Third-seed Rams Win First-Ever ECAC Metro Championship

Third-seed Rams Win First-Ever ECAC Metro Championship

Rams Crowned 2010 ECAC Metro Region Softball Champions

- Junior pitcher Heather Buckshaw named Most Oustanding Player -

Mahwah, N.J. - The #3 Farmingdale State College Rams (34-11) went 4-0 in the 2010 ECAC Metro Softball Championship and defeated #2 Richard Stockton College (28-12) in the final, 2-0, to earn their first-ever ECAC Softball crown. The only other Rams team to win an ECAC Championship was the women's basketball team in 2006. Stockton defeated #1 Ramapo College earlier in the day, 6-4, to advance to the final game.

The Rams scored in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Freshman second baseman Maressa Mistretta (Shirley, N.Y./Longwood) walked to lead off the inning before she moved to second on a sacrifice. Junior shortstop Nicole Farber (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot) reached on an infield error allowing Mistretta to move up to third base. Farber got caught in a run down trying to steal second base, while Mistretta stole home as the throw from Stockton to home plate was too late.

The Ospreys and Rams traded zero's on the board for the next five innings before the Rams struck for one unearned run in the top of the 7th to take a 2-0 lead. Sophomore first baseman Aubrey Walker (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) singled to left field before freshman right fielder Elizabeth Escobar (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) bunted into a fielder's choice, the Osprey's attempted to get the lead runner at second as the ball went into center field, allowing Walker to cross the plate with the game's second run.

Junior pitcher Heather Buckshaw (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot) and the Rams would get the Ospreys to go down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh, with two fly outs and a strikeout, to capture the 2010 ECAC Metro Softball Championship. Buckshaw was named Most Outstanding Player of the Championship. Buckshaw struck out four while scattering four hits over the complete game shutout.

For Stockton, Heather Corica pitched a complete game in the loss, she struck out four while only giving up three hits, both runs were unearned.

Rams win First-Ever ECAC Softball Championship (2nd in school history)