NEWBURGH – The Mount Saint Mary College Softball team finished off a weekend series with Farmingdale State earning a split with the Rams. After dropping an 11-2 decision in game one, the Knights rebounded for an 11-6 victory in game two on Sunday. Freshman Nicole Palmer drove in five runs for the Knights in Sunday’s victory.
Game 1: Farmingdale State 11 – Mount Saint Mary 2 (5 innings)
The Rams got off to a fast start in game one, plating a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. After falling behind by two tallies, the Knights took advantage of two hits and two errors to even the score at 2-2 after an inning of play. Lauren Farina got the Mount on the board with a run scoring double and Alicia Killeen added a two-out, RBI single to even the score.
Farmingdale State came right back with two runs in the top of the second before breaking the game open with seven tallies in the top of the third frame. The big blow in the third was a grand slam from Jessica Lombardo with Brooke Walker following with a solo shot to close out the scoring in the game.
All nine Farmingdale State starters recorded a hit in the game with Lombardo and Jessica Clark both recording three safeties. Clark scored twice and drove in three runs, while Lombardo drove in five runs. Priscilla Rivera added a hit and an RBI to go along with three runs scored.
Farina, Laura Dentato and Killeen recorded the hits for Mount Saint Mary in the opener with Olivia Ferara and Samantha Bendig scoring the team’s runs.
Bridget Morris suffered the loss in the circle and fell to 8-5 on the season after surrendering eight earned runs on 10 hits. Allie Stanya earned her ninth win of the season after allowing two unearned runs on three hits for the Rams. She struck out six against just one walk.
Game 2: Mount Saint Mary 11 – Farmingdale State 6
After being limited to just three hits in the opener, the Mount Saint Mary offense pounded out 12 hits in game two, including two doubles and a triple from Palmer. After Farmingdale State scored twice in the first inning, Mount Saint Mary came back with four runs in the home half of the frame to surge in front 4-2. Sofia Gannon evened the score with a two-run single with Palmer delivering Gannon with a double to left center field. Palmer later scored the fourth run of the inning following a throwing error.
The Rams got a run back in the second and then jumped in front 6-4 after scoring twice in the fourth and one more in the fifth. Julia Pastrana doubled home a pair of runs in the fourth to put the Rams ahead 5-4 and Giana Galanoudis singled home a run in the fifth to give the visitors a two-run advantage.
Trailing 6-4 heading to the bottom of the fifth, the Knights erupted for five more runs to take the lead for good in the game. Palmer laced a three-run triple to get the Knights back in front 7-6 with Victoria Santamauro and Ferara driving in runs to get the Mount in front 9-6.
Mount Saint Mary tacked on two more runs in the sixth when Palmer drove in her fifth run of the game with a double and Santamauro delivered Nicole Rosner with a groundout to close out the scoring in the game.
Palmer finished off game two 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, two runs scored and five RBI to lead the Knights. Gannon rounded out a big game at the plate 3-for-4 with three runs and a pair of RBI with Rosner adding two base hits and two runs scored. Ferara closed the day at the plate with two hits, a run and an RBI.
In addition to her work at the plate, Ferara picked up the win in the circle after 4.0 innings of relief. She moved to 3-0 on the season after allowing three runs on seven hits. Pastrana suffered the loss in relief, allowing four earned runs in 4.0 innings. Christen Hansen made the start for the Mount, working 3.0 innings and striking out one.
Sunday’s split moves Mount Saint Mary to 13-9 overall on the season and to 10-7 in Skyline Conference play. Next up for the Knights is the final regular season series of the season this Saturday and Sunday against St. Joseph’s-L.I. The Knights will begin the weekend on the road Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.