WILMINGTON, North Carolina – William & Mary advanced to championship Saturday of the Colonial Athletic Association baseball tournament with a 12-6 win over UNCW on Friday at Brooks Field.
The top-seeded Tribe upped its record to 34-21 while the Seahawks, the third-seed, concluded their season with a 30-27 record. William and Mary will have to beat second-seed College of Charleston twice on Saturday to win the tournament.
Tribe starter Nick Brown (5-1), who went six innings, allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks for the win.
Derek Lowe held game-high honors with three hits while four other hitters in the WM lineup had two-hit games. Michael Katz had two hits and knocked in three runs. Kevin Nutter doubled twice and scored twice.
Terence Connelly led UNCW with three hits. Drew Farber scored twice for the Seahawks.
UNCW starter Evan Phillips (2-4) took the loss and didn't make it out of the second inning. He walked four, hit one and allowed six runs, all in the second inning.
How it happened: The Tribe broke through with six runs in the second inning as UNCW starter Evan Phillips walked four straight to open the inning. He later hit a batter for a run and Nick Thompson followed with a 2-run double and Michael Katz added a 2-run single.
Inside the box score: The Tribe batted around the order in both the second and third innings … W&M went 7-for-16 (.438) with two outs and knocked in seven two-out RBI's … UNCW landed its leadoff hitter on base safely in each of the last seven innings … Both teams scored three runners from third with less than two out …
Notes: UNCW fell to 5-3 all-time against W&M in the CAA tournament … It was the first meeting in the CAA tournament between the two since 2008 (W&M, 11-8) … The Seahawks finished the season with a 20-14 record at home … In the first game on Friday, Kelly Secrest set a school and conference record for appearances with 114.