|Seahawks Bow Out In Extra Innings, 5-4|
HARRISONBURG, Virginia – Pete Castoldi’s bases loaded single landed in shallow rightfield and lifted Northeastern to a 5-4 win over UNCW in 11 innings in an elimination game at the Colonial Athletic Association baseball tournament at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Huskies (31-25) will face William & Mary at 1 p.m. with the winner advancing to the CAA Championship game against upstart Towson at 4 p.m.
The Seahawks finished 0-2 at the tournament and dropped to 37-21 with their second extra inning setback of the season.
Freshman James Mulry (3-3) evened his record with the win in relief while striking out seven and scattering two hits and a pair of walks over four and 1/3 innings.
Senior Justin Livengood (1-2) suffered the loss despite a solid outing in relief. He struck out a career-high tying six in two and 2/3 innings.
In a tournament dominated by offense, both teams combined for 15 hits.
Ryan LaGrange had two hits for UNCW while NU’s Aaron Barbosa collected two hits to pace the Huskies.
Corey Dick belted his eight homer of the season for the Seahawks while Jason Volser connected on his fourth.
Up next: The Seahawks will have to wait till Monday to see if they are awarded an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament.
How it happened: In the fateful ninth, Michael Foster drew a leadoff walk and advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. John Puttress then reached safely on the first of two Seahawk fielding errors first by LaGrange and the second on a bunt by Sean Lyons. Castoldi then dropped a single on the first pitch he saw to win the game for Northeastern.
Inside the numbers: UNCW went just 2-for-14 with RISP and 3-for24 with runners on base … They set a new UNCW tournament record with 16 runners left on base, one game after setting the record with 15 stranded against Towson … NU pitchers held UNCW hitless with 2 outs (0-11) … The Huskies weren’t much better going 2-for-11 with 2 out and 3-for-17 with runners on base.
Notes: UNCW dropped to 4-2 in extra innings and went 0-2 in the CAA tournament for the first time since 2007 … Tonight was the first CAA tournament game between the two programs … Ryan LaGrange’s two-hit game gave him the club lead with 23 multi-hit games on the season … Lost in the outcome of the game was a solid outing from UNCW starter Jordan Ramsey, who held NU to two runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings … He finished with seven strikeouts before leaving with an open blister … Coming into the game, five All-CAA starting pitchers had combined for a 11.45 ERA … Ramsey turned in the best start of any pitcher in the tournament.