MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Mount Olive College sophomore Carter Capps threw a complete-game three-hit shutout in leading the top-seeded Trojans to a 6-0 victory over No. 6 seed Wingate University in an opening-round game of the 2011 NCAA Division II Baseball Southeast Regional Thursday at Scarborough Field.
Capps (13-0) gave up two of his three hits in the first inning, and faced the minimum after the fourth inning. He closed out the game by striking out the side in the ninth, giving him nine strikeouts for the game.
With the victory, Capps extended his NCAA Division II record for consecutive wins to 23, and also tied the school record for wins in a season and wins in a career. He has not lost a game in his Mount Olive career.
The win moves second-ranked Mount Olive (42-7) into a second-round game at 3 p.m. on Friday against No. 4 seed and 14th-ranked Columbus State. Wingate (34-21) will play an elimination game at 11 a.m. against No. 2 seed and ninth-ranked Francis Marion.
The Bulldogs had their best scoring opportunity in the first inning, getting a leadoff single by Cale Rogers and another single one out later by Dodson McPherson. But Capps struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
Wingate had other chances, getting the leadoff runner on base in the second, third, sixth and eighth innings, but each time Capps worked out of trouble. He was helped by a defense that turned two outstanding double plays and another diving stop at short.
Meanwhile, the Mount Olive offense scraped together runs despite producing just one RBI on a base hit. The Trojans had two RBI groundouts, a sacrifice fly, a run on a throwing error and a wild pitch.
Mount Olive got on the board in the first inning against Wingate starter Chris Nelson (6-4), taking advantage of a free pass when Joseph Westbrook was hit by a pitch. Jason Simone singled through the left side, and Jacob Rogers followed with a single to right center to score Westbrook.
Antonio Callaway led off the third inning with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Faison, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Westbrook groundout.
Two innings later, Callaway drew a one-out walk and set up another run-scoring inning. This time, Faison moved him to third with a double down the left field line, and Westbrook was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game to load the bases. Callaway scored on a sacrifice fly by Simone, and Faison came home on a throwing error by the catcher during a steal attempt of second base by Westbrook.
Dan Hayduk and Tyler Smith produced infield singles to start the sixth inning and advanced on a Daniel Coffey sacrifice. Nick Gaeta followed with a pinch-hit RBI groundout, driving in Hayduk with the Trojans’ fifth run of the game.
Mount Olive tacked on a sixth run in the eighth inning when Rogers singled, stole second, moved to third when the throw went into center field, and scored on a wild pitch.
The Trojans collected 10 hits as a team off four Wingate pitchers.