Despite having its 23-game winning streak snapped, Mount Olive remains No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Division II Top 30 and Ping Baseball Division II Top 30. The Trojans won six of seven games last week and remained unbeaten in Conference Carolinas play.
Mount Olive (28-2 overall, 12-0 Conference Carolinas) opened the week with a 6-1 win at Pfeiffer to complete a sweep of a three-game conference series that was delayed a day due to rain. The Trojans followed by sweeping Bryant in a doubleheader before Bryant came back to finish the series with a 5-4 victory. The loss was the Trojans’ first since a 9-5 loss February 3 against Tusculum.
Mount Olive came within two wins of matching its all-time longest winning streak. The Trojans began the 1999 season with a 25-0 mark. The Trojans are 26-1 in their last 27 games.
Mount Olive finished the week with a three-game Conference Carolinas series sweep against Barton as the Trojans scored 36 games in the series. Mount Olive has swept each of its first four conference series this season and clinched its 13th consecutive conference series dating back to 2006. Including conference tournament games and regular season non-conference games, Mount Olive is 46-4 in its last 50 games against Conference Carolinas opponents.
The Trojans picked up 472 points in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Top 30 and are 16 points ahead of West Alabama, which moved up a spot to No. 2. Grand Valley State is No. 3 with 450 points. In the Ping Baseball Top 30, Southern Arkansas edged up a spot to No. 2, while West Alabama moved up one to No. 3.
Mount Olive plays host to Shepherd for a two-game non-conference series with single games Tuesday and Wednesday evening. First pitch both days is 6 p.m.
Mount Olive resumes Conference Carolinas play Friday as the Trojans travel to Gaffney, S.C., to face Limestone in what has become a traditional Easter Weekend series. The two teams play a doubleheader Friday, then finish the series with a single game Saturday. Game time both days is noon.