FLUSHING, N.Y. (Mar. 10, 2018) - ToniMarie Valeriano's five-inning no hitter was the highlight for the Queens College softball team on Saturday (Mar. 10) as the Knights played a rare triple-header down in Florida. Queens defeated St. Michael's by an 8-0 score in the middle game, with losses of 6-2 and 1-0 to Barry and Ferris State respectively serving as the bookends for the historic win.
Game One: Barry 6, Queens (NY) 2
The Knights fell behind early against the Buccaneers, as the hosts took a 1-0 lead after one inning on an RBI double by Maddy VonHagel. Barry scored two more runs in the second inning and QC did not answer until the fourth inning when a perfectly executed double steal saw Maryjane D'Agostino cross the plate with Briana Schippell taking second base. Queens cut the deficit to a one-run game in the fifth inning as Alyssa Neal collected an infield single that scored Nicole Michaels to bring the Knights back to within a 3-2 score. In the bottom of the inning, however, Barry accumulated three runs with the big blow coming on a two-run home run by VonHagel that produced the final score.
Neal went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Queens as Ann Grimshaw and Vanessa Juengerkes had the only other hits for QC off of winning pitcher Christie Falcon.
Game Two: Queens (NY) 8, St. Michael's 0 - Final in 5 Innings
ToniMarie Valeriano started the contest in the circle for the Knights and got out of an early jam in the top of the first inning as the Purple Knights had a runner on second base but no hits. Valeriano and Torie Rathwell went toe-to-toe for the first three innings, but Queens jumped in front in the bottom half of the fourth inning. After a two-out single by Ann Grimshaw, Danielle D'Angelo crushed a two-run home run to left-center field to give the Knights a 2-0 lead. In the fifth inning, Valeriano walked the lead-off batter but surrendered no hits. The Knights then teed off on Rathwell and Sydney Longley for six runs in the bottom of the fifth to earn the mercy-rule victory.
Alyssa Delaney led off with a single to left-center before Jessica Hickey launched a two-run homer to left-center to give the Knights a 4-0 lead. After Valeriano singled and advanced on an error, Neal reached on another error allowing Michaels---who pinch-ran for Valeriano---to score with the Knights' fifth run. Lauren Pascual was hit by a Longley pitch and Grimshaw singled to load the bases before D'Angelo cleared the bases with a double and ended the game as QC claimed an 8-0 win.
D'Angelo went 2-for-3 with five runs batted in; Grimshaw and Valeriano also had two hits in the win. It was the senior's performance in the circle that earns special plaudits, however, as Valeriano struck out seven and only allowed two runners to reach base without giving up a hit in the win.
Game Three: Ferris State 1, Queens (NY) 0
Ferris State scored the lone run of the game in the fifth inning with Sarah Meredith driving in the eventual game-winning run in the victory. Queens mustered just six hits against Bulldogs pitchers Abby Highway and Katie Ross in the losing effort.
Queens will face Barry and St. Michael's again on Sunday (Mar. 11) in Florida.