BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Junior Jonathan Temenak had a career day, gathering four hits to lead the Queens College baseball team to a 5-4 East Coast Conference (ECC) road victory over the University of Bridgeport on Thursday. The Knights take game two of a five-game series with the Purple Knights, with three remaining games against Bridgeport standing in the way of an ECC Tournament bid.
The win brings Queens (17-21, 9-13 ECC) within just one game of Molloy College (18-25, 10-12 ECC) for the fourth and final spot in the tournament, while the Knights also pull within just two games of Bridgeport in third (17-22, 11-11 ECC).
Temenak put forth a career high in hits, going 4-for-5 on the day with two RBI, a run and a double. Meanwhile, senior Joseph Broderick (5-5) earned his team-leading fifth win of the season by pitching eight innings with four runs and two strikeouts.
Queens took the lead right out of the gate, tallying three runs in the first inning. Sophomore Joel Mendez walked, and then freshman Louis Antos reached on an error, placing runners on the corners with no outs. Temenak then drove in Mendez with a single to right for the game's first run. After junior Karl Klesin walked to load the bases, senior Joe Morris delivered with an RBI single to center to score Antos. Two batters later, senior Joseph Pidoto brought in Temenak on a sacrifice fly to give the Knights a 3-0 lead.
The Knights then increased the lead to 4-0 in the very next inning. Mendez drew his second straight walk and later advanced to second, putting a man in scoring position with two outs. Temenak came through again for the Knights, hitting a single to center and allowing Mendez to come around and cross home plate for the four-run advantage.
Broderick kept Bridgeport off the board until the sixth inning, where he ran into some trouble. Casey McCone hit an RBI double before Dave Egeland smacked an RBI single to right, cutting the lead to just two. McCone then scored on an error, and the next batter, Stephen DiNicola singled to bring in Egeland, as the Purple Knights tied the game at 4-4.
Once again, it was Temenak coming up big for the Knights in the seventh inning. After Antos was hit by a pitch, Temenak roped a double to left, and Antos came all the way home on an error, putting the Knights ahead once again, 5-4.
After a 1-2-3 inning by Broderick in the eighth, freshman Nick Morena entered in the ninth to close it out. Morena got two quick outs, and even though the Purple Knights threatened with two men on after a single and a walk, the freshman hurler got Zach Burger to fly out to left to end the game, while picking up his first career save.
Queens will play at Bridgeport on Sunday, May 7, at 6 p.m. before hosting the Purple Knights for a doubleheader on Monday, May 8, at Hennekens Stadium starting at noon.