FLUSHING, N.Y. (Apr. 8, 2018) - Following an 8-0 win in five innings on Sunday (Apr. 8), Alyssa Neal swatted two home runs and drove in all six RBIs as the Queens College softball team claimed a 6-3 win over NYIT to complete a sweep at the QC Softball Field.
Queens improves to 9-11 overall and 6-6 in ECC play with the doubleheader victories while NYIT drops to 5-13 overall with a 3-5 mark in conference competition.
Game One: Queens (NY) 8, NYIT 0 - Five Innings
ToniMarie Valeriano escaped a jam in the top of the first inning after back-to-back hits put two runners in scoring position for NYIT with just one out. The left-handed hurler retired the next two batters via groundout to keep the Bears off the board and the senior would be the spark plug for the Knights to get on the board first in the bottom of the frame. Valeriano drew a four-pitch walk and she would later score on an RBI base hit by Ann Grimshaw, who would then be the catalyst for QC's second run of the inning. With Jessica Hickey on third base, Grimshaw attempted to steal second but sacrificed herself so that the run could score from third to put the Knights up by two runs.
NYIT threatened again with a runner on third in the top of the second inning but the Bears failed to score. Queens broke the game wide open in the bottom of the second inning with a six-run spurt; the big blow was a grand slam by Lauren Pascual to give QC a 6-0 lead at the moment. The Knights set the table with hits by Nicole Michaels and Neal and a one-out walk issued to Jessica Hickey before Pascual sent a 3-2 offering over the fence. The Knights scored two more runs in the frame on an RBI groundout by Briana Schippell and a run-scoring single off the bat of Vanessa Juengerkes. The 8-0 lead persisted as Valeriano kept the visitors off the scoreboard into the top of the fifth inning when she recorded a 1-2-3 frame to end the game via mercy rule.
Game Two: Queens (NY) 6, NYIT 3
Neal was 2-for-2 with two home runs and six runs batted in, hitting three-run home runs in the second and fourth innings off of Sofia Evangelista to provide the offensive spark for the Knights. The first big blow came with two outs in the second inning; Danielle D'Angelo and Juengerkes hit back-to-back singles before Evangelista recorded two outs to get to Neal. The senior shortstop took a 2-1 pitch to task and sent it over the center field wall to give Queens a 3-0 lead. NYIT scored a run in the top of the third on a bunt single by Ashley Melendez which scored Jessica Daniel but the Knights went firmly ahead in the bottom of the fourth. Neal's home run came with two outs in the inning once again---however D'Angelo and Juengerkes were the two outs rather than the two base-runners. Schippell and Gabriella Russo had base hits right before Neal launched a 3-2 pitch over the center-field wall. NYIT scored two runs in the late stages of the game but it would not be enough to salvage a split.
The Knights will head to Bridgeport Thursday (Apr. 12) for a doubleheader with the Purple Knights beginning at 2 p.m.