Monday, May 19, 2008

Mount Olive moves on to NCAA Division II championship

For those of you who may have forgotten that the NCAA Division II baseball season is still going on, the campaign is especially alive for Mount Olive.

The top-ranked Trojans earned their first trip to the national championship tournament today by defeating University of South Carolina-Aiken 8-3 in the completion of Sunday's suspended South Atlantic Regional championship game at Scarborough Field.

Mount Olive (54-6) had to win three straight elimination games, including two against USC-Aiken. The Trojans were beaten by USC-Aiken 6-5 on Saturday morning. Mount Olive then outscored Columbus State and USC-Aiken twice by a 33-7 margin.

The Trojans, which won the Conference Carolinas championship in Fleming Stadium last month for the third straight year, will play Ouachita Baptist on Sunday in Sauget, Ill. The other first-round pairings in the double-elimination tournament are Sonoma State vs. Shippensburg, Central Missouri vs. Franklin Pierce, and Tampa vs. Ashland.

Congratulations and good luck to head coach Carl Lancaster, his son Jesse, an outfielder and soon-to-be Wilson Tob, first baseman Erik Lovett (a former Tob) and all the Trojans!

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