Mount Olive received its highest ranking of the season, jumping four spots to No. 6 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Division II Top 30 Poll, it was announced Monday. The ranking is the Trojans’ highest since peaking at No. 3 during the 1999 season.
Mount Olive (46-11 overall) is the No. 1 seed and tournament host for this week’s South Atlantic Regional in the 2007 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship. The six-team double-elimination regional runs Thursday through Sunday at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C.
Mount Olive won the 2007 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Baseball Tournament in April and has been idle since wrapping up regular season play more than two weeks ago with a doubleheader sweep over Chowan. The Trojans are 28-3 in their last 31 games, dating back to March 10.
The Trojans picked up a season-high 398 points in the poll, placing 12 points behind No. 5 Cal State Chico and 20 points ahead of seventh-ranked and former No. 1 Cal State Los Angeles. Tampa (Fla.) and Sonoma State (Calif.) share the No. 1 spot this week. Mount Olive is the highest ranked of the six South Atlantic Region teams ranked in the top 30.
Mount Olive opens post-season play Thursday at 7 p.m. against No. 6 seed Virginia State. The “Trojans vs. Trojans” match-up is the third of three first-round match-ups slated for Thursday. The championship game is slated for Sunday. The regional champion advances to the NCAA II National Finals May 25-June 1 at Montgomery, Ala.