MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Feb. 23, 2018) - The Queens College baseball team began its 2018 season at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Friday (Feb. 23) with games against NE-10 foes Le Moyne and Franklin Pierce. The Knights were defeated by Le Moyne, 14-0, before falling to Franklin Pierce by a 3-1 score.
Game One: Le Moyne 14, Queens (NY) 0
Queens drew a difficult opening match-up for the season going up against Le Moyne starting pitcher Josiah Gray---the top-rated MLB pitching prospect in all of Division II. Gray scattered just seven hits in six scoreless innings while striking out eight batters in picking up the win for the Dolphins. Louis Antos and Kevin Kolesar had two of the Knights' nine base-hits in the ballgame but Le Moyne had too much offensive firepower to contend with. QC starter Dennis Buckstein soldiered through five and one-third innings of work, striking out seven Dolphins' hitters while allowing five earned runs on seven hits. Le Moyne scored two runs in the first inning, four in the sixth and four in the ninth to earn the shutout victory.
Game Two: Fraknlin Pierce 3, Queens (NY) 1
Dylan Hughes started the second game of the day for the Knights against Franklin Pierce and the sophomore acquitted himself well with six strong innings of pitching. Hughes struck out five batters and allowed three runs on eight hits, albeit also yielding two solo home runs. The Ravens took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single from John Duffy, but the Knights scored the tying run in the bottom half of the frame. After a one-out triple by Matthew Stepnoski, Thomas Parish laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to bring home his teammate and level the score at one-all. Franklin Pierce, however, put the final margin in the books as Zack Tower and Dylan Jones hit back-to-back home runs off of Hughes in the fourth inning. Parish had two hits for Queens as did Anthony Scotti (single and triple). Michael Lamneck was a wizard in relief of Hughes, allowing just two hits over three innings out of the bullpen with five punch-outs.
The Knights continue their Myrtle Beach swing on Saturday (Feb. 24) with a 1 p.m. contest versus New Haven.