ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – After a week of schedule changes due to inclement weather, play finally resumed for the Queens College softball team on Saturday afternoon. However, the Knights' return to the field was left sour, as they were downed twice by the Lions of Molloy College in East Coast Conference (ECC) action. Molloy took the opener, 5-1, before winning the second game, 10-2.
Molloy 5, Queens 1
Queens looked to get on board first in the top of the second, as senior Kristen Boody singled to left field before junior Vanessa Juengerkes singled to put runners on first and second. But Lions starter Chelsea Hawks (7-7) struck out the next two batters to prevent any damage.
After three scoreless innings, Sarah Rambo answered for the Lions with a single through the right side to plate home Alexandra Russo for the opening run of the game. Two batters later, the Lions doubled their advantage as Snyder singled down the left field line to score Rambo for a 2-0 lead after four innings. The Knights responded immediately in the top of the fifth, as senior Stevianne Ognibene smacked a solo home run to left to bring the Knights within one (2-1).
The Lions added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to effectively put away the game, as Queens was hurt by fielding errors before Hawks struck out the side in order to secure the complete game win. The Knights were limited to five hits on the day led by Ognibene's solo homer. Junior starter ToniMarie Valeriano (2-2) picked up the loss, giving three earned runs on 11 hits with six strikeouts over six innings.
Molloy 10, Queens 2 (F/5)
The Lions got on the board early, as Kaitlyn Snyder delivered the opening run of game two with a two RBI triple to the center field wall to score Erin Clinton and Russo. The next batter, Olivia Banulski, singled down the left field line to score Snyder, giving the Lions a 3-0 lead after two innings.
Queens responded in the fourth behind sophomore Lauren Pascual's first home run of the season, a two-run shot past left field to bring the Knights within one (3-2).
However, the game got away from the Knights in the bottom of the fifth inning, with the Lions tallying seven runs. The Lions got the best of QC starter Juengerkes (2-3) with nine earned runs. Hawks started game two for Molloy before handing the ball off to Jenna Turato (7-4), who secured the win.
Pascual led the Knights, going 2-for-2 with two RBI. Ognibene went 2-for-3 on the day, while Juengerkes tallied 2-for-2 with a run.
The Knights return home for a quick turnaround, as they continue conference action Sunday afternoon, April 9, hosting the Spartans of St. Thomas Aquinas College in a doubleheader with first pitch set for 12 p.m.