SUMTER, S.C. - No. 3-ranked Mount Olive College held off a ninth-inning rally from Armstrong State University to pick up a 5-2 collegiate baseball victory on Monday evening at Riley Park in Sumter, S.C.
The Trojans improved to 24-5 with the win, their ninth straight, while Armstrong State fell to 13-11 overall, suffering its eighth straight loss. Seven of those eight have come against teams that were ranked in the Top 10 in the nation at the time.
Mount Olive got on the board with a single run in the first inning on Zach Mozingo's RBI single, then tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Drew Ellis and an RBI double from Jose Lopez.
The Trojans made the score 5-0 with two runs in the eighth inning on a David Mayo RBI double and a wild pitch.
The Pirates loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning on back-to-back singles by Caleb Slaughter and Will Browning, as well as a walk from Tyler Epps. Mike Warren then doubled down the right field line to score a pair, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Mount Olive reliever Ethan Horne got the final out to preserve the win.
Horne's one-out save, his first of the season, preserved the win for Mount Olive starter Braxton Shetley (2-3), who hurled five innings of three-hit shutout ball, walking three while striking out three. Aaron Bentley (3-1) took the loss for the Pirates, giving up five hits and five runs in 7 2/3 innings of work, walking two while striking out eight.
Browning went 2-for-3 for the Pirates, while Warren had a pair of RBIs. Lopez went 2-for-4 to lead the Trojans at the plate.