WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The University of Mount Olive softball team swept the doubleheader at Winston-Salem State University on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference NCAA Division II action in Winston-Salem, N.C.
GAME ONE INFORMATION
Score: Mount Olive 13, Winston-Salem State 2 - 5 innings
Records: Mount Olive (15-20), Winston-Salem State (5-19)
Location: Winston-Salem, N.C.
How It Happened
- Heather Childress got the Trojans first run of the day as she went home on a throwing error by the catcher, who tried to pickoff Childress during her stolen base attempt.
- Mount Olive had an explosive second inning as they put up 10 runs to take an 11-0 lead over the Rams of WSSU. Alexis Hobson, the designated hitter, cranked a three-run homer over the wall that scored Alexis Oliver, Eileen Barrera as well as herself.
- Kristin Power crossed the plate off of a Kayla Allen single to left field for the fifth run of the game. Childress returned to the plate to hit a single up the middle that drove in Charlene Thompson and Allen for two more runs.
- Childress made her second crossing of the plate as she was sent home on a single to center field by Callie Ferrell giving UMO an 8-0 lead.
- A triple by Power with the bases loaded drove home the last three runs of the inning as Hobson, Oliver, and Barrera all crossed home plate for the second time in the inning.
- Winston-Salem State got on the scoreboard as their left fielder hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to prevent the shutout and put the score at 11-2.
- Mount Olive's final two runs came in the top of the fifth as Ferrell hit a two-run home run that scored herself and Amari Borrego.
- Childress had the best plate appearance of game one as she collected three hits in four at-bats, scoring two runs while driving in two RBI's.
- Childress, Barrera, Oliver, and Hobson all recorded two runs in the game.
- Ferrell and Hobson each tallied multi-run home runs.
- Mallory Ratcliff (W: 8-7) pitched a full five innings giving up just two runs on three hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
GAME TWO INFORMATION
Score: Mount Olive 10, Winston-Salem State 8
Records: Mount Olive (16-20), Winston-Salem State (5-20)
Location: Winston-Salem, N.C.
How It Happened
- After a scoreless first inning, Mount Olive's bats came alive as the Trojans put up three runs in the top of the second. An Alexis Oliver single through the left side scored Hobson for the first run of the second game.
- An Allen single to the pitcher scored the second run as Barrera ran home putting UMO up 2-0. Oliver, who had made her way to third base, stole home for the third and final run of the second inning.
- Mount Olive's fourth run came in the top of the fourth as Hobson ran home on a Mikayla Koch ground out to the pitcher.
- Winston-Salem State came from behind to take a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth as two players hit home runs in the half-inning.
- Hobson tied the game up at six runs each as she drove home Childress and Ferrell with a double to center field in the top of the fifth inning.
- The Rams again took the lead scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning that put the score at 8-6.
- UMO dug down deep in the top of the seventh inning to put up four runs to tie and reclaim the lead, with ultimately the winning score of 10-8. The inning started with Anna Ingram hitting a double to left center field that scored Power and Childress tying the game at eight runs all.
- Three batters later, Oliver gets hit by a pitch with the bases loaded which scored Ingram, who had rounded to third, giving the Trojans the 9-8 advantage.
- Mount Olive's final run of the game came on an unusual play as a dropped fly ball by WSSU's right fielder gave Hobson enough time to cross home plate for the 10th and final run of the game.
- Hobson stepped up to the plate as she recorded three runs on three hits in her three at-bats, while also hitting in two RBI.
- Ingram, Hobson and Oliver all recorded two RBI's in the second game.
- Taylor Wadell (W: 2-1) picked up the win, pitching 3.2 innings and giving up two runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
- Emily Chaisson pitched the first 3.1 innings and gave up six runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Mount Olive is back in action on Friday, April 6, as the team travels to Banner Elk, N.C., for a Conference Carolinas doubleheader at Lees-McRae College. The Trojans and Bobcats take to the field for game one at 2 p.m. with game two to follow starting around 4 p.m.