WEST HAVEN, Conn. (Apr. 18, 2018) - The Queens College baseball team made a lot of noise on offense with a 12-hit performance but the Knights were unable to rally back from an early deficit in a 6-5 loss to Southern Connecticut on Wednesday (Apr. 18) at The Ballpark at SCSU.
Southern Connecticut (17-16) jumped on QC starter Kevin Kochen (1-1) in the second inning with a five-run frame to open the doors of the contest. Following a lead-off double from Nick Lamberti, Robert Schyver singled him home to plate the game's first run. After runs came home later in the inning on a hit batsman and a sacrifice fly, Tyler Criscuolo doubled home two to give the Owls the 5-0 edge on Queens (10-22). The Knights chipped away at the lead with Louis Antos recording an RBI groundout in the top of the third and Thomas Parish driving in a run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Antos doubled home Eloy Benson in the fifth inning to bring Queens within a pair of runs at 5-3 but Schyver singled home a key run in the bottom of the frame as SCSU grabbed a 6-3 lead.
In the seventh, Kevin Kolesar's two-out single opened the way for Matthew Stepnoski to lace a run-scoring triple to bring Queens back within two runs. Stepnoski, however, was stranded at third; in the eighth inning, Benson drove in a run on an RBI single but the Owls avoided more trouble by inducing an inning-ending double play to keep the lead at a run. Stepnoski cracked a two-out double in the top of the ninth inning but was left at second base as the Knights could not tie the game.
Benson, Parish, Stepnoski and Karl Klesin all had two hits for Queens in the effort, as the Knights stranded eight men on base. Kochen took the loss, throwing just two innings and yielding five runs on six hits. James McGee surrendered a run in his near-four innings of relief while Adam Abreu and Thomas Kelly kept the Owls scoreless through the end of the contest.
The Knights are scheduled for a doubleheader on Thursday (Apr. 19) at Hennekens Stadium, welcoming in the Golden Knights of Saint Rose beginning at 12 p.m.