Rams Win in First Round over Dolphins
#1 Farmingdale State - 13, #4 Mount Saint Vincent - 2
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State baseball team defeated the College of Mount Saint Vincent today, 13-2, in the first round of the Skyline Conference Playoffs. The top-seeded Rams will face #3 St. Joe's tomorrow, who won 13-2 over #2 Old Westbury, in the winners bracket of the double-elimination playoff format. The 3:30 p.m. game will feature Old Westbury and Mount Saint Vincent.
After two scoreless innings, Farmingdale State got on the board scoring seven runs off six hits and one error in the bottom of the third. Freshman first baseman Sean Donovan (Farmingdale, N.Y./Hills East) led off the inning with a single up the right side, followed by third baseman Steve King's (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport) sacrifice bunt to move Donovan over to second. Junior outfielder Frank Yera (Manhattan, N.Y./Grand Street Campus) got the Rams rally started with an RBI single to short, followed by RBI hits from senior shortstop Brian Benvenuto (Dix Hills, N.Y./Hills West), junior left fielder Donny Moscatelli (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and junior right fielder Frank Ennis (Commack, N.Y./Commack).
Mount Saint Vincent was able to get two back in the top of the fourth, but that would be all that senior right hander Tom Heeman (Valley Stream, N.Y./Hewlett) would allow, as he threw seven innings, allowing just five hits and two runs and struck out two batters. Heeman now holds a conference-leading 7-2 record and a 2.65 ERA.
Yera finished 3-for-4 for Farmingdale State, including a solo homerun in the seventh inning, along with two runs scored and two RBI's. Moscatelli went 4-for-5 with a double, triple, three runs scored and two RBI's.
For Mount Saint Vincent, freshman pitcher Christopher Batista (2-2) went four innings in the loss.
The Rams will be the visiting team for tomorrow's game against St. Joseph's, while Mount Saint Vincent will be the home team in the 3:30 p.m. game vs. Old Westbury.