MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - Matt Rickard (Burlington, N.C./Walter M. Williams HS) hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Mount Olive to a 4-3 victory over Newberry in non-conference NCAA Division II baseball Sunday at Scarborough Field. Rickard's game-winner came one at-bat after Josh Carter (Goldsboro, N.C./Eastern Wayne HS) singled home the tying run and one pitch after a pinch-runner was caught stealing.
Mount Olive starter Bryan Corbett (Marion, S.C./Marion HS) struck out eight and allowed only two hits in seven scoreless innings as he left with a 2-0 lead. The Trojans scored their first run in the third inning when Ricky Davis (Lakewood, Wash.) reached on a two-out error and scored two batters later on Carter's line single to left. Mount Olive (2-1) added a run in the sixth when Brent Long (Alton, Va./Halifax County HS) scored from third on a double steal.
Newberry (1-2) got in the scoreboard in the top of the eighth when Brandon Brown led off with a single, stole second, reached third on an errant pickoff attempt and scored on T.J. McCord's two-out pinch-hit single to right. The Indians added two runs in the top of the ninth when Anthony Dillenger drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored on a fielder's choice and Brown hit a two-out RBI-single to give Newberry a 3-2 lead.
Davis walked on four pitches to lead off the bottom of the ninth, moved to second on a ground out and scored on Carter's single to left field. After Newberry catcher Curt Marshall threw out a Trojan pinch-runner attempting to steal second, Rickard went opposite field, lofting a fastball over the right field fence to give the Trojans their second win in the three-game series. The two teams split a doubleheader Saturday.
Mount Olive returns to action Wednesday as the Trojans travel to Misenheimer, N.C., to take on Pfeiffer in a rematch of the championship game of last year's Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Tournament. The game does not count towards the CVAC standings. Game time is 1 p.m. Newberry plays host to USC Upstate Tuesday at 4 p.m.