Thursday, May 29, 2008

Mount Olive to play for Div. II championship

A little more than 14 months after the Barton College men's basketball team won the first national championship in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference history, the Mount Olive College baseball team has a chance to be the first Conference Carolinas team to pull off the feat.

The Trojans, ranked No. 1 among NCAA Division II clubs, defeated No. 7 Central Missouri 5-3 on Thursday afternoon to advance to the championship game of the Div. II national tournament. MOC (57-6) will play either No. 2 Sonoma State (Calif.) or No. 4 Ouachita Baptist (Texas) in Saturday's final at 1 p.m. The Trojans defeated Ouachita Baptist in the first game of the tournament.

Members of the Trojans include first baseman Erik Lovett, who played for the Wilson Tobs the past two summers, and outfielder-pitcher Jesse Lancaster, who will play for Wilson this summer.

Conference Carolinas, for those who don't know, is merely the renamed CVAC with all the teams the same.

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