The Molloy softball team came up short in the NCAA Division II softball championship on Thursday.
No. 5 Molloy fell 4-0 to No. 4 West Virginia Wesleyan in Game 2 of the eight-team tournament at the Moyer Complex in Salem, Virginia.
Chelsea Hawks pitched five innings, allowing seven hits and four runs — three earned — in the loss.
Molloy (36-17) will face No. 8 Humboldt State in the elimination bracket Friday at 4 p.m. A victory would clinch a spot for the Lions in Saturday’s 11 a.m. game.
West Virginia Wesleyan (49-8) opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning following a squeeze play executed by Olivia Gore. She went 2-for-3 with a run and three RBIs.
Morgan Bruce took Hawks deep on a solo home run down the leftfield line in the fourth to put Molloy in a 2-0 hole.
Gore’s two-run home run in the fifth gave the Bobcats two insurance runs.
The Lions struggled to find success against West Virginia Wesleyan pitcher Hannah Vet. Vet struck out four and surrendered one walk and two hits in a complete-game shutout. Olivia Banulski picked up Molloy’s first hit with a leadoff single in the fourth.
Hawks will start again Friday and look to keep Molloy’s season alive.
“We’ve played good defense all year long,” Molloy coach Susan Cassidy-Lyke said. “We feel if our pitchers can keep us in the game and keep the score low we can win. We’re remaining positive about Friday.”