No. 1 Mount Olive Falls To Catawba 6-5 In Season Finale

No. 1 Mount Olive Falls To Catawba 6-5 In Season Finale

Mount Olive, N.C. --- The top-ranked University of Mount Olive saw their 2016-17 season come to an end with a 6-5 loss in game 11 of the 2017 NCAA Division II Baseball Southeast Regional at Scarborough Field in Mount Olive, N.C.

Score: Catawba 6, Mount Olive 5
Records: Mount Olive (48-10), Catawba (40-16)
Location: Scarborough Field, Mount Olive, N.C.

How It Happened


  • Catawba jumped out ahead in the bottom of the first as two runs scored on a wild pitch and gave the Indians an early lead.
  • The Indians added three more runs in the bottom of the second and a solo run in the bottom of the third to extend their lead to 6-0.
  • Mount Olive found the answer in the top of the fifth as Jack Sherrill reached on a fielding error. Following a Ricky Surum single and a Drew Ellis walk, Jose Lopez singled into left to score both Surum and Ellis as UMO drew to within four.
  • UMO added two more runs in the top of the seventh on a wild pitch and a Trae Sweeting RBI-single to draw to a 6-4 deficit. 
  • Surum added another run for Mount Olive in the eighth on a RBI-single that drove in Jack Sherrill.
  • Mount Olive was unable to put a runner on in the ninth and with the loss saw the 2016-17 season end.



  • "Can't say enough about this team. I would have taken 48-10 at the beginning of the season and wouldn't have considered anything else and been happy with it. You know, they battled, boy, they really battled. They got down six early and they just kept grinding out outs and at bats. All in all, it's been a wonderful year and this is an outstanding group of men and fought every single pitch to the end and I'm just proud of them," said Head Coach Carl Lancaster.


Mount Olive's season comes to a close as the Trojans end their season 48-10 with both a regular season and Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship.