WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (May 4, 2018) - Senior ToniMarie Valeriano of the Queens College softball team was named to the All-East Coast Conference First Team on Friday (May 4) in a release from the conference office.
The selection marks the fourth straight year that Valeriano was the recipient of all-conference laurels by the ECC, a remarkable achievement for a player who was the 2015 ECC Rookie of the Year and part of the conference champions and NCAA Tournament participants. The Bellmore native was named the First-Team Utility-Pitcher as a two-way player for the Knights this season.
In the pitcher's circle, Valeriano went 6-10 with the fourth-best earned-run average (2.57) among qualified players in the conference. She ranked second in the league with five shutouts and third with 16 complete games pitched. Valeriano also totaled 93 strikeouts and was second in the conference with a strikeouts per game average of 5.69. The senior pitched a five-inning no-hitter against Saint Michael's back on Mar. 10 and twirled a five-inning one-hit shutout against Indiana (Pa.) just two days later. Her highlight contest in the circle for the year was a 1-0 win over Saint Thomas Aquinas on Senior Day on Apr. 22, in which she pitched all 11 innings and allowed just four hits while striking out eight batters.
Valeriano was equally as potent at the plate as the Knights' lead-off hitter for most of the 2018 campaign. She hit .331 on the year with 13 extra-base hits including three home runs and 23 runs batted in. Even more impressive is the following statistic: in her 131 plate appearances, Valeriano only struck out two times all season. Her best game at the dish came in a 7-3 win over Georgian Court on Apr. 23 in which she hit 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs against the Lions.