Beth Overman's Game Two Grand Slam Lifts Trojans To Split At Catawba

Beth Overman's Game Two Grand Slam Lifts Trojans To Split At Catawba

Beth Overman put Mount Olive ahead to stay with a fourth-inning grand slam home run and freshman Madison Johnston tossed six scoreless innings in relief as the Trojans rallied for a 6-3 win over Catawba in game two of a non-conference softball doubleheader Sunday at Salisbury, N.C. Johnston survived a bases-loaded jam in the third and got inning-ending double plays in the fifth and sixth innings.

The win gave Mount Olive a split after falling 4-0 in the opener. Catawba pitcher Carley Tysinger tossed a one-hitter for the Indians.

Mount Olive (5-3) trailed 3-2 when Savannah Becker reached on an error to lead off the inning. The Trojans loaded the bases on one-out singles by Lauren McGrath and leadoff batter Danielle Mitchell.

Overman fell behind 1-2 before working the count full. The sophomore first baseman then sent a pitch over the centerfield fence for her first home run of the season and her first collegiate grand slam.

The Trojans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as Mitchell led off with a single and after a walk to Overman, came home on Katie Moore's double. Jennifer Jones walked to load the bases and Kalie Smith drew a walk to bring home Overman.

Catawba (3-2) answered with three runs in the bottom of the first, highlighted by Tara Gibbs' solo home run.

Johnston (2-1) took over and after an uneventful second inning, ran into trouble in the third. Catawba used a leadoff double, a one-out single and a two-out walk to load the bases. Johnston got an infield pop out to end the inning.

Johnston allowed a leadoff single in the fifth, but followed with an infield pop out and a 4-3 double play. In the sixth inning, Catawba had runners on first and second with one out after a walk and a hit batsman. Johnston got the next batter to pop out to Jones at short, who flipped to Moore at second for the double play.

Catawba threatened again in the seventh with a pair of singles and the tying run at the plate with only one out. Johnston closed out the win with a pair of groundouts.

In the opener, Moore's one-out double in the fourth inning was Mount Olive's lone hit off of Tysinger (2-0). The Trojans had runners on first and second with one out in the top of the second after Christie Wright walked and Smith was hit by a pitch. But Tysinger got out of the inning with a double play on an infield pop out.

Catawba got all the runs it needed in the bottom of the first on Sydney Hyder's two-run double. Emily Huneycutt added a two-run double in the sixth for the Indians.

Trojan pitcher Carly White (2-1) got out of a second inning jam to keep Mount Olive in the game. With two runners on and one out, she got an infield pop out for the second out. Then White fought threw a 15-pitch at bat before getting a line out to Overman at first to end the inning.

Mount Olive, which has played all of its eight games on the road so far this season, continue to be road warriors, but will be a bit closer to home this weekend. The Trojans are in Raleigh, N.C., Friday through Sunday to compete in the Shaw Softball Challenge. Mount Olive plays two games Friday, two games Saturday and one game Sunday.