Rams Sweep Yeshiva in Skyline Doubleheader

Jessica Clark fielding a ground ball
Jessica Clark

Game 1: Farmingdale State - 18, Yeshiva - 3 (F/5)

Game 2: Farmingdale State - 16, Yeshiva - 0 (F/5)

Farmingdale, N.Y. - In a Skyline Conference softball doubleheader this afternoon, Farmingdale State hosted the Yeshiva University Maccabees and won a pair of run rule games, 18-3 and 16-0. The Rams improved to 6-12 overall and a perfect 6-0 in conference play, while Yeshiva dropped to 0-14, 0-8.

FSC got on the board early in the first game as junior first baseman Jessica Lombardo (Levittown, N.Y.) tallied a two-run double before senior third baseman Sierra Cardenales (Patchogue, N.Y.) recorded an RBI groundout to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

The Maccabees tied the game up in the top of the second as they earned a pair of bases loaded walks and tallied their third run on a fielder's choice groundout.

Leading 5-3 after a two-run single by Lombardo in the second, the Rams extended their advantage to 6-3 on an RBI single by freshman second baseman Julianna Prescia (Oakdale, N.Y.). Two batters later, junior pitcher Julia Walpole (Mahopac, N.Y.) drove in two runs with a single to center to put Farmingdale State up, 8-3.

In a 10-run bottom of the third, Rams' sophomore left fielder Lexie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) hit an RBI single and later scored on a three-run double by Cardenales. Later in the inning, freshman shortstop Jessica Clark (Selden, N.Y.) hit a grand slam to left field to give Farmingdale State an 18-3 advantage. Clark's grand slam marked the first homerun at the brand new Softball Complex.

Neither team scored the rest of the way as the Rams earned the 18-3 game one victory.

Lombardo was 3-for-4 with a game-high five runs batted in and Clark finished 1-for-2 with a walk, four RBI's and three runs scored. Walpole registered two hits and three runs batted in and Cardenales had four RBI's. Freshman center fielder Priscilla Rivera (Brentwood, N.Y.) tallied one hit, three walks and four runs scored and L. Collard produced two hits and two runs scored.

For Yeshiva, senior center fielder Sarah Elspas (Los Angeles, Calif.) produced one hit, a walk, one RBI and one run scored.

After Farmingdale State scored five runs on one hit in the bottom of the first inning of game two, the Rams tallied eight runs in the second to go ahead 13-0. Leading 7-0, the Rams used a two-run single from sophomore third baseman Kayla Nuñez (Bay Shore, N.Y.) to put FSC in front, 9-0. Following a sacrifice fly from junior left fielder Cathleen Cassese (Bethpage, N.Y.), Madeleine Smith (San Diego, Calif.), Courtney Ludewig (Bethpage, N.Y.) and Natalie Rodgers (Stony Brook, N.Y.) each tallied RBI's to give Farmingdale State a 13-run advantage.

The Rams scored three more runs in the bottom of the fourth en route to the 16-0 victory.

Nunez finished with a game-high three hits and four RBI's, while freshman right fielder Sabrina Snyder (Brentwood, N.Y.) tallied three runs batted in and three runs scored. Smith was 2-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored and both Rodgers and sophomore Alexa Clague (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) were 1-for-1 with a run scored. Freshman catcher Jackie Nieman (Seaford, N.Y.) tallied four walks and one run scored in the win.

FSC senior pitcher Jaxie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) (3-5) picked up the victory after tossing four perfect innings with two strikeouts.

Farmingdale State next hosts Lehman College for a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday, April 2nd at 3:30 p.m.