Fifth Inning Rally Leads Rams over Baruch in Game One of Sweep
Game 1: Farmingdale State - 6, Baruch - 5
Game 2: Farmingdale State - 10, Baruch - 2 (5 innings)
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State softball team used a three run fifth inning to come from behind and take a 6-5 victory against Baruch in today's non-conference doubleheader in Farmingdale, N.Y. The Rams also won game two, 10-2, in five-innings.
Baruch went up 3-0 in the top of the first on four hits, but Farmingdale State would get one run back on two hits and an error as freshman catcher Meagan Anderson (Patchogue, N.Y.) scored on an error. The Bearcats added two more runs in the second to hold a 5-1 lead. Sophomore pitcher Taylor Tedeschi (Levittown, N.Y.) allowed seven hits over the first two innings, but settled in and would only allow three hits the rest of the way.
In the third inning, the Rams scored two runs on one hit and two errors, cutting the deficit to 5-3. They rallied in the fifth with five hits. Sam Johrden led off with a single up the middle, followed by an Anderson single up the middle, followed by a junior shortstop Hillary Genova (Brentwood, N.Y.) double to left to score Johrden.
Sophomore centerfielder Michelle Mongiello (Elmont, N.Y.) knocked in the eventual game-winning runs with a two RBI single up the middle to give her team the 6-5 lead, and the Rams held Baruch scoreless over the final two innings.
Tedeschi improved to 6-4 overall, after allowing three unearned runs and two walks over seven innings with five strikeouts. Anderson finished 2-for-4, Genova went 3-for-3 with a double and RBI.
In game two, Farmingdale State totaled 11 hits, while allowing just two. The Rams got on the board early with two runs in the first and added four more runs for a 6-0 advantage after two innings.
Baruch got two runs back in the third. But in the fourth, the Rams scored four more. Freshman left fielder Meghan Acton (Levittown, N.Y.) hit an RBI single to left, senior designated hitter Lauren Nelson (Levittown, N.Y.) singled to left for two RBI's and junior Veronica Widmaier (Westbury, N.Y.) hit a pinch-hit single up the middle to score the fourth run of the inning and push the lead to eight.
A 1-2-3 inning in the top of the fifth would enforce the eight-run mercy rule and the Rams took the 10-2 victory.
Sophomore pitcher Taylor Webb (West Babylon, N.Y.) allowed just two hits to improve to 4-6 overall, with no walks and six strikeouts.
Anderson went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Genova finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and senior Jennifer Jarczynski (West Babylon, N.Y.) was 2-for-2 with a walk, two doubles and two RBI's.
The Rams will now face conference rival NYU-Poly on Saturday, April 6th at Noon. The game will be played at Farmingdale, but NYU-Poly will be the home team.