#5 Farmingdale State - 10, #4 St. Joseph's-LI - 9
Patchogue, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State softball team trailed 8-0 after three innings and used an eight-run sixth inning to earn a 10-9 Skyline First Round victory at #4 St. Joseph's-LI this afternoon. The Rams advance to the double-elimination tournament at Mount Saint Mary College beginning on Friday.
After St. Joe's (21-14) led 8-0 through three innings, Farmingdale State (15-16) junior first baseman Lori Michalowski (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) led off the top of the fourth with a home run to center field.
With one out in the top of the fifth, senior third baseman Cara Camerada (East Rockaway, N.Y.) doubled to right center and junior second baseman Ally Mancini (Valley Stream, N.Y.) followed with an RBI single up the middle to cut the FSC deficit to 8-2.
Michalowski led off the next inning with a walk and freshman shortstop Christina Rayfield (Commack, N.Y.) hit a two-run home run in Farmingdale State's next at-bat to pull the Rams within four, 8-4. After back-to-back singles from Marietta Silliman (Hauppauge, N.Y.) and Aleysha Midgett (Huntington, N.Y.), a Camerada RBI double to right center cut the deficit to 8-5. With two on and two out, an infield RBI single from senior catcher Meagan Anderson (Patchogue, N.Y.) cut the Golden Eagles lead to 8-6. Junior left fielder Allison Dailey (Commack, N.Y.) followed with an RBI single to center to close within one at 8-7. In the next two FSC at-bats, the Rams used RBI singles from both Michalowski and Rayfield to take their first lead of the game, 9-8. The final run of the inning came on a Silliman RBI single to center which scored Jenna Crawford (Farmingdale, N.Y.).
Trailing 10-8 in the bottom of the sixth, SJC senior Mallory McClafferty (Bellport, N.Y.) scored on a wild pitch to make it a one-run game.
Freshman pitcher Jaxie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) allowed a lead off single in the bottom of the seventh before retiring the final three batters to seal the win and the comeback victory for Farmingdale State.
Michalowski was 2-for-2 with a home run, two runs scored and 2 RBI, while Rayfield was 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run, a run scored and 3 RBI. Silliman, Midgett and Camerada each added two hits in the victory.
The Golden Eagles were led by freshman second baseman Elizabeth Rohme (Patchogue, N.Y.) who finished the game 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.
FSC will now face #1 Mount Saint Mary on Friday, April 29th at noon.
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