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Newsday: Molloy grittiness on display

By Jason Stromberg

Photo credit: James Escher | Molloy College teammates celebrate after their 8-0 win over host Adelphi University in Game 2 of the NCAA East Super Regional. (May 18, 2013) Finding ways to win, picking each other up and being all in has been the formula for success for this season's Molloy softball team, which -- for the second time in program history -- reached the NCAA Division II World Series.

The formula produced one of the most exciting games of the year for the Lions on Thursday in a comeback victory over defending national champion Valdosta State, but the strong run came to a close Saturday night with a 5-2 loss to Grand Valley State (Allendale, Mich.) in Salem, Va.

Grand Valley erased a 2-1 deficit by scoring four runs in the fifth off losing pitcher Megan Butterworth. After Emily Jones doubled home the tying run, Miranda Cleary hit a three-run home run.

Molloy got only two hits off Sara Andrasik, who pitched a complete game. Molloy finished its season 53-13. Grand Valley (45-8) plays Kutztown Sunday. Read More.

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