FLUSHING, N.Y. (Apr. 14, 2018) - Dennis Buckstein struck out ten batters over five innings as the Queens College baseball team salvaged a doubleheader split with Mercy College on Saturday (Apr. 14) at Hennekens Stadium. The Knights took the second game of the double-dip by a 4-0 score over the Mavericks after losing a 12-3 decision in the opening contest of the day.
Game One: Mercy 12, Queens (NY) 3
The Mavericks broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning as ninth-place batter Scott Kelnhofer drove in the first run with one of his four hits in the opening game of the doubleheader. The score remained 1-0 into the top of the seventh inning as Dylan Hughes dueled with Mercy's Jack Kelly throughout much of the early going. John Mooradian reached on an error in that frame which scored Kelnhofer to put the Mavericks up 2-0 but QC rallied back to tie the score in the bottom of the frame as Kevin Kolesar cracked a two-run single to left field with the bases loaded and one out, scoring Karl Klesin and Ron Linsalato. Mercy, however, scored five runs in the eighth and ninth innings with Mooradian and Shaine Carpenter driving in four runs in the eighth and Anthony Murphy smoking a grand slam in the ninth inning to break the game wide open. Eric Roubal hit his team-leading seventh home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Knights. Paulino Harrington had two hits for Queens in the loss, which was charged to Hughes (1-5) as he allowed four runs (two earned) in 7.1 innings of work with six strikeouts.
Game Two: Queens (NY) 4, Mercy 0
After Buckstein threw a solid opening inning yielding just one walk, Queens jumped all over Mercy starter Noah Krzyzak for a three-run first inning with the big blow being a Sam Siegel run-scoring single. The Knights collected their other runs in the inning on a wild pitch and an advance on a throw, and QC's fourth run came in the fourth inning on a wild pitch as well. Buckstein---who was charged with a blown save on Friday---cruised through his five innings of work, allowing only three hits while striking out ten batters. Dylan Sabia navigated through the final two innings with three punch-outs for the Knights as QC shut out Mercy and won its first contest in eleven tries. Siegel and Louis Antos each had a pair of hits for the Knights in the win.
Queens (10-20, 2-13 ECC) will travel to Dobbs Ferry on Sunday (Apr. 15) to play Mercy (16-19, 5-6 ECC) at 3:30 p.m. in the series finale at Mercy Field.