Trojans Swept By Mars Hill In Wild Non-Conference Softball Doubleheader

Trojans Swept By Mars Hill In Wild Non-Conference Softball Doubleheader

Jennifer Jones' two-run homer highlighted a two-out four-run rally in the top of the seventh, but the rally fell short as University of Mount Olive dropped a wild 15-14 decision to Mars Hill University in game two of a non-conference softball doubleheader Saturday at Mars Hill, N.C. Beth Overman and Kalie Smith also homered for the Trojans.

Mount Olive fell 11-5 in the opener as Mars Hill scored six runs in the first inning and the Trojans never recovered. Tiffany Hawley homered for the Trojans.

Mount Olive (2-4) appeared to be on its way to a split in the nightcap as Smith singled in a run in the top of the first and Overman ignited a six-run third inning with a two-run homer. Savannah Becker added an rbi-single and Erin Brogan doubled in a run as the Trojans built a 7-0 lead.

The lead was short lived as Mars Hill (4-0) erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game 7-7. The Lions sent 12 batters to the plate.

After another rbi-single by Smith put Mount Olive back on top in the top of the fourth, Mars Hill answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, highlighted by Shaundee Woosley's two-run double as the Lions took their first lead of the game 10-8.

Mount Olive added a run in the top of the fifth when Katie Moore drew a two-out bases-loaded walk and Smith's leadoff home run in the sixth tied the game 10-10. But Robyn Stanek led off the Mars Hill sixth with a home run and three Trojan errors helped contribute to a five-run inning that gave the Lions a 15-10 lead.

After the first two Trojan batters were retired in the top of the seventh, Moore and Hawley kept the inning and the game alive with back-to-back singles. Both runners came home on Jazzmin Montgomery's two-run double to the right-center field fence and Jones followed with her second home run of the season, a two-run shot to left-center to make it a one-run game. But Mars Hill was able to stop the rally and seal the win on a game-ending groundout.

Moore and Smith paced Mount Olive's 17-hit attack with three hits apiece and were among seven Trojan players with multi-hit games. Moore also had three hits in both ends of Friday's doubleheader at Lenoir-Rhyne.

In the opener, three-run homers by Stanek and Woosley in the bottom of the first inning staked Mars Hill to a 6-0 lead. Hawley's two-run homer sparked a four-run third inning as Mount Olive pulled within 7-4, but the Trojans never got any closer. Kelsey Akers went 4-for-5 for the Trojans.

Mount Olive returns to action Tuesday as the Trojans travel to Pembroke, N.C., to take on UNC Pembroke in a non-conference doubleheader. The meeting will pit Trojan head coach Jaime Kylis-Higginbotham against one of her former assistants, Brittany Bennett. Bennett, who is in her first year as UNCP's head softball coach, was assistant coach in 2007 when Mount Olive recorded a school record 39 wins and Kylis-Higginbotham won the first of her three Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year awards. Game time is 1 p.m.