Rams Fall in Skyline Championship
Game 1: Farmingdale State - 11, NYU-Poly - 0
Game 2: NYU-Poly - 8, Farmingdale State - 7 (8 innings)
Brooklyn, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State softball team fell to NYU-Poly 8-7 in the second game of the Skyline Championship, after defeating the Blue Jays 11-0 to force a deciding game for the Title. The Rams now stand at 30-11 and will await word of an NCAA Tournament or ECAC Metro Tournament bid .
In the first game of the day, sophomore pitcher Hope Zino (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) threw her first career no-hitter, striking out four batters and walking two, as the Rams took an 11-0 victory. Sophomore center fielder Kaitlin Keenan (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) went 3-for-3 with two RBI's and three runs scored on two singles and a triple, while junior shortstop Nicole Farber (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot) was 2-for-2 with two homeruns for five RBI's and three runs scored. Sophomore Aubrey Walker (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) recorded a two RBI single in the fourth, while freshman designated hitter Megan Kirchmeier (Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge) and sophomore left fielder Rebecca Richman (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) each singled in the game.
The second game featured three homeruns to change the lead. Poly went up 1-0 in the first after an RBI double by Smith and added two runs in the second to take the 3-0 lead. In the top of the fourth, Farber walked and Walker followed with a two-run homer to cut the Rams deficit to 3-2. Freshman rightfielder Liz Escobar (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) walked and freshman third baseman Kristen Flint (Brentwood, N.Y./Brentwood) doubled, while freshman catcher Jen Jarczynski (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) hit a two RBI single to give the Rams the 4-3 advantage.
In the bottom of the fourth, two singles would put two runners on, before Fitzgibbons hit a three run homerun to give Poly another lead, 6-4. Farmingdale responded in their next at-bat. Farber was intentionally walked and Walker walked, before Escobar homered to left to score three runs and give the Rams a 7-6 lead.
No runs were scored in the sixth and the Rams held the lead until the bottom of the seventh when Poly scored on a single to leftfield and a play at the plate would save the game-winning run from scoring. In the eighth, Farmingdale was unable to score but Poly would take the 8-7 victory on a single by Stockinger.