SPARKILL, N.Y. (Apr. 7, 2018) - The Queens College softball team fell to 7-11 on the season and 4-6 in ECC play with back-to-back 3-1 losses at the hands of Saint Thomas Aquinas on Saturday (Apr. 7) at Spartan Field in Sparkill. The Spartans improved to 8-16 overall and 3-3 in conference competition with the wins.
Game One: STAC 3, Queens (NY) 1
ToniMarie Valeriano was staked out to an early 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning thanks to base-running bravado executed by the Knights. With one out, Jessica Hickey doubled and Lauren Pascual reached on an error to send the runner to third base. Pascual then sacrificed herself by getting caught in a rundown while attempting to steal a base; this allowed Hickey to scamper home from third to give the Knights the early 1-0 edge. Saint Thomas Aquinas manufactured a two-out rally in the bottom of the third to tie the score, with Briana Keaveney doing much of the work; Keaveney laced a two-out single and then stole second base and advanced to third on a wild offering from Valeriano. Kelcy McGeehan brought her home with an RBI single to knot the game up at 1-all. The score stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth as McGeehan's lead-off home run put the Spartans in front for good with an insurance run coming on an RBI single by Melissa Sadler.
Valeriano struck out nine batters in the loss while Hickey and Alyssa Delaney each recorded two hits for Queens. Colleen Borum was the winning pitcher for STAC, striking out just two in her complete-game victory.
Game Two: STAC 3, Queens (NY) 1
The Spartans grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a fielding error that scored the game's first run. However, the big blow came in the fifth inning when Ashley Landolina smacked a two-run homer off QC starter Vanessa Juengerkes to put the hosts ahead by a 3-0 score. The Knights could not break through against starting pitcher Keaveney until the seventh as an Alyssa Neal sacrifice fly spoiled the shutout. After Valeriano singled with two outs to bring the tying run up to the plate, Keaveney slammed the door to give STAC the sweep.
Queens will host NYIT on Sunday (Apr. 8) in a doubleheader in Flushing beginning at 12 p.m.