Keenan Single Helps Rams Top Westminster
Game One: Utica College - 5, Farmingdale State - 4
Game Two: Farmingdale State - 3, Westminster (Pa.) - 2
Kissimmee, Fla. - A sixth-inning single to center field by junior center fielder Kaitlin Keenan (West Islip, N.Y.) scored sophomore catcher Jennifer Jarczynski (West Babylon, N.Y.) from third to give the Rams a 3-2 lead and the eventual win over Westminster College in the second game today at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Florida. Farmingdale State softball now stands at 4-2 overall.
In game one, freshman pitcher Dina Buckshaw (Oakdale, N.Y.), the third Buckshaw sister to pitch for the Rams, got her first start on the mound against Utica College. Buckshaw went three innings, allowing just three hits as Farmingdale was tied at 3-3 after three innings. The Rams trailed 3-0 after the first, before junior second baseman Madison Snyder (Medford, N.Y.) hit a 2-RBI double to left center in the bottom of the inning, while junior left fielder Rebecca Richman (West Islip, N.Y.) doubled to center in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 3-3.
Senior shortstop/pitcher Nicole Farber (Oakdale, N.Y.) relieved Buckshaw in the fourth, but the Rams would allow an unearned run to score, falling behind 4-3. In the sixth, Utica had a scoring chance with a runner on and a shot to center, but a diving catch by Keenan ended the inning and saved a run. Freshman Dallas Anderson (Melville, N.Y.) singled to left in the bottom of the inning, and reached second on an error, before Keenan sac bunted her over to third. Richman drove in the tying run again, 4-4, with a double to left center.
Farmingdale was scoreless in the seventh, before a hit and two errors gave Utica the 5-4 victory. Farber struck out four in the loss, with no walks and just two hits.
Against Westminster, Farmingdale went up 2-0 with both RBI's from Snyder. Junior pitcher Hope Zino (Bay Shore, N.Y.) got the start on the mound and held Westminster scoreless until the fourth, as they scored two runs on four hits to tie the game at 2-2.
The third Rams run came in the sixth. A Jarczynski single started off the inning, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Amanda Morelli (Bohemia, N.Y.) to move her over to second. A groundout by Amanda Maass moved Jarcynski to third and the Keenan single would score the eventual game-winning run.
Zino held Westminster again in the seventh, striking out the final batter to ensure the win. She finished the day with five strikeouts and one walk.
Farmingdale State has a day off tomorrow, followed by an 11:00 a.m. game versus Hood College and a 3:00 p.m. game against Skidmore on Wednesday, March 16th.