LYNDHURST, N.J. – Senior Joseph Broderick racked up 11 strikeouts, but the Queens College baseball team fell just short in a 2-1 setback to the Felician University Golden Falcons on the road in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon.
Queens (6-7) couldn't get it going offensively, finishing with just four hits. On the mound, Broderick (2-2) had another strong showing for the Knights, allowing only four hits and two runs over eight innings despite picking up the loss. He has struck out at least eight batters in each of his four appearances this season, including double-digit strikeouts in each of his last two starts.
Felician (13-6) started it off in the bottom of the first inning, taking a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Matt Diesel. After the first, Broderick settled in nicely, keeping the Golden Falcons hitless in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings.
The Knights tied things up at one apiece in the top of the sixth, as junior Paulino Harrington led off with a single and advanced to third two batters later. Then with two outs, sophomore Nick Luciano brought in Harrington on a bunt down the third base line to even the score.
However, the Golden Falcons immediately had an answer in the bottom of the inning. Bruce Strickland hit a leadoff triple to right center, and Christian Hoplock knocked him home on a sacrifice fly to center to give Felician a 2-1 lead. From there, the Knights were held hitless, as the Golden Falcons' pitching staff willed the team to victory.
Luciano went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI to lead Queens. Harrington and junior Thomas Parish added the remaining two hits for the Knights. Felician used seven pitchers in the game, with Tommy Giunta collecting the win and John-Paul Codelia earning the save.
Queens will play one more non-conference game at Caldwell on Tuesday, March 28, at 3 p.m., before diving into its East Coast Conference (ECC) schedule.