FLUSHING, N.Y. (Mar. 19, 2018) – Two early errors opened the floodgates for seven runs within the first two innings but the Queens College baseball team responded with an eight-run sixth inning to power QC to a 12-11 win over Caldwell on Monday (Mar. 19) at Hennekens Stadium.
Caldwell (0-9) loaded the bases in the first inning against QC (6-7) starter Michael Lamneck on the strength of two singles and a walk. Lamneck struck out Kevin Goldman for the second out of the inning but Justin Jeannette reached on an error in right field, bringing home all three runs off the bases to put the Cougars ahead. The visitors then put up a four-spot in the second with the big blow coming on a long three-run home run from Michael Bernstein giving Caldwell a 7-0 lead.
The Knights collected two runs in the bottom of the second inning on run-scoring singles by Louis Antos and Kevin Kolesar to cut the deficit down to five runs. Caldwell would get a run back on a home run to right field by John Zosulis, but the Knights would storm back into the fray with ten runs over the next two innings. Two runs came home in the bottom of the fourth inning on a run-scoring double by Nick Luciano; QC added a four-spot in the sixth with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Andrew Navarez kick-starting the rally. Eric Roubal would clobber a two-run long-ball over the left-field wall and Jonathan Temenak slapped a double down the right-field line to bring home the tying run in Matthew Stepnoski. The Knights tacked on three more runs with the bases loaded in the inning as Brian Shannon reached on an error, Kolesar drew a walk and Cougars pitcher Robert Brust uncorked a wild pitch to send in a run.
Queens led 12-8 after six innings and the Knights' bullpen held serve to keep the Cougars at bay. James McGee (1-0) picked up the win, tossing three hitless innings of relief for Lamneck Rob Backus tossed a scoreless eighth but ran into some trouble in the ninth and Dylan Hughes came on to record the save by getting out of a tight jam with runners on second and third and none out. The Knights banged out 12 hits in the win with five players---Antos, Kolesar, Luciano, Navarez, and Roubal---each getting a pair of base-knocks in the victory.
Queens will host Dominican (N.Y.) on Wednesday (Mar. 21) at 3 p.m., weather permitting. Should the Knights be able to play, a live stream of the game will be available on queensknights.com/QCSN.