Baseball Falls to #2 Mount Olive


MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. -- Mount Olive topped Catawba 6-2 in a battle of regional baseball powers on Tuesday afternoon at Scarborough Field.  The Trojans, ranked second in NCAA II, improve to 34-7.  The 27th-ranked Catawba Indians fall to 27-12. 

A Catawba error led to three Mount Olive runs in the first to stake the Trojans to an early lead.  Jose Lopez singled home the first run then Tony Salvaggio singled home two more with two outs.  Salvaggio added a two-out single in the third to push the lead to 4-2.

The Indians left six runners on over the first five innings, but put together a rally in the sixth.  A hit by pitch, a walk and an error loaded the bases with no outs.  Bryce Fowler (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood/Presbyterian) hit a sacrifice fly to get Catawba on the board. 

A single by Jacob Nester (Kernersville, N.C./E. Forsyth/Chowan) would load the bases again, but Nick Coble (Concord, N.C./Mt. Pleasant/Florence-Darlington) was forced at home on a ground ball for the second out.  The Indians got one more run on a walk to Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C./E. Rowan), but Jesse Schullstrom got Jeremy Simpson (Cleveland, N.C./W. Rowan) to ground out to end the inning. 

Mount Olive got those two runs back in the seventh.  Drew Ellis doubled home a run and Lopez added a RBI single.  Salvaggio, Ellis and Lopez combined for seven of the eight Trojan hits.  Salvaggio had three, while Ellis and Lopez both had two.

Catawba managed seven hits in the loss.  Fowler and Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) had two each.  Michael Elwell (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) took the loss for the Indians and fell to 0-2.  Three of the four runs he allowed were unearned as he gave up four hits, walked three and fanned three.

Trey Pate (4-0) earned the win for Mount Olive.  He went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs (one earned) off five hits.  Pate walked three and struck out one. 

Catawba travels to Tusculum this weekend for a series between conference co-leaders.  The series opens at 6 pm on Friday night.

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«February 2018»
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

February 3

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)

Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6

Baseball @ Lynn 11-12

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65

February 4

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  1 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  3 p.m.

February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

February 9

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8

Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12

February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

February 17

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-7th

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104

February 18

Softball vs BARTON 11-3

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13

Softball vs BARTON 11-0

Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7

February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships W-10th,M-10th

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC) 

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 4th of 9

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 6-3

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 39-59

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 84-92

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.

February 24

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Baseball vs. COKER 1 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4 p.m.

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

February 28

Basketball (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

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