MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Mount Olive earned the No. 1 seed and will play host to the Southeast Regional of the 2011 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship Thursday through Sunday at Scarborough Field. The announcement was made late Sunday night during the NCAA II Baseball Championship Selection Show.
The Trojans open tournament play Thursday at 7 p.m. against No. 6 seed Wingate in a battle of conference champions. Mount Olive won the Conference Carolinas championship, while Wingate captured the South Atlantic Conference title.
The Southeast Regional gets underway Thursday at 11 a.m. with a battle of Peach Belt Conference foes as third-seeded and conference champion UNC Pembroke takes on No. 4 Columbus State. At 3 p.m., No. 2 seed Francis Marion faces No. 5 seed Catawba.
Mount Olive (41-7) has a 6-1 record this season against the teams in the Southeast Regional. The Trojans swept doubleheaders against Francis Marion and Wingate, and took two-of-three against Catawba. All of the games were at Scarborough Field.
All six teams in the Southeast Regional were ranked or received votes in last week’s Collegiate Baseball Top 30 Poll: Mount Olive (No. 1), Francis Marion (No. 9), UNC Pembroke (No. 10), Columbus State (No. 14), Catawba (No. 18) and Wingate (received votes).
The regional is a double-elimination tournament with three games scheduled for each of the first three days and up to two games slated for the final day.
Mount Olive is hosting the regional for the third time in five years. The 2007 regional took place at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C. The Trojans were regional runners-up in 2007, then won the regional title in 2008 on their way to their first-ever national championship.
The entire 48-team field was announced during the selection show. Each of the eight regional champions advance to the NCAA II National Finals May 28-June 4 at USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Mount Olive College and Town of Cary will co-host the National Finals for the third year in a row.