Nersesian Plays Every Position on Senior Night
Farmingdale State - 16, St. Joseph's - 4
Farmingdale, N.Y. - Senior catcher Zak Nersesian* (Valley Cottage, N.Y./Nyack) played in every position tonight, completing this feat for the first time in program history, as the Rams defeated St. Joseph's 16-4 and improved to 24-13 overall. The Rams had 12 seniors honored before the game, and they then combined for 16 of tonights 19 hits and 9-of-13 RBI's in the win.
Nersesian started at catcher, before making his way around to first, second, third, short, left, center, right and then pitching the final two outs of the game. He will go down in Farmingdale State baseball history as the first Ram to do this in a Division III game. Coaches Danny Maccagli and John Anarumo came up with the idea, as Coach Osik had also played every position in a game during his junior year at LSU, and they thought Zak earned and deserved it.
12 seniors were honored tonight, including Nersesian, infielder John Matteo (Searingtown, N.Y./St. Mary's), pitcher Steve King (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport), pitcher Ian Solomon (Northport, N.Y./Northport), outfielder Frank Ennis (Commack, N.Y./Commack), pitcher James Raimondi (Medford, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford), first baseman Mike Labrozzi* (Sag Harbor, N.Y./Pierson), pitcher Patrick Gilbride (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow), outfielder Vinny Block (Merrick, N.Y./Chaminade), pitcher Mike Biasi (Copiague, N.Y./Copiague), outfielder Matt Weingartner (Westbury, N.Y./Clarke) and outfielder Donny Moscatelli* (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa).
The Rams scored five runs on five hits in the first inning, before St. Joe's got three runs back in the top of the second on two hits and one error to make it 5-3. But Farmingdale exploded for a 10-run second with 10 more hits to build up a 15-3 advantage which would hold until the eighth inning when they added one more run for the 16-3 lead. The Golden Eagles scored in the ninth on an RBI single to make it 16-4, but Nersesian struck out the final batter to secure the victory.
Raimondi got the start and win for the Rams, throwing 2.1 innings and allowing no earned runs. Gilbride went 1.2 innings with two strikeouts and one hit, Biasi went 2.1 innings with one strikeout and one hit, Solomon went 2.0 innings with five strikeouts and two hits. Nersesian finished 3-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI's, Labrozzi went 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBI's, Weingartner was 3-for-5 with two runs and one RBI, Moscatelli finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI's, Block was 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI and King was 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI.
Farmingdale State will now take on #13 Kean University on Wednesday, May 12th at 3:30 p.m. in Union, N.J., before hosting Kean on Friday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. On Monday, May 17th, the Rams will find out their NCAA Regional site and opponents for next weeks double-elimination tournament.