Knights eliminated from ECC contention
May 03, 2017 | 9119 views | 0 0 comments | 336 336 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Queens College softball team wrapped up its season on Sunday, dropping a pair of games at the hands of the 16th-ranked Cougars of Caldwell University in non-conference action.

The Knights were dealt an 8-1 loss in game one before falling in game two in another identical score line of 8-1.

In the meantime, Queens was eliminated from East Coast Conference (ECC) postseason play, as LIU Post defeated the University of Bridgeport in game one, 6-0, to book its spot as the fourth and final seed in the tournament.

The Knights were outmatched in game one, with Cougars starter Sydney Ponto working a no-hitter for the first three innings before junior ToniMarie Valeriano (1-for-3) singled to shortstop in the top of the fourth to stop the no-hitter.

However, Ponto worked out of trouble, getting senior Kristen Boody (1-for-3) to induce into a double play to end the inning.

Trailing 5-0 after five innings, the Knights were able to get on the board, but the Cougars added another three runs in the bottom of the sixth, leading to the 8-1 decision.

In her final start of the season, Morgan Starley (3-5) was unable to bring the magic she had in her previous two starts, and the Knights had no answer against Ponto (25-3), who allowed only one earned run on three hits, while striking out six.

Once again, the Knights came up empty, as the Cougars put early pressure on game two starter Valeriano (3-7), taking a 4-0 lead after three innings.

The Knights opened their account in the fifth inning when Vanessa Juengerkes (2-for-3, R) tripled to center field. With two outs, freshman Briana Schippell (1-for-2, RBI) singled to second base to score Juengerkes, cutting into the deficit, 5-1, but the Knights were unable to make any more inroads.

Juengerkes (4 IP, 5 K) took over in relief, but the bats stayed quiet. The Cougars added three more runs, as Caldwell game two starter Jessie Johnston (11-6) efficiently limited the Knights to six hits to earn an 8-1 complete game win in the circle.

The Queens College team says goodbye to seniors Starley, Kayla Morrissey, Boody and Stevianne Ognibene, who were all part of the team that won the ECC Championship in 2015.
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