FLUSHING, N.Y. (Mar. 15, 2018) - Dylan Hughes pitched eight three-hit innings and Eloy Benson bombed a two-run home run as the Queens College baseball team shut out Bloomfield by a 5-0 score at Hennekens Stadium on Thursday (Mar. 15).
Queens (3-6) opened the scoring in the second inning against Bloomfield (5-5-1) with two outs already on the docket against the Knights. Matthew Stepnoski hit a double to left-center field to get the rally going and Eric Roubal brought him home with a single through the left-side of the infield as the Knights struck first. Hughes (1-2) was dealing through five innings yielding just three singles to the Bears as only one runner made it to scoring position.
The Knights broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth inning as Ron Linsalato got things going with a one-out single. The runner advanced to second on a balk by Bloomfield starter Christian Camilo (0-2) but Linsalato was able to trot home on Benson's four-bagger which gave QC a 3-0 lead. The hosts tacked on a run in the sixth as Andrew Navarez brought home Anthony Scotti with a single to boost the Knights' advantage to four runs. Hughes, meanwhile, continued his impressive showing as he had a stretch of nine batters in a row retired going into the eighth inning when Bloomfield's Khalid Legette reached on an error with two outs in the inning. Navarez doubled home Sam Siegel in the bottom of the eighth inning and James McGee pitched a scoreless ninth inning to seal the win.
Hughes struck out four batters over his eight innings of work while throwing 97 pitches with 75 of them being strikes. Navarez, Roubal and Kevin Kolesar each collected two hits for the Knights in the win. Camilo was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on six hits through five innings of work for Bloomfield in the loss.
The Knights begin a three-game series with Assumption College on Saturday (Mar. 17) at Hennekens Stadium in a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.