Diamond Hawks advance to CAA Championship with extra-inning win over Charleston

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Andy Austin delivered a two-out, run-scoring single in the top of the 10th to bring in Corey Dick  as UNCW advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association Baseball (CAA) championship with a 4-3 win over College of Charleston on Friday at Patriots Point.

UNCW looks to clinch the CAA Championship on Saturday. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics
UNCW looks to clinch the CAA Championship on Saturday. Photo courtesy UNCW Athletics.

The Seahawks ran their record to 38-16 with their fifth consecutive win. Thirteenth-ranked CofC dropped to 42-12. UNCW will play for the championship at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Seahawks held the Cougars to a season-low three hits as starter Evan Phillips and Jordan Ramsey combined for 11 strikeouts. Phillips limited the Cougars to two hits, walked three and struck out eight over 6.1 innings. Ramsey picked up the win to improve to 8-2 by holding the Cougars to just one hit over 3.2 innings.

In the fateful 10th, Dick drew a one-out walk and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. With two outs, Terrence Connelly extended the inning by reaching on a fielding error and Austin followed with his sixth pinch hit of the season, dropping a ball into short rightfield to plate the game-winner.

Kenard McDowell led the Seahawks with three hits and a run batted in. His RBI double in the fifth broke a scoreless deadlock. Dick, Gavin Stupienski and Luke Dunlap each added two hits as UNCW finished with a 12-3 advantage in the hit column.