LEXINGTON, S.C. — No. 17 University of Mount Olive Trojans defeated the Tornado of King University 7-2 Sunday afternoon in the series finale in Bristol, Tenn.
Mount Olive did not have a good start to the game as the Bobcats of Georgia College got on the boards first in the top of the first on a two-run home run and took the game’s first lead.
The Trojans fought back and struck for a single run in the bottom half with two away as JT Stone got on with a double and Joe Mason drove him in to draw the deficit to 2-1.
GC added another pair of runs that started off a UMO error and the cushion for the Bobcats grew to 4-1.
UMO had to bounce back yet again in the bottom of the second with two outs.
Blake McLean and Jon Cosme both worked themselves aboard with singles to give Mount Olive two runners on base.
Gunner Tolston then tied the game with a mammoth shot over the right field wall and the game was knotted at four.
Mount Olive after hanging a zero in the top of the third came back to make a little noise in the bottom half as Mason led off the inning with a base hit up the middle.
Mason then scored on a base hit through the left side by Zack Smith the drew an errant throw from the Bobcat left fielder and the Trojans took the 5-4 lead.
McLean helped extend the inning with an RBI-single back up the middle that allowed Smith to come around and score and push UMO ahead by two.
Georgia College came back with another big blow and replicated what they did in the first with a two-run home run to right center and tied the game once again at six all.
After tying the game, the Bobcats used another two-run home run to take the lead in the seventh.
Mount Olive was finally able to get the bats swinging again in the seventh as with one away Smith worked out a one-out walk and was moved into scoring position by James Smibert’s base hit into left.
A series of walks helped move more Trojan base runners as Jett Swetland and McLean drew walks, with McLean’s pushing home UMO’s seventh run.
Cosme then came up with a clutch hit for the Trojans with an RBI-double down the right field line that scored Smibert and Swetland to give UMO the 9-8 lead heading into the eighth.
Mount Olive had an opportunity to add some insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth as a walk and back-to-back hit batters loaded the bases for the Trojans, but UMO was unable to scratch across a run and the game went into the final frame.
The Trojans were able to close out the top of the ninth and took the final score 9-8.
Kyle Davis (3-2) picked up the win in relief pitching one complete surrendering two runs off one hit and struck out two.
Trey Pate (SV:1) got the save pitching the final two innings, as he did not surrender a hit and struck out.
Gunner Tolston led the team with three RBI and a run scored, going 2-for-5 at the dish.