No. 1 Mount Olive Falls To Belmont Abbey 3-2

No. 1 Mount Olive Falls To Belmont Abbey 3-2

Belmont, N.C. --- No. 1 University of Mount Olive fell to Belmont Abbey 3-2 in Conference Carolinas baseball on Friday night in Belmont, N.C.

Score: Belmont Abbey 3, Mount Olive 2
Records: Mount Olive (29-6, 15-1 CC) Belmont Abbey (22-13, 13-6 CC)
Location: Abbey Yard, Belmont, N.C.

How It Happened


  • Mount Olive fell behind in the bottom of the first as the Crusaders led off the inning with a triple. A ground out then allowed Belmont Abbey to plate the first run of the game.
  • UMO did find the answer in the top of the third as Trae Sweeting doubled to right center with one away.
  • Ricky Surum then drove in Sweeting on an RBI-single to left to tie the game at one.
  • The top of the fifth gave UMO a lift as Tony Salvaggio singled past third to open the frame. 
  • Alvin Swoope then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Salvaggio to second.
  • Surum came through again with another RBI base hit as the Trojan shortstop doubled to right-center and Salvaggio scored giving Mount Olive the 2-1 lead.
  • Mount Olive put runners in scoring position in the seventh and eighth innings but could not push home a run. 
  • Belmont Abbey pushed back in the bottom of the eighth as the Crusaders had runners at second and third with one away and a base hit up the middle allowed both runners to score and put BAC back on top 3-2.
  • The Trojans were unable to mount a comeback as they were retired in order to end the game in the top of the ninth.


  • Bruce Zimmerman (6-1) took the loss on the mound as he went seven and a third allowing three runs, off five hits while striking out 10.
  • Surum led the Trojans with two RBI in his 2-for-5 outing at the plate.


Mount Olive will wrap up the three-game series with Belmont Abbey with a doubleheader Saturday in Belmont, N.C. First pitch for game one is set for 1 p.m.