HARRISONBURG, Va. (UNCWSports.com) – The Seahawks broke open a tie game in the third with 10 runs over the middle three innings to knock of Elon in the winner’s bracket final of the Colonial Athletic Association Championship tournament and advance to the finals for a fourth straight season.
The Seahawks ran their record to 36-20 with the win while the Phoenix dipped to 36-22 heading into tonight’s final game of the day against the winner of the Northeastern and Delaware game.
Offensively, Greg Jones and Cole Weiss led a 17-hit effort with each three hits and Jones drove in two runs. Ryan Jeffers added two hits and three RBI while David Sheaffer had two hits and scored three runs.
Elon starter George Kirby (10-3) took the loss, allowing five runs on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Garrett Stonehouse and Ty Adcock had two hits apiece for the Phoenix.
Up next: The Seahawks will take on the winner of game eight on Saturday at 11 a.m.
How it happened: UNCW batted around the order in a four-run fourth inning to take a 5-1 lead. Jackson Meadows plated the first run with a sacrifice fly and Mason Berne knocked in a run with a double. Jones followed with a RBI single and Kep Brown doubled off the wall in left center to round out the scoring.
Inside the box score: The Seahawks hit .500 (8-16) with two outs and were 8-18 (.444) with RISP … UNCW had four two-out RBI’s … Both teams landed their leadoff hitter on base five times … Elon went hitless with RISP (0-6).
Notes: The Seahawks are the first team to play in four straight conference championships and will be playing in the finals for the ninth time … Ryan Jeffers has now reached base safely in 26 straight games … The Seahawks did, however, leave a season-high 14 runners on base … Nine walks drawn, five double hits and three double plays turned all matched season-highs for UNCW.