Ithaca Blanks Farmingdale 4-0 In NCAA Baseball Playoffs
Ithaca - 4, Farmingdale State - 0
Auburn, N.Y. – The second-seeded Ithaca Bombers (30-12)
beat the sixth-seeded Farmingdale Rams (26-18) 4-0 in
Thursday’s second game of the NCAA Division III baseball
regional tournament hosted by Ithaca College at Auburn’s
Falcon Park. The Bombers advance to play either top-seeded Cortland
or fourth-seeded Montclair State Friday at 10 a.m. in an
elimination game. The Rams were eliminated from the playoffs.
Farmingdale was making the program’s first trip to the NCAA playoffs; Ithaca has made 32 NCAA Division III playoff appearances – more than any other school.
Senior Adam Brown pitched a complete-game six-hit shutout for the Bombers. He struck out three and did not allow a Ram past second base in eight of his nine innings in tossing his third career shutout.
Junior center fielder Matt Samela brought in Ithaca’s first run with a two-out bases-loaded infield single in the seventh. The Bombers scored three times in the eighth to pull away behind a run-scoring ground ball by junior catcher Drew Ash and a two-run single by sophomore right fielder T.J. Abone.
Samela, senior left fielder Rob Raux, senior shortstop Josh Smith and senior first baseman Eric Ferguson each had two hits. Raux also stole two bases; his two hits raise his career total to 219 – one short of the school record set by all-American Vince Roman (1987-1990).
Jesse Scott was the hard-luck loser for Farmingdale, giving up six hits over 6.2 innings. He helped his own cause by picking a pair of Bombers off base in the first and left with the bases loaded in the seventh. Samela – who made a diving catch in right-center field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth to keep the game scoreless – hit a slow roller between the mound and third base off the Rams’ first reliever to bring in the winning run.
Story courtsey of Ithaca Sports Information