Saturday, May 31, 2008

Trojans are Division II national champions

Congratulations to the Mount Olive College baseball team for winning the NCAA Division II baseball championship Saturday.

The No. 1-ranked Trojans scored five runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 6-2 win against No. 4 Ouachita Baptist. Former Wilson Tob Josh Harrison singled in the first of those two runs. Trojans first baseman Erik Lovett played for the Tobs the past two seasons and Jesse Lancaster, son of MOC head coach Carl Lancaster, will join the Tobs this season. Lancaster was selected to the all-tournament team.

Four members of Mount Olive's team have been honored as All-American selections — catcher Jason Sherrer, pitcher Ryan Schect, pitcher Casey Hodges and outfielder Alex Vertcnik.

Mount Olive becomes the first national champion from Conference Carolinas but second in the league's history. Barton College won the Div. II men's basketball championship in 2007 when the league was named Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference.

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