Mount Olive Hosts NCAA II Baseball Southeast Regional - Trojans Earn No. 1 Seed
Mount Olive earned the No. 1 seed and will play host to the Southeast Regional of the 2013 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship. The six-team double-elimination regional takes place Thursday through Sunday at Scarborough Field. The Trojans are hosting the Southeast Regional for the third consecutive year and for the fifth time in the last seven years. The announcement was made late Sunday night during the NCAA Division II Baseball Selection Show.
Tournament schedule, ticket information and a listing of area hotels are available on the Southeast Regional Home Page.
Mount Olive (46-6) will face No. 6 seed Lincoln Memorial (26-24) in the first round Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the third game of the day. The tournament opener is at 11 a.m. and features No. 3 seed Armstrong (31-15) against No. 4 seed Coker (34-14). At 3 p.m., second-seeded USC Aiken (41-11) faces No. 5 seed Georgia College (33-17).
Mount Olive won the Conference Carolinas regular season title, but had to settle for one of three at-large berths after falling short of its fourth consecutive conference tournament championship. USC Aiken and Armstrong captured the other two at-large bids.
Two of the three automatic bids to the Southeast Regional went to teams who were unranked in the final regular season regional poll. Conference Carolinas champion Coker was ranked No. 5 in the final regional poll, while Peach Belt Conference champion Georgia College and South Atlantic Conference champion Lincoln Memorial were both unranked.
Games are scheduled for 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. each of the first three days and the championship game is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. A second game could be played Sunday if necessary.
The Southeast Regional champion will join the other seven regional champions at the NCAA Division II National Finals May 25-June 1 at USA Baseball National Training Center in Cary, N.C. Mount Olive and Town of Cary are serving as co-hosts of the National Finals for the fifth consecutive year. The NCAA has awarded the National Finals bid to Mount Olive and Town of Cary through 2015.
Mount Olive is seeking its third trip to the National Finals. The Trojans won the national championship in 2008 and tied for third in 2011.