BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (Apr. 5, 2018) - The Queens College softball team was unable to pick up a victory on Thursday (Apr. 5) as the Knights were swept in an ECC doubleheader by LIU Post; the Pioneers took the first game by an 11-4 margin before hanging on to defeat QC by a 3-1 score in the nightcap.
LIU Post is now 14-10 overall with an unblemished 4-0 mark in East Coast Conference play. Queens falls to 7-9 overall and 4-4 in ECC contests this season.
In game one, the hosts surged in front early thanks to a first-inning home run off the bat of Abbey Fortin as LIU Post gained a 1-0 advantage. Queens scored all four of its runs in the second inning against Pioneers starter Hannah Olshevski, loading the bases before ToniMarie Valeriano knocked home the tying run with an infield single. Jessica Hickey followed suit by smacking a hard double to right-center field and clearing the bases to put the Knights ahead, 4-1. LIU Post scored three runs in the bottom of the frame to tie the score with run-scoring hits by Gianna Gatto and Julia Seader bookending the rally.
The hosts took the lead for good in the next inning as Breanna Klaiber homered off of Valeriano, giving the Pioneers a 5-4 edge. Olshevski, meanwhile, retired eleven batters in a row from the top of the third inning through the sixth inning as her offense continued to score runs. A two-run single by Ashley Melendez in the fourth inning was followed up by a two-run double by Patricia Dun and Fortin's second home run of the game to provide the final offensive margin.
Hickey had three hits in the opening contest to lead QC on offense.
In the nightcap, LIU Post took a 1-0 lead after one inning thanks to a defensive miscue that brought home a run. Queens did not score until the fourth inning as Lauren Pascual singled to bring home Maryjane D'Agostino and tie the game up momentarily. In the top of the fifth inning, Klaiber knocked home two runs with a double to end the scoring. The Knights could not score as Katie Humhej struck out four of the next six batters---and ten batters overall---to outduel Vanessa Juengerkes in the circle.
Queens will travel to Saint Thomas Aquinas for a doubleheader on Saturday (Apr. 7) beginning at 12 p.m.