Game 1: Farmingdale State - 6, Rutgers-Newark - 3
Game 2: Rutgers-Newark - 7, Farmingdale State - 4 (6 innings)
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State softball team split a non-conference doubleheader today with Rutgers-Newark, posting a 6-3 win in game one and a 7-4 loss in game two. The Rams now stand at 9-7 overall, while the Scarlet Raiders hold an 8-10 record.
Junior catcher Meagan Anderson (Patchogue, N.Y.) led off the bottom of the first with a single and advanced to third on an Andrea Klarman (Medford, N.Y.) base hit through the left side. In Farmingdale State's next at-bat, an RBI double by senior center fielder Michelle Mongiello (Elmont, N.Y.) put the Rams ahead, 1-0. After a Marissa Monaco (Bohemia, N.Y.) RBI groundout, sophomore first baseman Lori Michalowski (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) doubled to right scoring Mongiello and opening up a 3-0 lead. FSC increased the advantage to 4-0 with an RBI triple to center field by sophomore third baseman Brittany Ciaramitaro (Levittown, N.Y.).
In the bottom of the second, Klarman hit a 1-out RBI double which scored Anderson to center to put the Rams on top, 5-0.
Leading 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Farmingdale State added another run on an RBI groundout by Mongiello.
Rutgers-Newark scored twice in the sixth but the Rams earned a 6-3 victory in game one of the doubleheader.
Anderson was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while Mongiello had two hits, a run scored and 2 RBI. Klarman was 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI at the plate and improved to 2-0 after pitching six innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out two.
The Scarlet Raiders were led by senior first baseman Toniann Donde (Shirley, N.Y.) who was 3-for-3 and scored a run.
In game two, the Rams posted a three-run first inning off five hits. Sophomore right fielder Ally Mancini (Valley Stream, N.Y.) shot a one-out single up the middle to start the rally, before Klarman sent her home with a double to left. Sophomore centerfielder Breanna Susa (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and sophomore designated hitter Jenna Crawford (Farmingdale, N.Y.) ripped back-to-back singles; Klarman came around to score on Crawford's hit. Susa scored the final run of the inning off junior third baseman Cara Camerada's (East Rockaway, N.Y.) double.
The Scarlet Raiders tied it 3-3 with four hits in the third, before a four-run sixth inning gave them the 7-3 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, the Rams rallied with a run off three hits but stranded two runners on. The game was called due to darkness and RNU claimed the 7-4 victory.
Crawford and Camerada both finished 2-for-3 with a run batted in, while Klarman and sophomore first baseman Tori Tedeschi (Levittown, N.Y.) each went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Mancini had two hits and one run scored.
The Rams next will head to Mount Saint Vincent for a Skyline Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 11th at noon.