BURLINGTON, N.C. – When the Conference Carolinas Tournament started on Friday all the teams were playing for a chance to play for a championship, and when second seed King University faced fourth seed University of Mount Olive, one team was going to be one step closer to that goal. The Trojans took advantage five King miscues to remain undefeated in the tournament with the 4-1 victory.
The Trojans (23-24) opened the scoring in the second inning when Caitlin Ewers started the frame with a single down the left field line. The next two batters reached on errors to load the bases for Carly White with one out. White hit a groundball to second base that gave Mount Olive the lead. They then plated a pair of runs in the third inning which was extended by another Tornado error. Both Savannah Becker and Katie Moore registered run scoring hits for the Trojans in the frame.
Mount Olive added an insurance run in the sixth, an unearned run that scored on a wild pitch, extending their lead to 4-0 before King (28-25) tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the inning. Octavia Lewis-Rand and Cassie Ringstaff started the inning with back-to-back singles. Following an out, Fallon Thomas laced a single down the left field line that went over third base to score Lewis-Rand. However, White got out of the jam for Mount Olive with a popout and groundout to keep the Trojans in the lead.
White then retired the side in order in the seventh to move Mount Olive into the championship game on Sunday.
Hannah Light tossed all seven innings for King, allowing four runs, only one earned on eight hits. Her counterpart, White only allowed the one run on five hits in the same seven innings of work.
Offensively, Becker scored a pair of runs for Mount Olive while Asheligh Mason went 2-for-3. King had five different players account for their five hits in the contest.
With the win, Mount Olive moves to tomorrow's championship game at 1:00 p.m. King will face top-seed Limestone College at 11:00 a.m. with the winner taking on the Trojans at 1:00 p.m.