MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Freshman Nick Morena and senior Yakov Trukhin combined to pitch the first shutout of the season, as the Queens College baseball team concluded its Myrtle Beach trip with a 6-0 win over Stonehill College on Sunday. The Knights return home with a 2-3 overall record after playing five games in four days.
Morena (1-0) was impressive in his debut, racking up 12 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings while giving up only two hits and one walk. Meanwhile, Trukhin entered in relief and surrendered just one hit over two scoreless innings.
The Knights scored all six of their runs in the second and ninth innings. In the second, Queens took advantage of two crucial errors by Stonehill, tallying three runs to take an early lead in the top of the inning. Junior Thomas Parish singled, and senior Joe Morris drew a walk to start things off for the Knights in the inning. Then senior Kevin Kolesar and sophomore Nick Luciano both reached base on errors, as Parish, Morris and Kolesar all crossed the plate.
Stonehill threatened in the third inning with the bases loaded and two outs, but Morena worked his way out of trouble to preserve the 3-0 lead.
Queens added three more insurance runs in the ninth inning to seal the deal. Freshman Louis Antos and junior Joseph Pidoto both walked to put two men on with two outs in the inning. Sophomore Andrew Navarez then hit an RBI single to bring in Antos, and Parish ripped a two-run triple to give the Knights a 6-0 advantage.
The Knights were patient at the plate, drawing eight walks in the game. Parish led the offense with a 2-for-4 day, compiling two RBI, a run and a walk.
Next up for Queens will be a four-game series with Goldey-Beacom College. The Knights will host the Lightning for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 4, at noon before traveling to Goldey-Beacom for two more on Sunday, March 5.