04/06/13 — MOC softball wins pair over Belmont Abbey

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MOC softball wins pair over Belmont Abbey

By MOC Sports Information
Published in Sports on April 6, 2013 11:51 PM

MOUNT OLIVE - Consecutive rbi-doubles by Jennifer Jones, Savannah Becker and Kalie Smith highlighted an eight-run third inning and Christie Wright celebrated Senior Day with a four-hitter as Mount Olive defeated Belmont Abbey 12-4 in game one of a Conference Carolinas softball doubleheader Saturday at Nancy Chapman Cassell Field.

Jones delivered the game-winning hit for the five-inning run-rule victory. The Trojans recorded a season-high seven stolen bases in the game.

The Trojans completed the sweep with a 4-0 win in game two as Carly White tossed a three-hitter for her third shutout of the season and sixth consecutive complete game victory. Tiffany Hawley drove in the first run of the game in the fifth inning and added an rbi-double in a three-run sixth inning. Mount Olive is 12-1 in its last 13 games.

Wright was one of three seniors honored during Senior Day festivities prior to the start of the opening game. Catcher Rebekah McDaniel and right fielder Danielle Mitchell were also recognized.

Mount Olive (23-7 overall, 10-2 Conference Carolinas) spotted Belmont Abbey three unearned runs in the top of the first inning in the opening game before rallying to tie the game in the bottom of the first. Moore and Becker drove in runs with bloop singles to shallow left and Becker eventually scored the tying run on a passed ball.

Wright's rbi-single in the bottom of the third put Mount Olive on top for the first time and Lauren McGrath followed with a two-run double to extend the Trojans' lead to 6-3. McGrath scored on a passed ball, McDaniel singled and stole second and eventually scored on Moore's sacrifice fly to give Mount Olive an 8-3 lead. Jones, Becker and Smith then followed with back-to-back-to-back rbi-doubles to cap the inning and stretch Mount Olive's lead to 11-3.

In the second game, White (10-2) retired 12 consecutive batters during one stretch starting in the second inning. She gave up a walk and a single in the sixth, but never allowed a runner past second base.

Saturday's contests began a stretch of six doubleheaders in a span of nine days for Mount Olive to finish the regular season. The Trojans travel to Tigerville, S.C., Monday for a Conference Carolinas doubleheader against North Greenville that had to be rescheduled from mid-March due to the weather. Game time is noon.

The Trojans will be at home Tuesday against UNC Pembroke in a recently added non-conference twinbill, then at home against Barton Thursday in a conference doubleheader that was rained out this past Thursday. Mount Olive concludes the regular season at Queens and Pfeiffer next weekend.