DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – The Queens College baseball team won the season series against East Coast Conference (ECC) opponent Mercy College with a 4-2 road win over the Mavericks on Sunday afternoon. Queens (13-18, 7-12 ECC) took the five-game series, three games to two, over Mercy (10-22, 4-12 ECC).
After being shut out in their last game against the Mavericks, the Knights piled up 11 hits this time around. Queens tallied four runs over the first five innings to go on top, and freshman pitcher Rob Backus held the Mercy offense in check, picking up his fourth win of the season.
Mercy got on the board first with a run in the opening inning, with John Mooradian scoring on an RBI groundout hit by Anthony Murphy. In the very next inning, Queens answered with a run of its own, as junior Karl Klesin scored on an RBI groundout hit by classmate Joseph Pidoto.
The Mavericks added another run on an RBI single by Anthony Murphy in the bottom of the third, but again the Knights responded, this time with two runs in the top of the fourth. Sophomore Andrew Navarez singled to left and stole second to put a man in scoring range with two outs. Then Pidoto ripped an RBI double to left to score Navarez to tie the score at 2-2. In the next at-bat, freshman Louis Antos gave Queens the lead on a single to right center, scoring Pidoto for the 3-2 advantage.
Queens added another run in the fifth when Klesin reached on an error, allowing senior Joe Morris to trot home to give the Knights a 4-2 lead. Mercy threatened in the bottom of the sixth with men on the corners and no outs, but with the help of his defense, Backus got Randal Mendez to hit into a 4-3-2 triple play to end the inning.
Meanwhile, Backus (4-0) had it going on the bump, allowing just two runs on six hits with six strikeouts over eight innings of work. Fellow freshman James McGee then took the ball in the ninth with two men on and no outs for Mercy. McGee was up to the challenge, getting the final three outs to end it and pick up his first career save.
Pidoto went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the Knights' offense. Three Knights posted multi-hit games in Klesin, Navarez and Antos.
Next up for Queens will be another ECC road contest on Tuesday, April 25, against St. Thomas Aquinas College at 3:30 p.m.