Farmingdale State, 6
Farmingdale State, 5
Hoboken, N.J. – The Stevens Institute of Technology baseball team clinched a post-season berth with the sweep of a conference doubleheader with Farmingdale State College on Saturday afternoon. Stevens used a seven-run sixth inning to claim an 11-6 victory in the first game and defeated the Rams 7-5 in game two. With these wins, the Ducks will finish no worse than third in the Skyline Conference.
Manhattanville College stands in first with an 11-4 league mark heading into today's doubleheader with U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Centenary College and Stevens are tied for second at 13-5. Old Westbury stands in fourth with an 11-6 conference record. Pending other conference results, Stevens will have to wait to learn its seeding for the Skyline Conference Tournament, which will open up on Thursday, May 3.
In the nine-inning opener, senior Adam Sandt (Allentown, Pa.) finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs and picked up his 200th career hit to lead Stevens. Senior Ryan Birkenstock (Smithville, N.J.) totaled four RBIs, and freshman Russ Grimes (South Brunswick, N.J.) went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI.
With the Ducks trailing 6-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Stevens scored seven runs on six hits to take the lead for good in the game. With one out, senior Eric McCormick (Edison, N.J.) singled to left field. Freshman Eddie Daniele (Colts Neck, N.J.) doubled to center field, and junior David Katusa (Franklin Township, N.J.) singled to load the bases. McCormick scored on a wild pitch to start the rally for Stevens. Grimes then singled up the middle to score Daniele. After Gunshor walked, Sandt totaled his 200th career hit with an RBI single. Birkenstock smacked a three-run home run to complete the scoring for the Ducks in the inning.
Stevens added a run in the seventh on an RBI single by sophomore Joe Gunshor (Ridgefield, Conn.).
Farmingdale took an early 3-0 lead in the first. Sophomore Tom Heeman (Valley Stream, N.Y.) doubled to left field, and sophomore Brian Benvenuto (Dix Hills, N.Y.) singled to score the Rams' run. Junior Manny Soloman (Bronx, N.Y.) singled through the left side to score Heeman. Junior Frank Italiano (Sayville, N.Y.) singled to score Soloman and Benvenuto.
Stevens got within one, 3-2, in the bottom of the frame. Grimes led off the inning with a single through the right side. After Gunshor was hit by a pitch, Sandt doubled to right to score Grimes. Gunshor scored on an RBI by Birkenstock.
After junior Luis Feliciano (Bronx, N.Y.) singled, freshman Steve King (Freeport, N.Y.) homered to put Farmingdale on top 5-2 in the second.
Stevens added a run in the third on an RBI single by Sandt, but the Rams scored another run of their own in the sixth on a solo home run by Soloman.
Junior Scott Picerno (Bayonne, N.J.) earned the win in eight innings of work, giving up six runs on 13 hits.
Junior Jesse Scott (Massapequa, N.Y.) suffered the loss for the Rams in 5.1 innings of work. Scott gave up seven runs on 10 hits.
With the score tied 2-2 in game two, Stevens used a three-run third inning to lock up the win. After Sandt walked to lead off the frame, Birkenstock doubled to center field. On the next play, senior Andrew Tesoriero (Dunedin, Fla.) singled to left field to score both runs. McCormick reached on a fielder's choice, which scored Tesoriero on the play.
The Ducks tacked on two more runs in the fourth to take a 7-2 advantage over the Rams. Gunshor and Sandt led off the frame with back-to-back hits. With one out, Tesoriero doubled to score Stevens' first run. Sandt scored on a single to right by junior John Frustaci (Franklin Lakes, N.J.).
Farmingdale attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh, but fell two runs short as they plated three in the inning.
Sophomore Bill Jennings (Southampton, N.J.) picked up his fifth win of the season in six innings, giving up two runs on six hits.
Sophomore Tom Heeman (Valley Stream, N.Y.) dropped to 3-2 with the loss as he gave up seven runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings of work.
Sandt and Tesoriero both finished the game 2-for-3 to lead the Ducks. Tesoriero added three RBIs in the game.
(Story courtesy of Stevens Sports Information)