Queens College Knights

04/09/2014, 11:15am EDT
By Queens College Stats Information Department; Photos By Brian Ballweg
“We can surprise a few teams this year,” stated Reardon. “We have a lot of turnover, but we are bringing in some talented players and if we can stay healthy and have a little luck, we will beat some teams.” – Chris Reardon, Head Coach

Queen College KnightsThe Queens College baseball team looked to its past for a coach of the future, as it hired alumnus and former baseball player Chris Reardon to lead the Knights in the 2014 season. Expectations are low for this year’s team, but that is the way Reardon, a 1998 graduate of the College wants it. “We can surprise a few teams this year. We have a lot of turnover, but we are bringing in some talented players and if we can stay healthy and have a little luck, we will beat some teams.”  Leading the returnees is junior infielder, Nick Lo Bello.

A season ago, Lo Bello led the team in nearly every offensive category. He had 155 at-bats and collected 58 hits, seven doubles, 20 RBI and posted a .374 average; all team-bests. On the mound, the Knights return several talented arms including Frank Kaplan and Jonathan Russell. Kaplan earned the ECC Rookie of the Week accolade following a shutout he threw against Mercy last May. Russell led the Knights in saves and averaged nine strikeouts per game.
The newcomers include several freshmen and a slew of transfers. Brandon Burrell is a pitcher who came to Flushing from St. John’s, while Greg Gonzalez joins the Knights from LIU Post and David Velazquez transferred in from Concordia.
The Knights are going through a transition in 2014, and with a nod to the storied past, they are looking to make more history into the future.

Player Spotlight

Sophomore first baseman Mike O’Dwyer volunteers his time within the athletic department, serving as a scoreboard operator for many other sports on campus including volleyball, soccer, basketball and lacrosse. He is willing to help out whenever needed and always goes the extra mile with a good attitude and a smile.
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