The Emmanuel College baseball team took the field against the Trojans of Mount Olive this past weekend. The Mount Olive Baseball team has been receiving votes for national rankings all through the season and went deep into the postseason last year.
Game one of the series didn't go well for the Lions as an offensive outburst from the Trojans put the lions down quietly 16-0. Colton Bridges had a solid start for the lions going 4.1 IP and allowing only 2 ER with 5 Ks.
Game two of the series saw a close pitching duel as Cooper Murphy and Austin Copeland combined for the entire 7 innings and allowed only 4 runs to the very talented Mount Olive team. Both Lions pitchers also had incredibly clutch moments as each of them managed to pitch out of a bases loaded jam with no outs. The Lions put up a few runs early on a few hits and untimely errors from Mount Olive. This would prove to not be enough as the Trojans would regain the lead on a pair of home runs in the 6th inning. Going into the bottom of the 6th, the lions needed to tie the game and Hanon Price decided he was the man for the job as he came up with a huge triple to start the inning. Price would come in on a RBI single by Derrick Carswell to tie the game at 4-4. The lions would hold the Trojans and would come up in the bottom of the seventh looking to clinch the walk-off victory. The Trojans closer came in and could not find the strikezone as he would walk two and hit on batter to load the bases. This would bring up Jason Myers who, on a full count with two outs, would take ball four to seal the win for the lions.
Game three saw the Trojans jump back offensively and handle the lions pitching. The lions were fairly quietly offensively as well as they would take the loss 20-2.
The Lions will play next weekend at Barton College in another three game Conference Carolinas series.