Rams Fall to Hornets in First Game of College World
Shenandoah – 12, Farmingdale State – 2
Grand Chute, Wis. – Farmingdale State
(30-16) fell 12-2 tonight in their first game of the NCAA Division
III Baseball Championship, held at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox
Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, Wisconsin. The Rams will now play at
1:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 23rd against the loser of tonight's
nightcap game, Chapman University vs. Univ. of St. Thomas.
The Rams got in trouble in the first inning, with a bases loaded walk scoring the first run of the game and freshman Chris Phelan (Patchogue, N.Y.) was called to the mound with two outs and a 2-0 count. Phelan struck out the last batter to get out of the bases loaded jam and ended the inning, with Farmingdale down 1-0.
Shenandoah added two more in the second and a run in both the third and fourth innings to build a 5-0 lead, but the Rams weren’t done yet.
In the bottom of the fourth, junior Mike Labrozzi (Sag Harbor, N.Y.) singled to center for the Rams first hit of the game. Junior Donny Moscatelli (Massapequa, N.Y.) followed with a fielder’s choice and was moved over to second as junior Frank Ennis (Commack, N.Y.) landed on first off an error by the second baseman. With two outs, senior Rich Gili (Manorville, N.Y.) forced a walk to load the bases, before junior Ray Levan (Brentwood, N.Y.) singled to shortstop to break the shutout. Junior Frank Yera (Manhattan, N.Y.) singled to right to score Ennis, but Gili was thrown out at the plate to end the inning, with the score standing at 5-2 Shenandoah.
Farmingdale held the Hornets scoreless in the fifth and allowed one run in the sixth, but a leaping catch by senior Brian Benvenuto (Dix Hills, N.Y.) at shortstop ended the inning with a 6-3 double play, stranding a man on third with the score 6-2 Shenandoah.
The Rams held the Hornets scoreless in the seventh, but allowed
six more in the eighth, highlighted by a two-run homerun by
freshman Cory Nelson (Portsmouth, Va.), as Shenandoah went up
Sophomore Greg Van Sickler (Stephenson, Va.) got the win for the Hornets, improving to 9-2 overall after pitching a complete game allowing just seven hits and no earned runs. Junior Steve King (Freeport, N.Y.) gets the loss for the Rams, falling to 5-4 overall.
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