PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (Apr. 21, 2018) - The Queens College softball team was limited to just two hits in game one and two hits in game two as the Knights fell in a doubleheader to Pace University on Saturday (Apr. 21) in Pleasantville by scores of 5-2 and 3-2.
Game One: Pace 5, Queens (NY) 2
ToniMarie Valeriano had the only two hits for the Knights in the first game of the doubleheader with the senior scoring both runs but not through the use of other hits. Valeriano scored in the top of the first on a fielder's choice and RBI for Danielle D'Angelo; she scored in the third on a passed ball to put the Knights ahead by a 2-0 score for starting pitcher Vanessa Juengerkes. The Setters, however, rallied with a vengeance in the bottom of the third against the left-handed hurler with a five-run frame. Consecutive singles by Emma Schafer and Ashley Lew set the table for Pace as Tara Bernstein singled home a run to put the hosts on the board. With the bases loaded and two outs, Aby Brimbila laced a single to left field to bring home two runs and put the Setters ahead by one. The very next batter, Jillian Gartner, doubled home two more runs as the Knights fell behind by a 5-2 margin. Queens could not muster any offense against Jaclyn Flores, despite the Setters' starter striking out only one batter and walking five Knights in her complete-game win. Juengerkes, on the other hand, was taken out after the third inning and Valeriano tossed three one-hit innings of relief in the loss with five strikeouts.
Game Two: Pace 3, Queens (NY) 2
Lauren Pascual got a rare start in the circle for the Knights and made the most of her efforts inside the pitcher's area, surrendering just three runs. Niyah Brown singled home a run in both the first and fifth innings with Lew scoring on a wild pitch in the second inning, but that would be all Pascual would allow. The sophomore yielded seven hits and one walk while striking out three batters, but the offense for the Knights did not find its way alive until the sixth inning. After Nicole Michaels cracked a one-out double down the right-field line, Valeriano sent her home with a double to right-center off of Pace starter Mackenzie Garrick to cut the deficit to two runs at 3-1. Ann Grimshaw singled home Valeriano with the second run of the inning, but Garrick bore down and struck out D'Angelo to end the threat. The Knights' offense sputtered in the seventh inning as well, giving Pace the sweep.
Queens will return home Sunday (Apr. 22) for a doubleheader with Saint Thomas Aquinas at noon; the Knights will honor seniors Juengerkes, Valeriano and Alyssa Neal in a ceremony before the first game.