Sea Gulls Softball team members pose with an NCAA record for a 71-game win streak at home, awarded in 2022. Image courtesy of @suseagulls.
Salisbury University Softball’s 71-game home streak ended this season. The streak began Feb. 29, 2020, and came to an end March 17.
The streak began with an 8-5 win over Oneonta and lasted 1,114 days – over three years. Former Head Coach Margie Knight pioneered the streak before retiring in 2020 and passing the torch to Head Coach Lacey Lord.
"It's incredible and humbling, to be able to share that honor with [Knight] and be apart of the legacy in general is an awesome experience," Lord said. "[The streak] is due to the long standing traditions and culture we have; there is something to be said when you play at home. We have a good atmosphere, our team loves to be here."
The team won 16 games against National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top 25 teams and the streak outlasted the 2022 NCAA Tournament, held at SU, ending with a 5-0 record.
The team fell to Lynchburg in a doubleheader this season with a 3-2 loss March 17, after holding off the Hornets the day before in a 1-0 defeat.
The Sea Gulls were not discouraged by the blip, coming back with an 8-3 win over Swarthmore.
"We are so grateful to be apart of something bigger than ourselves, to be apart of multiple different teams throughout the win streak and to live out the program she created for us was an honor," senior Abby Mace said in remembrance of Knight.
By HAILEY DEARES
Featured image courtesy of @suseagulls