ANNANDALE – Liz Willett had four hits, scored a run and knocked a pair in, but the Northern Virginia Community College softball team couldn't bounce back from 13 errors as Southern Maryland was a winner 23-0 and 16-8 Monday afternoon at Wakefield Park.
The Nighthawks fall to 0-6 and are back in action Thursday against CCBC Catonsville for a twinbill.
Rheana Gray struggled with command in the opener as she walked nine in two innings of work and allowed 14 runs to cross the dish. Berith Austin, meanwhile, fanned three in relief, but the defense behind her committed nine errors.
Offensively for the Nighthawks, Lily Dev had the first hit in the third, but she was stranded at second. Then in fourth, Willett singled to left and then stole second, but the inning ended without a run coming home to score.
Nataleigh Weber knocked in two runs for NOVA in the nightcap to lead the way, while Willett was 3-for-3 with an RBI. The Nighthawks offense, however, could not overcome a five-run deficit in the fourth.
After CSM went up by nine in the fifth, the Nighthawks had their backs against the wall, but they scored three times between the fifth and sixth innings to force a seventh inning for the first time in 2018.