Trojans top Coker, advance to title game

BURLINGTON, N.C. – Coming off of a 10 inning win to stay alive in the Conference Carolinas Softball Tournament, Mount Olive College faced another elimination game against Coker College. The teams traded runs in the first, and the Trojans scored three runs in the fourth to break the game open and took the game 4-2 to advance.

Coker (26-18) didn’t waste any time getting on the board as Sarah Roundtree started the game with a single, and promptly stole second. The second batter of the game, Bryant McLendon then laced a single to left field that scored Roundtree, giving the Cobras the 1-0 lead.

Mount Olive (32-13) was quick to answered, however, as they loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning. Kelsey Akers then worked a walk to push in a run and even the game. Coker pitcher Breanna Skipper then got a fly out to escape the jam.

The Trojans broke the game open in the fourth inning as Erin Brogan drove in Jones, who doubled earlier in the inning to give Mount Olive the lead. Katie Moore came up with the bases loaded later in the inning and laced a two-run double to the left center field fence, extending the lead to 4-1.

In the fifth inning, the Cobras tried to answer as Sydney Weatherford laced a two-out double that scored McLendon to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Carly White came in to pitch for Mount Olive in the sixth inning and retired six of the seven batters, including a strikeout to seal the victory. Madison Johnston earned the win for the Trojans, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings of work. Beth Overman paced the offense, going 3-for-4 while Danielle Mitchell went 2-for-4 and Moore drove in two runs.

Roundtree paced the Coker offense going 3-for-4 with one run scored.

Mount Olive will now face undefeated North Greenville University in the Conference Carolinas championship. The Trojans will have to defeat the Crusaders twice to win the title.