Wilson earns NYCAC softball Player of the Week

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The shortstop from Patchogue, L.I. batted .481 (13-for-27) with one home run and seven RBIs for the Knights,...

By Dylan Butler

If Crystal Wilson is still affected by her off-season knee injury, the junior on the Queens College softball team has a funny way of showing it.

The shortstop from Patchogue, L.I. batted .481 (13-for-27) with one home run and seven RBIs for the Knights, who went 7-1 during the week, earning Wilson New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors.

Wilson, who had ACL surgery in November, had five hits against Bridgeport last Friday, including a ninth-inning double to help the Knights complete the sweep.

Heading into the regular season finale against Molloy, which was scheduled to be played Tuesday at Queens, the Knights had won 12 of their last 14 games and were making a push for one of the four berths in the NYCAC tournament, which starts Friday.

After taking two from Bridgeport, Queens (23-16, 15-7) swept Mercy College Sunday at the Flushing school. In a 15-0 romp in the opener, the Knights scored nine runs in the first inning and belted five home runs in the mercy-rule shortened game.

Jessica Henck was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Wilson was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Tammy Lerch went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, while Jessica Paparella, Jessica Blake and Maria Scalisi combined to pitch a three-hit shutout.

Queens broke a 4-4 tie by scoring four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to walk away with a 12-4 win in the nightcap. Lerch drove in two runs and Victoria Forsythe allowed four runs — two earned — on three hits, while striking out three with three walks to improve to 11-4.

Boston College 5, St. John’s 2. Jillian Sandoval went 3-for-3 with a home run and Leigh Carlson also homered for St. John’s (21-23, 5-7 Big East), which closed out the road portion of its schedule Sunday in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

St. John’s 10, Boston College 0. Led by Allina Sainz’s two-run single, the Red Storm scored three runs before Boston College recorded an out in the first inning and tacked on seven more runs in the fourth inning to break the single season record for runs scored and RBIs.

Courtney Fitzgerald allowed no runs on two hits, striking out eight with no walks to improve to 11-3. The former Mary Louis standout is tied for most career wins (53) and shutouts (18).


St. Thomas Aquinas 12, Queens College 9. After falling behind 10-0 after an inning and a half, the Knights rallied to get within 10-7 before dropping the third game of a three-game series Sunday at Queens College.

Vic Pantopoulos went 3-for-3 with an RBI, and Luca Paraschivoiu had two hits with three runs scored for the Knights, who fell to 7-19, 4-13.

Reach Sports Editor Dylan Butler by e-mail at or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 143.

Updated 7:03 pm, October 10, 2011
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