Mount Olive jumped two places to No. 1 as the Trojans regained the top spot in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Division II Top 30 Poll. Mount Olive fell to No. 3 last week after spending the previous five weeks at No. 1. The Trojans hold at No. 2 in the Ping Baseball Top 30.
Mount Olive (37-4 overall, 18-1 Conference Carolinas) defeated No. 14 Erskine 9-2 in what was supposed to be the opening game of a three-game Conference Carolinas series. Saturday’s doubleheader was canceled due to rain, allowing the Trojans to clinch the No. 1 seed in next week’s Conference Carolinas Tournament and at least a share of its second consecutive regular season conference title.
In the closest voting this season, Mount Olive picked up 468 points in the Collegiate Baseball Poll to finish six points ahead of Sonoma State (Calif.) and Southern Arkansas, which tied at No. 2. Southern Arkansas, which remains No. 1 in the Ping Baseball Poll, held the top spot in all three national polls last week. Tampa (Fla.), the only other team to be ranked No. 1 this season, remains close at No. 4 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll and No. 3 in the Ping Baseball Poll. The NCBWA Top 30 is expected to be announced Tuesday.
Mount Olive’s victory over Erskine gives the Trojans their 17th consecutive conference series win, dating back to 2006. Including conference tournament games and regular season non-conference games, Mount Olive is 52-5 in its last 57 games against Conference Carolinas opponents.
Mount Olive has one more non-conference game before playing its Conference Carolinas finale this weekend. The Trojans play host to Virginia State Wednesday in a rematch of the first round of the South Atlantic Regional of the 2008 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship. Game time is 3 p.m. at Scarborough Field.
Mount Olive wraps up regular season play this weekend as the Trojans play host to Belmont Abbey for a three-game Conference Carolinas series at Scarborough Field. The two teams play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 3 p.m., then conclude the series with a single game Sunday at 1 p.m.
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