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Posted on May 5, 2014

UPDATE: May 11, 2014

Cal U’s 12th-ranked softball team defeated Bloomsburg 5-2 before losing 2-0 to West Chester in the finals of the NCAA Atlantic Regional 1 Tournament at Lilley Field.

The Vulcans finish the season with a 37-7 final overall record while West Chester advances to next weekend’s NCAA Super Regional against West Virginia Wesleyan.

UPDATE: May 10, 2014

Cal U’s 12th-ranked softball team lost, 6-3, to West Chester University at the NCAA Atlantic Regional 1 Tournament at Lilley Field.

With the loss the Vulcans drop to 36-6 overall. The team is slated to play Bloomsburg in an elimination game at noon May 11. The winner of that game will meet West Chester in the championship round and must defeat the Golden Rams twice to advance to next weekend’s NCAA Super Regional.

UPDATE: May 9, 2014

Cal U’s 12th-ranked softball team opened play at the NCAA Atlantic Regional 1 Tournament with a 9-0 win in six innings over Winston-Salem State (NC) at Lilley Field.

Senior second baseman Shelby Lia and sophomore third baseman Natalya Smarra both homered for Cal U while sophomore pitcher Alex Sagl won her 24th game with seven strikeouts. 

The Vulcans improve to 36-5 overall and next play West Chester on May 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Original story:

The softball team earned the Atlantic Region’s top seed and will host a four-team regional component of the NCAA Division II Tournament May 9-11 at Lilley Field, on Cal U’s upper campus. 

The PSAC champion Vulcans (35-5) will face eighth-seeded Winston Salem State (N.C.) University (28-11), champions of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, at 11 a.m. on May 9.

In the other first-round game at Lilley Field, fourth-seeded West Chester will face fifth-seeded Bloomsburg at 1:30 p.m. May 9. 

Shippensburg University, the third seed, will host the other Atlantic Regional contest, playing Indiana University while West Virginia Wesleyan and Mansfield face off in first-round competition.

Winners of the double-elimination tournaments this weekend will advance to the NCAA Super Regionals. They will play a best-of-three series from May 16-17 at the site of the highest remaining seed.

The eight Super Regional champions will compete in the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament May 22-26 at the Moyer Complex in Salem, Va. 

The Vulcans are making their seventh consecutive NCAA post-season appearance and have qualified for NCAA post-season play in 23 of the past 25 years.

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A softball player gets ready to field the ball.