Molloy ace Chelsea Hawks delivered a strong start yesterday, but was outdone by her Humboldt State counterpart in an elimination game.
Madison Williams threw her third no-hitter of the season to lead eighth-seeded Humboldt State to a 2-0 win over the No. 5 Lions at the NCAA Division II softball championships in Salem, Virginia. Hawks took the loss, but the 20-game winner struck out six and allowed one walk and one earned run in a complete game.
The loss ends a strong season for Molloy (37-17), which surged to reach its first College World Series since 2013. The Lions started the season 12-12 before catching fire to win the NCAA East Regional title.
Williams struck out 10 and walked two. Humboldt State (43-14) opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the third inning and doubled its lead in the fourth when Breonna Bejaran homered to lead off the frame.
Humboldt threatened to add to its lead in the seventh when it put a runner on second, but Hawks got a strikeout to end the inning. Hawks, a Wading River product who was named the ECC Pitcher of the Year, finished the season 20-13 with a 1.73 ERA.