Rams Upset Moravian for Another NCAA Win
#6 Farmingdale State - 3, #4 Moravian - 1 (8 innings)
Mahwah, N.J. - The Farmingdale State softball team defeated Moravian today, 3-1, in eight innings, advancing on in the NCAA Division III Regionals. The Rams now face the winner of #3 Rowan/#5 Eastern Connecticut at 4:00 p.m. today.
In a tight game, the Rams and the Greyhounds saw two scoreless innings, before Farmingdale got on the board in the top of the third. Freshman center fielder Kaitlin Keenan (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) got on with a bunt single. Freshman first baseman Aubrey Walker (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) hit a single to left for runners at first and second. Sophomore shortstop Nicole Farber (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot) reached on an error by the second baseman, and Keenan scored from second for the 1-0 lead.
Moravian had a scoring chance in the third with a double off the wall in left center, but Farber took a relay from junior left fielder Kim Ferraiolo (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) and threw out the potential tying run at the plate to end the inning.
Moravian tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning on a 2-out bloop single down the left field line.
The game would remain scoreless through regulation and Farmingdale scored two runs in the top of the eighth on a 1-out double to right field by senior designated hitter Kristina Cirillo (Brentwood, N.Y./Brentwood). In the top of the eighth, Walker led off with a single and advanced to second base on a foul out. Sophomore catcher Arielle Morelli (Bohemia, N.Y./Connetquot) followed with a single to center, advancing Walker to third. Morelli stole second before Cirillo brought in the game-winning runs.
In the bottom of the eighth, winning pitcher freshman Hope Zino (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) secured the victory forcing a ground out and two fly outs for her 16th win of the season (16-2). Zino struck out two batters, and allowed no earned runs with no walks.
Moravian sophomore pitcher Elizabeth Python (Huntington Station, N.Y./Walt Whitman) struck out five in the loss, allowing six hits and one earned run, falling to 7-2 on the season.