Baseball:Town of Cary, Mount Olive College To Co-Host NCAA II Baseball National Finals Through 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2010
TOWN OF CARY AND MOUNT OLIVE COLLEGE TO CONTINUE TO HOST NCAA DIVISION II BASEBALL FINALS THROUGH 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – (June 22, 2010) – Town of Cary and Mount Olive College, which have co-hosted the National Finals of the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Division II Baseball Championships, will continue to co-host the National Finals through 2013, it was announced by the NCAA Championships Committee. The National Finals will continue to be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
Cary is among six cities nationwide to be designated as an “NCAA Championship City,” joining Cleveland, Indianapolis, St. Louis, San Diego and San Antonio. Along with the Division II Baseball National Finals, Cary has also played host to the Division I Men’s Soccer and Women’s Soccer College Cup.
The 2009 and 2010 National Finals were awarded to Town of Cary and Mount Olive College in January 2009 and the bid was extended through 2011 earlier this year. The NCAA Championships Committee met in Indianapolis and approved extending the bid two additional years.
“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.”
Southern Indiana defeated UC San Diego 6-4 May 29 in the Championship Game of the 2010 National Finals. Lynn (Fla.) defeated Emporia State (Kan.) 2-1 in the 2009 Championship Game, the first year the championship was held in Cary.
Mount Olive won the 2008 National Championship at Sauget, Ill., defeating Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 6-2 in the title game. The national championship was the first ever for Mount Olive in any sport. The Championship Game has been nationally televised by CBS College Sports in each of the last three years.
“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 Director of Athletics 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, 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.”
At more than 130,000 people, Cary is a thriving community in the heart of central North Carolina and has been praised for its high quality of life by MONEY Magazine, Forbes and Frommer’s. Often referred to as North Carolina’s Technology Town, Cary is served by an award-winning Town government of 1,100 professionals who focus every day on enriching the lives of their citizens by creating an exceptional environment and providing exemplary services that enable their community to thrive and prosper. The Town of Cary website is located at www.townofcary.org.
Mount Olive College is located in Mount Olive, N.C., approximately 70 miles southeast of Cary. Mount Olive sponsors 16 varsity sports – eight men’s and eight women’s sports – and is a member of Conference Carolinas. Since reclassifying to NCAA Division II in 1995-96, eight Trojan sports teams have been represented in 28 NCAA Championships.