UMO Rallies To Split Non-Conference Softball Doubleheader At Newberry

UMO Rallies To Split Non-Conference Softball Doubleheader At Newberry

JenniBeth Burge's pinch-hit rbi-single ignited a four-run sixth inning as University of Mount Olive rallied from a 4-0 deficit for a 6-5 victory over Newberry College in game two of a non-conference softball doubleheader Saturday at Newberry, S.C. Relief pitcher Julie Hodges allowed only one run in five-plus innings to keep Mount Olive within striking range. The win gave the Trojans a split after falling 2-1 in the opener.

Mount Olive (4-8) spotted Newberry four runs in the bottom of the first inning of the nightcap as the first six Wolves batters all reached base. Trojan centerfielder Savannah Becker prevented further damage by throwing two runners out in the inning, eliminating a runner at the plate for the first out and a runner at third for the second out.

The Trojans capitalized on Newberry miscues for two runs in the top of the third as an error helped UMO load the bases with nobody out. Kelsey Akers scored the first run on a wild pitch and Charlene Thompson came home on Madison Stewart's rbi-groundout to pull Mount Olive within 4-2.

Hodges (1-0) took over with one out in the first and scattered seven hits. She got out of a one-out bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly and a strikeout. She struck out three and walked one in 5 1/3 innings.

The Trojans were down 5-2 with one out and runners on second and third in the top of the sixth when Burge grabbed a bat off the bench. She drove a single through the left side to drive in pinch-runner Kayla Allen. Kristin Power and Burge both came home to tie the game 5-5 when Callie Ferrell's single to right was misplayed. Ferrell eventually scored on a passed ball to give Mount Olive its first lead of the twinbill.

Hodges retired the first two batters in the bottom of the sixth, but back-to-back singles by Nicolette Myers and Christina Linton kept the inning alive for Newberry (10-6). Madison Johnston took over in the circle for Mount Olive and got a strikeout to end the threat. Johnston overcame a leadoff hit batsman in the bottom of the seventh to earn her first save of the season.

Mount Olive threatened to take an early lead in the opener as the Trojans loaded the bases with one out in the second inning. Allen and Caitlin Ewers both walked to open the inning and Brooke Kamphuis reached on an infield single. But Newberry pitcher Maude McCourry ended the Trojans' threat with a force out at home and a groundout.

Newberry broke the deadlock with a pair of runs on four hits in the bottom of the third. Linton doubled with one out for the Wolves and eventually scored on a fielder's choice. Morgan Sweeney scored on a single, but Mount Olive prevented a third run when second baseman Power threw a runner out at the plate.

After leaving two runners on base in the fifth and sixth innings, the Trojans got on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh as Akers led off with a double and scored when Power reached on an error. Burge drew a pinch-hit walk with one out, but Newberry reliever Devon Morrison retired the final two batters on a strikeout and a groundout.

Johnston (2-4) started and went three innings, while Hodges finished up with three scoreless innings.

Mount Olive concludes its visit to Upstate South Carolina Sunday as the Trojans take on USC Aiken in a non-conference doubleheader. Game time is 2 p.m.