The University of Mount Olive fell to Georgia College 10-0 at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. Rob Shipman goes 3-for-3 with a walk to lead the offense for the Trojans.
Georgia College hit the boards first in the opening day of the 2014 NCAA Division II Southeast regional. Daniel Bick hit a long fly ball over the left field wall to start the offence for the Bobcats in the second. Jake Sandlin doubled down the left field line and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Taylor Hinshaw brought him in with a single back up the middle for the RBI and Georgia College jumped out early 2-0 lead.
Mount Olive (40-12) tried to combine a couple of hits to bring in a Trojan run in the fourth. Shipman singled with one away to give UMO a base runner. Justin Manning singled behind the Trojan first baseman to put the first Trojan in scoring position. However they were unable to string together another hit as a line out and a groundout ended the fourth.
After two were retired Rob Hogenkamp was walked to begin the fifth. A second straight walk was surrender to Clay Ardeeser and the bases became loaded after Bick was hit by pitch. Two came home on the single through the right side by Sandlin and Ardeeser and Hogenkamp scored.
A pitching change brought in Josh Frederick to try and get out of a jam. Hinshaw singled to left field to bring in Bick. Another RBI-single for the Bobcats (35-15) came off the bat of Steve Hazel brought in Sandlin and Georgia College added four in the fifth.
Two more runs were added in the sixth for the Bobcats. Benson doubled down the left field line to start off the inning. Hogenkamp drew a one out walk after a fly out. Ardeeser reached on a fielder's choice and Benson was thrown out at the plate to stall the Georgia College attempt to score. Bick did however bring in the first run of the inning with a shot back up the middle as Hogenkamp scored. A second RBI-singled landed into left center to score Ardeeser.
Derek Justice (9-2) picked up the loss for Mount Olive after going four and two thirds allowing six runs off five hits and paired that with four strikeouts. Frederick in relief pitched four innings and gave up four runs off seven hits and added a strikeout.
Spencer Thomas (8-0) went the distance to get the win allowing no runs, and surrendered nine hits.
The loss for Mount Olive snaps a 23 game win streak dating back to a win over Erskine on March 22nd. The last time Mount Olive was shut out was 2-0 to Francis Marion May 15, 2010, in the Southeast Regional. Mount Olive had gone 218 consecutive games without being shut out prior to today. The Trojans move into the losers bracket to face the loser of the Lander/Catawba game tomorrow at 11 a.m. the Trojans fell to USC-Aiken 10-5 in an earlier contest in the Prestige Appliance Classic in Aiken, S.C. on February 9th.