College of Charleston baseball was crowned the Colonial Athletic Association regular season champion after a weekend sweep over University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW).
The College, ranked 18th in the nation (38-10, 19-2 CAA), finished the regular season with its fifth CAA series sweep of the season and seventh CAA series victory in as many opportunities. The College moves four games ahead of second-place UNCW (33-15, 15-6 CAA) and the rest of the league with only three league games remaining.
“I’m very proud of our guys,” said head coach Monte Lee. “More than anything else, I am proud of the consistency of this ball club and how we find ways to win ball games. We’ve done it with pitching and defense, and obviously we can do it with a lot of offense. In game three of the series, sometimes you’re depleted from a pitching standpoint and we struggled right of out the gate, but we found a way to bounce back and score runs. It seems like someone steps up out of our bullpen every single game, and this time it was Carter Love. He threw 80-plus pitches and kept us in the ball game long enough to score some runs.
“All season long we’ve competed and been consistent. We haven’t gotten too high or too low on ourselves. These guys play the game the right way; they have fun; and they don’t put too much pressure on themselves. I’m very proud of them, and they’re very deserving of their accomplishments.”
The Cougars remain home to host crosstown rival Charleston Southern University on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, before finishing the season with a three-game series at Northeastern University. The CAA tournament begins May 20, 2015.