After two weeks tied at No. 2, Mount Olive returns to No. 1 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Division II Top 30 Poll, the final poll before the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship. This week’s poll marks the eighth time this season the Trojans have been ranked No. 1.
Mount Olive (46-6) is the No. 1 seed and host for the Southeast Regional, which gets starts Thursday. The Trojans are hosting the regional for the third year in a row.
The Trojans topped the poll with 480 points to finish 16 points ahead of No. 2 Tampa. USC-Aiken, which earned the second seed in the Southeast Regional, dropped to No. 3. Mount Olive was tied at No. 2 last week with Colorado-Mesa, which fell to No. 6 this week.
Mount Olive opens NCAA play Thursday against sixth-seeded Lincoln Memorial at 7 p.m.
St. Augustine’s: Sisters Daja White and Jo’Landa White were named to the 2013 Atlantic Region/District 2 softball teams. Daja made the first team and Jo’Landa was chosen to the second team. The 29-member first and second teams were nominated and selected by the region’s sports information directors. The White sisters led the Falcons to their first winning season in 10 years (17-12-1) and a fourth-place finish in the CIAA championships, their highest finish in recent years.
They led the CIAA in home runs with eight apiece as they combined for 16 of the Falcons’ 28 homers.
Daja finished among the top five in four major CIAA categories including home runs (first), batting average (fourth./.476), stolen bases (second/30) and runs batted in (second/38).
Jo’Landa, a catcher, ranked eighth in the CIAA in batting average (.422) and tied for ninth in RBIs (29) in addition to tying for the most home runs.
• Four ACC teams were selected to the 64-team field of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship, which gets underway Thursday and runs through June 6. N.C. State, which earned the league’s automatic bid, will be joined by Florida State, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
N.C. State (33-18-1) will be in the Knoxville Regional and will face James Madison in the first game.
Florida State (41-16) earned its 14th consecutive bid and will play in the Mobile Regional. The Seminoles, who won the ACC regular season title, will face Mississippi State on Friday at 4:30 on ESPN3.
North Carolina (39-19) will travel to Eugene, Ore., where it will join Wisconsin, BYU, and third-seeded Oregon in regional play. The Tar Heels will face the Badgers in the opening game.
Virginia Tech (35-19) is making its sixth appearance in the tournament and will face Notre Dame in the Lexington Regional on Friday at 5 p.m. on ESPN3.
East Carolina: Shae Nelson, who used to play for Ole Miss, signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play basketball for the Pirates beginning in the fall of 2013, according to an announcement by coach Heather Macy on Monday.
The 6-foot-1 forward comes to ECU after playing her freshman year at Ole Miss and her sophomore season at Northwest Florida State College where she was ranked as the No. 18 junior college player in the nation by All Star Girl’s Report as well as the No. 25 junior college player in the country by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
Duke: Freshman Maddy Acton received WomensLax.com’s rookie of the week honors after scoring the game-winning goal Friday in the Blue Devils’ 10-9 double overtime victory against Princeton in the NCAA tournament’s first round.
Acton tallied two markers in the win over Princeton, with her second coming just 45 seconds in the second overtime period to advance Duke to the second round in dramatic fashion. The midfielder also scored in the Blue Devils’ 10-5 victory over eighth-seeded Navy on Sunday.
Through 19 games this spring, Acton is tied for sixth on the squad with 21 points on 18 goals and three assists.