04/02/12 — Mount Olive softball sweeps Limestone

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Mount Olive softball sweeps Limestone

By MOC Sports Information
Published in Sports on April 2, 2012 1:48 PM

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GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Robbin Kennedy finished the day with nine RBI and Mount Olive swept a Conference Carolinas doubleheader from Limestone on Sunday afternoon.

Kennedy drove in five runs with two homers and Sarah Saunders pitched a complete game in the pitcher's circle as the Trojans claimed game one 7-1. Kennedy powered the offense again in game two, driving in four runs with a home run and a double as the Mount Olive completed the sweep with a 5-0 victory. Lauren Smith tossed a six-hitter for her seventh shutout of the season.

In the opener, Saunders scattered eight hits and held the Saints scoreless after the first inning.

After Kayla Voorhees beat out a bunt single to lead off game one, Kennedy homered to left-center to put Mount Olive (22-14, 10-4 Conference Carolinas) ahead to stay 2-0. Limestone got on the scoreboard with two outs in the bottom of the first on Kirstyn Burleson's solo home run, but that was all the Saints would get against Saunders (4-0).

Kennedy provided Mount Olive with a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-run double after singles by Voorhees and Overman to start the second game. Kennedy scored on an error to make it a 3-0 lead.

The score remained the same until Danielle Mitchell kept the fifth inning alive with a two-out triple, her conference-leading third of the season. Kennedy followed with her third home run on the day and fourth of the season.

Lauren Smith (13-6) weathered storms early on as Limestone left two runners stranded in each of the first four innings. She also benefited from a line drive double play in the second. Smith retired 10 of the final 11 batters she faced, retiring the side in order in the fifth and sixth innings. She struck out two and survived four walks.