UNCW claims CAA title with win over Charleston; earns an NCAA Tournament berth

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UNCW baseball clinches the CAA Tournament title. Photo courtesy UNCW Sports.
UNCW baseball clinches the CAA Tournament title. Photo courtesy UNCW Sports.

Led by Colonial Athletic Association tournament most valuable player Corey Dick, UNCW held off top-seeded College of Charleston, 7-6, to win the championship and advance to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

The Seahawks claimed their fourth tournament title and their first since 2012.

Dick led a 14-hit offense for the Seahawks, going 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI doubles. Casey Golden, Gavin Stupienski and Zack Canada had two hits apiece as every starter in the UNCW lineup had a hit.

Freshman reliever Austin Magestro (5-2) earned the win with three innings of one-run relief. Jared Gesell allowed just a hit and struck out one to earn his fifth save of the season.

Ryan Brown led the Cougars at the top of the order, going 2-for-4 and scoring a run.

CofC starter Eric Bauer (4-4) took the loss, allowing six runs on 11 hits over five innings. Reliever Chase Henry limited UNCW to a run on three hits over three innings.

The NCAA Tournament field will be announced at noon May 25.