UNCW ready for CAA tournament at home
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Colonial Athletic Association tournament is underway here in Wilmington.
The UNCW Seahawks are looking to bring home the crown on their home field.
“It gives you another level of confidence that other teams won’t have coming into our place and trying to beat us.” Pitcher Alex Royalty said.
For the first time since 2014, the CAA tournament returns to Brooks Field in Wilmington allowing for a home field advantage for the Seahawks.
But as they look to win their first CAA tournament since 2015, they know they need to stay focused and not be laxed just because they are at home.
“We know in the locker room what we have to do to go out here everyday and win,” Outfielder Casey Golden said. “I mean, these guys we’re playing are going to go out there and compete. Everybody wants a championship, we want a championship too. Just one game at a time, one pitch at a time we just need to go out there and compete.”
In a season that saw an eight game losing streak, the Seahawks still have the opportunity to return to the NCAA Regionals for the third year in a row.
“We have to battle even through adversity, even through tough innings,” Royalty said. “We have to stay as a team, stay as one and push through to the end of this thing.”
It will take three wins for the Seahawks to run the table and win the tournament.
For now, their first opponent is undecided but they are ready for anyone who stands in front of them.
“It’s going to be a dog fight,” Head Coach Mark Scalf said. “They’re extremely good, both teams are on the mound. They have some people in the middle of the order that can hurt you if you make mistakes on the mound.”
“Really doesn’t matter to me who we play, we faced them all,” Royalty said. “We just have to go out there with a bunch of confidence and know that we’re the best team on that field that day.”