GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The Queens College baseball team piled up 12 hits, as the Knights defeated the Panthers of Adelphi University, 7-2, in a Sunday afternoon matchup at Bonomo Field in non-conference action. With the victory, the Knights won the three-game series against the Panthers, two games to one.
Queens improves to 16-20 on the season, while Adelphi falls to 22-21. The Knights overcame an early deficit and received seven strong innings from senior Kyle Bell in relief to capture the road win.
The Knights found themselves in a two-run hole as a result of Adelphi's Brett Malm hitting a two-run blast to left field in the first inning. After the opening inning, freshman starter Rob Backus and Bell combined for eight shutout innings to keep the Panthers off the board the rest of the way.
Queens was able to tie the game up at 2-2 in the third inning, as senior Joseph Pidoto hit an RBI groundout to bring home Morris, and junior Karl Klesin hit a sacrifice fly to allow Temenak to score the tying run. In the sixth inning, Temenak then struck with an RBI single to center, scoring Parish to give Queens a 3-2 lead.
In the eighth inning, the Knights saw their bats catch fire, as they were able to score four runs on four hits. Parish scored on an RBI fielder's choice hit by Pidoto, and then Morris scored on a balk to give the Knights a 5-2 lead. Queens then took a 7-2 lead on RBI singles from freshman Louis Antos and junior Billy Riches, scoring Pidoto and Klesin.
Temenak went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI to lead the way. Parish (2-for-6) and Morris (2-for-4, BB) each added two runs apiece, while Pidoto went 1-for-4 with two RBI, a run and his first stolen base of the season.
Backus allowed two runs and three hits over the first two innings. Bell (1-1) earned his first victory of the season by allowing only five hits and striking out three batters over seven shutout innings of relief.
The Knights hit the road again for a matchup against Concordia College in Bronxville, N.Y., on Tuesday, May 2, at 3:30 p.m.