Morena Caps Brilliant Rookie Season with Fourth ECC Weekly Honor

Morena Caps Brilliant Rookie Season with Fourth ECC Weekly Honor

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – For the fourth time this season, freshman pitcher Nick Morena of the Queens College baseball team earned weekly honors from the East Coast Conference (ECC), as he was named Rookie of the Week on Tuesday.

It marks Morena's third ECC Rookie of the Week honor and second in the last four weeks. He was also named the league's Pitcher of the Week back on March 6 and was selected as the NCBWA East Region Pitcher of the Week on March 7, finishing his freshman season with five weekly accolades overall.

Morena went 1-0 with his first career save over two wins for the Knights this past week. He struck out one and gave up just one hit in the ninth to close out a 5-4 win at Bridgeport on Thursday, picking up his first save. Morena then got the start in the next game, pitching his third complete game of the season in the Knights' 8-2 road win over the Purple Knights on Sunday. He gave up only two runs on six hits, while striking out three en route to his fourth victory of the year.

Three Knights were recognized by the ECC on Tuesday in total, as junior Jonathan Temenak and freshman Louis Antos both landed spots on the weekly honor roll as well.

Temenak hit .389 over five games, while posting a .476 on-base percentage to close out the Knights' season. He drove in four runs, scored three times and drew three walks. In the 5-4 road win at Bridgeport on Thursday, Temenak went 4-for-5 with two RBI, a double and a run. He followed that up with a 2-for-5 performance with two RBI, a run and a walk in the 8-2 road win over the Purple Knights on Sunday.

Antos put forth a slash line of .350/.435/.750 over the Knights' final five games of the season. He scored six runs, drove in three more, smacked three doubles and hit a home run. Antos launched his first career homer against Concordia (N.Y.), going 2-for-4 with a double as well. In Monday's doubleheader against Bridgeport, he combined to go 5-for-7 with three runs. Antos went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI double in game one, before going 2-for-3 with a run, a double and a triple in game two.

Despite a ferocious late-season playoff push, the Knights' season ended at 18-23 overall and 10-15 in the ECC, their most conference wins since 2013.