POMONA, N.Y. (May 2, 2018) - Kevin Cavataio went 4-for-5 and Matthew Stepnoski had a home run and three RBIs as the Queens College baseball team fended off a tough challenge to beat Nyack by a 9-8 score on Wednesday (May 2) at PCU Park in Pomona.
Queens (14-25) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning with Stepnoski's two-run triple and Eric Roubal's RBI hit accounting for the Knights' runs. Nyack (24-23-1) responded with a three-run inning off of QC starter David Hernandez, who left the game after recording two outs in the second. A bases-loaded walk coupled with a two-run single from Alec Pettersson kept the Warriors in touch and knotted the score up at 3-all. Stepnoski homered in the top of the third to start another three-run spurt with a run-scoring single from Cavataio and a Louis Antos sacrifice fly while Matthew Johnson's RBI base hit brought Nyack to within a 6-4 deficit after three innings of play.
The Knights added two runs in the top of the fifth inning as Kevin Kolesar and Ronmel Ocampo both smacked RBI singles to give QC an 8-4 edge but Nyack would score three runs in the seventh inning to climb back into the game, down 8-7 after James McGee struck out Jonathan Santiago with the bases loaded to end the Warriors' charge. Both teams brought home a run in the eighth inning and Nyack left two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Knights fended off the hosts one last time.
Brandon O'Brien threw 4.1 innings of stellar relief for Queens, surrendering just one run on six hits with four strikeouts to earn the victory. Brandon Hoskins threw 1.2 innings of hitless baseball to close out the game and pick up the save. Antos went 3-for-4 with an RBI in his first game since being named ECC Player of the Week on Monday.
Queens will begin its final weekend of the season on Friday (May 4), opening up a four-game set with NYIT at Hennekens Stadium with the first pitch set for 3:30 p.m.