FLUSHING, N.Y. (Apr. 17, 2018) - Two innings tipped the scales away from the favor of the Queens College softball team on Tuesday (Apr. 17) as the Knights were swept by LIU Post in decisions of 5-0 and 3-1 at the QC Softball Field.
Queens falls to 9-17 overall and 6-12 in East Coast Conference play with the loss while LIU Post remains atop the conference standings at 12-2 in league play and 23-12 overall.
Game One: LIU Post 5, Queens (NY) 0
The Knights and Pioneers were scoreless through the first two innings as QC starter Vanessa Juengerkes dueled with LIU Post hurler Hannah Olshevski until the third inning. LIU Post scored five runs in the third inning, beginning with a Gianna Gatto solo home run to left field on a 1-0 count in the first at-bat of the frame. Ashley Casazza then reached on a bunt single and Julia Seader sent her to third base with a single of her own. Following a walk issued to Patricia Dun, Abbey Fortin socked a single through the left side of the infield to move everyone up a base and score Casazza with the Pioneers' second run of the frame. Leah Mele had an RBI hit that was sandwiched between run-scoring groundouts by Breanna Klaiber and Megan Sneeden as the inning finally concluded with LIU Post ahead by a 5-0 score.
Olshevski was by no means perfect in the final five innings of her complete-game shutout, but the Knights were unable to bring any runs home to cut the deficit despite leaving eight runners on the base-paths from the bottom of the third through the bottom of the seventh. Alyssa Neal and Ann Grimshaw each had two hits and Jessica Hickey drew two walks in the first game, but Olshevski struck out three and kept the Knights off the board to keep the game out of reach of the home team.
Game Two: LIU Post 3, Queens (NY) 1 - Final/Five Innings
ToniMarie Valeriano took the circle for the Knights in game two while Katie Humhej was the starter for the Pioneers. QC stranded two runners in the bottom of the first while LIU Post left the bases loaded in the top of the second inning. The Knights scored a run in the bottom of the third as Grimshaw started a two-out rally with a single before Jessica Hickey golfed a double down the left field line to send Grimshaw scurrying home with the game's first run. Queens held a 1-0 lead after three innings before the skies started to open up and a light drizzle began to come down upon the fields of Flushing. The hosts were in prime position for a victory as the combination of a lead, a drizzle and a darkness caused the fifth inning to be the final inning.
Unfortunately, LIU Post would come out on top after a three-run fifth-inning rally that occurred with two outs on the board. Fortin started things off with a bomb of a home run, a 2-0 pitch that ricocheted off the QC Tennis Center bubble in deep left field. Klaiber singled to keep the rally going and a Mele triple brought home pinch-runner Claire Travis with the go-ahead run. Sneeden followed with a double to bring home the insurance marker as the green and gold led by a 3-1 score. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Neal drew a one-out walk and Grimshaw collected an infield single to bring the potential winning run to the plate twice. Humhej, however, slammed the door shut by recording back-to-back strikeouts to end the five-inning contest.
Queens will host Molloy on Thursday (Apr. 19) in an ECC doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.