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Wingate Baseball Wins D2 National Title, Knocking Off Top-Seeded Central Missouri

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Wingate University's baseball team won its first Division II national title, knocking off top-ranked Central Missouri 5-3 on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary.

The Bulldogs, 39-13, went ahead 4-3 in the fifth inning and held on for the school's second national title, overall. Wingate's only other Division II championship was the 2016 men's soccer team.

Wingate lost its first game in the College World Series tournament, becoming the first team since 2005 to win the title after doing so. The Bulldogs won five straight elimination games.