The North­eastern Huskies secured a spot in the Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion Cham­pi­onships for the first time in four years by beating the Towson Tigers in the final game of the reg­ular season last Sat­urday. Star pitcher Kevin Fer­guson earned his sev­enth vic­tory of the season, tossing a com­plete game six-​​hitter.

The Huskies and the Tigers will meet again in the first round of the CAA Cham­pi­onships on Wednesday after­noon in Har­rison­burg, Va. The winner of the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships, which span three days and fea­ture the league’s top six teams, will earn an auto­matic bid to the NCAA Tour­na­ment begin­ning later this month.

North­eastern players and coaches believe in their chances of making a deep playoff push.

We can com­pete with anyone in this tour­na­ment,” said man­ager Neil McPhee.

When asked to name his team’s greatest attribute, he sin­gled out the club’s resiliency. “We were picked in the pre­season to finish last in the con­fer­ence,” he said. “To be able to play under the pres­sure of making the tour­na­ment has been a huge plus for this program.”

Out­fielder Aaron Bar­bosa is one of the team’s top players, leading the Huskies with a .321 average, 67 hits, 41 runs, and 26 stolen bases. He agreed with his manager’s assess­ment, saying, “If we play our game and hit well, then we should have a good shot at win­ning the tournament.”

The key to beating Towson lies in Northeastern’s pitching, which ranked second in the con­fer­ence with a 3.62 team ERA. Starting pitcher Nick Berger will be charged with shut­ting down Towson’s offense, which scored 359 runs in the reg­ular season, third most in the conference.

He is a strong, strap­ping ath­lete,” McPhee said of Berger, a 6-​​foot-​​1-​​inch sopho­more whose 3.12 ERA ranked second on the team behind Ferguson’s 2.49 mark. “He hasn’t had any arm prob­lems all year and we expect him to be ready.”

If the Huskies beat Towson, they would play top-​​seeded UNC Wilm­ington on Thursday after­noon. Fer­guson, who led North­eastern in wins, ERA, strike­outs, and innings pitched, would most likely take the mound.

Kevin is the pitcher we want on the mound in that game,” McPhee said of his ace. “He’s had a career year.”