DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Apr. 14, 2018) - The Queens College softball team lost on a walk-off in game one of its Saturday (Apr. 14) doubleheader to Mercy before the Mavericks used a six-run sixth inning to blow past the Knights and earn a crucial sweep in East Coast Conference competition in Dobbs Ferry.
Game One: Mercy 2, Queens (NY) 1
The opening contest proved to be a pitcher's duel between ToniMarie Valeriano and Mercy (16-13, 6-8 ECC) starter Yazzy Jameson as both pitchers threw zeroes up to the seventh inning. The Knights had the first chance to break the tie in the top of the third inning as Lauren Pascual led off the frame with a walk and eventually made it to third before being stranded on the basepaths; the Mavericks, meanwhile, had runners at second and third twice in the bottom of the fifth inning but could not break through against the QC infield. Queens scored in the top of the seventh as Vanessa Juengerkes led off the rally with a walk. A bunt single by Gabriella Russo and a Pascual walk placed pinch runner Alyssa Delaney on third base. After Valeriano popped out to third base, Briana Schippell cracked a pinch-hit single to put the Knights ahead going into the bottom of the last inning. Valeriano recorded the first out of the seventh but a solo home run to right-center field off the bat of Cassidy Wooten was a harbinger of things to come. Skania Lemus singled in the very next at-bat but was forced out on a fielder's choice. With two outs, Allie Pellizzaro stole second base and then scored on an RBI single from Baylee McCormick to end the game.
Both teams collected just four hits in the opening contest. Valeriano struck out three batters in taking the hard-luck loss in the circle.
Game Two: Mercy 9, Queens (NY) 4
Wooten homered in the bottom of the second inning off of Juengerkes to put Mercy in an early lead that the Mavs extended a couple of innings later. Mercy scored a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to extend its advantage to a 3-0 margin before a two-run single by Ann Grimshaw in the top of the sixth cut the lead to just one run. Mercy then sent eleven batters to the plate in the bottom of the sixth---with Lemus and McCormick launching back-to-back home runs to start the frame---as part of a six-run inning that made the deficit too much for the Knights to overcome. Delaney hit an RBI single in the top of the seventh and Pascual reached on an error that scored Delaney as well, but that would be all the offense for the Knights in the second game.
Queens (9-15, 6-10 ECC) will host LIU Post on Tuesday (Apr. 17) at 2:30 p.m. at the QC Softball Field in another critical ECC doubleheader.