With an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals up for grabs, the field is set for the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Baseball Championship, which will be held May 20-23 at The Ballpark at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
The six-team, double-elimination tournament gets underway on Wednesday as fourth-seeded Elon (24-27, 13-11 in CAA) faces No. 5 Delaware (23-22, 11-13 in CAA) at noon, followed by No. 3 Northeastern (24-28, 14-10 in CAA) against No. 6 William & Mary (22-28, 10-14 in CAA) at 3:30 p.m. The losers of the first two games will meet in an elimination contest at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
On Thursday, second-seeded UNCW (36-16, 18-6 in CAA) takes on the Northeastern/William & Mary winner at noon. At 3:30 p.m., No. 1 College of Charleston (41-11, 21-3 in CAA) meets the Elon/Delaware winner at 3:30 p.m. An elimination game follows at 7 p.m.
Tournament action continues with three games on Friday and the CAA championship game is set for 1 p.m. Saturday. The title game will be televised live by the American Sports Network.
Following a weekend sweep over James Madison to close the regular season, UNCW’s Corey Dick and Chris Gaffney were named CAA Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, on Monday. Dick shared the award with Bradley Jones of the College of Charleston.
The Seahawks earned the second seed and a first-round bye with an 8-7 come-from-behind win last Thursday as UNCW plated three runs in the eighth inning to erase a 6-5 deficit. They closed the regular season on a three-game winning streak and raised their record to 36-16 overall and 18-6 in the league.
UNCW went a combined 6-0 against Northeastern and William & Mary this year, outscoring their opponents 50-15.
All-session tickets for the tournament are $30 for adults and $20 for youth (ages 18 and under). Single-day passes are $12 for adults and $10 for youth. Students from participating CAA institutions are admitted free with a valid student ID.
Every game of the 2015 CAA Baseball Championship will be video streamed live for free in high definition on CAA.TV. For more information, visit the CAA Championship Central page at caasports.com.