Rams Capture First Skyline Softball Title
Farmingdale, N.Y. - Farmingdale State earned its
first Skyline Conference softball title and NCAA tournament bid as
rain forced the cancellation of the final day of the conference
championship. As the tournament's top seed, the Rams will now carry
a 32-4 overall record into postseason play.
By rule, the top remaining seed in the conference tournament is declared the champion and NCAA qualifier in the event that the tournament cannot be completed. The NCAA requires conferences to determine their automatic bids by Sunday.
Farmingdale State, which went 13-1 during Skyline Conference play, advanced to Sunday's championship round without a loss. The Rams defeated Mount Saint Mary 5-3 in the opening round on Saturday before shutting down Old Westbury 5-0 on Saturday. In a dominating performance, freshman pitcher Hope Zino tossed a complete-game two hitter with seven strikeouts and just one walk. Zino was perfect through the first four innings.
Old Westbury emerged from the loser's bracket by knocking out Polytechnic and Mount Saint Mary. The Panthers needed to beat the Rams twice on Sunday to capture the title. The teams started the first game, but the rain quickly left field conditions unplayable and the umpires halted play.
Farmingdale State will learn of its NCAA tournament opponent and destination on Monday, and will play in the Regional round starting on Thursday, May 7th.