Curtis' Game-Winning Hit Pulls Rams Past #7 Southern Maine
Farmingdale State - 10, #7 Southern Maine - 9
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State baseball team snapped a six-game losing streak with a bottom-of-the-ninth win against No. 7 Southern Maine today. The Rams improved their record to 4-7 overall with the 10-9 victory.
The Rams jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, capped by a two-run homerun to left center by junior designated hitter Mike Labrozzi (Sag Harbor, N.Y./Pierson). Senior shortstop Brian Benvenuto (Dix Hills, N.Y./Hills West) and senior second baseman Rich Gili (Manorville, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) both added two-run doubles in the inning.
The Huskies clamped down on Farmingdale State with the help of sophomore pitcher Nick Hahn (Guilford, Conn./Guilford), who pitched six innings giving up only one run on five hits in relief. Southern Maine inched back into the game and took the lead in the top of the sixth inning with a 2-RBI triple to left center by junior first baseman Collin Henry (Penobscot, Me./Geo. Stevens Academy)
The Rams would tie the game in the seventh, started off by Labrozzi's lead off double down the left field line. Sophomore first baseman Kevin Curtis (Riverhead, N.Y./Riverhead) advanced Labrozzi to third with a ground out to second, followed by a sharp single throught the left side by junior leftfielder Don Moscatelli (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) to score Labrozzi.
The game would remain tied until the bottom of the ninth inning. Benvenuto led off with a double to left center. Southern Maine opted to pass up Labrozzi and awarded him a free pass. Curtis took a 0-1 pitch to deep center for the game-winning hit, scoring Benvenuto.
Farmingdale State's junior third baseman Ray Levan (Brentwood, N.Y./Brentwood) had three hits on the day. Senior third baseman Ryan Gaffney (Salem, N.H./Central Catholic) added two hits, including an RBI double and single to drive in two more for the Huskies.
Freshman Chris Phelan (Patchoque, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) picked up his first win, giving up two runs on two hits over three and two-thirds innings. For Southern Maine, freshman Matt Leach (Saco, Me./Thornton Academy) was issued the loss.
Farmingdale State jumps into their conference schedule tomorrow (Sunday) with a doubleheader at Yeshiva University starting at Noon.