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MOC Trojans Division II World Series 2008

Saturday, May 31, 2008

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!!

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Ryan Schlecht picked up the save in relief of Casey Hodges and Mount Olive claimed its first-ever NCAA Division II College World Series title in school history. The No. 1-ranked Trojans (58-6 overall) defeated Ouachita (Ark.) Baptist 6-2 on Saturday afternoon at GCS Stadium in Sauget, Ill. Read Sunday's edition of the News-Argus for full details on the Trojans' historic run.

Shutout bid spoiled

Mount Olive permits two eighth-inning runs on an error and spoils its shutout bid against Ouachita. The Trojans lead 6-2 after eight complete innings at GCS Stadium in Sauget, Ill.

Trojans hanging on

Through 7 1/2 innings of play, Mount Olive continues to lead Ouachita (Ark.) Baptist 6-0 in the championship game of the NCAA Division II College World Series. The Tigers (51-15 overall) have used four pitchers in the game thus far.

Trojans ahead through 6

No. 1-ranked Mount Olive turned another crucial double play in the fifth inning and kept Ouachita (Ark.) Baptist off the scoreboard again. The Trojans added a single run and now lead 6-0 through six innings.

Trojans still ahead

David Cooper struck out with the bases loaded and Ouachita Baptist escaped what could have been a disastrous third inning.

The Trojans still lead 5-0.

A good start

An infield error and Dylan Holton's bases-clearing, three-RBI double staked Mount Olive to a 5-0 lead through 1/2 inning of action against Ouachita (Ark.) Baptist.

Casey Hodges is the starting pitcher for the Trojans.

Trojans in CWS final

Beginning at 1 p.m. today, the Mount Olive College baseball team goes after its most-historical feat in school history — the 2008 NCAA Division II College World Series championship.

Follow the Trojans here through our blog or online at www.moc.edu. Click on the athletics link and look for either the live broadcast or live stats.

You can also follow MOC on PACC-10 TV, which will carry the game live. For those who have Time Warner Cable, click on channel 327 (CBS College Sports Network) to watch the game in its entirety.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

TROJANS IN THE FINALS!

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Mount Olive is playing for the Division II College World Series title!

The Trojans avoided a two-out jam in the ninth inning to defeat Central Missouri 5-3 in semifinal-round play Thursday afternoon. Rich Racobaldo recorded an unassisted, game-ending putout to catapult Mount Olive into Saturday's championship battle against either Sonoma State (Calif.) or Ouachita (Ark.) Baptist.

Mount Olive (57-6 overall) becomes the first-ever Conference Carolinas baseball team to play for a national championship.

See Friday's edition of the News-Argus for details on the game.

Trojans hanging on

Mount Olive used an error and a sacrifice fly to score two seventh-inning runs and build its advantage to 5-1 over Central Missouri in the seventh inning. The Mules answered with a solo home run to pull within 5-2.

The Trojans were retired in order in the top half of the 8th inning.

Todd Jeffreys has entered the game for starting pitcher Kyle Jones, who permitted five hits through seven innings.

More updates coming.

Six innings complete

Mount Olive has held Central Missouri scoreless for five consecutive innings and leads 3-1 through six innings of play. The Trojans had the bases loaded in the fifth inning with one out, but hit into an inning-ending double play. CMU had a runner at second with no outs in the sixth, but failed to score. MOC pitcher Kyle Jones induced two pop-ups and an inning-ending groundout.

More updates coming.

Four innings in book

Right fielder Alex Vertcnik combined with shortstop David Cooper and catcher Jason Sherrer to turn an inning-ending double play in the fourth against Central Missouri. The Mules' Bilan Bergman doubled to lead off the inning and was thrown out at the plate on Iain Dinkins' fly ball to Vertcnik. The Trojans lead 3-1 after four complete innings.

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MOC game has started

Mount Olive shortstop David Cooper picked up a bases-loaded, RBI walk in the second inning to forge a 1-1 tie against Central Missouri. Josh Harrison, who singled with one out, scored on the free pass. Rich Racobaldo followed with a two-out, two-RBI single to put the Trojans ahead 3-1.

More updates in half an hour.

CWS semifinals

No. 1-ranked Mount Olive College continues its quest for the Division II College World Series championship today. The Trojans (56-6 overall) oppose No. 7-ranked Central Missouri (47-16) at 3:30 p.m. in Sauget, Ill. A Mount Olive victory assures it of a berth in Saturday's national title contest.

Stay tuned to the News-Argus for updates on the game.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Trojans advance!

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Erik Lovett's middle-inning home run put No. 1-ranked Mount Olive in front to stay in an 18-7 victory over Ashland. The Trojans finally get a much-needed day of rest and face either Central Missouri or Shippensburg (Pa.) University on Thursday.

Be sure to read all about the Trojans' victory in today's News-Argus.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Another late night

More bad storms rolled through the St. Louis area during the afternoon and postponed the elimination-round game between Tampa (Fla.) and Ouachita (Ark.) Baptist.

Mount Olive is now scheduled to take the field after 9 p.m. EDT.