Mount Olive sweeps doubleheader from King

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The King University softball team played a pair of close games with Mount Olive College on Saturday. The Trojans came away with a narrow 4-1 win in the first game, and followed that with a slim 3-0 victory in the night cap.

Both teams went scoreless in the first two innings before Mount Olive broke in to the scoring column in the bottom of the third inning. The Trojans extended the lead to 3-0 on a pair of run scoring singles in the fourth inning. Mount Olive stretched the lead to 4-0 with another run scoring single in the sixth inning.

In the top of the seventh, the Tornado loaded the bases following a two-out Christina Melcher single. Octavia Lewis-Rand was hit by a pitch to force score on and put the tying run on base. However, Trojan pitcher Carly White induced a pop out to end the treat and give Mount Olive the victory.

Hannah Light tossed all six innings for the Tornado and allowed all four runs, three earned while striking out two. Six players recorded hits for the Tornado and Lewis-Rand drove in King's lone run.

The Trojans (16-6, 5-1 CC) jumped ahead early in the second game. Following and single and a walk, Jennifer Jones ripped a two-run double left center to put Mount Olive ahead in the first inning. Jones later scored on a wild pitch to make the score 3-0.

King (9-18, 4-2 CC) tried to make a comeback in the seventh again as Cassie Ringstaff and Macy Shupe recorded consecutive one-out singles. Tori McComas then reached on an error to load the bases and bring the tying run to the plate. However, Mount Olive pitcher Madison Johnston got a strikeout and ground out to end the game and give the Trojans the sweep.

Ringstaff and Shupe paced the Tornado offense, each going 2-for-3 in the game. Morgan White pitched all six innings for King and gave up three runs on five hits while striking out four on the afternoon.