Trojan pitching and defense leads to win over Erskine
BURLINGTON, N.C. – The University of Mount Olive took on Erskine College in the Conference Carolinas Softball Tournament first round, and Trojan pitcher Carly White was dominant. White tossed a six-hit shutout as the fourth seeded Trojans defeated the fourth seeded Flying Fleet 4-0.
White didn’t have much trouble navigating through the early innings as she only allowed two hits over the first four innings. The Trojan offense gave her the runs she needed in the third inning as Lauren McGrath sparked a rally with a one-out single up the middle. A walk and an infield single loaded the bases as Mount Olive (21-24) plated a pair of runs in a Flying Fleet throwing error.
Erskine (17-22) threatened in the fifth inning with a pair of singles, including a leadoff single by Christine Long. The Flying Fleet tried to steal a run by having the runner at third base steal second, but the Trojans sniffed it out, throwing the runner out at second, and then getting the runner at the plate to end the threat.
Mount Olive added a run on a Kalie Smith home run in the fourth inning, and plated an insurance run in the sixth inning. White worked around a little trouble in the seventh, but she stranded both Flying Fleet runners to give Mount Olive the 4-0 victory.
The Trojans got hits from six different players, and White earned the complete game victory with five strikeouts. Erskine also got hits from six different players with starting pitcher Danica Newton tossing five innings.
Erskine will face the loser of the King-Barton game at 3:00 p.m., and Mount Olive will face the winner between Limestone and Lees-McRae at 5:00 p.m.