Rams Sweep Staten Island with Big Wins
Game 1: Farmingdale State - 5, Staten Island - 0
Game 2: Farmingdale State - 17, Staten Island - 2
Staten Island, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State softball team swept the College of Staten Island on Thursday afternoon, with wins of 5-0 and 17-2, in a non-conference doubleheader. Sophomore pitcher Hope Zino (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) and junior pitcher Heather Buckshaw (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot) picked up their 10th and 7th wins, respectively, as the Rams improved to 23-9 overall.
Sophomore Rebecca Richman doubled down the leftfield line and junior shortstop Nicole Farber (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot) singled to left for her first RBI of the day to make it 1-0. Sophomore Aubrey Walker (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) doubled to right to score Farber for the 2-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, the Rams added another run on a sacrifice fly by freshman third baseman Kristen Flint (Brentwood, N.Y./Brentwood) for the 3-0 lead. The fifth inning called for another run scoring freshman Maressa Mistretta from second base on a Farber single to centerfield for a 4-0 advantage.
In the seventh, Richman homered for the final run of the game and the Rams would allow a hit in the bottom of the inning but a flyout to center, lineout to second and pop-up to short would secure the 5-0 victory. Zino struck out eight batters and allowed just four hits to improve to 10-4 overall.
In game two, the Rams run-ruled the Dolphins with a 17-2 victory over five innings of work. Buckshaw allowed seven hits and struck out three with no walks to improve to 7-4 overall this year.
Farmingdale started the game with five runs in both the first and second innings for a 10-0 cushion, highlighted by a two-run homer by freshman third baseman Elizabeth Escobar in the first, and six hits in the second.
In the fourth, the Rams saw a three-run homer from Richman, her second of the day and fifth of the season, and then a three-run homer by Walker, her 10th of the season, to make it 17-1. Staten Island scored one run in the fifth but could not catch up as Farmingdale took the 17-2 win.
Junior shortstop Nicole Farber (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot) went 6-for-6 with two walks and two stolen bases on the day, putting her name in the NCAA record books for consecutive hits for the second time this season.
Walker finished the day 4-for-8 with seven RBI's. Keenan finished 5-of-8 with 2 RBI's.