I gotta admit, I don't follow the Mount's baseball team like I do the basketball team. But I was excited to see that the team and manager Scott Thomson won the NEC championship with a pair of wins over Monmouth today in Atlantic City.
The Mount won the decisive game 14-2 after knocking off the Hawks 8-3 by scoring five times in the eighth inning earlier in the day. The trip to the tourney will be the school's first appearance in the postseason.
Josh Vittek was named the NEC Tournament MVP as he went 11-for-24 in the tournament, including a perfect 4-for-4 in the championship. The slugger pounded four homers in the five tournament games and drove in 12 runs.
The Mount will find out what four team regional it will participate in when the bracket is announced on Monday on ESPN. Monmouth was projected by Rivals.com to be headed to the Lincoln Regional to play Nebraska, while Wichita State and UCLA were also projected into that regional. However, the Mount could end up against a familiar NCAA foe. North Carolina is ranked number one in the country, and was projected to be the top seed in the field by Rivals.com. It is quite possible that the Mount could play the Heels in the Cary regional. But we'll have to wait for Selection Monday to get the official word.
Congratulations to Coach Thomson, his staff and his team on a great four-game run through the NEC Tournament and the berth in the postseason.