FLUSHING, N.Y - Sophomore Andrew Navarez drove in the game-winning run on a bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning of game one, as the Queens College baseball team split a Saturday doubleheader against Adelphi University at Hennekens Stadium.
Queens (15-20) emerged victorious in the first game, 4-3, while the Panthers (22-20) defeated the Knights, 9-0, in the second game.
Bender drove in the game's first run on an RBI single to left in the second inning, scoring junior Paulino Harrington. Pidoto added to QC's lead with a solo shot to left field in the third inning to make it a 2-0 game.
However, Adelphi was able to close the gap, as Eric Hassell drove in a run on a RBI single in the sixth inning. After a Steven Withers triple and sacrifice fly from Jonathan Iadevaia in the top of the seventh inning, the Knights found themselves in a one-run deficit.
Pidoto came through again for Queens in the seventh, tying the game with an RBI on a fielder's choice to score Morris with one out in the top of the final inning. Just a week after sophomore Nick Luciano drove in the game-winning run on a bunt in a win over Mercy College, Navarez recorded one of his own. Navarez's only appearance at the plate turned out to be critical, as he drove in the game-winning run on a bunt, allowing junior Karl Keslin to score.
Pidoto went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season and two RBI, while Morris went 2-for-3 with one run scored, and freshman Louis Antos went 2-for-3 as well. Calabrese got the start on the mound and pitched four shutout innings, allowing only one hit and one walk. Bell and freshman Brandon Hoskins entered in relief, with Hoskins earning his second victory of the season in 1.1 innings of relief.
In the second game, junior Jonathan Temenak and Luciano were perfect from the plate for QC, as they went 2-for-2 and 3-for-3, respectively. Harrington also went 2-for-3 in the game, as Queens totaled nine hits.
However, four Adelphi pitchers combined to throw a shutout for a 9-0 win. Adelphi scored the game's first three runs in the first inning that was capped off with a solo shot from Brett Malm. The Panthers added another run in the fourth and five more in the sixth, while piling up 15 hits in the game.
Junior Cameron Burt (0-4) allowed eight hits, four runs (two earned) while striking out three in 3.2 innings of work. Pitchers Trukhin and junior David Hernandez combined for 1.2 innings of relief, allowing no runs and just three hits.
The Knights wrap up the series against Adelphi in Garden City, N.Y., on Sunday, April 30, at 1 p.m.