ST. LOUIS — No. 6 Davidson won its first-ever Atlantic 10 Baseball title with an 11-4 win over top-seeded VCU Saturday night at Billiken Sports Center.
It was the first conference championship in program history for Davidson, and the Wildcats first A-10 team tournament title in any sport. The 32-24 ‘Cats earn the Atlantic 10s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals and will learn their fate Monday at noon ET on the NCAA Selection Show on ESPN2.
Alec Acosta, who had one career home run entering the Championship, hit his league record fifth round-tripper Saturday night. He was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI to lead the ‘Cats at the plate. Acosta and Davidson Pitcher Durin O'Linger shared the Championship's Most Outstanding Player award. O'Linger made three appearances on the mound in four days, earning two wins. Allen Barry (3-2) got the Saturday night win.
VCU's Logan Farrar went 3-for-4 with a run scored to lead VCU, earning a spot on the All-Championship team. Brooks Vial (9-4) took the loss for the Rams.
Davidson, which reached the championship final from the consolation bracket in the double elimination tournament forced the second, if necessary game with a 7-4 victory earlier in the day.
Joining Acosta, O'Linger and Farrar on the All-Championship Team were Mitchel Lacey and Alex Gransback from VCU, Eric Jones and Josh Hudson from Davidson, James Morisano, Aaron Case and Josh Garner from Saint Louis, Mark Osis from George Washington and Chris Hess from Rhode Island.