FLUSHING, N.Y. – Despite jumping out to an early 3-1 lead, the Queens College baseball team suffered a 12-4 setback to the University of Bridgeport at Hennekens Stadium on Friday, due in large part to the Knights' six errors in the game. Even still, the Knights only trailed by two heading to the ninth inning, but the Purple Knights struck for six runs in the final inning to put the game out of reach.
Queens falls to 14-19 overall on the year and 8-13 in the East Coast Conference (ECC). Meanwhile, the win for Bridgeport (16-21, 10-10 ECC) put the Purple Knights 2.5 games ahead of the Knights in the ECC standings.
Errors hurt the Knights throughout, beginning in the second inning, as Bridgeport tallied its first run of the game on an error to take a 1-0 lead.
Queens answered in the bottom half of the inning, however, as senior Joe Morris scored on a fielder's choice hit by sophomore Nick Luciano to tie the game at 1-1. The Knights then kept it going in the third, with junior Jonathan Temenak ripping a double down the right field line, scoring classmate Thomas Parish, who raced from first all the way home to give Queens a 2-1 lead. Junior Karl Klesin then brought in Temenak on a sacrifice fly to push the lead to 3-1.
Bridgeport then scored in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to storm back and take a 6-3 lead, highlighted by a solo home run to left field by Tyler Gambardella in the fifth. The Purple Knights added three more unearned runs in the sixth and seventh innings, as Queens recorded three errors in the sixth and another in the seventh.
The Knights cut the deficit to just two at 6-4 in the bottom of the eighth. Klesin and senior Joseph Pidoto led off with back-to-back singles before senior Joe Morris drew a walk to load the bases. Two batters later, junior Billy Riches singled through the right side to drive in Pidoto. However, Bridgeport's offense came alive in the ninth, scoring six runs on five hits to put the game away, 12-4.
All nine starters in the lineup for Queens recorded at least one hit, and the Knights matched the Purple Knights with 11 hits in the game. Pidoto went 2-for-5 with a run, while Klesin went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Anthony Alicki (4-2) earned the win after striking out seven, and Dennis Berardi recorded his fourth save of the season, while freshman Nick Morena (3-6) drew the loss for Queens despite giving up just three hits over five innings.
Queens will have its Senior Day on Saturday, April 29, when the Knights welcome Adelphi University for a doubleheader starting at noon.