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Mount Olive number one again

By Brian North
Published On: Mar 04 2013 03:06:40 PM CST
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 Mount Olive returned to the No. 1 position in the Collegiate Baseball Division II Top 30 Poll after a sweeping a weekend series at then No. 18 Belmont Abbey as part of a 5-0 week. The Trojans dropped to No. 2 after their first loss of the week, but regained their spot on the perch with wins that included a win over North Greenville on Monday and a 14-3 win over St. Augustine's Thursday. The poll is voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association. The Trojans held the top spot the first three weeks of the season.

Mount Olive (17-1 overall, 5-1 Conference Carolinas) also held on to No. 2 in this week's College Baseball Lineup Division II Top 30 behind Delta State.

The Trojans avenged the season's only loss by pounding out 18 hits in a 22-5 win over North Greenville in the rubber game of their three-game series on Monday. Mount Olive remained undefeated in nine-inning games this season after dropping game two of a doubleheader a day earlier.

After rolling past St. Augustine's Thursday, the Trojans faced their biggest road test of the season at Belmont Abbey. In the opener Saturday, Mount Olive got a complete game, 11-strikeout performance from pitcher Matt Dillon in a 6-2 win. The game was called in the eighth due to weather, pushing game two of the scheduled doubleheader to Sunday.

On Sunday, Alex Regan took a perfect game into the fifth before settling for a complete game six-hitter and a 7-4 win. In the nightcap, Mike Mercurio and Geno Escalante each had four hits and the Trojans built a 10-0 lead through three innings in a 14-4 win.

The sweep makes the Trojans 6-0 this season against ranked teams. Earlier this season, Mount Olive swept a three-game series against LeMoyne, ranked No. 19 at the time.

Mount Olive collected 480 points in the poll to finish 16 points ahead of second-ranked and 2012 national runner-up Delta State (Miss.).

Mount Olive hosts Wingate University Tuesday in a doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m. Barton comes to Scarborough Field for a three-game series beginning with a single game Friday at 6 p.m. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon.