Offense Leads Rams to Championship Game
#1 Farmingdale State - 18, #3 Mount Saint Mary - 11
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State baseball team advanced to the Championship game of the Skyline Conference playoffs for the third straight season, with an 18-11 victory in today's third round game against third seed Mount Saint Mary. The Rams used nine pitchers in the game, while the Blue Knights used five in a game lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes with a combined 29 runs scored and 28 hits.
The Rams are now 22-13, while the Blue Knights fall to 14-19 and will face the winner of #2 St. Joseph's/#4 Old Westbury tonight at 7:00 p.m. Farmingdale will face the winner of that game tomorrow at Noon for the 2010 Skyline Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
After a 50 minute first inning, Mount Saint Mary held a 6-3 lead. The Rams opened the game with three runs on one hit and one error. Freshman third baseman David Zilnicki (Riverhead, N.Y./Riverhead) scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded, before junior first baseman Kevin Curtis* (Riverhead, N.Y./Riverhead) knocked in two runs with a single to left field.
Mount Saint Mary saw four pitchers in the bottom of the first, as the Blue Knights scored two runs on two hits and a hit batter, then scored two more runs on two hit batters, and two runs on two walks.
In the second, Farmingdale scored four runs on four hits, capped off by a double steal by senior centerfielder Frank Yera (Manhattan, N.Y./Grand Street Campus) and senior designated hitter Donny Moscatelli* (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) to take the 7-6 lead. Mount Saint Mary's sophomore first baseman John Conroy (Middletown, N.Y./John S. Burke Catholic) hit a two RBI double to left center to give Mount Saint Mary back the lead, 8-7. Freshman left hander Ramel Graham (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport) got the call for relief and struck out his two batters faced to strand two Blue Knights on base.
After no score in the third inning, Farmingdale saw RBI singles by Yera and Curtis to take back the lead, 9-8, after four innings. Senior right hander Steve King (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport) relieved Graham in the fifth inning, forcing a double play to end the fifth.
In the sixth, a two out error would allow Yera to score from third and the Rams went up 10-8. A six-run seventh inning for Farmingdale was highlighted by four triples, hit by sophomore shortstop Ryan McAllister (Miller Place, N.Y./Rocky Point), Zilnicki, junior outfielder Ryan Rubenstein (Deer Park, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and Curtis, along with two pitching changes for the Blue Knights. Mount Saint Mary got three runs back in the bottom of the seventh, trailing 16-11 after seven, but the Rams scored two in the eighth to push the lead back up to 18-11 and would hold on the rest of the way for the win.
For Farmingdale, Graham got the win throwing 3.0 innings allowing just two hits and four strikeouts. King went 1.2 innings with just one hit. Freshman right hander Ryan Rusoff (Albertson, N.Y./Herricks) closed out the game in the ninth with a strikeout and no walks.
Curtis finished 3-for-5 with six RBI's, while Yera went 3-for-4 with three RBI's and five runs scored. Rubenstein was 3-for-5 with two RBI's and four runs scored. McAllister was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
The Blue Knights were led by junior designated hitter Louis Peisel (Brewster, N.Y./JFK Catholic) going 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Freshman third baseman Matt Prescia (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot) and junior catcher Billy Casey (Marlboro, N.Y./Marlboro) finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored.