WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Edgar Hernandez plated the eventual winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to lift Old Dominion into the Colonial Athletic Association championship on Saturday with a 4-3 win over UNCW at Brooks Field on Friday.
The Monarchs improved to 30-25 after winning a pair of elimination games on Friday. The Monarchs knocked Georgia State out of the tournament earlier in the day with a 7-3 victory. The Seahawks, meanwhile, saw their season come to an end and finished with a 31-28 record.
In the ninth, Shawn Sizemore started the rally with a one-out, two-strike single to right. A fielding error put runners on first and second and a walk by Tom Timoney (2-2) to Hartman loaded the bases for Hernandez.
ODU starter Phil McCarthy (9-4) picked up the win, going eight innings and striking out eight and allowing three runs. Adam Wisniewski nailed down his conference-leading 15th save.
Timoney was the hard-luck loser, allowing one run, unearned, on a hit and a walk in three innings. He fanned four.
With ODU holding a 2-1 lead in the fifth, UNCW rallied to take a 3-2 lead on RBI singles by Hunter Ridge and Thomas Pope.
ODU answered in the sixth, though, on Baker's two-out solo homer that tied the game.
Matt Campbell and Ridge each had two hits for UNCW, who stranded 11 runners on base.
Brent Frazier and Sizemore each added two hits for the Monarchs.
UNCW dropped a 13-7 decision to James Madison earlier in the day to fall into the loser's bracket.
ODU advances to its first CAA championship game since the 1999 season.