Late surge puts UNCW in CAA elimination game

Brandon Sans, Staff Writer

UNC Wilmington’s season is on its last leg.

Following a 14-8 beat down at the hands of Delaware (33-21), UNCW (29-28) will enter tomorrow knowing one loss will end its season that would most likely be considered a disappointment to many.

Normally, eight runs with freshman Zarion Sharpe starting for the Seahawks would be enough to win a ballgame even on a day when nerves may have gotten to Sharpe who made his first collegiate postseason start.

Normally, however, a team does not score eight two-out runs in the same inning as the Blue Hens did in the bottom of the sixth. Harping on one inning, isn’t something UNCW can afford to do as it looks to stay alive.

“We’ve got to get back to it tomorrow,” said catcher Ryan Jeffers. “Coach [Randy] Hood said It’s been done on this field before. We want it more than anyone else here.”

UNCW now must win three straight games if it is to capture the CAA championship and gain the automatic bid that it needs to continue its season in the NCAA tournament.

It will begin that stand tomorrow at 1 p.m. where it will get the winner of the Northeastern/College of Charleston game tonight. If it can win that one, it must win two straight games against Delaware, who has won three games in three days.

In last year’s tournament, UNCW won its first two games to advance to the championship through the winner’s bracket before William & Mary survived the loser’s bracket and then took two straight from the Seahawks to win the tournament.

It’s up to the Seahawks to do the same.