Mount Olive Baseball
HIGH POINT — The University of Mount Olive baseball team was picked second in the 2019 Conference Carolinas Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll as announced Tuesday by the league office. The poll was voted on by the Conference Carolinas head baseball coaches.
UMO finished the 2017-18 season with a 36-14 record and 19-5 record against Conference Carolinas opponents. The Trojans season concluded in the championship of the conference tournament.
The Trojans return 22 players from last season including Collegiate Baseball Southeast Regional Preseason All-American Nate Estes. First-year Head coach Rob Watt added 20 Trojans to his program with Joe Mason and Reed Parris tabbed as players to watch for UMO along with Estes.
Mount Olive finished with 80 points and one first-place vote to come in just behind North Greenville.
The Trojans open their season on the road as they travel to Tampa, Fla. to play in the Steinbrenner Field Spring Classic Feb. 2-3. UMO’s first contest will be against the Spartans of the University of Tampa Feb. 2 at 12 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. battle with regional foe Lander University.
2018-19 Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. North Greenville (9) 90
2. Mount Olive (1) 80
3. Belmont Abbey 76
4. Erskine 59
5. Limestone 58
6. King 55
7. Barton 43
8. Emmanuel 28
9. Chowan 26
10. Southern Wesleyan 25
Mount Olive Softball
In softball the University of Mount Olive women’s lacrosse team was pegged to finish second in the regular season standings as voted on by the head coaches from across the league.
The Trojans received one first-place vote as they earned a total of 89 points. Limestone took the top spot with 100 points even as the preseason favorite to take the regular season conference title.
Mount Olive finished the 2018 season with a 14-5 overall and went 9-1 in Conference Carolinas action. UMO’s season came to a close after the Trojans made a semifinal appearance in the Conference Carolinas Women’s Lacrosse Championships.
UMO returns 22 players to the 2019 squad including the Conference Carolinas Freshman of Year and first-team all-conference honoree Jordan Shughrue, returning Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the year in senior captain Sadie Michael, and a two-time first-team all-conference junior attacker Kiara Burke. Joining the team this season are nine freshman and two transfers in sophomore Morgan Nicholson and junior Skylar Grady.
UMO opens their season on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., when the Trojans host the Bees of Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) at Ray McDonald Sr. Sports Complex for the home and season opener.
2019 Conference Carolinas Softball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Limestone — 100 (10)
2. Mount Olive — 89 (1)
3. Belmont Abbey — 84
4. North Greenville — 73
5. Chowan — 59
6. Emmanuel — 52
7. Converse — 48
T8. Lees-McRae — 31
T8. Barton — 31
10. Erskine — 26
11. Southern Wesleyan — 12