SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (Mar. 9, 2018) – The Queens College baseball team fell in an early hole on Friday (Mar. 9) and could not recover as the Knights fell to Shepherd University by a 4-1 final score at Fairfax Field in Shepherdstown.
Queens (1-5) starter Dennis Buckstein had no problems in the first inning against Shepherd (4-6) but the Rams scratched out a run in the bottom of the second inning without a hit. A one-out fielder's choice combined with a wild pitch, stolen base and throwing error brought home Chase Hoffman with the Rams' first run of the game. The hosts doubled their lead one inning later as a two-out double by Brenton Doyle was immediately followed up by an RBI single from Nick Atkinson to give Shepherd a 2-0 advantage. In the top-half of the fourth, QC put two runners on base but failed to bring anyone home and the Rams made the Knights pay in the bottom of the frame; with Trenton Burgreen on second base, Reid Entsminger walloped an RBI double down the left field line to give the home side a three-run cushion.
The Knights were flustered by Rams starter Ryan Potts through six innings as the junior pitcher controlled the bats of QC to just four hits in the first two-thirds of play. Queens finally got on the board in the top of the seventh on a lead-off home run by Sam Siegel, but the Knights had only just begun the threat. Potts plunked Eric Roubal with a pitch and following a strike-out, Ronmel Ocampo was also nicked by an offering. Kevin Kolesar singled to right field in the next at-bat to set up a bases-loaded, one-out situation for Queens but an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play killed the rally. The Rams collected another run in the eighth inning to seal the scoring for the day.
The Knights were limited to just seven hits on the day with Andrew Navarez and Louis Antos each combining for two hits apiece. Buckstein took the hard-luck loss but pitched well against the opposition, scattering just four hits over his seven innings of work; command undid the Knights' right-handed starter, however, as his five strikeouts were neutralized by four walks in his outing. Potts, meanwhile, allowed one run on six hits with four punch-outs in picking up the win for Shepherd. Wes Martin threw two scoreless innings to earn the save.
Queens and Shepherd will face off in a double-header on Saturday (Mar. 10) in West Virginia with the first game scheduled for a 12 p.m. start.