Jennifer Jones has a bases clearing double in game one but is was not enough as the University of Mount Olive was unable to comeback as they dropped a doubleheader to King University 7-2, 6-0 Sunday afternoon in Bristol, Tenn. for Conference Carolinas softball. Kelsey Akers also went 2-for-3 in game one.
Game One – Mount Olive: 2 King: 7
Jennifer Jones had a bases clearing double in the fourth to bring in the only runs for Mount Olive (14-23 Overall, 2-5 Conference Carolinas). The Trojans had the bases loaded in the seventh but were unable to bring home the go ahead runs as they fell 2-7.
The Tornado (23-21, 8-3) got on the board first as a solo home run by Fallon Thomas down the left field line gave King the early game one lead.
King added two more runs in the 3rd as Cassie Ringstaff singled up the middle to score Stephanie Rodreguez, and Morgan Lowe.
However, the Trojans fought back in the fourth. Beth Overman led off with a single up the middle. Kalie Smith one out later reached first off a fielding error by the pitcher and UMO had a runner in scoring position. Katie Moore reached on a fielder's choice and on the play Smith was eliminated at second. Jones came up with two down to drive in two as she knocked a pitch down the right field line and Moore and Overman scored.
King in the sixth brought home four and extended their lead. Tori McCombs brought in one with an RBI-single to right field to score Allie Spell. As the bases were loaded Cheyenne Delffs cleared the bases with a double into left center that scored McCombs, Thomas, and Hannah Smith.
Kelsey McGrath pinched hit for Erin Brogan to lead off and made an instant impact as she got on with a single into left. Akers followed one out later with a single up the middle. Ashleigh Mason reached on a fielder's choice but McGrath was out a second on the play. After Overman drew a walk the bases were loaded for the Trojans. However, that was as close as a run came to scoring as Mount Olive could not complete the comeback and dropped game one.
Madison Johnston (7-7) picked up the loss in the circle for the Trojans as she went five and a third allowing seven runs off 12 hits. Caitlin Ewers pitched the rest of the game and only allowed two hits.
Hannah Light (22-14) went the distance for King and gave up two runs off seven hits and struck out six.
Game Two – Mount Olive: 0 King: 6
A three run home run was the decisive blow in game two as the Trojans (14-24, 2-6) offensive could not mount a run and fell 6-0 in the night cap.
King (24-21, 9-3) scored first in game two as Lowe singled to right field and McCombs advanced to third and scored on a fielding error by the right fielder. Ringstaff singled home a run as Lowe scored and on a throwing error Delffs came home.
Delffs added three more runs to the board off a three run home run down the left field line that was set up by a single and fielding error.
Lauren Smith (3-9) picked up the loss for the Trojans as she went six innings and gave up six runs off a dozen hits and struck out five
Hannah Light (23-14) pitched game two as well and picked up the win as she went seven giving up just three hits and striking out six.
Mount Olive returns home for a six game home stand as they host conference opponent Belmont Abbey Saturday April, 12th first pitch is set for 2 p.m. Then Fayetteville State comes to Nancy Chapman Cassell Field on Sunday where first pitch is scheduled 2 p.m.