OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (Apr. 24, 2018) - The Queens College softball team ended the conference portion of its regular season on Tuesday (Apr. 24) by dropping both ends of an ECC doubleheader to NYIT in Old Westbury.
The Knights (13-23, 9-15 ECC) dropped a close 2-1 battle to the Bears in game one before NYIT (10-22, 8-12 ECC) posted an 8-0 win in five innings over Queens in the nightcap.
Game One: NYIT 2, Queens (NY) 1
Queens scored its run in the first inning, using aggressive baserunning to score off of Bears starter Sofia Evangelista. A one-out walk issued to Alyssa Neal culminated with the senior shortstop swiping second base. Ann Grimshaw then singled through the left side to move Neal up a base and put runners at first and third with only one out. With Lauren Pascual at the plate, Grimshaw faked a steal of second base, drawing the throw of Bears catcher Kylie Lacerte. While Grimshaw was caught in a rundown, Neal sprinted home and crossed the plate without a throw to put QC ahead 1-0 for starter ToniMarie Valeriano. The senior hurler kept NYIT at bay for four innings until the Bears struck in the fifth for the tying run. Mary Tom drew a one-out walk and then stole second base. Following a strikeout, the runner advanced to third on a passed ball and scored as Lizul Portugal knocked a base hit into right field to even the score at one-all. The Knights loaded the bases in the top of the sixth inning with one out but Evangelista induced a 1-2-3 double play to end the threat and a lead-off home run by Samantha Melendez was the reward for the hosts as NYIT grabbed a 2-1 lead. Evangelista retired Queens in order in the seventh to seal the victory.
Game Two: NYIT 8, Queens (NY) 0 - Five Innings
The second game of the doubleheader went south quickly for the Knights as NYIT scored two runs in the first inning on a Lizul Portugal run-scoring single and a Brooke Scherer RBI base-knock against Pascual. Queens could not solve NYIT starter Ashley Russo in the top of the second and the Bears broke the game open in the bottom of the frame. With Tom at second and Ruth Rodriguez at third, Jessica Daniel singled up the middle to score two runs and double the Bears' lead to 4-0. Scherer tripled down the right field line just two batters later to put NYIT ahead by five runs. While the QC offense continued to spin its wheels, NYIT added three more runs in the fourth on another RBI hit from Scherer and a two-run error. Russo retired the final three batters in order to close out the sweep.
Queens will await the results of the rest of the East Coast Conference to see if and when the play-off chase will continue; however, the Knights will host non-conference foe Caldwell on Thursday (Apr. 26) at 2 p.m. as the season continues on.