FSC Softball Blanks Old Westbury in Home Opening Doubleheader

Sophomore infielder Jessica Lombardo crouched, fielding at second base.
Jessica Lombardo

Game 1: Farmingdale State - 3, Old Westbury - 0

Game 2: Farmingdale State - 4, Old Westbury - 0

Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State softball team hosted Skyline Conference opponent Old Westbury this afternoon in their home opener and earned a sweep. The Rams defeated the Panthers, 3-0, in the first game and followed with a 4-0 win in the second to improve to a perfect 4-0 in conference play.

FSC (4-12) opened the scoring in the first inning of game one as freshman center fielder Priscilla Rivera (Brentwood, N.Y.) tallied a one-out triple and was driven in two batters later on a single by junior first baseman Jessica Lombardo (Levittown, N.Y.).

The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning when Rivera scored on an RBI ground out by Lombardo to put the Rams ahead by two.

Farmingdale State added a run the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-0 advantage. Junior catcher Kimberly Basile (Levittown, N.Y.) hit a single through the right side and junior Cathleen Cassese (Bethpage, N.Y.) came in to pinch-run. The next batter, senior right fielder Aleysha Midgett (Huntington, N.Y.), tallied a sacrifice bunt to move Caseese all the way to third base before sophomore left fielder Lexie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) registered a sacrifice fly.

Senior pitcher Jaxie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) would set the Panthers (7-8, 2-6 Skyline) down in order in the seventh as the Rams earned the 3-0 victory. J. Collard (2-5) earned her second win of the year after tossing a complete game shutout and only allowing five hits.

Lombardo led the way for FSC offensively as she recorded two hits and two runs batted in. Rivera went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored, while senior third baseman Sierra Cardenales (Patchogue, N.Y.) had one hit and one walk in the victory.

In the bottom of the second inning of game two, Lombardo hit a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman second baseman Julianna Prescia (Oakdale, N.Y.). The next batter, Cardenales, recorded an RBI single to left field to give FSC a 1-0 advantage.

Still leading 1-0, Prescia led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a triple to center field and was driven in on a single by Cardenales to give the Rams a two-run edge.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, Cardenales drew an RBI walk before sophomore pitcher Madeleine Smith (San Diego, Calif.) drove in a run on a groundout to put Farmingdale State ahead 4-0.

The Rams held the Panthers scoreless over the final two innings as they earned the game two win, 4-0.

Lombardo finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Cardenales had two hits, a walk and three runs batted in. Prescia went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt and L. Collard produced one hit in the win.

Smith (2-5), who was 1-for-3 with an RBI at the plate, picked up the victory after tossing a complete game shutout with three strikeouts.

For Old Westbury, junior first baseman Amanda Neenan (Staten Island, N.Y.) tallied two of the Panthers three hits.

The Rams next host Yeshiva University for a conference doubleheader tomorrow, Sunday, March 31st at noon.