UNIONDALE, N.Y. (Mar. 30, 2018) - A three-run first inning for the Queens College baseball team proved to not be enough as the Knights dropped the series opener to conference opponent Molloy on Friday (Mar. 30) by an 8-4 score.
Queens (8-11, 1-4 ECC) jumped on Molloy starter Anthony Catinella in the opening frame, scoring three runs in the blink of an eye. A ground-rule double by Kevin Kolesar set the table and Anthony Scotti brought him home two batters later with an RBI two-base hit down the right-field line. Scotti stole third before Jonathan Temenak walked, and the Knights' second run came home on a sacrifice fly by Louis Antos. Following a wild pitch, Temenak crossed the plate on a Matthew Stepnoski single to give QC a 3-0 lead. Molloy (12-12, 5-0 ECC) got a run back in the bottom of the inning on Knights starting pitcher Dennis Buckstein; a lead-off triple by Jack McCarty put a runner on third and Jake Saltzman brought him home with an RBI groundout.
The Lions broke the game open with a five-run third inning on Buckstein, kick-started by a Ryan Hensley double to center field. After a walk, McCarty reached on a fielder's choice to bring home Hensley and cut the deficit to a run. McCarty later scored on a wild pitch and a double by Nick Marino plated two more Molloy runners before Sean Hogan knocked in the fifth run of the frame to give Molloy a 6-3 lead. A run crossed in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the hosts up 7-3 and despite an Eric Roubal home run in the top of the seventh, the Lions added another run to produce the final score.
Temenak had two of the Knights' eight hits in the loss as Buckstein soldiered through seven innings, tossing 138 pitches while striking out five batters and walking five. Cameron Burt tossed a scoreless eighth inning in relief for Queens.
The Knights continue the four-game set with Molloy on Saturday (Mar. 31), hosting a doubleheader at Hennekens Stadium with first pitch set for 12 p.m.