Rams Pick up Two Wins at Old Westbury

Junior shortstop Christina Rayfield throwing the ball to first base.
Christina Rayfield

Game 1: Farmingdale State - 5, Old Westbury - 2

Game 2: Farmingdale State - 4, Old Westbury - 1

Old Westbury, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State softball team picked up two Skyline Conference victories today with 5-2 and 4-1 wins at Old Westbury. The Rams improved to 6-12 overall and 2-0 in conference play, while the Panthers fell to 5-5, 0-4.

FSC started quickly in game one as freshman left fielder Lexie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) hit a single down the left field line to lead off the contest. After a sacrifice bunt, sophomore second baseman Jessica Lombardo (Levittown, N.Y.) hit a two-run home run to left field, her first of the season, to put the Rams up 2-0. Junior first baseman Sierra Cardenales (Patchogue, N.Y.) was the next batter and hit a single followed by a double from junior shortstop Christina Rayfield (Commack, N.Y.) to set up second and third. Freshman third baseman Haley Schmeiser (Northport, N.Y.) batted next and hit an RBI groundout to increase the FSC advantage to 3-0.

In the third inning, Farmingdale State extended their lead to 4-0 after a double by Rayfield and an RBI single by Schmeiser, but Old Westbury responded a run in the bottom of the inning to bring the deficit back to three.

Schmeiser drove in Rayfield once again in the fifth inning to put FSC up 5-1.

The Panthers only managed one run the rest of the way as the Rams won the first game 5-2.

Rayfield finished 3-for-4 with three doubles and two runs scored, while Schmeiser was 2-for-3 with three RBI's. 

Junior pitcher Jaxie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) (4-4) earned the win, allowing just six hits and striking out three.

For the Panthers, sophomore pitcher Lauren Bloom (Hicksville, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and one run batted in.

In game two, FSC scored an unearned run in both the first and third innings to take a 2-0 lead.

After scoring another run on an error in the top of the fifth, Cardenales and freshman designated player Nicole Gabay (Medford, N.Y.) hit back-to-back doubles to tally another run and put the Rams ahead by four.

In the bottom of the sixth, four walks allowed Old Westbury to get on the board and cut the deficit to 4-1 but Gabay would enter the game to pitch and force senior third baseman Amanda Fucci (Bellmore, N.Y.) to fly out to left and end the threat.

Gabay pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh to earn her second save of the season and give Farmingdale State the 4-1 victory.

Rayfield tallied three more hits in the second game as she ended the day 6-for-8 at the plate. Cardenales registered two hits and an RBI, while Gabay tallied two RBI's in the win.

Rams sophomore pitcher Julia Walpole (Mahopac, N.Y.) (2-2) only allowed three hits over 5.2 innings on the mound to earn the win in game two.

FSC next travels to Fordham University to play a Skyline doubleheader versus Yeshiva on Monday, April 9th at 6:00 p.m.