FLUSHING, N.Y. (Apr. 6, 2018) - Hennekens Stadium buzzed with electricity on Friday (Apr. 6) for nine innings before LIU Post took the air out of the venue and the Queens College baseball team, winning a classic contest by a 3-1 score in ten innings.
Queens (9-14, 1-7 ECC) starter Michael Lamneck dueled with LIU Post (16-12, 7-2 ECC) hurler James Varela as both pitchers threw nine scoreless innings without blinking, treating the fans in attendance to maybe the best game of the season thus far. Lamneck scattered just five hits over his nine innings, striking out nine Pioneers while retiring 14 batters in a row at one point as no visitor made it past second base in the opening nine innings. Varela, meanwhile, was just as spectacular for the Pioneers, yielding just five hits over his first nine innings and keeping Queens out of scoring position for the majority of the regulation game.
Extra innings decided the affair, and unfortunately the tenth inning was unkind to QC reliever James McGee (1-1). After a one-out walk, Jimmy Mendyk singled and moved Joe Piscitelli to second base; both runners advanced a base on a passed ball before Jahsiah Greene struck out for the second out of the inning. Ramger Iglesias, who was held hitless in four at-bats against Lamneck, made contact on the first pitch he saw from McGee and looped a single over the leaping try of Eric Roubal at second base. Both Mendyk and Piscitelli scored and the throw home took a wayward hop past Brian Shannon behind the plate, allowing Iglesias to motor to third base. Following a walk to Joe Spitaleri, Dave Brehm laced an opposite-field single to right-center to score LIU Post's third run of the contest and give the Pioneers a comfortable cushion to send Varela out for an improbable tenth inning.
Varela (7-0) did not make it easy, however, as Queens got the ball rolling with a single by Louis Antos to open the bottom of the frame. Following two quick outs---including Varela's tenth strikeout of the game---Anthony Scotti boomed a single to right field to send Antos to third base. Pinch-hitter Sam Siegel then dribbled a ball down the third base line and beat the throw to the first-base bag to score Antos and bring Queens within two runs. Kevin Kolesar came up with runners at the corners, and the red-shirt senior sent a Varela offering deep into left field; the wind knocked the ball down and back into the field of play, right into the glove of Piscitelli to end the game.
Queens will travel to Brookville to take on LIU Post on Saturday (Apr. 7) at 12 p.m. with the second game of a doubleheader to follow.