Baseball Team Wins First Northeast-10 Conference Tournament
Baseball Team Wins First Northeast-10 Conference Tournament

by Andy Beardsley
Assistant Director of Athletics for Athletic Communications

The UNH baseball team scored six unanswered runs in the final game of the Northeast-10 Baseball Championship, downing Merrimack to win its first-ever conference crown. Senior pitcher Peter Jay was named the championship’s Most Valuable Player.

On Saturday, as the advancing team from the winners’ bracket, the Chargers needed to win one game while Merrimack needed to take two at Frank Vieira Field to claim the championship. In the opener, the Warriors won their third elimination game in two days, 6-0, before New Haven erased a 4-0 deficit to take the tournament title with a 6-4 triumph.

The baseball team captured its first Northeast-10 Conference tournament championship over the weekend.

The team wasn’t fazed after falling behind by four runs in the first inning of Saturday’s second game, a winner-take-all contest.  “So what, we’ve done this every game,” second baseman Andrew Johnson, told the New Haven Register after the game.

The Chargers gradually chipped away at their deficit before going ahead for good via a two-out, two-run rally in the fourth inning. (Read the full game recap.)

“I’ve been telling person after person all year long, we have a way of coming back and winning games where we go down by multiple runs,” second-year coach Chris Celano told the Register. “And, of course, we have to do it today to win the whole thing. It’s just a testament to how tough these guys are. I give them all the credit in the world.”

With the win, UNH (33-14) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II East Region Championship. The squad is the #3 seed and will travel to Southern New Hampshire University on Thursday to begin the double elimination tournament. The Chargers last advanced to the East Region Championship in 2010 as an at-large team. UNH is making its 28th NCAA regional appearance.

The NCAA field of 48 teams is divided into eight regions. The eight regional champions will convene in Cary, N.C., for the NCAA National Championship, which will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex from May 25 to June 1.

Stay tuned to for additional updates throughout the week.

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