BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (Apr. 7, 2018) - Two runs in the second inning of game one and two total runs in game two were enough to cause the Queens College baseball team to fall to LIU Post on Saturday (Apr. 7) as the Pioneers defeated the Knights by scores of 3-1 and 2-0 at the LIU Post Baseball Field.
Queens is now 9-16 overall and 1-9 in ECC play while LIU Post improved to 18-11 overall and 9-2 in conference competition.
Game One: LIU Post 3, Queens (NY) 1
The Knights took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on an RBI double by Matthew Stepnoski that scored Nick Luciano with the game's opening run. LIU Post stormed back for two in the bottom of the frame as Zach Fritz doubled home a run and then scored on a balk by QC starter Dylan Hughes. The Knights were limited to just five hits in the game as Pioneers starting pitcher Noah Lorenzo tossed 8.1 stellar innings with five strikeouts. LIU Post recorded an insurance run in the seventh as Joe Spitaleri drove in a run on a sacrifice fly against Cameron Burt.
Kevin Kolesar and Sam Siegel each recorded two hits in the loss for the Knights. Hughes was charged with the loss on the mound, going six full innings and yielding two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.
Game Two: LIU Post 2, Queens (NY) 0
The two teams combined for just seven hits in the second game of the doubleheader against LIU Post's Joseph Valentino and QC's Dennis Buckstein. The game came down to answering the question of which side would be able to manufacture the runs with the low hit count, and the Pioneers were able to do just that. Ramger Iglesias recorded an RBI groundout in the third inning and Dave Brehm had a fielder's choice and an RBI in the sixth to account for the only runs in the contest.
Siegel, Kolesar, Ron Linsalato and Jonathan Temenak had the lone hits for the Knights against Valentino, who went the distance with five strikeouts. Buckstein threw a complete game as well, yielding just three hits and sending down three batters via strikeout as well.
The Knights and Pioneers return to Hennekens Stadium on Sunday (Apr. 8) to conclude the four-game series at 12 p.m.