Walpole Hits Grand Slam in Rams Split with St. Joe's-Brooklyn

Sophomore infielder Cathleen Cassese preparing to take her lead at first.
Cathleen Cassese

Game 1: St. Joseph's-Brooklyn - 2, Farmingdale State - 0

Game 2: Farmingdale State - 19, St. Joseph's-Brooklyn - 2 (F/5)

Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State softball team hosted conference opponent St. Joseph's-Brooklyn for a doubleheader this afternoon and fell in game one, 2-0, before winning the second game in five innings, 19-2. In game two, sophomore pitcher Julia Walpole (Mahopac, N.Y.) went 3-for-3 at the plate, including a grand slam in the third inning, with three runs scored and four RBI's.

In the top of the second inning of the first game, a double from Bears (8-18, 3-11 Skyline) sophomore left fielder Sarah Kampuries (Ozone Park, N.Y.) and an RBI single by freshman designated player Kelsie Whalen (Florence, N.Y.) gave the Bears an early 1-0 advantage.

Still trailing 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, FSC (13-15, 9-3 Skyline) freshman left fielder Lexie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) walked and moved to second on a single by junior shortstop Christina Rayfield (Commack, N.Y.). Sophomore first baseman Jessica Lombardo (Levittown, N.Y.) batted next but St. Joe's-Brooklyn junior pitcher Victoria Mahoney (Allenwood, N.J.) got her to fly out to center to end the threat.

With the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, an FSC fielding error allowed the Bears to score a run and go up by two. In the bottom of the inning, Mahoney did not allow a hit as the Bears held on for the win, 2-0.

Rams sophomore catcher Kimberly Basile (Levittown, N.Y.) finished 2-for-2 with a walk, while L. Collard was 1-for-2 with two walks.

Junior pitcher Jaxie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) (7-6) took the game one loss, tossing a complete game and allowing one earned run.

For St. Joe's, Kampuries went 2-for-3 with a run scored and sophomore right fielder Daniela Trani (Staten Island, N.Y.) tallied two hits.

Mahoney (4-7) earned the win, striking out four in a complete game shutout.

In the bottom of the first inning of game two, L. Collard singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Rayfield. After a wild pitch allowed her to reach third, Lombardo hit a sacrifice fly to left field to put the Rams ahead 1-0.

St. Joe's-Brooklyn quickly answered in the top of the second as Kampuries walked and was driven in on an RBI double by Whalen to tie the game. After a groundout moved Whalen to third, an RBI single from senior center fielder Stephanie Rancel (Middle Village, N.Y.) put the Bears ahead 2-1.

In the bottom of the inning, a pair of FSC singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with one out. Sophomore center fielder Ginger Sherry (Islip, N.Y.) was up next and tied the game with a base hit to bring home Walpole before a passed ball allowed freshman second baseman Amaris Negron (Central Islip, N.Y.) to score and give the Rams a 3-2 lead. 

Leading 5-2 in the third, Farmingdale State tallied four straight singles to score two more runs and extend the advantage to 7-2. After a fielder's choice and a strike out, Lombardo singled, freshman third baseman Kayla Nuñez (Bay Shore, N.Y.) doubled, Basile was hit by a pitch and Walpole capped off the nine-run inning with a grand slam over the left field wall.

FSC led 14-2 heading into the fourth and added five more runs as they went on to win the second game by a score of 19-2.

Sherry was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI's, Negron went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and Nunez ended with two hits and a walk. The Rams had 12 players record at least one hit in the game.

Along with her 3-for-3 performance at the plate, Walpole (6-3) picked up her sixth win of the season after going four innings and striking out one on the mound.

FSC next hosts Skyline Conference opponent Mount Saint Mary for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 28th starting at noon.