BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team returned to action following a week hiatus when they hosted the University of Mount Olive in a Conference Carolinas doubleheader. The Trojan offense scored in nearly every inning of game one, taking the contest 8-5. Mount Olive then used a big sixth inning to take game two 12-2.
FINAL SCORE: Mount Olive 8, King 5; Mount Olive 12, King 2
LOCATION: King Softball Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 10-22, 5-7 Conference Carolinas; Mount Olive 21-15, 7-3 Conference Carolinas
- Hannah Smith paced the King offense in game one, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
- Alliyah Sands went 2-for-3 in the opener and followed it with a 3-for-3 performance in game two.
- Posting four hits on the day was Jennifer Kern, going 2-for-3 in each contest.
- Amber Walker drove in two while going 2-for-3 in game one.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS
- The Trojans set the tone early, as they scored in nearly every inning, starting with one run in the first frame. Anna Ingram drove in Kelsey Akers with a sacrifice fly, putting Mount Olive on top.
- Mount Olive scored another in the second, as Charlene Thompson doubled to start the inning and later scored on an error.
- In the fourth, Mount Olive looked to break the game open, plating four runs. Thompson and Akers both drove in runs as the Trojans took a 6-0 lead.
- King cut into the deficit in the bottom of the inning when Kern started the frame with a double. She then scored on a Smith single and Smith later scored on a Morgan Lowe single. Walker plated Lowe with a single, but the Trojans threw out a runner at the plate end the inning leading 6-3.
- However, Mount Olive tallied single runs in each the fifth and sixth innings. Cassidy Ferrell drove in one in the fifth and Kayla Allen plated one in the sixth to give Mount Olive an 8-3 lead.
- The Tornado offense struck again in the sixth as Smith started the inning with a single. She later scored on a Walker single and Walker later scored on an error, cutting the King deficit to 8-5.
- Hannah Devotie started the bottom of the seventh with a single, but the Trojans made a pitching change that proved to be timely.
- Julie Hodges got back-to-back outs for the Trojans and following a hit got a strikeout to end the contest.
Winning Pitcher: Madison Johnston (12-6) 6.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
Save: Hodges (1) 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
Losing Pitcher: Hayley Smothers (6-10) 7.0 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS
- Mount Olive picked up where they left off in the first game, scoring a run in the top of the first inning. Akers started the game with a single and later scored on an error.
- The Trojans then added two in the second, the second run game on an Akers single, giving Mount Olive a 3-0 lead.
- King tried to get on the board in the second, but the Trojans cut down a run at the plate to end the inning.
- The Tornado got on the board in the fourth inning as Olivia Lawson was hit by a pitch to start the frame and she later scored on a Sands double. Kelsey Nave and Lauren Smith ripped back-to-back singles, the second scoring Sands and cutting the King deficit to 3-2.
- Mont Olive matched those runs in the top of the fifth as Ingram drove in a pair with single up the middle, stretching the Trojan lead back to 5-2.
- In the sixth, Mount Olive put the game out of reach, scoring seven runs on five hits. Becker and Ferrell both recorded two-run doubles in the inning as the Trojans took the game 12-2.
Winning Pitcher: Hodges (7-4) 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
Losing Pitcher: Lauren Smith (3-6) 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
FOR THE FOES
- Ferrell led Mount Olive with five total hits, going 3-for-4 in game one and 2-for-4 in game two with two runs batted in.
- Anna Ingram drove in three in the second game where she went 2-for-4.
- Savannah Becker also registered a pair of hits, driving in two and scoring twice in the nightcap.
- The Tornado return to action on Tuesday when they travel to take on West Virginia Tech. First pitch from Montgomery, W.Va. is slated for 2:00 p.m.
- Mount Olive travels to take on Lees-McRae on Sunday.