MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The King University softball team looked to keep their hot streak alive when they went on the road to take on Conference Carolinas foe University of Mount Olive. However, the Trojans had other ideas, taking the first game 6-2 and the nightcap 13-4 for the doubleheader sweep.
Mount Olive (13-11, 4-2 CC) threatened in the second inning, but King pitcher Morgan Lowe stranded a pair of runners on base to keep the game scoreless. The tally remained the same until the Trojans got on the board in the fourth inning. Mount Olive scored three unearned runs before Lindsey Russell ripped a three-run home run, giving the Trojans a 6-0 lead.
Stephanie Rodriguez worked a one-out walk, and Amanda Sports and Chrissy Melcher ripped consecutive singles to get King (8-16, 4-4 CC) on the board. Hannah Smith cut the Tornado deficit to 6-2 with a run scoring single later in the inning, but the Tornado couldn't push any more runs across in the inning, stranding a pair of runners.
Mount Olive pitcher Madison Johnston then sat down King in order in the seventh to give the Trojans the 6-2 victory.
Lowe tossed all six innings for King, allowing six unearned runs on eight hits. Sports and Melcher registered two hits apiece to lead the offense with Melcher and Smith each driving in a run.
King got on the board first in the nightcap as Melcher drove in Sports, who reached on an error to put the Tornado ahead. Melcher then scored on an Amber Walker single, giving King a 2-0 lead after one inning.
However, the Trojans got on the board with five runs in the second inning. The frame was capped by a Beth Overman two-run double that gave Mount Olive a 5-2 lead.
King cut into the deficit with single runs in each the third and fourth innings. Melcher scored in the third and Sports drove in Amber Palmer with and single to center in the fourth that cut the deficit to 5-4 after four innings.
Nevertheless, the Mount Olive offense exploded again, this time for eight runs in the fifth inning to end the contest. Savannah Becker ripped a two run double early in the inning and Kelsey Akers ended the contest with a two run double of her own, giving the Trojans the 13-4 victory.
The Tornado had six different players account for their six hits. Melcher scored twice and drove in one to pace the offense.
King will be in action again on Sunday at Barton College. First pitch from Wilson, N.C. is slated for 2:00 p.m.