one strikeout.

Game Two – Mount Olive: 4 Pfeiffer: 0

The nightcap sung a different tune as Mount Olive (18-24, 6-6) took the lead and never gave it back to take game two 4-0. Mason was the shining star as her 2-for-3 performance at the plate with two RBI led the team to the victory.

The first run of the game was not scored until the third inning as Mount Olive had the opening salvo. Moore led off the inning with a single to left. McGrath reached on a fielder's choice and the throw was too late at second to get Moore and both runners were safe. Mason recorded her first RBI with a single up the middle that drove in Moore from second.

The Trojans plated another run in the fifth. Moore again led off the inning by reaching base, however this time she reached due to a fielding error by the shortstop. McGrath then reached as well by a fielding error but this time it was charged to the third baseman. One out later Mason drove in her second RBI of the game with her second base hit up the middle and Moore scored.

The final runs in the contest came again off the Trojan bats in the sixth. Lowe doubled down the left field line off a diving play by the left fielder with one out in the sixth. Ready again pinch ran for Lowe and then scored off the Moore single up the middle.

Moore took second on a wild pitch and one out later came in when Akers singled past second base and the Trojans extended their lead for good.

Madison Johnston (8-8) was stellar in her complete game shutout. Johnston only surrendered three hits over seven innings and struck out two.

Sydney Poole (6-10) picked up the loss in game two. She went six innings and allowed four runs –three earned- off seven hits and recorded one strikeout.

The two wins give Mount Olive a spot in the Conference Carolinas Tournament next week. However, with the home regular season complete the Trojans have two more road contests left. Tomorrow vs. rival Barton is set to begin at 2 p.m. and the season ending road trip will be at Lees-McRae on April 22 at 12 p.m.