FLUSHING, N.Y. (Mar. 18, 2018) - In the blink of an eye, the Queens College baseball team found itself in a 9-0 hole as the Knights could not rally out of the deficit in falling to Assumption by a 13-2 score on Sunday (Mar. 18) at Hennekens Stadium.
Queens (5-7) fell behind in the first inning after a two-out error allowed Assumption (5-10) to tack on an early run in the Sunday afternoon contest. Knights starter Dylan Sabia rebounded for a strong second inning but the Greyhounds scratched out another run in the third as lead-off hitter James McNamara singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Derek Adamson. Sabia did not make it out of the fourth inning as Jared Bresica doubled home a run to put the visitors up 3-0 but Assumption scored two more times in that inning and then four times in the fifth to collect a 9-0 edge. Queens scored a run in the bottom of the fifth as Kevin Kolesar singled home Ron Linsalato to put the Knights on the board. Assumption, however, scored four more runs over the next three innings before the Knights picked up another run to close out the scoring account for the day.
Kolesar had two hits for the Knights, extended his hitting streak to 12 games as he as his safely in every contest so far this season. The Knights were held to seven additional hits, however, as Assumption peppered QC's pitchers for a 17-hit afternoon. Sabia struck out four batters over his three-and-one-third innings of work but a 30-pitch first inning hampered the freshman's line and the bullpen struggled behind the effort of the starting pitcher. Meanwhile, Greyhounds starter Tom Horstkotte allowed a run on seven hits in seven innings of work with five strikeouts to pick up the win.
Queens will host Caldwell University on Monday (Mar. 19) at Hennekens Stadium at 3 p.m. in a game that is switching locations; the Knights were originally scheduled to travel to New Jersey but last week's winter storm has made field conditions unplayable in the Garden State. The Knights will flip the home-and-home with the Cougars, as Caldwell will host Queens next Thursday (Mar. 29).