Senior right-hander Mike Volpe pitched his first career complete game and designated hitter Kurt Wertz drove in three runs as fourth-seeded Towson won its first Colonial Athletic Association baseball championship with a 5-2 victory over second-seeded William & Mary on Saturday in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Tigers (29-28) earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament, whose field will be announced Monday afternoon. It is Towson's first trip to the NCAAs since 1991 and its third overall.
Volpe (9-3) allowed one hit and no runs over the final five innings and gave up seven hits for the game. He threw 139 pitches after a 133-pitch effort in the Tigers' victory over Northeastern in the opening game Wednesday. Volpe struck out six and walked two.
Wertz finished 2-for-4, including a two-run triple off the right-field wall with two outs in the ninth that gave the Tigers their biggest lead of the game.
Dominic Fratantuono (Cardinal Gibbons) was 3-for-4 with a home run in the victory, while Zach Fisher (Perry Hall), Pat Fitzgerald (Calvert Hall) and Brandon Gonnella contributed two hits apiece.
Fisher was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after batting .476 (10-for-21) with three homers, five runs scored and 10 RBIs over four games.
He was joined on the all-tournament squad by Towson teammates Volpe, Wertz, Fratantuono and Andrew Parker (Cardinal Gibbons).Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun