Top-ranked Mount Olive (N.C.) brought home its first ever Division II national championship this weekend after beating Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 6-2 in the title game.
The Trojans went 3-0 at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill., capping the tournament by taking care of the No. 4 Tigers on Saturday. Mount Olive wasted no time in the championship game. A two-out error by third baseman Rudy Jovanovski allowed the first inning to continue, and the Trojans took advantage, putting up five runs in the frame. Josh Harrison led the offensive attack for the newly crowned national champs, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
The early run support was more than starter Casey Hodges would need. He pitched eight innings to earn his 10th win of the year. He allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out six Tigers. Hodges was named to the all-tournament team, where he was joined by teammates David Cooper, Rich Rocobaldo, Alex Vertcnik and Jesse Lancaster. Jim Streicher, Destan Makonen, David Adler, Justin Pennell and tournament MVP Steve Smith received all-tournament honors for Ouachita Baptist.
The win caps a dream season for the Trojans. They went 58-6, a record that includes a 23-game winning streak. They entered the NCAA tournament with the No. 1 ranking and finished it the same way.