BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Queens College softball team suffered a pair of setbacks on the road to the University of Bridgeport on Monday in an East Coast Conference (ECC) doubleheader. The Knights fell, 10-2, in six innings in the first game before dropping a tough 2-0 decision in game two.
Queens falls to 5-9 overall and 2-8 in the ECC, while Bridgeport improves to 15-12 and 4-4 in conference play.
Bridgeport 10, Queens 2 (F/6)
Despite the final outcome, Queens opened the game with a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first. However, Bridgeport scored eight runs over the first three innings and two more in the sixth to run away with the victory.
After sophomore Lauren Pascual and junior ToniMarie Valeriano both singled, senior Kristen Boody got Queens on the board first with an RBI single to right center. Two batters later, junior Vanessa Juengerkes walked to load the bases, and classmate Alyssa Neal was hit by a pitch with the bags full, bringing in Valeriano to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.
That was it for Queens though, as the Knights missed out on a chance to do further damage, leaving the bases loaded. The Purple Knights plated four in the bottom half of the opening inning on three hits and three errors, capped by a two-run double by Samantha Sabor. Bridgeport added three more in the second, with a two-out error hurting the Knights. The home team scored again in the third before adding two more runs on an error in the sixth to reach the 10-2 final.
Queens was badly hurt by six errors in the game. Juengerkes went 2-for-3 at the plate but took the loss in the circle, and Boody went 2-for-4. Kaitlyn Lajoie (6-4) earned the win for the Purple Knights, striking out eight over five innings of work.
Bridgeport 2, Queens 0
The Purple Knights scored twice in the bottom of the first inning, and that would turn out to be all they needed in the second game, as Queens was held scoreless for the first time all season.
Jenna DiLorenzo hit an RBI single to center field to score Abbigail Blanchard for the first run of the game. Sabor later brought in DiLorenzo on an RBI sacrifice fly to left, giving Bridgeport a 2-0 lead it would hold on to. Queens had a chance to make some noise in the bottom of the seventh. Juengerkes hit a one-out double to left center, but she was left stranded, as Bridgeport pitcher Alyssa Bua struck out the final two batters of the game.
Juengerkes went 2-for-3 to lead the Knights, while Valeriano (2-3) took the tough-luck loss despite giving up just two runs (one earned) on four hits with four strikeouts. Bua (7-4) gave up five hits and struck out four with no walks to earn the shutout win.
Queens will play its fourth doubleheader in as many days on Tuesday, April 11, at NYIT beginning at 2:30 p.m.