The Suffolk University baseball team captured the 2015 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship with a 4-3 walk-off victory in 13 innings over the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats on Sunday.
Junior Cal Carroll threw seven innings of scoreless relief in the victory.
Suffolk scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th when an errant throw brought in the a runner from second. Junior Drew Carter had led off the inning with a double in the left center gap. After an intentional walk to senior Adam Johnson, freshman Alec Costanza laid down a perfect bunt on the third-base side. The throw to first would meet Constanza at the bag as it escaped, with Carter rounding third base and coming home for the game-winning run.
Both teams had advanced to the winner-take-all game afternoon at historic Holman Stadium in Nashua after Johnson & Wales staved off elimination with a 7-3 victory in game one of the doubleheader on Sunday.
Sophomore Chuck Gibson started the game for Suffolk allowing three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in six innings.
Senior Josh Desai was named the 2015 GNAC Tournament MVP. He threw a complete-game five-hitter against top seed and five time defending champion St. Joseph’s College on Saturday. Suffolk defeated the Monks 3-2 to advance in the winner’s bracket.
Johnson & Wales eliminated St. Joseph’s College in the following game with a 4-2 victory.
Carroll, Brady Chant, and Adam Johnson were selected to the all-tournament team for Suffolk.
With the victory, Suffolk improves to a 17-17 overall record on the year.
This GNAC Championship is the program’s fifth and the first under first-year Head Coach Anthony Del Prete. Suffolk last won the GNAC in 2009.
The Rams will host Salve Regina on Tuesday, April 28, and UMass Dartmouth on Thursday, April 30. Both games will be played at 4 p.m. at Adams Field in Quincy. Suffolk will host Williams College on Saturday, May 2.
Suffolk also earns an automatic qualifier bid into this year’s NCAA Regional Tournament. It will be the Rams’ fifth NCAA appearance in program history. The regional tournament will be held at Whitehouse Field in Harwich beginning on Wednesday May 13.