Rams End Season in College World Series
Chapman Univ. - 4, Farmingdale State -2
Grand Chute, Wis. - Farmingdale State was eliminated from the 2009 NCAA Division III Championship after a 4-2 loss to Chapman University (31-16) today at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, Wisconsin. The Rams finish the season 30-17, while Chapman moves on to face the loser of Kean/Wooster on Sunday, May 24th at Noon.
Junior Mike Labrozzi (Sag Harbor, N.Y.) got the Rams on the board in the second inning, after hitting a double to left field and then scoring on a sacrifice fly by junior Vinny Block (Mineola, N.Y.).
Senior left hander Mike Gionesi (Bellmore, N.Y.) held the Panthers scoreless until the fourth inning. Junior Halston Barcelo (Tustin, Calif.) singled up the middle and on sophomore Tyler Hadzinsky's (San Clemente, Calif.) single to left field, Barcelo advanced to third and scored on an error to tie the game at 1-1.
In the sixth, Farmingdale scored on a double steal. Sophomore Kevin Curtis (Riverhead, N.Y.) knocked a single up the middle and freshman Vincent Sanquini (Levittown, N.Y.) came in to pinch run. Labrozzi's single to right moved Sanquini over to third, and the double steal came from Labrozzi and Sanquini, giving the Rams a 2-1 lead.
Chapman got the run back in the bottom of the inning, after the Rams made two errors and allowed one hit, and the game now in a 2-2 tie.
The Panthers went ahead in the final two innings with a run in both the seventh and eighth innings, while shutting down Farmingdale allowing no hits and no runners on base.
Errors were the difference in the game for the Rams, as Gionesi (3-1) pitched eight innings with no walks and two earned runs in the loss.
The win goes to Chapman's senior Matt Irsfeld (Eugene, Ore.) as he struck out seven, walked three and allowed two earned runs to improve his season record to 5-2 and keep his team alive in the loser's bracket of the Championship Tournament.
Farmingdale finishes the season with a record of 30-17, the best season in school history, while making their first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III College World Series and capturing both the Skyline Conference and New York Regional Championships.
Head Coach Keith Osik picks up his first Coach of the Year award this season, after being named the ABCA/Rawling's 2009 New York Region Coach of the Year, as announced on Thursday, May 21st at the World Series Championship Banquet.