Baseball wraps up inaugural ECC season with loss at Queens

Baseball wraps up inaugural ECC season with loss at Queens

FLUSHING, N.Y. — The NYIT baseball team raced to a six-run lead in its season finale. Unfortunately for the Bears, they ultimately fell to Queens, 9-8.

NYIT completed its inaugural season in the East Coast Conference with a 13-25-1 overall record. The Bears finished in sixth place in the seven-team league with a 6-18 ECC record, one game ahead of Queens.

In the ninth, Nick Tedesco's RBI single pulled NYIT within a run and advanced Zach Kleinwaks to third. However, pinch hitter Dominic Paolo then grounded into a game-ending fielder's choice to strand the tying run 90 feet from the plate.

NYIT had held a 6-0 lead after two innings.

Tedesco went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a walk. Kleinwaks went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk.

Starter DJ Masuck allowed five runs on nine hits and four walks in five innings.

NYIT joined the ECC this season after competing in Division I from 1981 through 2017 — the last four years as an independent.