Softball Splits Season-Opener at Rebel Games
Game 1: Farmingdale State - 6, Roger Williams (R.I.) - 0
Game 2: Marian (Ind.) - 6, Farmingdale State - 3
Kissimmee, Fla. - The Farmingdale State softball team went 1-1 in their season-opening doubleheader today at the 2011 Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Florida. The Rams opened with a 6-0 win against Roger Williams, but fell 6-3 in game two versus Marian College (Ind.).
In game one, junior center fielder Kaitlin Keenan (West Islip, N.Y.) opened with a single to right and was moved to second on a sac bunt by junior left fielder Rebecca Richman (West Islip, N.Y.). Junior second baseman Madison Synder (Medford, N.Y.) was hit-by-a-pitch to give Farmingdale State runners on first and second with one out, before they were each awarded a base on an illegal pitch. Senior shortstop Nicole Farber (Oakdale, N.Y.) brought home the first run of the day on a grounder to first, as Snyder would come home on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead after one inning.
In the third inning, Keenan singled to the pitcher and advanced to second on a throwing error. She would move over to third on a passed ball and scored on a single to right field by Snyder to make it 3-0 Farmingdale after three. The final three runs came in the fifth on a three-run homerun by Snyder, scoring Keenan and Richman after back-to-back singles.
Junior pitcher Hope Zino (Bay Shore, N.Y.) pitched a complete game shutout for her first win of the season, striking out five and allowing just five hits with two walks.
In the second game, the Rams finished with 11 hits, but left 10 runners on base throughout, falling 6-3 to Marian College. Farmingdale State held the 2-0 lead after four innings of play, but the fifth inning would see three runs from Marian to take the 3-2 advantage on four hits.
In the top of the sixth, the Rams tied the game at 3-3, as junior right fielder Amanda Maass (Mastic Beach, N.Y.) reached on an error and was moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman designated hitter Amanda Morelli (Bohemia, N.Y.). Maass rounded the bases on a double from Keenan down the right field line.
Marian would score the game-winning runs in the bottom of the sixth on two hits and one error, and Farmingdale had two runners on in the seventh, but could not complete the comeback.
Senior pitcher Heather Buckshaw (Oakdale, N.Y.) allowed seven hits and just two walks in the loss.
The Rams will now face Nazareth College at 9:00 a.m. and Framingham State at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 13th.