02/13/12 — Wingate softball outlasts MOC

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Wingate softball outlasts MOC

By MOC Sports Information
Published in Sports on February 13, 2012 1:48 PM

MOC Sports Information

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College right-hander Christie Wright tossed a complete-game one-hitter, but defensive miscues led to three unearned runs in a 3-1, opening-game loss to Wingate on Sunday afternoon.

Alexis Burrell's grand slam home run powered the Bulldogs to a 13-4, mercy-rule win in the nightcap. The twinbill sweep halted the Trojans' win streak at four games.

Mount Olive (4-2 overall) rallied from a 2-0 deficit in game two with four runs in the bottom of the second. Jennifer Jones led off with a single to right and tagged up from first on a fly out to deep left field. Jones scored when Katie Devenuto's single to left was misplayed.

After Wingate tied the game on an error and a wild pitch in the top of the third, Burrell drove a 3-2 pitch over the left-center field fence to put the Bulldogs ahead to stay 8-4. Brittany Barrineau's two-run double highlighted a five-run fourth inning.

Wingate reliever Ashley Brown (2-1) retired nine of the final 11 Trojan batters she faced for the win.

Mount Olive starter Lauren Smith (2-1) struck out the side in the top of the first and finished with eight strikeouts in 31/3 innings.

Wingate (4-2) put two runs on the scoreboard in the third inning of game one. An infield error and two walks loaded the bases and Brittany Loudermilt's RBI single to right -- Wingate's lone hit in the contest -- plated the first run of the game. A wild pitch gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.