May 31, 2013
The Spartans are playing in their 15th championship series.
Updated June 1: The University of Tampa baseball team has captured the 2013 NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship, topping Minnesota State University by a score of 8-2.
The University of Tampa will play for the program's sixth national championship following a 10-1 victory over Grand Valley State University on Friday at the NCAA Baseball Championship Series.
Connor Obrochta broke out of a batting slump with a fourth-inning grand slam and starting pitcher Mike Adams tossed six scoreless innings as nationally top-ranked Tampa advanced to the championship game of the 2013 NCAA Division II Baseball National Finals Friday at Cary, N.C. The National Finals are co-hosted by Town of Cary and Mount Olive College at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
Tampa (45-13) takes on nationally second-ranked Minnesota State University, Mankato (42-8) Saturday at 7 p.m. in a winner-takes-all championship game. Grand Valley State (38-19), which defeated Tampa 4-0 Thursday to force a rematch Friday, finishes third in the championship.
Tampa is making its eighth championship game appearance and seeking its sixth national title. The Spartans are the last team to win back-to-back titles, accomplishing the feat in 2006 and 2007.
Minnesota State, the lone unbeaten team in this year's National Finals, advanced to the championship game with a 6-5 win Thursday over St. Edward's. The Mavericks, which finished third at last year's finals, is in the championship game for the first time in school history.
Saturday's contest marks the first time in 10 years that the top two nationally ranked teams are facing each other in the championship game. Tampa and Central Missouri entered the 2003 championship game as co-No. 1 in the Division II Top 30 Poll.
Live stats and a video broadcast of the national championship game will be available through NCAA.com.