Softball Sweeps Fayetteville State In Non-Conference Doubleheader

Softball Sweeps Fayetteville State In Non-Conference Doubleheader

Savannah Becker drove in the winning run in both games and University of Mount Olive's pitchers allowed only two runs in 13 innings as the Trojans swept Fayetteville State in a non-conference softball doubleheader Wednesday at Nancy Chapman Cassell Field. Becker hit a game-ending three-run triple for a six-inning 9-1 victory in game one and broke a 1-1 tie with sixth-inning rbi-double for a 2-1 win in game two.

In the opener, Mount Olive (11-11) led 6-1 going into the bottom of the sixth and loaded the bases on consecutive one-out singles by Beth Overman, Lindsey Russell and Lauren McGrath. After a force out at the plate, Becker sent a pitch to center to clear the bases and clinch the run-rule victory.

Mount Olive plated a pair of two-out unearned runs in the first inning after the first two Trojan batters were each retired on one pitch. Russell's single through the left side kept the inning alive and a Fayetteville State error led to the two runs.

The Trojans extended their lead to 6-0 with a four-run third inning, highlighted by Russell's two-run homer to left-center,. Russell finished with three hits and three runs scored.

UMO starter Madison Johnston (6-3) took a one-hit shutout into the top of the fifth when Fayetteville State (9-5) strung together three singles to get on the scoreboard. Johnston, who struck out five and walked one, finished with a four-hitter.

In the second game, Mount Olive took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Kelsey Akers led off with a double and went to third on a wild pitch. She scored on Russell's rbi-groundout to short.

Fayetteville State loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the third on three straight singles. Broncos pitcher Zoe Howard helped her cause with an rbi-single to right to tie the game 1-1. Lauren Smith (4-6) took over in the bullpen and got back-to-back line outs to Akers at shortstop to end the threat as the Broncos left the bases loaded. Smith went on to pitch 4 2/3 hitless and scoreless innings.

Mount Olive had a chance to regain the lead in the bottom of the fifth after Overman tripled with two outs. But Howard got a strikeout for the final out.

Hawley drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the sixth and pinch-runner Ashleigh Mason scored one out later on Becker's double to left-center. Smith retired the side in order in the top of the seventh to seal the win.

Becker finished with five runs batted in for the doubleheader, four coming in the first game.

Mount Olive continues its homestand this weekend with a pair of Conference Carolinas doubleheaders at Nancy Chapman Cassell Field. The Trojans play host to King Saturday at 4 p.m., then entertain Lees-McRae Sunday at 1 p.m.