America East Conference

Hartford Earns First NCAA Baseball Berth

The University of Hartford baseball team is going to the NCAA Division I tournament for the first time.

The top-seeded Hawks backed up their America East regular season title by defeating Stony Brook 9-4 on Saturday in Orono, Maine, to win the conference tournament title and earn an automatic berth.

Billy DeVito pitched a career-best seven innings and allowed just two runs for the win. Zach Ardito had three hits and four RBI, hitting two-run doubles in the seventh and eighth innings. UHart freshman Drew DeMartino was named the tournament's most outstanding player.

The game was tight into the seventh with Hartford holding a 2-0 lead. With...