FLUSHING, N.Y. (Apr. 22, 2018) - Lauren Pascual's game-winning single in the bottom of the eleventh inning gave the Queens College softball team a 1-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday (Apr. 22) against Saint Thomas Aquinas; the Knights were defeated in the nightcap by the Spartans 5-1.
The Knights are now 9-13 in ECC play and 12-20 overall while STAC falls to 7-13 in ECC competition with a 12-26 record overall.
Game One: Queens (NY) 1, STAC 0 - 11 Innings
The pitchers' duel ensued in the first game of the doubleheader between QC's ToniMarie Valeriano and STAC's Colleen Borum. No runner reached third base from either team until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Queens loaded the bases against Borum with one out. Valeriano led off the frame with a single and Alyssa Neal collected a bunt single to give the Knights a runner in scoring position. A one-out fielder's choice from Danielle D'Angelo advanced the runners and stacked the bags, but Borum induced two more groundouts to keep the Knights off the board.
Valeriano continued to dominate in the circle while the Knights had another chance to win the game in the bottom of the tenth inning. Neal smacked a 3-1 pitch to right field and past the dive of Alyssa Chelak. The ball rolled to the wall and the senior shortstop wheeled around second base and attempted to score but was thrown out at the plate despite a protest for an obstruction call that would have ended the contest. The Knights would sweat through an uneasy top of the eleventh as it was STAC's turn to load the bases on a single and two walks but Valeriano struck out Ashley Landolina before Kelcy McGeehan fouled out deep down the left-field line on a nice snag by Nicole Michaels.
In the bottom of the inning, Ann Grimshaw singled to lead off the frame and moved to second on a passed ball. Alyssa Delaney reached on an infield hit to the left side of the infield, keeping Grimshaw at second base. Pascual looped the first pitch from Borum into right field and Grimshaw beat the throw to score the winning run. Valeriano was brilliant in the pitcher's circle, fanning eight and limiting STAC to just four hits in her eleven innings pitched. Neal went 3-for-4, while Valeriano and Grimshaw each added two hits for the Knights in the victory.
Game Two: STAC 5, Queens (NY) 1
The Spartans earned an early 2-0 lead on a two-out single by Chelak that scored one run; the ball deflected off the glove of Delaney at third base, allowing a second run to come home for the visitors. Queens could not solve Briana Keaveney as the Spartans' hurler dominated the batters with the wind beginning to swirl in Flushing. STAC scored three more runs in the top of the seventh inning---including a home run by Amanda Leone---before the Knights responded in the bottom of the seventh on a Jessica Hickey longball for the only offense that QC could muster in the second game of the doubleheader.
Keaveney limited the Knights to the one run on four hits while QC starter Vanessa Juengerkes struck out four but allowed five runs on nine hits in taking the loss.
The Knights will face Georgian Court on Monday (Apr. 23) in non-conference action in Lakewood, N.J. beginning at 2:30 p.m.