Game 1: #1 Farmingdale State - 7, #2 St. Joseph's-Long Island - 6 (F/10)
Game 2: #1 Farmingdale State - 3, #3 Mount Saint Mary - 2
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State softball team captured the Skyline Conference Championship as they defeated Mount Saint Mary, 3-2, this afternoon in Farmingdale, N.Y. The Rams won all three of their playoff games and advance to the NCAA Regionals.
In FSC's first game this morning against #2 St. Joseph's-Long Island, the Golden Eagles (20-14) jumped out to a quick 3-0 advantage in the top of the first inning. With two outs and no one on, SJC-LI used a walk and two singles to load the bases before junior designated player Maegan McClinchey (Medford, N.Y.) tallied a three-run double to left center.
The game remained 3-0 until the top of the fourth inning when St. Joe's-LI scored on a sacrifice fly and an error to extend their advantage to 5-0. SJC-LI added a run on a wild pitch in the fifth to take a six-run lead.
The Rams (20-15) got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning as sophomore Amaris Negron (Central Islip, N.Y.) registered a pinch-hit single, moved to second on a wild pitch and was driven in on an RBI single by freshman shortstop Jessica Clark (Selden, N.Y.). After junior first baseman Jessica Lombardo (Levittown, N.Y.) followed with a single, freshman second baseman Julianna Prescia (Oakdale, N.Y.) reached on a throwing error, which allowed Clark to score and cut the Farmingdale State deficit to four, 6-2. Golden Eagles' freshman pitcher Catherine Zucker (North Babylon, N.Y.) would force the next batter to line out to right field as she maintained St. Joe's four-run lead.
In the seventh, FSC loaded the bases with two outs on an error and two walks and Clark followed with an RBI single through the left side to close within three. Lombardo batted next and hit a single to score two more runs but the Golden Eagles overthrew the catcher at homeplate allowing Clark to score all the way from first and tie the game at 6-6. With Lombardo on second, St. Joe's-LI forced a fly out to center to send the game to extras.
After Rams' senior Jaxie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) pitched a scoreless top of the eighth, senior third baseman Sierra Cardenales (Patchogue, N.Y.) hit a leadoff double to right-center field and junior designated player Julia Walpole (Mahopac, N.Y.) recorded a single to set up first and third with no outs. After a popout, the Rams attempted a squeeze play but SJC-LI got the runner out attempting to score.
The game reached the 10th inning still knotted at 6-6 so the tiebreaker rules came into affect and a runner was placed on second base to start the inning. In the top of the inning, Collard produced two strikeouts and a groundout to keep the game tied.
In the bottom of the 10th, Prescia was placed on second and Cardenales recorded a the game-winning RBI single over the left fielder's to give the Rams the 7-6 victory.
Clark led the way for Farmingdale State with two hits, two runs and two RBI's, while Lombardo finished 2-for-5 with two runs batted in. Cardenales had two hits and the game-winning RBI and Walpole was 2-for-3 with a walk and one run scored.
Collard (W, 7-8) picked up the victory after throwing six innings in relief, allowing just one run, while striking out five.
For the Golden Eagles, McClinchey tallied three runs batted in and sophomore first baseman Kassandra Tibbetts (Farmingville, N.Y.) had three hits in defeat.
Following the Rams victory, St. Joseph's-Long Island and third-seeded Mount Saint Mary (16-22-1) squared off in an elimination game. The Knights knocked off the Golden Eagles, 2-1, to set up a Championship matchup with Farmingdale State.
In the first inning between MSMC and Farmingdale State, the Knights took a 2-0 advantage after junior left fielder Lauren Oury (Bethpage, N.Y.) registered a two-run single.
Trailing 2-0 in the third, Clark hit a double before Lombardo recorded a single to put runners on first and third. Following a popout, back-to-back run-scoring errors allowed FSC to tie the game at 2-2.
In the fourth inning, Rams' senior right fielder Aleysha Midgett (Huntington, N.Y.) tallied a leadoff single. During the next at-bat, Mount Saint Mary attempted a pickoff play at first and the ball got away allowing Midgett to come all the way around to score and put Farmingdale State on top, 3-2.
Sophomore pitcher Madeleine Smith (San Diego, Calif.) held the Knights scoreless over the remaining four innings and struck out the final batter swinging as the Rams captured their first Skyline title since 2015.
Smith (9-5), who was named the Most Oustanding Player of the Tournament, recorded the win after tossing a complete game allowing two runs.
Lombardo went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored a run, while Clark tallied a double and a run scored in the 3-2 victory for Farmingdale State.
The NCAA Selection Show will take place on Monday, May 6th at 1:00 p.m. on NCAA.com