NEWBERRY, S.C. — University of Mount Olive Trojans took down to the No. 9 Newberry College Wolves 6-4 on Tuesday at the Smith Road Complex in Newberry, S.C.
Mount Olive got rolling right out of the gates as Gunner Tolston led off the inning with a single up the middle.
Tolston ended up reaching third on two wild pitches sandwiched between a strikeout and the Trojans had a runner in scoring position.
It did not take long for the run to come home as with two away Nate Estes drove a pitch to left centerand scored Tolston.
Aaron Hedgepeth then drew a walk to move Estes into scoring position.
Junior Snow plated the second run of the inning with an RBI-single to center and UMO took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the first.
The Trojans held the Wolves off the board in the first and did not manage to scratch across a run again until the fourth.
Zack Smith doubled down the left field line to lead off the inning and ended up moving to third on a wild pitch one batter later.
Jett Swetland pushed home Estes as he reached on a dropped fly ball to center and picked up the RBI and Mount Olive led 3-0.
Newberry finally added a run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI-double to right center and decreased the UMO lead to two.
UMO continued to trickle in runs throughout the contest as Swetland’s RBI-single through the left side in the fifth allowed Snow to score after he reached on a single.
Estes led off the seventh with a walk and mad his way to second a batter later on a wild pitch.
Snow drove him home with an RBI-triple to left center and the lead went to 5-1.
The sixth UMO run was scored via another Newberry wild pitch and the advantage went to five.
The Wolves drew closer in the bottom half of the seventh as they scored three runs off a UMO error and a two-RBI-single and made the Mount Olive cushion 6-4.
Jake Isbell (2-0) was credited with the win in relief ,going two and two-thirds allowing a single hit and one unearned run with three strikeouts.
Zack Burke (S:3) got the save going the final two and a third surrendering only two hits and closed out the game for the Trojans.
Junior Snow led the team with two RBI, two runs scored, going 3-for-5on the night.
The defeat of Newberry marks the second defeat this season and could see the Wolves drop in the national poll as they moved up to No. 9 their highest ranking since 1977. It also snapped a 22-game home win streak for Newberry.
The Trojans are 12-4 in nonconference games and 3-1 versus ranked opponents thus far this season.
Mount Olive remains on the road to take on Southern Wesleyan University in a three-game series beginning Friday.
First pitch on Friday begins at 6 p.m.