BURLINGTON, N.C. – The Mount Olive College softball team continued their hot streak after winning three games on Sunday to face a Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship game on Monday against North Greenville University. The Trojans scored all five runs they needed in the fifth inning to win their second Conference Carolinas Tournament title by the score of 5-3.
Just as most of the games in the tournament, the championship was a pitcher’s duel between Rachel Glazebrook and Madison Johnston. Over the first five innings, Johnston only allowed three hits, stranding six runners, two in each of the fourth and fifth innings.
Glazebrook matched her pitch-for-pitch until the fifth inning when the Mount Olive (34-13) finally plated the game’s first run. Jennifer Jones started the inning with a walk and later came in to score on a Beth Overman single up the middle. Katie Moore was then hit by a pitch to load the bases with only one out. After Glazebrook got a strikeout, Kalie Smith dropped a single over third base to score two, and on the next pitch Tiffany Hawley laced a two-run double to left center that plated two more and gave Mount Olive a 5-0 lead.
The North Greenville (20-20-1) offense had an answer in the sixth inning, however, as Courtney Campbell laced a bases loaded two-run double down the left field line to get the Crusaders on the board. Kansas Wofford followed with a sacrifice fly to pull the Crusaders within 5-3, but Trojan relief pitcher Lauren Smith escaped the jam to keep Mount Olive in the lead.
After getting out of the jam in the sixth, Smith retired the Crusaders in order in the seventh inning to clinch the championship for Mount Olive. This marks the second Conference Carolinas softball tournament championship, and first since 2000 to Mount Olive. The Trojans also earn the Conference Carolinas automatic bit into the NCAA Softball Tournament.
Danielle Mitchell and Hawley led the Trojan offense with two hits apiece while Hawley and Smith both drove in two runs.
For North Greenville it was Campbell that led the team, going 1-for-3 with two runs batted in.