MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The No. 13-ranked Mount Olive baseball team exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning Saturday afternoon and earned a 15-8 non-conference victory over No. 3 Lander at Scarborough Field in the season opener for both teams.
The two teams will meet again at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Mount Olive's Rodriguez (1-0) earned the victory on the mound after striking out one, walking three and allowing two earned runs on four hits in 2.2 innings pitched.
The Bearcats' Logan Pemberton (0-1) suffered the loss with two walks and three earned runs on one hit.
The Trojans came back in the bottom of the inning to tie it at 2-all on Jason Morozowski's two-RBI single that plated DeAndre Allen and Justin Manning.
Daly's three-run homer in the third put Lander up 5-2.
Mount Olive erupted for 10 runs in the fifth inning to take a 12-5 advantage. Stephen Wallace walked in Morozowski, Manning singled in Samauel Gailmard, Rob Shipman went home when Brett Lang was hit by a pitch, and Chris Leduc blasted a grand slam. Gailmard's sacrifice fly then plated Joe Koehler and Shipman ended the inning with a two-run homer.
Montevallo extended the lead to 15-7 in the seventh inning on Shipman's RBI single that scored GrantTyndall, and Manning's two-RBI shot that plated Shipman and Gailmard.
The Bearcats' final run came in the ninth when Lawing scored on Chris Hyatt's sacrifice fly.
For Lander, Lawing went 3-for-4, while Painter batted 2-for-5.