Rams Sweep Old Westbury
Game 1: Farmingdale State - 11, Old Westbury - 3
Game 2: Farmingdale State - 5, Old Westbury - 1
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State baseball team swept Old Westbury today in a Skyline Conference doubleheader to improve to 8-10 overall, 4-0 in the conference. Rams senior left hander Ian Solomon (Northport, N.Y./Northport) and sophomore right hander Chris Phelan (Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) pitched the victories, while senior designated hitter Mike Labrozzi (Sag Harbor, N.Y./Pierson) hit a grand slam in game one.
In the first game of the day (9-inning game), Farmingdale trailed 3-1 in the fifth before a seven run rally on four hits put the Rams ahead 8-3. Senior centerfielder Frank Yera (Manhattan, N.Y./Grand Street Campus) brought in the first two runs with a bases loaded single up the middle to score senior leftfielder Donny Moscatelli (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and senior rightfielder Vinny Block (Merrick, N.Y./Chaminade).
The next batter, senior catcher Zak Nersesian (Valley Cottage, N.Y./Nyack), knocked in the third run of the inning with a single to right field, scoring junior second baseman Gibran Bracamonte (Bronx, N.Y./Grand Street Campus) from second base. After a stolen third base by Yera, a walk by junior first baseman Kevin Curtis (Riverhead, N.Y./Riverhead) would once again load the bases for Labrozzi's 2-2 pitch grand slam over the left field fence.
The Rams scored an unearned run in the sixth inning for the 9-3 advantage and then scored two more runs in the seventh. Nersesian scored on a balk and Curtis scored on a single to centerfield by Moscatelli.
Senior righthander Mike Biasi (Copiague, N.Y./Copiague) relieved Solomon for the final two innings, allowing just two hits and striking out two to preserve the win. Senior lefthander Dan Fordyce (Brentwood, N.Y./Brentwood) got the loss for the Panthers.
In game two (7-inning game), the Rams' Phelan allowed one run in the first inning, but would shut out Old Westbury over the next four as he went 5.1 innings and struck out four batters for the win to improve his record to 2-2.
Farmingdale scored two runs in the second and three runs in the third to roll to the 5-1 victory. Sophomore third baseman Ryan McAllister (Miller Place, N.Y./Rocky Point) brought in the game-tying run in the second with a single up the middle to score junior shortstop Brandon Cruz (Bronx, N.Y./Mt. St. Michael), before sophomore second baseman Danny DeVito (Plainview, N.Y./Holy Trinity) followed with a triple down the rightfield line to score McAllister. In the third, Labrozzi doubled to left centerfield to bring in Curtis and Nersesian, while Cruz hit a sacrifice fly to score the final run of the game.
Freshman left hander Abel Guerrero (Bronx, N.Y./James Monroe) got the loss for the Panthers over 2.2 innings allowing five runs.
The Rams will now host #10 Kean University in a single 9-inning game on Wednesday, March 24th at 3:30 p.m.