FLUSHING, N.Y. (Mar. 31, 2018) - The Queens College baseball team struggled to get its offense into gear on Saturday (Mar. 31) as the Knights lost a 3-1 contest followed by a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Molloy at Hennekens Stadium.
Game One: Molloy 3, Queens (NY) 1
Dylan Hughes (1-3) tossed six scoreless innings and was formulaic in his working, getting through those frames in just 69 pitches. Meanwhile, Matt Stepnoski's solo home run in the second inning off of Molloy starter Kevin Hiss (5-1) put the Knights ahead by a 1-0 margin until the top of the seventh. The Lions broke the game open in the seventh, sending seven batters to the plate as Jack McCarty singled home the go-ahead run---one of his three hits in the first game---to give Molloy the lead for good.
Queens managed just five hits against Hiss and Lucas Burton, with Stepnoski going 2-for-4 to lead the way. Kevin Kolesar went 1-for-4 with a double while Anthony Scotti and Brian Shannon also collected base hits in the loss.
Game Two: Molloy 5, Queens (NY) 2
Queens loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning as Molloy starter C.J. Schildt walked the first three batters he faced before retiring the next three in succession to keep the Knights off the scoreboard. In the top of the second, James Messina knocked in a run with a two-out single to strike first for the visitors; Molloy scored two more runs in the top of the third inning on two fielding errors. Queens collected two runs back in the bottom of the third thanks to a Thomas Parish RBI single and stellar base-running by Scotti to score the Knights' second run of the game. The Lions, however, put two runs on the board in the top of the fourth on a Jake Saltzman two-run single to close the scoring on both sides.
Sam Siegel had two base hits for the Knights in the loss but QC only had four other base hits against the Molloy pitching staff. Dimitri Papazoglou (2-1) took the loss, allowing four runs in three and two-thirds innings.
The Knights will look to salvage a game in the four-game series with Molloy on Monday (Apr. 2) in Uniondale at 3:30 p.m.