Game 1: Farmingdale State - 5, Sage - 4
Game 2: Sage - 5, Farmingdale State - 2
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State Softball team played their first home games of the season this afternoon and split a doubleheader against Skyline Conference opponent Sage. FSC won the first game 5-4 and fell in the second game 5-2.
Leading 1-0 in the top of the second, Gators (2-10, 1-1) junior second baseman Alexa Silk (Freehold, N.Y.) produced a two-out RBI single to right center to score left fielder Destiny Wierzibicki (Albany, N.Y.) to put Sage up by two.
The Rams answered in the bottom of the inning as sophomore shortstop Christina Rayfield (Commack, N.Y.) doubled home senior first baseman Lori Michalowski (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) to cut the deficit in half, 2-1.
Later in the inning, an RBI groundout by freshman catcher Kimberly Basile (Levittown, N.Y.) scored Rayfield to tie the game at 2.
After the Gator's took the lead on a triple and a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth, Farmingdale State scored a pair of two-out runs in the bottom half to take a 4-3 advantage. With runners on second and third, freshman second baseman Jessica Lombardo (Levittown, N.Y.) hit a two-run single up the middle to drive in pinch-runner Cathleen Cassese (Bethpage, N.Y.) and Rayfield.
The Rams score their final run of the game in the sixth inning. Pinch-hitter Jenna Crawford (Farmingdale, N.Y.) walked to lead off the inning and was later driven in on a single up the middle by sophomore pitcher Alexa Luna (Martin County, Fla.).
Sage scored a run in the seventh on an error, but FSC was able to hold on for the game-one win.
Rayfield was 2-2 with a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI, while sophomore third baseman Sierra Cardenales (Patchogue, N.Y.) was 3-4.
Luna (3-1) earned the victory after only allowing two earned runs and seven hits.
The Gators were lead by Silk who ended 3-4 with an RBI.
In the bottom of the second of game two, an errant throw back to the pitcher led to the first run of the game as FSC's sophomore center fielder Aleysha Midgett (Huntington, N.Y.) was able to score.
In the next half inning, Sage was able to put together four straight hits, including a double each by Silk and third baseman Katy Rimawi (Ballston Spa, N.Y.), to take a 3-1 lead. Senior shortstop Jessica Adams (Nassau, N.Y.) followed with an RBI groundout to score Rimawi as the Gators went ahead 4-1.
Farmingdale State got one back in the bottom of the inning as Lombardo doubled home Cardenales to cut the lead to 4-2.
Sage senior pitcher Allison Ford held the Rams to just one hit over the final four innings of play as the Gators earned the 5-2 game two victory.
Cardenales added a hit and a walk in game two as she reached base safely five times on the day.
Silk, Rimawi, and freshman catcher Samantha Montague (Glenville, N.Y.) each added two hits and a run scored in the second game for the Gators.
The Rams will next host Conference rival Old Westbury for a doubleheader on Sunday, March 26th at noon.