MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, the Queens College baseball team fell to the No. 6 Southern New Hampshire University Penmen on Saturday, 4-3.
The Knights used three hits and had six base runners in the second to bring two runs across the plate. In the second, juniors Joseph Pidoto and Thomas Parish registered back-to-back singles, and sophomore Joel Mendez was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat, as the Knights loaded the bases.
Senior Joe Morris then drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Pidoto to give Queens a 1-0 lead. Junior Billy Riches followed with an RBI single that brought in Parish, giving the Knights a 2-0 advantage.
Southern New Hampshire answered with a run in the bottom of the inning, as Derek Bauer homered to cut the Queens lead to 2-1. The Penmen then added another pair of runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-2 lead before scoring again in the bottom of the fifth to go up by two.
Jake Stearns kept the Knights quiet in relief for the Penmen, putting Queens down 1-2-3 in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. In the seventh, Mendez singled, Morris drew a walk, and the two advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt, but Stearns worked his way out of the inning with no damage.
Senior Kevin Kolesar and junior Jonathan Temenak led off the eighth inning with singles, and Pidoto brought in Kolesar on an RBI double to pull the Knights within one at 4-3. The Knights then had a chance to tie or take the lead with the bases loaded in the ninth, but Queens hit into a double play to end the game.
Kolesar and Pidoto each went 2-for-4 to lead Queens. Senior Kyle Bell tossed 3.1 scoreless innings while giving up just two hits and striking out three in relief for the Knights.
Queens wraps up its Myrtle Beach trip on Sunday, Feb. 26, against Stonehill College at 9 a.m.