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NCAA extends co-host bid in Cary

By MOC Sports Information
Published in Sports on June 23, 2010 1:46 PM

MOC Sports Information

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Cary is now an "NCAA Championship City."

A thriving community in the heart of central North Carolina, Cary will continue to co-host the NCAA Division II College World Series through 2013 along with Mount Olive College.

The eight-team, double-elimination event has been contested each of the past two seasons at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Less than a month ago, Southern Indiana claimed its first-ever CWS title with a 6-4 victory over UC San Diego.

Cary is among six cities nationwide to earn the designation along with Cleveland, Indianapolis, St. Louis, San Diego and San Antonio. The Town of Cary has played host to the men's and women's NCAA Division I Soccer College Cup.

The NCAA Championships Committee met in Indianapolis and approved extending the bid two additional years in Cary.

"The NCAA is very excited to continue the relationship with Mount Olive College and the Town of Cary by extending the host agreement through the 2013 championship," said Russ Yurk, NCAA assistant director of championships. "Mount Olive College and the Town of Cary have been fantastic partners the last two years and have helped provide a first class student-athlete experience at the Division II baseball championship.

"The NCAA Division II baseball committee feels that the Town of Cary and the USA Baseball National Training Complex is the ideal location for the Division II baseball championship and definitely looks forward to great events over the next three years."

MOC claimed its first-ever national championship in any sport, taking the 2008 CWS championship in Sauget, Ill. The Trojans defeated Ouachita (Ark.) Baptist 6-2.

"We are very pleased that the NCAA has decided to award the hosting of the baseball national championship to Mount Olive College and the Town of Cary once again," said Mount Olive athletics director Jeff Eisen. "This is a testament to the hard work that both of our staffs have put in while hosting the last two championships, and we look forward to continuing to provide a quality championship experience for the top teams in the country."

Eisen has served as co-tournament director with Chris Duty, who is the athletic facility supervisor for USA Baseball National Training Complex.

"We are very excited to host the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship again in 2012 and 2013 with our co-host Mount Olive College," said Duty. "In addition to the Mount Olive College and Town of Cary staffs, I also want to thank the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau and USA Baseball for their efforts in helping make this event special for the student-athletes, coaches and spectators.

"We hope we can continue to host this championship for years to come."