PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – After two weeks of horrible weather, the Queens College baseball team returned back to action Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference doubleheader against the Setters of Pace University. The Knights dropped game one, 7-4, before senior Joseph Broderick took over in game two to give the Knights a split on the day with a 4-1 win. Queens improved to 6-5 on the season, while Pace moved to 6-7.
Pace 7, Queens 4
The Setters took the early lead in the bottom of the second as they worked ahead Knights starter Nick Morena, as Brian Bohlander reached on a fielder's choice to score Domenick Luongo for the opening score. Morena induced a fly out to center field to get out of the inning before any further damage can take place. The next inning, Luongo doubled the Setters lead, 2-0, before Garrett De Lotto scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Knights struck back in the top of the sixth, as junior Thomas Parish scored on a third basemen throwing error to cut into the deficit, 3-1. Sophomore Andrew Navarez brought home senior Joe Morris with a single to left center, as the Knights got within one (3-2) with two outs. Navarez stole second before advancing to third base on a wild pitch. Junior Billy Riches looked to equal the game before a diving stop by first basemen De Lotto got the third out of the inning.
The Setters answered right back by adding insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings to take a 7-2 lead. The Knights refused to go away, as junior Joseph Pidoto scored on a passed walk before Parish scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit down to 7-4. Queens threatened in the top of the ninth with one out, two on base and the tying run up at bat. However, Setters closer Michael Amato had other plans, as he picked up the save by striking out Pidoto before Setters catcher Frank Mayo got senior Kevin Kolesar caught stealing at second base to end game one.
Morena (2-1) picked up his first loss of the season, going for five hits, two earned runs and two strikeouts in three innings of work, while Setters starter Dan Wirchansky (1-2) held the Knights at bay with seven strikeouts and five hits in six innings. Kolesar, playing his first game after a four game hiatus, showed no rust, as he went for 3-for-5. Parish went 2-for-2 with two runs and walks, while Navarez (1-for 4, 1 RBI) and Riches (1-for-4) each recorded a hit.
Queens 4, Pace 1 (F/7)
The Knights jumped on Setters starter Kyle Cashman (0-2) from the first inning, as Kolesar got hit by a pitch before juniors Paulino Harrington and Karl Klesin each singled to load the bases. Pidoto delivered with an RBI sacrifice fly to right field to score Kolesar, and Parish continued his excellent run of the afternoon with another single to score Harrington, as the Knights led 2-0 after one.
Broderick was dominant from the start, as he delivered from pitch one before giving up his first hit in the bottom of the third before, striking out the side, as the Setters were unable to pick up his speed and pitches. The Knights doubled their advantage in the top of the fourth to help their starter, as Queens went up 4-0 behind Klesin and Pidoto RBIs. In the bottom of the sixth, Broderick ran into his only trouble of the evening, as John Kukura doubled with one out before scoring on a De Lotto RBI single to left field. Broderick returned in the seventh inning to strike out the side to earn his second win of the season.
Broderick (2-1) pitched a masterful game of seven innings with a season-high 13 strikeouts, allowing three hits and one earned run to earn the complete-game win. Kolesar went 2-for-3 with two runs for his second multi-hit game in a row, while Klesin went for 3-for-4 with an RBI. Parish continued his form, going 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Pidoto hit 1-for-3 with two RBI.
UP NEXT: The Knights open up East Coast Conference play Saturday, March 25, as they travel to Uniondale, N.Y. to face the Lions of Molloy College at Mitchel Field Athletic Complex with first pitch set for noon.