UMO, Town of Cary awarded D2 baseball finals

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INDIANAPOLIS - The University of Mount Olive and Town of Cary have been selected to host the NCAA Division II national baseball championships from 2023-2026 in Cary.

The NCAA made the announcement last week.

UMO and the Town of Cary have co-hosted the national championships for several years and were already awarded the 2021 and 2022 championships.

“It is an honor to be selected by the NCAA to host the DII baseball championship for another four years,” said Jeff Eisen, vice president of athletics at UMO.

“As the host now for 10 years, we have worked in conjunction with the Town of Cary and the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance to provide a first-class experience for the participants and it is great to have that effort acknowledged by receiving this extension.”

As the host institution, UMO is involved with all aspects of planning and administering the championship. UMO personnel handle the sports information and sports medicine duties while games are being played at the USA National Baseball Complex.

Cary is the seventh city to host the NCAA Division II baseball championships during the tournament’s 46-year history. The 17-year run is second only to Montgomery, Alabama, which hosted the event from 1985-2007.

UMO emerged as the Division II national champion in 2008 when the tournament was held in Sauget, Illinois. The Trojans tied for third at the 2011 national tournament contested in Cary.

Mount Olive and the Town of Cary were also among the finalists to host the 2026 NCAA Division II men’s and women’s basketball championships. The NCAA awarded the event to Pittsburgh.

A total of 450 regional and national championship sites across Divisions I, II and III were announced by the NCAA.

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