SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 1 Salisbury University softball team is set to defend the title its won for the past 17 seasons, as the Capital Athletic Conference tournament gets underway at Christopher Newport University on Thursday.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls closed the CAC regular season with an overall record of 31-1, with an 11-1 mark in CAC play. Salisbury's lone loss this season came in a doubleheader split at Christopher Newport University on March 22. Salisbury's doubleheader sweep at Frostburg State University on Sunday forced a tie at the top of the league standings with CNU, which also finished 11-1 in league play. Due to the split doubleheader, the deciding factor for the top seed was a coin flip, which the Captains won, allowing them to host the tournament. Salisbury will be the second-seeded team in the field.
The CAC tournament features the top five teams, among the league's seven teams which are eligible for postseason play. The double-elimination tournament will play out over three days, with the champion being crowned on Saturday.
Salisbury's first opponent in the event will be the third-seeded Bobcats from Frostburg State. The teams just met on Sunday, with Salisbury earning wins of 11-3 and 10-1; the latter ending after five innings. Salisbury has won 18-straight against the Bobcats, including defeating Frostburg to claim the program's 18th CAC championship last April.
Continuing the streak
Salisbury will look to continue its unbeaten streak in CAC tournament games. The Gulls have not lost in the league's postseason event since April 20, 1996, taking a 15-3 defeat to the University of Mary Washington – a stretch of 48-consecutive games without a loss.
The winner of Thursday's contest will be done for the day, advancing to the 10 a.m., game on Friday morning. The losing team from Thursday's noon game will play again at 4 p.m., on Thursday, against the losing team from the day's first game between fifth-seeded York College of Pennsylvania and the fourth-seeded University of Mary Washington.