BURLINGTON, N.C. – With a spot in the Conference Carolinas Softball Tournament semifinal game on the line, fourth seed University of Mount Olive came from behind to defeat top-seeded Limestone College on Saturday afternoon. The Saints grabbed the early lead, but Mount Olive came storming back with four runs in the fifth before tacking on a pair in the seventh to take the contest 6-2.
Limestone (29-17) wasted no time getting on the board, as leadoff hitter Ashley Cox started the bottom of the first with a single to left. She was sacrificed to second before coming around to score on a Mount Olive error. Leea Polin ripped a run scoring single late in the inning to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.
Saint starting pitcher started out hot, only allowing one Trojan hit, and only two runners through the first four innings. However, that changed in the fifth inning when Jennifer Jones worked a one-out walk. Carly White followed with a double to center. Lauren McGrath then tied the game with she drove in both runners with an infield single. The Trojans (22-24) grabbed the lead when Beth Overman crushed a double to plate a pair, giving Mount Olive a 4-2 lead.
Limestone threatened to score in the both the fifth and sixth innings, getting a pair of runners in each frame. However, Trojan pitcher Megan Johnston escaped both innings to keep Mount Olive in the lead. Mount Olive added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh, but Johnston didn’t need them as she worked around a one-out hit in the seventh to give Mount Olive the win.
White earned the win for Mount Olive, tossing four innings and allowing two unearned runs on three hits while Johnston earned the save in three innings of work. She allowed four hits. For Limestone, Shearer threw six and one-thirds innings, allowing six runs on eight hits.
Offensively, Kelsey Akers led Mount Olive, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored from the leadoff spot while Overman drove in a pair.
Mount Olive will face second seed King University with a spot in the championship game on the line Saturday at 4:00 p.m. while Limestone faces Lees-McRae in an elimination game.