Farmingdale State, 10
Mount Saint Vincent, 4
Farmingdale State, 6
Mount Saint Vincent, 2
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State baseball team clinched a playoff berth tonight with a doubleheader sweep over Mount Saint Vincent (10-20, 8-10) in Farmingdale, N.Y. The Rams will head to the Skyline Conference playoffs for the first time in program history, finishing the regular season with a record of 20-15 overall and 11-7 in the conference, another program best.
Farmingdale won the 9-inning game with scoring in all but three innings. The first two innings called for a 3-3 tie, before the Rams broke away with a three-run third inning and then finished strong for the 10-4 victory. Junior pitcher Rob Savarese (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) threw eight innings with two strikeouts and nine hits, before Freshman pitcher Billy Garofalo (Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue) came in for the final three outs and struck out two batters. Freshman catcher Zach Nersesian (Nyack, N.Y./Nyack) finished the game 3-for-5 with four runs batted in, while junior rightfielder Anthony Mazzilli (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) had three hits and two RBI's.
In game two, the Rams won 6-2 with the help of a four-run first inning. Junior first basemen Keith King (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and sophomore third basemen Tom Heeman (Valley Stream, N.Y./Hewlett) led off with singles, while sophomore shortstop Brian Benvenuto (Dix Hills, N.Y./Hills West) reached on a fielders choice and Heeman was safe at second on an error. With bases loaded, all runners advanced on a wild pitch as King scored for a 1-0 lead. Mazzilli would then knock a bases clearing triple to left center for a 3-0 lead and man on third. Junior outfieler Rich Santoro (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) would score Mazzilli on a sacrifice fly to center for the comfortable 4-0 lead. Farmingdale added one more run in the third and fifth innings, while holding Mount Saint Vincent to just two runs on five hits. Freshman pitcher James Raimondi (Medford, N.Y./Patchogue) went five innings with six strikeouts for the victory. Garofalo came in again for relief in the final two innings and struck out two.
Farmingdale State will now face Manhattanville this Thursday, May 3rd at 3:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Skyline Tournament, before playing for the conference's automatic NCAA Tournament bid next weekend at Dutchess Stadium, home of the Single-A Hudson Valley Renegades.