MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Feb. 25, 2018) - Matthew Stepnoski's RBI triple in the tenth inning gave the Queens College baseball team and Ronmel Ocampo's subsequent run-scoring single provided the difference as QC knocked off Stonehill by an 8-7 score on Sunday (Feb. 25) at the Ripken Experience.
Queens (1-3) got off to a hot beginning as Anthony Scotti belted a lead-off home run to open the game and kick-start a three-run first inning against Stonehill's Aran Hamilton-Grenham. Eric Roubal and Sam Siegel followed with doubles before Anthony Navarez hit a sacrifice fly to bring in the Knights' second run of the inning; Ron Linsalato singled home the third run two batters later. The Skyhawks (4-1) got a run back in the bottom of the second inning but Queens scratched two runs across the plate in the fourth inning to claim a 5-1 lead. Following a three-run fifth by Stonehill, Siegel collected another RBI with a hit in the sixth only to have the opposition tie the game in the bottom of the frame. Neither team scored again until the tenth, when Stepnoski's two-out triple brought home Siegel to put Queens up 7-6. Ocampo brought him home to give the Knights an 8-6 lead which proved to be important as Stonehill scored a run in the bottom of the frame. Michael Lamneck, however, slammed the door shut with a runner on second by striking out Matt Rocco looking to end the game and give QC its first victory of the season.
Scotti and Siegel each had three hits for Queens as the Knights accumulated 16 base-knocks in the contest. Linsalato, Kevin Kolesar and Eloy Benson each collected a pair of hits in the victory as well. Rob Backus picked up the win in relief, going 3.2 innings and allowing two runs on four hits with a strikeout. Starter Michael O'Brien allowed an unearned run in two innings with a strikeout while Brandon Hoskins bridged the gap with a five-punchout effort in three innings. Lamneck went an inning and a third with two strikeouts for the Knights to seal the win.
The Queens College baseball team will open the 2018 home schedule on Mar. 6 with a 3 p.m. contest at Hennekens Stadium against Southern Connecticut State.