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Baseball Opens Series at Queens with Two Losses

Jeremy Glinski vs. Hilbert on March 9, 2021.
Jeremy Glinski vs. Hilbert on March 9, 2021.

Despite a pair of extra-base hits from sophomore catcher Jeremy Glinski, the D'Youville baseball team dropped a pair of East Coast Conference contests, 10-1 and 6-2, to Queens College on Friday afternoon in Flushing, N.Y.

The Knights used the wins to move to 5-5 on the season and 4-4 in the ECC, while the Saints now sit at 2-11 overall and 0-7 in league play.

Game One Recap

In the opening contest of the three-game series, both teams kept things scoreless for the first three innings, but Queens struck in the fourth with a two-run home run off the bat of Jayson Rodopoulos to take the lead for good. The Knights would add another run later in the inning when Evan Christopher scored on a Saints error to extend the lead to 3-0.

Queens continued the offense in the next inning, hanging a five-spot in the fifth to widen the gap. Andrew Smith's triple brought in one run, and Brad Sakellarides scored Smith with a single, with Sakellarides then crossing home on a single by Christopher. The frame was capped off by a two-run double from Ramlogan, driving in Christopher and Corey Tingo.

D'Youville got its lone run of the game in the eighth, as a wild pitch allowed sophomore left fielder Josh Battaglia to advance home.

The Knights responded in the home half of the eighth, with Reed Hoskins plating Smith on a single and Tingo later driving in Sakellarides with a groundout.

Dean Fazah (1-1) picked up the win, tossing five innings of one-hit shutout baseball. Danny Gargano followed with one earned run across three frames, striking out three batters, while Stephen Castro and Robert Puccio combined for one no-hit inning.

Senior left-hander Adam Lampman (0-6) was on the losing end, going 6.2 innings and surrendering seven earned runs despite four punch-outs. Sophomore Kyle Nash was able to finish off the seventh, and Brendan Burke entered in relief for the eighth inning.

Game Two Recap

Friday's second game saw Queens again strike first, as Daniel Deutsch singled to score Rodopoulos in the second inning.

Glinski helped the Saints respond quickly, as the backstop roped a third-inning double to center field that drove in senior second baseman Renato Quinones. Glinski himself would score later in the frame when freshman pitcher Alex Dzimian hit a sacrifice fly, giving D'Youville a 2-1 advantage.

Teovaldo Estevez brought the game even again with a solo shot to left in the bottom of the third, and Nick Barreiros gave Queens the lead once again in the fourth with a single that brought in Rodopoulos. The Knights would plate two more runs in the fourth frame, while Deutsch closed the scoring in the fifth with a sacrifice fly that allowed Smith to tag up and cross home.

Dzimian and Dylan Hughes (1-1) got the starts for their respective squads, as Hughes threw four innings and allowed two runs on five hits to get the win. A six-inning performance by Dzimian (1-2) would not be enough to avoid the loss, as the righty was on the hook for five earned runs despite four strikeouts and only one walk. Dimitri Papazoglou came on to finish the game for Hughes, picking up a three-inning save.

Notables – Dzimian swiped two bases in the first game, while Quinones and Santos both stole a base in the back-half of the twin-bill ... Queens recorded five stolen bases, with all five coming in the nightcap ... D'Youville stranded 14 runners, compared to 15 left on base for Queens ... Junior Shane Critelli's two-hit contest in the nightcap was his first multi-hit game since April 4, 2019 against Hilbert.

Up Next – D'Youville and Queens finish up their weekend with a single game on Saturday, April 10. The series finale is set to begin at noon.