No. 5 UMO Baseball Downs Belmont Abbey In Doubleheader

Photo by Bobby Williams
Photo by Bobby Williams
BELMONT, N.C. --- In the rain-shortened series the No. 5 University of Mount Olive Trojans swept a doubleheader with the Belmont Abbey College Crusaders at Abbey Yard in Belmont, N.C., Saturday.

Game 1: Mount Olive 4, Belmont Abbey 1
Game 2: Mount Olive 15, Belmont Abbey 12

Records: Mount Olive (11-2) Belmont Abbey (8-10)
Location: Abbey Yard, Belmont, N.C.

How It Happened
Game 1: Play-by-Play
Game 2: Play-by-Play


  • Belmont Abbey got the scoring going first with an RBI-single to right center scoring one and took the early lead.
  • Mount Olive was unable to find an answer until the top of the fourth.
  • A sacrifice fly by Zack Smith and an RBI-single by Logan Welch gave the Trojans enough support to take a 2-1 lead.
  • Joe Mason added another insurance run for UMO with a sacrifice fly in the seventh and was followed with a Justin Lee RBI-single through the left side to give the Trojans a 4-1 lead.
  • The Crusaders were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh and game one was over.


  • Mount Olive did not want to fall behind in game two so in the nightcap, the Trojans looked to attack.
  • In the second inning, Gunner Tolston drew a lead-off walk and following a fly out Hunter Gore elevated a pitch over the outfield wall for the game's first runs.
  • Blake McLean singled after the home run and JT Stone followed with a single of his own before Joe Mason cleared the bases with a triple to take the UMO score to 4-0.
  • Nate Estes added the final run with an RBI-single to right center.
  • After BAC answered with two runs in the bottom of the second UMO came back with runs in the fourth.
  • RBI base hits by Coy Barnett, Tolston, and McLean mixed in with a few Belmont Abbey errors amounted to a seven-run inning for the Trojans and a 12-2 lead.
  • The Crusaders didn't go down without a fight as a nine-run inning in the bottom of the fifth brought BAC to within one.
  • Nate Estes' RBI in the sixth and eighth helped seal the win for Mount Olive as they took a 15-12 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
  • The Trojan pitching staff retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth and took game two and the sweep.


  • Reed Parris (5-0) picked up the win in game one going a complete game of four-hit ball, surrendering just five one run and struck out eight.


  • Kyle Davis (2-1) picked up the win in relief as he went the final four and a third allowing two runs, one earned, off two hits and struck out seven.
  • Nate Estes led the Trojans going 3-for-4 with three RBI, a walk, and a run scored.

Up Next

Mount Olive will return to host Newberry College Tuesday, March 5 at 2 p.m. at Scarborough Field.