Rams Post Pair of Shutouts in Sweep of Purchase

Joe Marino
Joe Marino

Game 1: Farmingdale State - 4, Purchase - 0

Game 2: Farmingdale State - 9, Purchase - 0

Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State baseball team hosted Purchase in a Skyline Conference doubleheader this afternoon and shutout the Panthers in both games. The Rams earned a 4-0 victory in game one and closed out the sweep with a 9-0 game two win.

In the bottom of the first, sophomore right fielder Nick Attardi (Smithtown, N.Y.) led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a groundout by Cam Alfano (Yaphank, N.Y.). Freshman left fielder Vincent Rice (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) followed with an RBI single to left to put Farmingdale State (8-9, 5-1) on top, 1-0.

With two outs and runners on second and third in the bottom of the fifth, a 2 RBI single up the middle by Alfano extended the FSC lead to 3-0. The Rams added the final run of the game in the sixth inning for the 4-0 victory.

Attardi was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while junior second baseman Domenic Palumbo (Plainview, N.Y.) had two hits, including a double, in four at-bats and scored a run.

Purchase (0-7, 0-4) was held to only two hits in the loss.

FSC senior pitcher Matt Seelinger (Westbury, N.Y.) earned the win and improved to 1-1 on the year after tossing 7.2 shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven.

In game two, the Rams jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on an Alfano RBI single to right which scored Attardi, who led off the inning with a double. After Alfano scored on a wild pitch, Farmingdale State added an unearned run to take a 3-0 advantage.

Senior first baseman Dalton McCarthy (Manorville, N.Y.) led off the bottom of the third with a single and later advanced to second on a wild pitch. After sophomore designated hitter Joseph Roche (Westbury, N.Y.) singled up the middle, McCarthy scored on a double steal to put FSC ahead, 4-0.

Leading 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth, freshman third baseman Tyler Schrimpf (Miller Place, N.Y.) led off with a double and came around to score on a Palumbo RBI single down the left field line. Three batters later, the Rams extended the advantage to 7-0 on a bases loaded RBI single to center by freshman first baseman Justin Norcini (Levittown, N.Y.). After an Alfano infield single, a 2 RBI single through the left side from McCarthy put Farmingdale State out in front, 9-0.

McCarthy finished game two 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs batted in, while Palumbo was 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI. Soriano tallied a pair of hits to go along with two runs scored and Alfano was 2-for-3 with a run scored and RBI.

Freshman pitcher Joe Marino (Islip Terrace, N.Y.) (2-0) earned the win after 5.2 shutout innings of work, allowing only two hits.

FSC next will travel to Old Westbury for a conference doubleheader on Sunday, April 2nd at noon.