UNCW Baseball claims second straight CAA Tournament Title
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Sophomore Noah Liles doubled with two outs in the top of the tenth inning to score freshman Chris Thorburn with the go-ahead run as UNCW knocked off top-seeded Elon, 6-5, to win its second straight and sixth overall Colonial Athletic Association championship on Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Seahawks advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the 10th time while seeing their record improve to 32-29. The Phoenix dropped to 33-24 with the loss.
UNCW reliever Henry Ryan (4-4) earned the win while Elon' Joe Sprake dropped to 0-1.
Cole Weiss, who was named to the All-Tournament team, collected three hist for the Seahawks, including a pair of RBI doubles. Noah Bridges and Thorburn both added two hits and drove in runs.
Elon had four players with two hits, including Anthony Galason, Cam Devanney, Matt Oldham and Tyler Stanley. Ty Adock drove in two runs in the bottom of the ninth with a double that tied the game at five-all and forced extra innings.
Greg Jones, the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, finished with a hit, scored twice and reached base three times.
Up next: The Seahawks will find out where they're headed for the NCAA Regionals on Monday at noon.
How it happened: In the tenth innings, Elon retired the first to batters before Thorburn kept things alive with a single. Liles then followed with a hard ground ball that snuck inside the first base bag and rattled around in the corner allowing Thorburn to score from second.
Notes: The Seahawks have won six tournament titles … Al six have been during Head Coach Mark Scalf's career and he's now the CAA all-time leader surpassing Gray Overton (East Carolina) and Paul Keyes (VCU), who both had five … Today's game was the fourth extra inning championship game in the conference's history … UNCW has won three championships at Veterans Memorial Park and the winning day was May 26 on all three occasions … The back-to-back championships are the first in the CAA since VCU won the 2002 and 2003 titles in Manteo, N.C.
All-Tournament Selections: Ty Adcock, Elon; Cam Devanney, Elon; Ian Fair, Northeastern; Jake Farrell, Northeastern; Dean McCarthy, Elon; Griffin McLarty, Charleston; Matt Oldham, Elon; Landen Roupp, UNCW; Zarion Sharpe, UNCW; Bodie Sheehan, William & Mary; Cole Weiss, UNCW
Tournament Most Outstanding Player: Greg Jones