FLUSHING, N.Y. (Mar. 31, 2018) - ToniMarie Valeriano twirled a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts and hit a three-run home run to lift the Queens College softball team to a 4-0 win over Mercy on Saturday (Mar. 31) before the Mavericks claimed a 3-2 win in the series nightcap.
Game One: Queens (NY) 4, Mercy 0
Valeriano yielded just one hit in her first three innings in the circle and clobbered her homer in the bottom of the third inning to put Queens on the board. Following a walk issued to Marisa Sagona that preceded Alyssa Neal being hit by a pitch, Valeriano fought through a 13-pitch at-bat with Mercy starter Kaylee Stevens before smacking a round-tripper over the left field wall to put the Knights ahead 3-0. Lauren Pascual reached on a fielder's choice and Dani D'Angelo scampered home later in the inning to give the Knights a four-run edge.
Valeriano controlled the tempo of the game from there, striking out seven of her eleven K's in the final three innings. Ann Grimshaw had two hits for the Knights in the win.
Game Two: Mercy 3, Queens (NY) 2
The Mavericks scored runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings against Vanessa Juengerkes with all runs manufactured by simple plays and no extra-base hits. Destini Bullock grounded out to second base in the third inning to score the first run while an infield single by Mikayla Newham scored the second run an inning later. Mercy's third run came on a ball hit by Allie Pellizzaro to left field that was misplayed to score Skania Lemus with the Mavs' final run.
Queens finally broke through against Yazzy Jameson in the bottom of the sixth inning as Valeriano struck for another home run, this one over the center field wall. The Knights scored another run in the seventh on a two-out rally as Juengerkes reached on an error to score Sagona and bring QC within a one-run deficit. Queens loaded the bases but Jameson induced a pop-out by Valeriano to end the game.
The Knights will host Holy Family University on Monday (Apr. 2) in Flushing at 2:30 p.m.