FLUSHING, N.Y. (Apr. 22, 2018) - The Queens College baseball team scored the most runs in one game that the program has had in nearly a decade on its way to a 23-2 win over Felician on Sunday (Apr. 22) in the first game of a double-dip at Hennekens Stadium.
Queens (11-19) also took down Felician (22-22) in the nightcap by a 3-2 score to sweep the Golden Falcons in Flushing.
Game One: Queens (NY) 23, Felician 2
Louis Antos got things going for the Knights in the bottom of the first inning with a sacrifice fly as Queens struck first. The Knights were by no means finished with the offensive barrage as the team put up a six-run second inning to break the game wide open. Paulino Harrington came home on a wild pitch after making his way around the bases via a single, a steal and an advance on a ground-out. Queens loaded the bases with only one out before Antos drew a walk to bring home the team's third run of the contest and second of the inning. Sam Siegel then laced a single into center field to drive home a run, however two more runs circled the bases as the ball scooted under the glove of Ron Sessa for a two-run error. Thomas Parish then singled home Siegel to give Queens a 7-0 lead after two innings.
Felician recorded a run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by L.T. Struble against Queens starter Michael Lamneck (2-0). The run was significant as it was the first earned run that Lamneck had allowed in over his prior 22 innings of pitching, but it was the only run that Lamneck would allow over his five innings of work. Up 7-1, Queens continued to pour on the run support in the bottom of the fourth inning. A two-run single from Daniel Codispoti coupled with an RBI base hit from Kevin Kolesar before Antos smacked a bases-clearing double of his own as Queens posted another six-run frame to claim a 13-1 lead over the Golden Falcons. In the fifth inning, the Knights added eight more runs to the account to cross the 20-run plateau for the first time in over a decade. How the Knights got there, however, is what will really be talked about as two big home runs accounted for six of the eight runs in that inning.
Walks by Parish and Jonathan Temenak started the inning before Joel Mendez and Codispoti were both plunked with pitches to send home another run. Matthew Stepnoski then came to the dish and swatted a grand slam home run over the left field fence and flush off the side of the adjoining intermediary school to give QC a 19-1 lead. After Preston Milano drew a walk, Dylan Hughes was substituted into a designated hitter role and clobbered a two-run homer off the same school Stepnoski had hit earlier in the inning to push the Knights over the seemingly impossible milestone of a twenty-run game. Queens led 21-1 at that point and Hughes pitched the final four innings of relief to keep Felician from attempting a wild rally. Ronmel Ocampo's two-run base hit in the bottom of the seventh inning capped off the Knights' scoring account.
The 23 runs scored by the Knights were the most the team had put up in a game since a 19-run outburst back in March of 2010 in a victory over Pace. A further point about Lamneck, though, is that the starting pitcher threw five technical no-hit innings despite allowing the run. He surrendered five walks and struck out three to capture the victory.
Game Two: Queens (NY) 3, Felician 2
The Golden Falcons scored the first run of the later contest, scratching across the opening shot on an RBI single by Matt Diesel against QC starter Dennis Buckstein. The Knights' offense, which was so potent in the first game, was quieted by Felician starter Tyler Pepper through the first three innings of play. Queens managed to break out of the mini-slump in the fourth inning with Antos once again being the fire-starter. He led off the frame with a single to right-center against Pepper and would later score on an RBI hit off the bat of Eric Roubal as the Knights threatened to break the game open even further with the bases loaded in that inning. Felician's bullpen held serve and the Golden Falcons would take the lead in the top of the sixth as Diesel brought home another run on an RBI single, this time off of Dylan Sabia. However, Queens rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead for good. Siegel led off with a walk and Parish doubled down the left field line in the next at-bat, sending pinch-runner Harrington to third base. The speedster would motor home on a passed ball to tie the game and Roubal would reach on an error with Parish scoring the go-ahead run. Again, the Knights would threaten to make the deficit for the visitors inrease; the Golden Falcons once again denied QC the chance. In the seventh, James McGee pitched a 1-2-3 inning to record the save.
The Knights will open up a four-game series with East Coast Conference foe Bridgeport on Friday (Apr. 27) at Hennekens Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m.