Rams Fall to St. John Fisher in Second Game of Regionals

Mike Labrozzi
Mike Labrozzi

Rams Fall to St. John Fisher in Second Game of Regionals

#2 St. John Fisher College 8, #6 Farmingdale State College 7

Auburn, N.Y. – Trailing by five runs through six innings, second-ranked St. John Fisher College rallied for six runs in the final three innings, scoring the tying and winning runs in the top of the ninth inning, while senior reliever Geoff Martone (GILBERT, AZ/Hamilton) retired three of the final four batters in the bottom half of the inning, striking out the final batter with a full count and the tying run on third base, to come away with an 8-7 victory over sixth seeded Farmingdale State College in a winner's bracket contest in the 2010 NCAA Division III Championship Auburn Regional at Falcon Park. 

The victory for the Cardinals (30-12) sets up a showdown of the top two seeded teams, facing top seed SUNY Cortland (34-8-1) on Friday, May 21 at 4:30 pm. Both teams are unbeaten in tournament play with 2-0 records. Farmingdale State (25-16) will face Castleton State College in an elimination game at 1:15 pm. 

Farmingdale chased Fisher starter Mike Craig (GETZVILLE, NY/St. Joseph's) in the third inning with five runs on six hits, highlighted with run scoring singles from freshman third baseman David Zilinicki (RIVERHEAD, NY/Riverhead) and senior designated hitter Mike Labrozzi* (SAG HARBOR, NY/Pierson) and RBI doubles by junior right fielder Ron Rubenstein (DEER PARK, NY/St. Anthony's) and junior first baseman Kevin Curtis* (RIVERHEAD, NY/Riverhead). The Rams added runs in the fifth and sixth before Fisher pulled Craig, who pitched five and a third innings with 10 hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Fisher started its comeback with a run in the seventh, three runs in the seventh, and two in the ninth, while junior Adam Pettinella (BATAVIA, NY/Batavia) and freshman Aaron Benton (GOWANDA, NY/Gowanda) held Farmingdale scoreless through two and two-thirds innings, yielding only three hits and a walk while striking out a batter each. 

The Cardinals opened the ninth by putting runners on base with a single by junior centerfielder Ross Langevin (LIVERPOOL, NY/Liverpool) and freshman second baseman Ben Bostick (ROCHESTER, NY/Aquinas Institute) reaching on a fielding error, moving Langevin to third. Senior first baseman Jon Gibbs (PITTSFORD NY/Pittsford Sutherland) brought in Langevin with the tying run on a sacrifice fly, followed by junior catcher Leo Fusilli (PENFIELD, NY/McQuaid Jesuit) driving in Bostick with the go ahead run on an RBI single. 

Fusilli finished the game batting 3-for-5, scoring twice with the RBI, while Langevin (run, RBI), sophomore designated hitter Teagen Barresi (LANSNG, NY/Lansing), and junior right fielder Phil Pettinella (BATAVIA, NY/Batavia) registered a pair of hits apiece as the Cardinals tallied 11 runs. 

Farmingdale opened the bottom half of the inning with a fly out to centerfield before centerfielder Frank Yera (MANHATTAN, NY/Grand Street Camous) got on base with a single to third base and reached second on a wild pitch. Martone struck out Labrozzi and put Yera in scoring position at third with a wild pitch before striking out Curtis to end the rally, picking up his second save of the tournament and seventh of the season. Benton was credited for the victory (2-0), tossing two innings with one hit and a strikeout in facing five batters. 

Yera was the top hitter for the Rams, going 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Rubenstein (run, two RBI), Curtis (RBI) and Junior second baseman Gilbran Bracamonte (BRONX, NY/Grand Street Campus, run) each registered a pair of hits for Farmingdale, who accumulated a game-high 14 hits, but committed seven errors (five coming in the final three innings).


                                                                        R    H  E

St. John Fisher                000  002  132  –  8  11  1

Farmingdale State         005  011  000  –  7  14  7

E – Nevada, Scarlato, McAllister 2, DeVito 3, Solomon; DP – Fisher 6, Farmingdale 7; 2B – Langevin, Rubenstein, Curtis. SH – McAllister; SF – Yera; SB – Barresi, Pettinella, Weingartner; CS – Yera, Labrozzi.

W – Benton (2-0); L – King (3-3); SV – Martone (7); WP – Craig 3, Pettinella, Martone 2.

T – 2:55; Att. -- 250

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