Rams Open Skyline Play with Sweep of Sarah Lawrence

Freshman outfielder Lexie Collard awaiting the pitch at the plate.
Lexie Collard

Game 1: Farmingdale State - 9, Sarah Lawrence - 0  (F/5)

Game 2: Farmingdale State 13, Sarah Lawrence - 0

New Rochelle, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State softball team opened Skyline Conference play on Sunday with a doubleheader versus Sarah Lawrence and earned 9-0 and 13-0 victories. The Rams improved to 2-12 (2-0), while the Gryphons fell to 4-7 overall and 0-2 in conference action.

With two on and one out in the top of the third inning of game one, freshman shortstop Jessica Clark (Selden, N.Y.) hit an RBI single through the left side to score Lexie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) and put the Rams ahead, 1-0. After a Jessica Lombardo (Levittown, N.Y.) sacrifice fly, freshman second baseman Julianna Prescia (Oakdale, N.Y.) hit an inside the park home run which increased the lead to 4-0. Later in the inning, a pair of RBI singles by Julia Walpole (Mahopac, N.Y.) and Aleysha Midgett (Huntington, N.Y.) gave Farmingdale State a 6-0 advantage.

FSC added two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth for the 9-0 run-rule victory.

Prescia was 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run, double and 3 RBI, while Clark had three hits in three at-bats, scored two runs and had an RBI. Senior third baseman Sierra Cardenales (Patchogue, N.Y.), junior catcher Kimberly Basile (Levittown, N.Y.) and Walpole each tallied two hits in the victory.

Senior pitcher Jaxie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) (1-5) earned the win after tossing a complete game shutout, allowing five hits and walking one batter.

For Sarah Lawrence, freshman right fielder Tiffany Mcbrayer (Miami, N.Y.) recorded a team-high two hits.

After plating three unearned runs in the first, FSC used a 2 RBI single from Clark in the second to go on top, 5-0.

In the top of the fourth, Basile led off with a single to left and after a Midgett sac bunt, L. Collard hit an inside the park home run to increase the lead to 7-0. A six-run top of the seventh capped off the 13-0 victory and doubleheader sweep of the Gryphons.

L. Collard finished 2-for-3 with a home run, three runs scored and 2 RBI, while Clark had two hits and two runs batted in. Freshman catcher Jackie Nieman (Seaford, N.Y.) was 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of runs scored and 1 RBI in the win.

On the mound for Farmingdale State, sophomore Madeleine Smith (San Diego, Calif.) (1-5) earned the win after pitching a complete game, allowing three hits and striking out three.

The Rams next will host Old Westbury for a Skyline Conference doubleheader on Saturday, March 30th at noon.