The Carlow Celtics softball team made university history Thursday, May 19th at Firestone Stadium, in Akron, Ohio.

Carlow softball players celebrate

Head Coach Bob Sirko and his number two-seeded Celtics made the first national championship appearance for any Carlow athletics team, taking on number one St. Mary-of-the-Woods College from Indiana in the 2016 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Softball National Championship. Carlow proceeded through four championship games but ultimately fell, 6-0, in their rematch against the 2015 defending national champion St. Mary-of-the-Woods Pomeroys.

The Celtics finished as the USCAA Runner-Up, capping their 30-14 season, which also included a third- place finish in the NAIA’s Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) Tournament.

Sirko was named the 2016 USCAA Softball Coach of the Year, and four Celtics were named All-Americans: sophomore shortstop Kelsey Geyer (first team), junior third baseman Allison Hryadil (second team), and senior pitcher Jenna Grogan and senior catcher Nicole George (honorable mention).

Junior second baseman Marla Small and junior center elder Kenzie Young were named to the USCAA National Championships All-Tournament Team.

Sirko has been head coach at Carlow since 2006 and has compiled 205 wins during that time. He earned his 200th career victory at Carlow, an 8-4 win against Brescia University on April 29th, in the KIAC Tournament.

By Kristin Seamon