HARRISONBURG, Virginia – UNCW junior Mat Batts was named Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher-of-the-Year and Head Coach Mark Scalf earned Co-Coach-of-the-Year, along with William & Mary’s Jamie Pinzino, to highlight the CAA Awards Banquet on Tuesday on the campus of James Madison University.

The Seahawks placed eight players on the All-CAA squads including four on the first team as senior Michael Bass and junior Ryan LaGrange and Kelly Secrest joined Batts on the team. Bass, who was a second team selection in 2012, made the first team as a second baseman. LaGrange and Secrest, meanwhile, were voted to the team at third base and relief pitcher, respectively.

On the third team, freshman Terence Connelly, who also made the All-Rookie squad, was joined by sophomores Corey Dick (first base), Luke Dunlap (outfield) and Jordan Ramsey (pitcher).

Batts completed the regular season with a 9-3 record, posted a 2.59 ERA, ranking sixth in the league, and led the circuit with 106 strikeouts, which ranks ninth nationally. His six complete games also paced the CAA and is currently sixth in the NCAA. Opponents hit just .231 against him and he issued just 20 walks in 100 and 2/3 innings. Batts’ had a stretch in which he tossed four complete games, including back-to-back shutouts against Georgia State and at Old Dominion. Also during that 35-inning period, he allowed just four runs and posted a 1.03 ERA. He is UNCW’s first CAA Pitcher-of-the-Year selection.

Scalf was honored as the top coach in the league for a sixth time as the Seahawks claimed their second consecutive CAA regular season title and eighth overall. Scalf is tied for the league’s all-time lead with six Coach-of-the-Year honors. In 2013, UNCW posted a 37-19 record overall and 18-8 in the league. Over the past two seasons, the Seahawks have fashioned a 42-14 record in league play.

Bass leads the Seahawks with a career-high .382 batting average and ranks amongst the conference leaders in hits (75), runs (57), doubles (19) and stolen bases (24). He crafted a 42-game on-base streak and tied the UNCW school record with hits in 26 consecutive games. Bass is a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Player-of-the-Year awards and is on the national ballot for Capital One Academic All-America honors.

LaGrange earned All-CAA honors after posting career highs in 12 offensive categories. The Wilmington native hit .374 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 36 runs batted in. LaGrange committed just three errors at third base in his final 29 games.

Secrest led the Seahawk bullpen with 27 appearances and tied for the league lead with a career-high seven saves. He posted a 3-1 record and a 3.40 ERA while holding opponents to a .236 batting average. He earned the win with five and 1/3 innings of shutout relief in UNCW’s win over then top-ranked North Carolina, handing the Tar Heels their only non-conference loss of the season.

Connelly, who was the only Seahawk to start all 56 games, hit .287 but drew a team-leading 31 walks and set a UNCW freshman record with 16 hit by pitches. He was third on the club with a .444 on base average and belted his lone homer of the season against Hofstra in the final weekend of the season.

Dunlap, who like LaGrange, had a breakout season with a .347 batting average and six home runs, one season after seeing just six at bats as a freshman. Dunlap was second on the team with 14 doubles and third with his six home runs. His biggest home run of the season was a game-winner as he belted an extra inning homer at Hofstra to lift the Seahawks to a 12-10 win in the regular season finale.

Dick, who earned All-Rookie honors in 2012, is second on the Seahawks with seven homers and tied for fourth with 34 runs batted in. Against Towson, he homered in all three games.

Rounding out UNCW’s all-conference selections was Jordan Ramsey, who finished the regular season as the league’s ERA leader at 2.34. Ramsey owns a 6-6 mark despite posting stellar numbers. He struck out 75 in 92 and 1/3 innings while limiting opponents to a .240 batting average. He enters the tournament having allowed just three home runs this season and four for his career.

UNCW’s eight All-CAA selections is tied for third most, joining the 2005 club which also placed eight on the postseason award squads. In 2012, 11 Seahawks earned all-conference honors. 2013’s four first-teamers ranks third for the Seahawks behind the 2008 edition that placed six on the first team and the 2005 team that featured five first-team performers.