2011 Farmingdale State Baseball Preview
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State baseball team, led by sixth year Head Coach Keith Osik, should be a force once again during the 2011 season. In 2010, the Rams captured their third consecutive Skyline Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament. Farmingdale State finished the year with a 25-17 overall record.
Highlighting the returning players is senior first baseman and team captain Kevin Curtis (Riverhead, N.Y.). He earned All-Conference honors while batting .310 with 21 runs batted in and 17 runs scored last season. Curtis was named the Skyline Conference Player of the Year his sophomore season. Senior outfielder Frank Yera (Manhattan, N.Y.), a First Team All-Skyline selection, was second on the team with a .395 batting average and led the team in hits (47), total bases (59), stolen bases (11) and at bats (119). Senior outfielder Ryan Rubenstein (Deer Park, N.Y.) batted .381 and was fourth on the team with 27 runs scored. Junior infielder Ryan McAllister (Miller Place, N.Y.) posted a .338 batting average last season and recorded 20 RBI's. Sophomore Terrence Bohonan (Patchogue, N.Y.), the reigning Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year, batted .556 and had 14 RBI's in conference games. He struck out just once in 30 plate appearances in Skyline play. Sophomore third baseman David Zilnicki (Riverhead, N.Y.) was named First Team All-Conference after batting .365 with a .917 fielding percentage his rookie season.
The Farmingdale State pitching staff will be led by junior right hander Chris Phelan (Patchogue, N.Y.). Phelan, a First Team All-Skyline selection last year, led the team with six wins, 67 innings pitched and 62 strikeouts and an earned run average of 3.22. Senior left hander J.R. Lott (East Islip, N.Y.) finished the year with a 3-0 record and a 2.89 ERA, while appearing in 16 games. Sophomore left hander Vinny Messana (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) was second on the team with four wins and 50 strikeouts.
The Rams have notable freshmen and transfers joining the team for the 2011 season. C.J. Bula, a right handed starting pitcher, transferred from Purchase College and is expected to bolster and already solid staff. Mike Appell (1B/OF) played at Cortland State prior to coming to Farmingdale. In High School, Appell was the Nassau County Player of the Year. Two freshmen recruits for the Rams are Mike Dolce, a right handed pitcher from St. Anthony's and Mario Angieri, a catcher from MacArthur High School.
Farmingdale State saw 12 players graduate last season but with incoming freshmen and transfers, the team looks to capture its fourth straight Skyline Conference Championship.