Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State softball team played their final six games at The Spring Games down in Clermont, Florida, with two wins and four losses. The Rams finish their Florida schedule with a record of 2-10 and will next host Sarah Lawrence College for a conference doubleheader on Friday, March 30th at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21st
FSC dropped both games on Wednesday by a score of 3-1 to Wooster and Clarkson.
In the first game against Wooster, the Rams only compiled three hits off the Fighting Scots pitching. Farmingdale State's only run of the game came on a sacrifice fly by junior second baseman Sierra Cardenales (Patchogue, N.Y.) to score freshman left fielder Lexie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.).
In the matchup with Clarkson, FSC trailed 2-0 in the top of the sixth before sophomore right fielder Sabrina Bencivenga (Sayville, N.Y.) stole home to cut the deficit to just one. After the Golden Knights added a run in the bottom of the inning, the Rams would get the tying run to the plate but Clarkson junior Sam Menning (Waverly, N.Y.) would force a pop out and a strike out as they held on for the 3-1 victory. Bencivenga finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.
Thursday, March 22nd
On Thursday, the Rams dropped their first game, 13-8, to #25 Wisconsin-Oshkosh and followed with a 23-16 defeat of Centre.
Farmingdale State jumped out to an early 6-0 lead on Wis.-Oshkosh through two innings. In the third, the Titans responded by scoring nine runs to open up a three-run advantage, 9-6. The Rams cut the deficit to 9-8 in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by junior pitcher Jaxie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) and an RBI groundout by sophomore second baseman Jessica Lombardo (Levittown, N.Y.) which scored sophomore Ginger Sherry (Islip, N.Y.) and L. Collard. FSC couldn't push across another run as Wis.-Oshkosh won the game 13-8. Farmingdale State freshman third baseman Kayla Nuñez (Bay Shore, N.Y.) was 3-for-4 with a run scored in the contest.
Tied at 3-3 in game two, the Rams used a five-run third inning, capped off by a Lombardo two-run double, to take an 8-3 lead. FSC led 14-4 after scoring six runs in the top of the fourth but Centre answered with eight runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to just two, 14-12. Farmingdale State would outscore the Colonels 3-2 in the fifth and 4-2 in the sixth to increase their advantage to five, 21-16. Farmingdale State scored their final two runs in the seventh on a pair of RBI singles by freshman second baseman Amaris Negron (Central Islip, N.Y.) and L. Collard as the Rams earned their first win of the season, 23-16. Lombardo led the way for Farmingdale State as she went 3-for-5 with two walks, five RBI's and five runs scored, while Negron tallied four hits and four runs scored. L. Collard, junior right fielder Alexa Luna (Stuart, Fla.), Nunez and sophomore catcher Kimberly Basile (Levittown, N.Y.) each finished with three hits in the game.
Saturday, March 24th
In their final two games in Florida, the Rams fell to Chicago, 6-3, and defeated Middlebury, 5-2.
The Rams took an early lead in their first game versus Chicago as freshman pitcher Nicole Gabay (Medford, N.Y.) hit an RBI double to score sophomore left fielder Cathleen Cassese (Bethpage, N.Y.). Freshman third baseman Gabby Gusmano (Bethpage, N.Y.) followed with an RBI single to score Gabay to put the Rams ahead 2-0. This score held up until the top of the third when Maroons junior left fielder Maeve Garvey (Mokena, Ill.) registered an RBI triple to cut the deficit to 2-1. Chicago followed with a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead. Each team tallied one run the rest of the way as the Maroons won 6-3.
In the second game against Middlebury, a two-out, two-run single by Basile in the third inning opened the scoring to give FSC a 2-0 lead. In the fourth, a single by Bencivenga followed by a triple by freshman left fielder Haley Schmeiser (Northport, N.Y.) increased the Rams advantage to three. Leading 3-1 in the sixth, a Schmeiser single and an RBI groundout by Lombardo put Farmingdale State up by four. The Panthers added a run in the bottom of the seventh but it was not enough as FSC earned the 5-2 victory. J. Collard was credited with the win after only allowing four hits over her seven innings of work. Cardenales led the team with three hits, while Bencivenga, Schmeiser and Gabay each tallied two hits apiece.