FLUSHING, N.Y. (Mar. 17, 2017) - Dennis Buckstein threw nearly eight masterful innings in the first game of a doubleheader and the Queens College baseball team utilized several comebacks and a seemingly awakened potent offense to take two games from Assumption College on Saturday (Mar. 17) at Hennekens Stadium.
Game One: Queens (NY) 5, Assumption 3
Buckstein got the start in the opening game of the double-dip and immediately fell behind three batters into the game as Andrew Jaehnig launched a solo home run to put the Greyhounds ahead by a 1-0 score. The Knights battled back into the game in the bottom of the second inning as Eric Roubal laced a single through the left side of the infield to score Andrew Navarez, knotting the score at one-apiece. Buckstein and Assumption starter Mike Curtis dueled in a 1-1 score until the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Knights took the lead for good. Eloy Benson opened the inning with a long double to left-center; the catcher then moved to third on a bunt single by Kevin Kolesar, who advanced to second on a throw. After a pop-out, Anthony Scotti collected a seeing-eye single through the left side to score Benson and give QC the one-run advantage. The Knights doubled their lead in the sixth inning as Roubal jacked a two-run homer after a single by Matthew Stepnoski to give Queens a 4-1 lead. One last insurance run came in the bottom of the seventh as Jonathan Temenak brought home Louis Antos on an RBI double to left-center field.
Buckstein cruised along into the eighth inning but was lifted following an RBI hit by Jaehnig to end his day. Rob Backus got out of the eighth unscathed by getting Jake Byrne to fly out to center to end the inning. Backus started the ninth but allowed three straight hits including a run-scoring base-knock off the bat of Derek Adamson. Michael Lamneck came on to pitch the final three outs, and he sent down Jared Brescia, Quinn Moynihan and Hunter Tralli all via strikeouts to seal the deal.
Scotti, Temenak and Roubal each collected a pair of hits for the Knights in the win with Roubal driving in three runs to add to his account. Navarez reached base twice due to a free pass and Kolesar extended his hitting streak to ten games for QC. Buckstein struck out nine batters over 7.2 innings of work, surrendering just two runs on six hits and earning his first victory in a Queens uniform. Lamneck picked up his second save as he struck out the side with the tying run aboard.
Game Two: Queens (NY) 11, Assumption 7 (Seven Innings)
Jaehnig went deep again for the Greyhounds to start the second game, this time a three-run big fly off of QC starter Cameron Burt to put the Knights in an early 3-0 hole. Queens got a run back in the bottom of the first inning as Navarez---who reached on a single and advanced to third on an error and a ground-out---scored on a passed ball. Following an uneventful second inning, Queens busted through in the third against Greyhounds starter Kyle Chudoba (1-1) thanks to a two-out rally that was kick-started by a Kolesar walk. Navarez, Scotti and Temenak all accumulated base hits and three runs scored in the frame to put QC up by a 4-3 margin. The lead was short-lived, however, as Adamson cleared the bases with a double off of reliever James McGee to give Assumption a 6-4 lead in the top of the fourth inning. In the bottom of that same inning, Roubal again came through in the clutch with an RBI double to score Stepnoski and cut the deficit to one run at 6-5.
A lead-off homer by Tralli in the top of the fifth gave the visitors back the two-run edge but QC scored five runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 10-7 lead. Navarez led off the inning with an infield single and he scored on a Temenak triple to left-center field. Roubal then rocketed an infield single off the foot of the Greyhounds' first baseman to score Temenak and tie the score at 7-all. With the Knights' second baseman at first and pinch runner Paulino Harrington at third, Ron Linsalato stepped to the plate and delivered a laser-beam double into the left-center field gap to score the runners and push QC in front by a 9-7 margin. Brian Shannon then singled home Linsalato to get Queens ahead by three runs. The Knights scored another run in the bottom of the sixth as Harrington doubled down the left-field line to score Sam Siegel.
Navarez went 3-for-4 in the nightcap with three runs scored and Kolesar once again extended his hitting streak with a base-knock in the sixth inning. Roubal, Scotti and Temenak had two hits once again for the Knights; Dimitri Papazoglou tossed a scoreless inning of relief to pick up his first career collegiate win and Brandon Hoskins pitched two lights-out innings of one-hit ball to earn his first save of the year.
The Knights and Greyhounds conclude their series at Hennekens Stadium with a 12 p.m. start on Sunday (Mar. 18) in a game that will be live streamed on the QC Sports Network.