Kurt Wertz drove in three runs and Towson pitcher Mike Volpe stymied William and Mary to lead the Tigers past the Tribe 5-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship game in Harrisonburg.
Volpe, who threw 139 pitches, gave up one hit over the final five innings.
Fourth-seeded Towson (29-28) won its first CAA title and earned an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
William and Mary (37-22), the No. 2 seed, tied a school record for most wins in a season and will find out Monday afternoon if it received an at-large bid. So will UNC Wilmington, which was eliminated early after winning the regular season.
The Tribe needed to win to force an extra game Sunday afternoon.
William and Mary hammered Northeastern 12-4 earlier Saturday.
Ryan Lindemuth, one of the Tribe's top players all year, slugged a three-run homer in the sixth to give W&M a 7-4 lead.
Kenny Towns belted a game-ending three-run homer in the 12th inning as Virginia beat Florida State 7-4 to finish round-robin play with a 2-1 record at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
U.Va.'s Kyle Crockett, a left-hander from Poquoson, pitched four shutout innings of relief to keep the score tied.
The Cavaliers overcame a 4-1 deficit and enhanced their bid for a high seeding in the NCAA tournament. They are considered an almost-certain host of a four-team opening regional, and they will be a strong candidate to host a round-of-16 super regional if they advance that far.
FSU finished 0-3 at the ACC tournament.
Virginia Tech, which won all three of its round-robin games, enjoyed an off day before Sunday afternoon's title game. The Hokies, in their first ACC final, will face the winner between N.C. State and North Carolina, who were in extra innings in a head-to-head showdown to see who would reach the title game.
Tournament MVP Ashton Perritt singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning to give host Liberty (34-27) a 2-1 victory over Campbell for the Big South title and an NCAA automatic bid.
The loss in Lynchburg will leave Campbell (49-10) anxious about receiving an NCAA at-large bid, something rarely given the Big South in any sport, though the Camels have good credentials for it.
The Flames, whose pitchers include left-hander Jared Lyons from Tabb High, will learn their regional destination Monday.
Track and field:
For the second time in three years, Norfolk State will send at least three athletes to the NCAA outdoor championships.
Senior Keith Nkrumah (110-meter hurdles) and junior James Taylor (200 meters) punched their tickets Saturday night at the NCAA East Preliminary Round at North Carolina A&T.
They will join junior Champagne Bell of the NSU women’s track team, who qualified in the long jump on Thursday, at the outdoor nationals next month in Eugene, Ore.
CNU's Daulton Teaford earned All-American honors in the 200 meters at the NCAA meet in LaCrosse, Wis.
He took fifth place in 21.58 seconds, giving the Captains four points and their 490th All-American honor.
CNU freshman Dominique Torres placed 18th in the triple jump.
Virginia senior Jarmere Jenkins continued an outstanding run at the NCAA tournament in Urbana, Ill.
Saturday he beat Texas' Soren Hess-Olesen 6-3, 6-2 to reach Sunday's singles semifinals against Pepperdine's Sebastian Fanselow, the younger brother of former Old Dominion No. 1 player Tobias Fanselow.
In the doubles round of eight, Jenkins and freshman Mac Styslinger beat Florida’s Stephane Piro and Bob van Overbeek 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. All of those players are assured All-America honors just by getting to the quarterfinals.
Jenkins was named the outstanding player of the team tournament, in which U.Va. captured its first crown in dramatic fashion.
North Carolina Wesleyan's Robert Kjellberg and Artsiom Prostak placed second in the 16-team NCAA Division III doubles tournament, winning three matches before losing 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 to a tandem from Emory.
N.C. Wesleyan was in its first year under head coach Worth Richardson, a former Christopher Newport player and assistant coach.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun