MOUNT OLIVE — In the series finale, the University of Mount Olive Trojans swept the Conference Carolinas doubleheader with the Emmanuel College Lions taking game one 2-0 before completing the day by taking game two 8-0 at Scarborough Field, Saturday.
Mount Olive took the early lead in the bottom of the second as Jett Swetland reached to lead-off the inning on a dropped fly ball in center.
He was then driven in by Nate Estes on an RBI-single through the right side and the Trojans took a 1-0 lead.
UMO added another run in the third as three straight one-out base hits led to Aaron Hedgepeth driving in Blake McLean from second and the Trojans led by two after three.
The teams remained deadlocked following the third and the Trojans pitching staff shut down the Lions to close out the first game of the doubleheader.
Mount Olive put Emmanuel in a big hole early as the bottom of the first saw a lot of trouble for the Lions.
All the UMO offense happened with two outs as JT Stone started the threat with a single to left center which was followed by a single by Jett Swetland and a hit by pitch to Aaron Hedgepeth to load the bases.
Nate Estes plated the first two runs with an RBI-single into left as Swetland and Stone scored.
A wild pitch moved Estes and Hedgepeth into scoring position and they both came home when Junior Snow found a hole down the right field line and the ball rolled into the corner to allow two more Trojan runs to score and UMO led 4-0 after one complete.
The Trojans added a single run in the third when Estes drew a walk with one-away and was driven in two batters later when Snow grounded out but scored Estes and Mount Olive led by five.
Mount Olive tacked on another run in the seventh on a bases-loaded groundout by Junior Snow to extend the lead to 6-0.
UMO added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth on a passed ball and a sacrifice fly to push their cushion to eight heading into the ninth.
Emmanuel was kept off the boards in the ninth and Mount Olive swept the doubleheader and took game two by a final of 8-0.
Duke vs. UNC
CHAPEL HILL — Tyler Baum pitched a gem to lead the Tar Heels to a series-opening win over Duke, 1-0, on beautiful Friday night at Boshamer Stadium. Baum tossed a career-high 8.2 scoreless innings, surrendering only two hits while striking out six and walking just two to give him his fourth win of the season. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh when a Dylan Harris sac fly plated Dylan Enwiller for the first and only run of the game.
In game two, Michael Busch’s solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning gave No. 9 North Carolina an 8-7 win over Duke on Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Joey Lancellotti picked up his first win of the season after throwing a season-high 2.2 innings while striking out three batters and shutting out the Blue Devils.
In the series finale, the Tarheels completed the sweep of Duke with a big 16-6 win on Sunday afternoon. The Heels scored eight runs in the seventh inning to secure the sweep as Austin Love picked up his fifth win of the season.
RALEIGH — Trailing by three heading to the bottom of the ninth, the top-ranked NC State baseball team rallied with a pair of runs but fell short against Virginia, 4-3, Friday night in the series opener at Doak Field at Dail Park, while on Saturday sophomore Reid Johnston struck out the side in the top of the first and that provided him all the momentum he needed to accomplish something that he had never done, throwing a complete game shutout to lift No. 1 NC State to a 3-0 win against Virginia Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.
In game three, thanks to a four-run seventh inning, the Wolfpack earned its 13th come-from-behind win of the season to clinch the series against Virginia with an 8-7 victory Sunday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park.
TAMPA, Fla. — Jake Agnos tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts, while Jake Washer’s three-run homer proved the be the game-winning hit as No. 13 ECU took the American Athletic Conference series opener from USF, 4-0. In game two, the Pirates used a combination of small ball and long ball Saturday night in a 13-7 win over USF, with the win ECU extended their win streak to eight games and claimed their first series win over the Bulls (12-13, 1-4) since 2005. On Sunday, Bryant Packard hit his second grand slam of the weekend, while Jake Kuchmaner and Gavin Williams did the rest helping ECU to a series sweep at USF, 5-1.