FSC Defeats St. Joe's-Brooklyn in First Round of Skyline Playoffs

Junior Jaxie Collard pitching.
Jaxie Collard

#3 Farmingdale State - 2, #6 St. Joseph's-Brooklyn - 0

Farmingdale, N.Y. - In the First Round of the 2018 Skyline Conference Softball Championship this afternoon, #3 Farmingdale State hosted #6 St. Joseph's-Brooklyn and won, 2-0. FSC (16-17) advances to the double-elimination portion of the Championship and next plays second-seeded St. Joseph's-Long Island (18-8) on Friday, May 4th at 4:00 p.m.

Scoreless in the top of the second, the Bears threatened with runners on first and second and only one out but Farmingdale State junior pitcher Jaxie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) forced a ground out and a foul out to end the inning.

After loading the bases on three singles in the bottom of the fourth, Rams junior third baseman Sierra Cardenales (Patchogue, N.Y.) hit a sacrifice fly to score freshman left fielder Lexie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) and put FSC ahead 1-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, Farmingdale State sophomore catcher Kimberly Basile (Levittown, N.Y.) hit a leadoff double to left center and was replaced by pinch-runner Cathleen Cassese (Bethpage, N.Y.). After a sacrifice bunt by freshman second baseman Amaris Negron (Central Islip, N.Y.) and a strikeout, L. Collard hit an RBI single down the left field line to score Cassese and put FSC up 2-0.

Still down 2-0 in the top of the seventh, St. Joseph's-Brooklyn hit three straight singles to load the bases with none out. J. Collard would strike out the next batter before forcing senior center fielder Stephanie Rancel (Middle Village, N.Y.) to fly into a double play to end the game and secure Farmingdale State's 2-0 win.

L. Collard led the way for the Rams with two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Sophomore first baseman Jessica Lombardo (Levittown, N.Y.) finished 1-for-2 with a walk and both Basile and junior shortstop Christina Rayfield (Commack, N.Y.) tallied one hit in the victory.

J. Collard (9-7) recorded the win after tossing a complete game shutout, allowing just five hits and striking out two.