Trojans Down Broncos In Non-Conference Doubleheader

Barrera's walk-off home run.
Barrera's walk-off home run.

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The University of Mount Olive softball team swept the Broncos of Fayetteville State in a non-conference NCAA Division II contest at North Duplin High School in Mount Olive, N.C.

GAME ONE INFORMATION
Score: Mount Olive 11, Fayetteville State 3 - six innings
Records: Mount Olive (17-24), Fayetteville State (5-20)
Location: North Duplin High School  |  Mount Olive, N.C.

How It Happened
Play-by-Play

GAME RUNDOWN

  • Game one began with the Broncos taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
  • UMO pulled within a run, 3-2, as Alexis Hobson hit a single up the middle that scored Mikayla Koch and Heather Childress in the bottom of the first.
  • Mount Olive held off the Broncos in the top of the second and third innings and took a one-run lead, 4-3, in the bottom of the third as Hobson hit a home run to centerfield that scored two runs including Childress.
  • Childress scored Kayla Allen in the bottom of the fourth inning on a double to left field putting UMO ahead 5-3.
  • Five more runs came in for Mount Olive in the bottom of the fifth as Kristin Power got things started by scoring Amari Borrego, Emily Statzer, and Summer Dickerson following two errors by the Fayetteville State Broncos.
  • Kayla Allen scored Power on a triple to right field for the Trojans ninth run of the game. Allen's triple, the 11th in her career, put her tied for first in career triples with Heather Parker who tallied 11 career triples during her time as a Trojan from 1995-1998.
  • The fifth run of the inning came as Allen crossed the plate following a single to first base by Childress putting the score at 10-3.
  • A walk-off RBI single home run by Eileen Barrera gave the Trojans an eight-run lead, 11-3, to end the game in six innings due to collegiate softball run rules.

KEY STATS

  • Alexis Hobson scored one run on two hits in four at-bats during the game while driving in four RBI's.
  • Kristin Power drove in three RBI's while Heather Childress also had a multi-RBI game scoring two in the game.
  • Kayla Allen tied the program record in career triples as she recorded her 11th in the game against FSU. She needs one more to overtake Heather Parker who has held the record since 1998.
  • Mallory Ratcliff (W: 9-9) pitched a full six innings giving up three runs on five hits while striking out two and walking two.

GAME TWO INFORMATION
Score: Mount Olive 5, Fayetteville State 4
Records: Mount Olive (18-24), Fayetteville State (5-21)
Location: North Duplin High School  |  Mount Olive, N.C.

How It Happened
Play-by-Play

GAME RUNDOWN

  • Allen continued to carry momentum from game one into the second game of the day as she hit a two-run homer over the rightfield walk scoring Childress to give UMO a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
  • Fayetteville State came back in the top of the second to tie the game at two-all on a two-run double to left center field.
  • The Trojans scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth taking a 4-2 lead. Allen scored following an error during Hobson's at-bat for the first run of the inning and Hobson crossed the plate a few plays later as she stole home during Barrera's at-bat.
  • The Broncos came back once again on a two-run home run to left field knotting the game up at four-all in the top of the sixth inning.
  • Mount Olive took the one-run lead, 5-4, in the bottom of the sixth that ultimately resulted in the final score, as Power crossed the plate while Childress was caught stealing from the catcher/shortstop/second baseman/shortstop.

KEY STATS

  • Allen led the Trojans in game two with two runs on two hits in four at-bats and scored two RBI's.
  • Taylor Waddell (W: 3-2) picked up the win coming in the game during the sixth inning and held off the Broncos for the win. Waddell pitched two innings giving up two hits and three walks while striking out one in 11 batters faced.

UP NEXT
Mount Olive returns to Nancy Chapman Cassell Field on Friday, April 13, as they host Southern Wesleyan University in a Conference Carolinas doubleheader. The Trojans and Warriors square off at 3 p.m. for game one.