RAMAPO, N.Y. – Senior Joseph Broderick pitched a complete game, and sophomore Andrew Navarez scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, as the Queens College baseball team picked up a crucial 2-1 road win over East Coast Conference (ECC) leader St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) on Wednesday night.
The win puts Queens (14-18, 8-12 ECC) right in the mix in the ECC standings, just 1.5 games behind fourth-place Bridgeport with a five-game series against the Purple Knights still left on the schedule. The Knights also snapped STAC's six-game winning streak, as the Spartans fall to 27-13 overall and 11-5 in the ECC.
Despite being held to just five hits on the night, Queens struck with the first run of the game in the top of the opening inning. With two outs, junior Jonathan Temenak doubled to right center, and the next batter, classmate Joseph Pidoto, produced with an RBI single to center to bring home Temenak to give the Knights an early advantage.
From there, STAC starting pitcher Anthony Shkrelja kept the Knights' bats quiet, as he gave up just four hits and struck out six batters over 5.1 innings of work. The Spartans tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning on an error, as Giovanni Dingcong stole third base and then scored on the error.
That was the only run scored on Broderick (4-5), who tossed his fourth complete game of the season. The Knights' workhorse starter struck out seven, while giving up just the one run and eight hits over the full nine innings.
The Knights let a golden opportunity slip away in the sixth inning with the bases loaded. Senior Joe Morris stepped to the plate with the bags full and two outs, but Chad Sinko got Morris to ground out to third to stop the scoring threat.
In the ninth inning, Navarez reached on an error and then stole second before Morris singled down the left field line to put runners on the corners. Two batters later, junior Thomas Parish drew a walk, and Navarez scored on a passed ball to give the Knights a 2-1 lead. Broderick then shut it down in the bottom of the ninth to cap off the complete game.
Queens will now play five games in four days, welcoming Caldwell to Hennekens Stadium next on Thursday, April 27, for a 3:30 p.m. game.