Knights Sweep Lightning, Win Fourth Straight

Knights Sweep Lightning, Win Fourth Straight

HOCKESSIN, Del. – After rolling to a home win over Goldey-Beacom College on Saturday, the Queens College baseball team picked up two road wins over the Lightning on Sunday to complete the three-game series sweep. The Knights (5-3) came from behind to win the first game, 5-4, before notching a 4-0 shutout victory in game two to claim their fourth straight win.

Queens 5, Goldey-Beacom 4 (F/7)
The Knights played from behind throughout most of the opening game and used a seventh-inning rally to take the victory. Goldey-Beacom struck early with two runs in the bottom of the first. The score remained 2-0 until the fourth inning when senior Joe Morris drove home junior Joseph Pidoto on an RBI double to left center to cut the lead to just one. The Lightning answered right back, however, as Raul Perez-Duran smacked a solo home run to extend the lead to 3-1.

Queens responded in the top of the fifth, tying the game up at three runs apiece. Freshman Louis Antos led off with a single, followed by another single by junior Jonathan Temenak. After the two advanced to scoring position on a balk, Antos scored on a groundout, and then Pidoto struck again with an RBI single that brought in Temenak.

Once again, Goldey-Beacom answered the call, adding a run in the bottom of the fifth to go back on top, 4-3, but Queens came through in the seventh inning. Junior Thomas Parish drove in fellow classmate Karl Klesin with an RBI double to left center to tie the game at four. In the very next at-bat, Morris drove in Parish with a single to left center, giving Queens a 5-4 lead. Freshman Rob Backus shut it down on the mound in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.

Backus earned his first win of the season after racking up five strikeouts over 2.2 scoreless innings. Senior Kyle Bell got the start, striking out seven and surrendering four runs over 4.1 innings. Morris went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Pidoto was 2-for-3.

Queens 4, Goldey-Beacom 0 (F/7)
It was a pitchers' duel in the second game, as the two teams combined for just seven hits. Freshman right-hander Nick Morena pitched his second consecutive shutout in as many appearances for the Knights. Morena (2-0), the reigning East Coast Conference (ECC) Rookie of the Week, tossed a complete game, striking out seven and giving up only three hits.

Queens got on the board in the top of the second inning on a sacrifice bunt by Morris that scored Klesin. It remained a 1-0 game until the top of the sixth inning when Klesin ripped a double down the left field line, bringing in sophomore Joel Mendez to put the Knights up, 2-0. The Knights added to their lead in the seventh, as sophomore Brian Watters hit a two-run single to center, scoring Morris and Parish and giving Queens the 4-0 advantage.

Klesin had two of the Knights' four hits, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. In the first two appearances of his career, both victories, Morena has pitched 14 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just five hits with 19 strikeouts.

The Knights will return home next for a doubleheader against Philadelphia University on Saturday, March 11, with first pitcher set for 12 p.m. from Hennekens Stadium.