BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – The Queens College softball team dropped a pair of East Coast Conference (ECC) games to the Pioneers of LIU Post on Sunday afternoon, falling, 7-3, in the opener before dropping a closely-contested game two, 5-2. The Knights dropped to 4-4 overall (1-3 ECC), while the Pioneers improved to 11-9 overall (2-2 ECC).
LIU Post 7, Queens 3
The Knights took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, with senior Kayla Morrissey blasting a solo home run to right center, her second long ball of the season. The Pioneers responded in the bottom of the third with four runs, however, as Julia Seader doubled down the left field line to plate home Samantha Marrone to knot the game at 1-1. Seader then scored to give the Pioneers a 2-1 lead, as Ashley Melendez reached first on a fielding error. Megan Sneeden doubled the advantage with a two RBI single up the middle, giving the Pioneers a 4-1 lead.
In the fifth inning, the Knights cut into the deficit, as senior Stevianne Ognibene doubled down the right field line to score sophomore Lauren Pascual. The next batter, junior ToniMarie Valeriano, singled to left field to score Ognibene, as a 4-1 deficit quickly became 4-3. The Pioneers responded back with three insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth to effectively put away game one, providing Pioneers' starter Hannah Olshevski (6-2) enough support for the complete game win.
Valeriano (2-1) took the loss in the circle, giving up 11 hits and six earned runs over five innings, while punching out six, but she managed to go 3-for-4 with an RBI at the plate. Morrissey went 2-for-3 with the homer, while Ognibene went 2-for-3 with an RBI as well for the Knights.
LIU Post 5, Queens 2
Game two was a hard-fought affair, as the hits weren't so easy to come by, with LIU Post starter Katie Humhej (2-2) keeping the Knights at bay, allowing only four hits. Errors forced the Knights' hand in game two, as the Pioneers took a 1-0 lead on a fielding error that would have been the third out of the inning. Queens answered the call in the fourth, as freshman Briana Schippell tied the game at 1-1 on an RBI sacrifice fly, scoring senior Kristen Boody.
Another fielding error by the Knights forced the go-ahead run in for the Pioneers, allowing the home squad to retake the lead before a solo shot by Melendez in the fifth gave the Pioneers a 3-1 lead. In the sixth inning, a wild pitch by Humhej gave Valeriano enough room to score from third, cutting into the Pioneer lead, 3-2, but Queens was unable to make any more inroads. A two RBI single up the middle from Seader added safety for LIU Post before Olshevski (Sv, 1) returned for the seventh to effectively put away game two.
Senior starter Morgan Starley (0-1) took the loss, pitching five innings and giving up five runs on five hits. Boody went 2-for-3 with a run, while Valeriano (1-for-3, R) and Morrissey (1-for-3) produced the other two hits, respectively.
Looking to get back in the win column, the Knights will welcome the Lions of Molloy College for an ECC contest on Tuesday, April 4, with first pitch slated for 2 p.m.