YORK, PA – The York College softball team got some disappointing news on Monday morning, as they were not selected to play in the 2010 NCAA Championship tournament despite their school-record 36 wins.
The Spartans, who were ranked seventh in the final NCAA Division III Regional Rankings, concluded the campaign as the Capital Athletic Conference runner-up as Salisbury earned the CAC's automatic bid. The Sea Gulls have won 33 straight and defeated the Spartans four times during the year.
York scuffled against teams in the tournament. The Spartans went 0-4 against Salisbury and 0-2 against Bridgewater but did go 2-0 against Susquehanna and 1-0 against Coe.
Spartan first year head coach Nicki Starry was disappointed for her team.
“These girls did everything I asked of them this year. They stuck together, played hard and put us in position to earn an at-large bid. We just came up a little bit short but it certainly wasn't for a lack of effort,” stated Starry. “We had an amazing year and I am very proud of this team. This program has great potential and this season was just a first step.”
The Spartans got off to a blistering start as they started the season 11-1 on their 12-game trip to Kissimmee, Florida. York had win streaks of 11, 8, and 6 during the year en route to their record campaign.
The Green and White finished 9-3 in the CAC as they finished second in the regular season and the tournament. They outscored their conference opponents 101-32 during CAC play while they held a 287-119 margin in their 45 games during the season.
York also had a school-record eight All-CAC selections including the CAC Rookie-of-the-Year Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga).
The Spartans do graduate four seniors including three-time All-CAC pick and Georgia Heathcote Stallman award winner Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) and All-CAC picks Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) and Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick).
“It was a joy to coach this team and I am so very proud of what they accomplished,” says Starry.