June 1, 2008

Baseball Season Recap

Baseball Season Recap


Farmingdale, N.Y. - The men's baseball team captured their first-ever Skyline Conference Baseball Championship with an 8-4 victory over third seeded Mount Saint Vincent and finished the season with a 26-18 record. With the win, Farmingdale received an automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Baseball Championships. The Rams were seeded 6th in the New York Region, and faced Renselaar in the first game of the double-elimination Tournament. After falling to 3rd seeded Renselaar in the bottom of the ninth, 7-6, in game one; Farmingdale went on to face #2 Ithaca in the second game going six scoreless innings, but a 4-0 loss would end their record-breaking season.

Offensively the team was led by sophomore Mike Labrozzi (.393) and junior Brian Benvenuto (.390). Benvenuto was named the Skyline Tournament MVP after hitting .563 in the four playoff games and playing great defense from his shortstop position. He led the team in hits (53) and RBI's (32). Labrozzi led the team in doubles (11), triples (4) and homeruns (2). Regulars Steve Campbell (.367), Frank Ennis (.365), Luis Feliciano (.347), Don Moscatelli (.338), Kevin Curtis (.330), Zak Nersesian (.317), and Anthony Mazilli (.308) each contributed to Farmingdale’s outstanding .326 team batting average.

Senior Rob Savarese and junior Tom Heeman led the pitching staff with six wins each. Heeman, who changed his role to a starting pitcher this season, finished with a 2.07 earned run average and led the team with 59 strikeouts. Savarese, who lost only once this season, held a 3.38 ERA. Starters Jesse Scott and Mike Gionesi each had four wins. Farmingdale's solid bullpen was led by sophomore closer Billy Garofalo who had a school-record seven saves with a team-low 1.88 ERA for the year. Garofalo also led the team with 25 appearances. Freshman Kurt Grabher and Drew Dallanegra each had solid rookie seasons for the Rams out of the bullpen.

For their efforts, First Team All-Skyline honors were recieved by Heeman, Garofalo, Benvenuto, Mazzilli and Labrozzi, while Second Team honors went to Nersesian and Feliciano. The Rams also had four players receive All-Region honors, including Labrozzi, Benvenuto, Heeman and Garofalo. Nersesian was awarded the Gold Glove Award for the New York Region from his catching position.

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