2009 Baseball Season Recap
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State baseball team defeated St. Joseph’s College to capture their second consecutive Skyline Conference Championship and advance to the NCAA Regional Playoffs. The Rams fell in the opening round of the NCAA Regional’s 5-4 to #3 RPI, then defeated #6 Clarkson, #1 Cortland and #3 RPI twice, to win the New York Regional Championship and advance to the NCAA Division III College World Series for the first time in school history. The Rams dropped the opening game to Shenandoah 12-2 and then lost a close game to Chapman, by a score of 4-2.
Farmingdale finished the year with a 30-17 overall record.
First baseman and Skyline Conference Player of the Year, Kevin Curtis batted .407 this season, leading the team in hits, RBI’s and total bases. Outfielder Frank Ennis batted .336 with 34 RBI’s and 11 doubles. Shortstop Brian Benvenuto hit .375, was second on the team with 38 runs scored and had a team-high 34 walks.
Outfielder Don Moscatelli finished the year batting .342, was second in RBI’s with 38 and had a team-high 152 at-bats. Designated hitter Mike Labrozzi led the team with 39 runs scored and was 4th with 48 hits. Centerfielder Frank Yera led the team with a .415 batting average and held a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Catchers Zak Nersesian and Frank Scarlato had solid years, both offensively and defensively. Nersesian (.333) and Scarlato (.354) split time behind the plate, catching for a pitching staff that had a low ERA of 3.03 in Skyline Conference games.
Senior Tom Heeman led the pitching staff with an 8-3 record and a 2.49 earned run average. Heeman allowed only 15 walks in 94 innings pitched. Chris Phelan, (5-1, 3.97); Steve King (5-4, 4.12) and Mike Gionesi (3-1) rounded out the starting rotation. Closer Billy Garofalo had four saves, an ERA of 3.00 and struck out 20 batters in 15 innings pitched.