Diamond Hawks preseason pick to win CAA crown

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The UNCW baseball team received preseason accolades this week when the Diamond Hawks were picked to win the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2014 in a vote of the league’s head baseball coaches.

UNCW has won the last two CAA regular season titles and advanced to the NCAA tournament both times.

UNCW skipper Mark Scalf enters his 23rd season at the helm, when the Seahawks open their 2014 season on Feb. 14.
UNCW skipper Mark Scalf enters his 23rd season at the helm when the Seahawks open their 2014 season on Feb. 14.

The Seahawks, who received six of a possible eight first-place votes, topped the circuit with an 18-8 record last season, one year after posting an impressive league-leading 24-6 mark. For UNCW, it was the program’s eighth regular season title.

“The league is coming off a great season where three teams reached the NCAA Tournament,” said UNCW Head Coach Mark Scalf. “Many talented players return and the league looks to be as deep as it’s ever been. We’re looking forward to getting back on the field and competing.”

Pitching will bolster the Seahawks in 2014 as 12 pitchers, who combined for 487-of-543.2 innings (89.5 percent) return, including all six pitchers who started a game. Heading up that staff are reigning CAA Pitcher of the Year Mat Batts and All-CAA selections Jordan Ramsey and Kelly Secrest.

In the field, five positional starters return including All-Conference honorees Ryan LaGrange, Luke Dunlap, Terence Connelly and Corey Dick.

Conference newcomer College of Charleston was picked second and received one first-place vote. William & Mary, who earned an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament was picked third, followed by defending conference champion Towson, who also received a first-place vote. Northeastern, James Madison, Hofstra and Delaware rounded out the poll in order.

UNCW opens the season with the Hughes Bros. Challenge on Feb. 14-16 with VMI, Kentucky and Virginia visiting Brooks Field for the weekend. The Seahawks will also hold their annual spring banquet on Saturday, Feb. 1. Former big-leaguer and World Series Champion, Tony Womack, is the scheduled keynote speaker.


2013 Overall

2013 CAA

1. UNCW (6)



2. Col. of Charleston (1)


18-11 (SoCon)

3. William & Mary



4. Towson (1)



5. Northeastern



6. James Madison



7. Hofstra



8. Delaware