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Mount Olive celebrates NCAA Division II baseball title win

Posted June 1, 2008 6:30 p.m. EDT
Updated June 1, 2008 6:59 p.m. EDT

— The Mount Olive Trojans returned home Sunday after capturing their first-ever national championship in any sport with a 6-2 victory over Ouachita Baptist in the Championship Game of the 2008 NCAA Division II Baseball National Finals Saturday at Sauget, Ill.

WRAL talked with the team after they arrived Sunday at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

“Finally for it to happen, it feels pretty good,” pitcher Ryan Schlecht said.

“It still hasn't set in yet. It probably won't for another week or two,” patcher Casey Hodges said.

“If you stay in it long enough, good things happen to good people,” coach Carl Lancaster said.

Lancaster has taught at the school for 22 years.

“You just can't imagine the feeling I have at this point,” Lancaster said. "We went out to do what we were planning to do and somehow got it done. I think fate was on our side."

“As it got closer and closer, I got a little nervous towards the end. Finally, it kind of sunk in, on the plane ride here that it happened,” Schlecht said.

Mount Olive finishes the season with a 58-6 record, including a perfect 4-0 mark in its first appearance in the National Finals. The Trojans won 24 of their final 26 games.