2007 Baseball Season Recap
May 18, 2007

The men's baseball team, under second year head coach Keith Osik, finished the regular season with a program record 21 wins, making their first-ever trip to the Skyline Conference Tournament. In the double-elimination tournament, Farmingdale lost the first game of the playoffs, but responded with a 2-1 victory over Centenary College as freshman pitcher James Raimondi pitched an eight-inning four-hit game to knock the defending conference champions out of the playoffs.

Four players received All-Skyline recognition. Sophomore Tom Heeman was named First-Team as a utility player, sophomore Brian Benvenuto was named Second Team at shortstop, junior Frank Italiano was named Second Team at second base and junior Manny Solomon was named Second Team as an outfielder.

The Rams led the conference in hitting this season, finishing with a .313 average. Benvenuto finished with a .404 average in 35 games at shortstop and led the team in games played, at-bats (114), runs (36), hits (46), walks (16) and stolen bases (8-9). Italiano batted .346 with 36 hits and 22 RBI's. Junior right fielder Anthony Mazzilli led the team with 27 RBI's with four triples, ranking 56th in the nation in triples per game.

The pitching staff held an overall 5.16 earned run average, with four players under 4.00. Raimondi finished the year 6-1 as a starter with a team-leading 2.56 ERA. Freshman Billy Garofalo made 20 appearances in relief, holding hitters to a .215 average with a 3.63 ERA. Junior Rob Savarese finished 4-3 overall with a 3.66 ERA and allowed just four extra-base hits over 39.1 innings. Heeman, who also plays third base and outfield, went 3-2 on the mound and walked just three batters in 36.2 innings with a team-high 30 strikeouts. Heeman, the team's most versatile player, is also ranked as one of the toughest in the nation to strikeout, with only five strikeouts in his 222 career at-bats. He batted .327 this year, with eleven extra-base hits, seven stolen bases and a .977 fielding percentage.

The Rams finished 21-17 overall this season and will be losing just two seniors, infielder Ryan Pembroke and catcher Bryan Ciminelli.