FLUSHING, N.Y. (May 4, 2018) – Michael Lamneck went the distance, fanning 11 batters as the Queens College baseball team took the series opener against NYIT by a final score of 5-2 on Friday (May 4) at Hennekens Stadium.
The two teams were limited to a combined two hits over the first two-plus innings by Lamneck and NYIT pitcher Zach White. The Knights (15-25, 4-17 ECC) struck first with an RBI single off the bat of reigning ECC Player of the Week Louis Antos to score Ron Linsalato. Lamneck struck out four Bears (11-24-1, 4-17 ECC) hitters through the opening three frames and cruised through the fourth inning until yielding a long double off the bat of Jake Lebel to break up the no-hit bid.
Queens loaded the bases in the fourth inning on a Kevin Kolesar walk and two perfectly executed bunts by Sam Siegel and Matthew Stepnoski. The Knights then manufactured two runs as Karl Klesin was hit by a pitch and Preston Milano recorded an RBI ground-out to give Queens a 3-0 lead after four innings.
Lamneck cruised with the lead, dealing well enough to keep the NYIT batters on their heels by striking out nine batters through the first six innings. The visitors, however, made some noise in the seventh inning as singles by Ben McNeill and Ryan Kuskowski set up a second-and-third situation with only one out. Dominic Paolo then grounded a ball through the right side of the infield to bring home both runners and cut the Knights' lead to just one run at 3-2. Lamneck was able to escape the seventh inning without further trouble and Queens scored two runs on a wild pitch and a passed ball to grow the lead to 5-2.
For the Knights, Lamneck tossed a complete-game five-hitter to pick up his third win of the year. Antos continued his sensational stretch with another two-hit game.
Lebel was the only Bear to do considerable damage against Lamneck with two hits on the afternoon.
The Knights head to Old Westbury on Saturday (May 5) for a doubleheader with NYIT at noon.