Trojans Drop Pair Of One-Run Games At Queens

Trojans Drop Pair Of One-Run Games At Queens

Mount Olive suffered a pair of one-run losses Saturday, falling to Queens 5-4 in game one and 6-5 in game two in a Conference Carolinas softball doubleheader at Charlotte, N.C. Tiffany Hawley homered for the Mount Olive in the opener and Kalie Smith went yard in the nightcap as the Trojans surpassed the 30-home run mark for the second time in school history.

In the opening game, Mount Olive (26-12 overall, 12-6 Conference Carolinas) trailed 4-0 going into the top of the sixth before Hawley triggered a Trojan comeback. Savannah Becker singled with one out and Hawley followed with a home run over the left field fence to cut Queens' lead in half. Becker's home run was her second of the season, both coming this week.

Queens (20-19, 11-7) scored an unearned insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead to 5-2.

Mount Olive rallied again in the top of the seventh as Danielle Mitchell doubled with one out and scored when Smith reached on an error. Smith came home on Beth Overman's two-out rbi-single to make it a one-run game. But Royals reliever Kaitlyn Bodine caught a line drive for the final out.

In game two, it was Mount Olive jumping out in front with three runs in the top of the first. The Trojans loaded the bases as Mitchell and Overman singled and Katie Moore was hit by a pitch. Savannah Becker's double drove in two runs and Hawley added a sacrifice fly.

Queens tied the game 3-3 as Noemi Rodriguez's two-run double highlighted a three-run fourth inning.

Hawley's rbi-single in the top of the fifth put Mount Olive back on top and Smith led off the sixth with her third home run of the season to give the Trojans a 5-3 lead.

The Royals tied the game again with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kaitlyn Cheek hit a leadoff home run and Bodine singled home the tying run.

The Trojans had a chance to regain the lead in the top of the seventh, but left the bases loaded. Mount Olive also left the bases loaded in the first and fifth innings and finished the game with 12 runners left on base.

Queens left 13 runners stranded, but was able to capitalize in the bottom of the seventh. With one out and runners on first and second, Robyn Levine singled home the game-winning run.

Mount Olive entered Saturday's play with 29 home runs, matching last year and 2007 for the second highest single-season total in school history. The school record is 35 home runs in 2008.

Mount Olive concludes regular season play Sunday as the Trojans head to Misenheimer, N.C., to take on Pfeiffer in a Conference Carolinas doubleheader. Game time is 1 p.m.