FLUSHING, N.Y. – Playing in cold and windy conditions on Saturday afternoon, the Queens College baseball team broke out the bats early to earn a 17-10 non-conference victory over the visiting Goldey-Beacom College Lightning. With their second straight win, the Knights improved to 3-3 overall, while the Lightning dropped to 0-8 in their inaugural season.
The Knights punished Lightning starting pitcher Jake Kinsell from the start, as Queens took a 13-2 lead after two innings. Queens started the scoring output with four runs in the bottom of the first. Juniors Joseph Pidoto and Billy Riches each registered RBI singles to set the tone early.
An RBI triple by Justin Hill sparked a two-run second for Goldey-Beacom, cutting the deficit down to two, 4-2, but Queens responded in the bottom of the inning, going off for nine runs on four hits. Junior Jonathan Temenak started it off with an RBI single, and freshman Louis Antos scored on a wild pitch in the next at-bat before Temenak came around to score on a sacrifice fly. With the bases loaded, sophomore Nick Luciano drew a walk, and fellow sophomore Joel Mendez was hit by a pitch, as the Knights took a 9-2 lead.
In the same inning, Antos came through with a huge three-run double to left field, clearing the bases to score Mendez, Luciano and Riches. Temenak then drove in another run on his second hit of the inning in the very next at-bat, giving Queens a commanding 13-4 lead on an RBI double to right field.
While Kinsell's day ended early, Queens senior starting pitcher Joseph Broderick found his spot early on, limiting the Lightning to three hits over the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth and fifth innings. Goldey-Beacom cut the double-digit lead down to just three with five runs in the fourth, two more in the fifth and another in the sixth.
The Knights' offense was just too powerful at the end of the day, however. Antos and junior Joseph Pidoto tallied RBI singles in the sixth, and Queens added two more runs in the eighth as well to put the game out of reach.
Broderick picked up his first win of the season after racking up eight strikeouts over five innings on the mound. Sophomore Robert Amato replaced Broderick in the top of the sixth, limiting the Lightning to one run over 2.1 innings, while freshman James McGee entered in the eighth to close out the game with 1.2 scoreless, hitless innings of work.
The Knights' bats broke out for 14 hits in the game. Antos had a career-high four RBI and scored three runs, while going 2-for-5 from the plate. Temenak was 3-for-5 with three runs and drove in a pair as well. Junior Karl Klesin went 2-for-4 with two runs, and Pidoto racked up three hits and two RBI. Mendez scored three runs, while Luciano crossed the plate twice.
Queens continues its non-conference series against Goldey-Beacom on Sunday, March 5, traveling to Wilmington, Del., for a doubleheader with first pitch set for noon at Doyle Field.