2023 CAA Baseball Championship

2023 CAA Championship Concludes, All-Tournament Team Announced

2023 CAA Championship Concludes, All-Tournament Team Announced

The 2023 CAA Baseball Championship ended Sunday with UNCW again holding the hardware, while the All-Tournament team also was announced.

May 30, 2023 by FloBaseball Staff
2023 CAA Championship Concludes, All-Tournament Team Announced

Top-seeded UNCW built a five-run lead and held off a late Northeastern rally to post a 5-4 victory and capture its league-record seventh CAA Baseball Championship at the Ballpark at Patriots Point on Sunday.

It was the third CAA title in the past five tournaments for the Seahawks (34-21), who earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Baseball Championship. 

The Huskies (44-14) will await a potential at-large berth when the 64-team field is announced Monday afternoon.

Third baseman Jac Croom went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer for UNCW, while tournament Most Valuable Player Dillon Lifrieri and freshman Tanner Thach added solo shots.

Outfielder Mike Sirota was 3-for-5 with a three-run home run to lead Northeastern offensively, while Alex Lane and Cam Maldonado each had a pair of hits.

Ethan Chenault (5-2) earned the win for UNCW after giving up just one run in a season-high four innings of relief. Seahawks’ starter Zane Taylor threw 3 2/3 shutout frames, and Brett Banks picked up his eighth save.

UNCW wasted no time getting its offense going. 

With one out in the first inning, Lifrieri launched a solo shot to left-center for a 1-0 lead, and Thach followed with his team-best 15th homer of the year to right-center. A pair of singles and a hit batter loaded the bases, and Trevor Marsh’s groundout brought in Alec DeMartino for a 3-0 Seahawks’ advantage.

The Seahawks added to their lead in the sixth inning. DeMartino doubled to open the frame, and Croom delivered a two-run home run to right-center to make it 5-0.

Northeastern began its rally in the eighth when Sirota led off with a single and scored on a bases-loaded walk to Harrison Feinberg.

The momentum continued into the ninth inning. 

Gregory Bozzo walked, and Spenser Smith singled to start the inning. Sirota followed with a three-run blast to right that pulled the Huskies within one. Alex Lane drew a two-out walk and stole second to move into scoring position, but Banks was able to induce a groundout to end the game.

UNCW’s seventh CAA championship surpassed East Carolina, which won six titles.


Brett Banks, UNCW
Jac Croom, UNCW
Danny Crossen, Northeastern
Jake Gigliotti, Northeastern
Parker Haskin, Elon
Cam Maldonado, Northeastern
Trey Pooser, Charleston
Jacob Shafer, UNCW
Spenser Smith, Northeastern
Zane Taylor, UNCW

Most Valuable Player: Dillon Lifrieri, UNCW