Game 1: Farmingdale State - 7, Old Westbury - 3
Game 2: Old Westbury - 2, Farmingdale State - 1 (F/8)
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State softball team played Skyline Conference rival Old Westbury this afternoon and split a doubleheader by winning the first game 7-3, before dropping game two in extra innings 2-1. The Rams are now 7-9 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
FSC started quickly as the first three batters of game reached base safely to set up a Lori Michalowski (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) sacrifice fly to put the Rams up 1-0. A Rams walk led the bases once more, before an error by the Panthers allowed two runs to score for the 3-0 lead.
In the top of the second, Old Westbury tallied a pair of runs on two Farmingdale State errors to cut the FSC advantage to just one, 3-2.
In the bottom of the inning, the Rams put together a two-out rally as sophomore third baseman Sierra Cardenales (Patchogue, N.Y.), Michalowski, and sophomore shortstop Christina Rayfield (Commack, N.Y.) each hit a single to center to score a run and put FSC up 4-2.
Leading 5-2, a Cardenales triple led off the bottom of the fourth and was followed by a Michalowski single through the left side to increase Farmingdale State's lead to 6-2. Later in the inning, following a Panthers error, freshman catcher Kimberly Basile (Levittown, N.Y.) hit an RBI single to left-center which gave the Rams their largest lead of the game, 7-2.
Old Westbury added a run in the sixth, but FSC was able to hold on and win game one 7-3.
Cardenales ended the game a perfect 3-3 with a walk and three runs scored. Michalowski was 2-3 with two RBI's.
Farmingdale State freshman pitcher Julia Walpole (Mahopac, N.Y.) earned the victory, her third of the season, after only allowing one earned run in the complete game.
The Panthers were led by senior center fielder Gabriella Valdes (Flushing, N.Y.) who was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in defeat.
After a perfect first inning for Rams starting pitcher Jaxie Collard (Deer Park, N.Y.) in game two, Old Westbury scored the first run of the game. A Joshlyn Grant (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) two out RBI double to right field scored senior first baseman Katie Rizzo (Garden City, N.Y.) to take a Panthers 1-0 lead.
The game was kept scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when Rayfield hit an RBI double down the right field line to tie the game at 1-1.
In the top of the eighth, OW freshman pitcher Lauren Bloom (Hicksville, N.Y.) came through with the big hit, an RBI single to center field to score Grant and take the 2-1 lead.
For the Rams, with two outs and a runner on third, Bloom was able to force a groundout to second base to secure the game two victory for Old Westbury. Bloom finished 1-3 with a walk, while only allowing two hits to earn her second win of the season.
For Farmingdale State, Collard finished with two strikeouts, six hits and one earned run in her eight innings of work. Walpole and Collard tossed 15 innings, while only allowing two earned runs.
The Rams next host another Skyline opponent Yeshiva on Friday, March 31st for a doubleheader starting at 11:00 a.m.
(Story by FSC Sports Information Student Assistant, Dominic Suhovsky)