Rams Win First Round NCAA Game over Oneonta

Chris Phelan
Chris Phelan
Auburn (NY) Regional @ Falcon Park
#6 Farmingdale State College - 9, #3 SUNY Oneonta - 5

Auburn, N.Y. - Despite committing seven errors and totaling only five hits over nine innings, sixth-seeded and defending regional champion Farmingdale State College scored four unearned runs in the fifth inning to break open a one-run lead en-route to a 9-5 triumph over third-seeded SUNY Oneonta in an opening round game of regional play at the 2010 NCAA Division III Championship at Falcon Park in Auburn, NY.
With the win, the Rams (25-15) move on to face either second-seeded St. John Fisher College and the College at Brockport in a winner's bracket contest on Thursday, May 20th at 7:45 pm. The Red Dragons (28-12) will face the loser of the Fisher-Brockport game in an elimination game at 1:15 pm
Farmingdale jumped to a 4-0 lead through an inning and a half before Oneonta scored twice in the bottom of the second and added a run in the bottom of the third to pull to within a run. Farmingdale took the lead to stay in the top of the fifth, tallying four runs on two hits with an Oneonta error.
Oneonta tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, but could not muster any offense over the final four innings, stranding five runners. Farmingdale added a run in the final inning for the final score.
Senior catcher Zak Nersesian* (VALLEY COTTAGE, NY/Nyack) was the lone player for the Rams with multiple hits, batting 2-for-5 with three runs scored. Junior first baseman Kevin Curtis* (RIVERHEAD, NY/Riverhead) and senior Danny Moscatelli (MASSAPEQUA, NY/Massapequa) each batted 1-for-4 at the plate, with Curtis scoring twice with a run batted in and Moscatelli driving in a pair of runs.
The Red Dragons totaled seven hits on five errors, with two players registering multiple hits. Freshman catcher Brian Marotta (CLIFTON PARK, NY/Shenendehowa) hit 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI, while senior third baseman Steve Gauck (CLIFTON PARK, NY/Shenendehowa) batted 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Sophomore righthander Chris Phelan (PATCHOGUE/Patchogue-Medford) pitched seven and a third innings, yielding seven hits, five runs (two earned) and a walk, while striking out eight to pick up the win (6-4). Oneonta senior righthander Dave Filak (SCOTIA, NY/Burnt Hills) registered his first loss of the season (8-1), tossing eight innings, giving up only four hits and striking out eight, while yielding eight runs (three earned). 
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Farmingdale State   310  040  001 -- 9  5  7
SUNY Oneonta        020  120  000 -- 5  7  5 
E - Nersesian, Yera, Curtis, McAllister 2, Cruz 2, Knack, Randall, Gauck 2, Filak; DP - Oneonta 1; LOB - Farmingdale 4, Oneonta 10; 2B - Nersesian, Moscatelli, Dubben, Gauck; 3B - Marotta, HBP - Labrozzi 2, McAllister, DeVito; SH - Yera; SH - Caputo; SB - Curtis, McAllister 2, Caputo; CS - Labrozzi, Cruz.
WP - Phelan (6-4); LP - Filak (8-1); WP - Filak 2; HBP - by Filak (McAllister, Labrozzi, DeVito).
Complete box score and play-by-play can be found at the following link: