Sophomore Annamarie Smith
Brooklyn, NY - One would expect that when the two top squads in the Skyline Conference face off in women's softball, it would be a low--scoring pitcher's dual. But, that was anything but the case on Saturday afternoon when NYU-Poly and Farmingdale squared off at Floyd Bennett Field.
By day's end the two teams combined for eight home runs and split the doubleheader. NYU-Poly won game one 10-2 in six innings while the Lady Rams took game two by a 15-7 margin, also in six innings.
NYU-Poly is now 12-10 overall and 6-2 in the Skyline. Farmingdale's record now stands at 18-4 and also 6-2 in conference play.
In the first game, sophomore Miranda Merilli (Altoona, PA) scattered seven hits over six innings, allowing two earned runs, while striking out seven, while the NYU-Poly offense jumped on Farmingdale starter Hope Zino early and never let up.
Sophomore Corine Fitzgibbons (Brooklyn, NY) put the Lady Jays on the board in the first, smashing a two-run homer with two outs. The home-run parade continued in the 2nd inning as sophomore Annamarie Smith (Henderson, NV) belted her first homer of the season to put NYU-Poly up 3-0.
After Farmingdale tacked on a run in the top of the third, freshmen Christ Bruin (Auburn, WA) answered with a two RBI single to put the Lady Jays up 5-1.
The Nevada long-ball connection would continue as freshmen Megan Moran (Reno, NV) put the game out fo reach with a 3-run shot in the fourth. Sophomore Shelby Bruns (Elko, NV) sealed the victory with a 2-run blast to end the game by the eight-run margin rule.
In the second game, Farmingdale would score five times in the second inning and add three more in the third, this all after trailing 3-1 after the first inning. NYU-Poly starter Briana Feist (San Diego, CA) left after 2 2/3 inning. She allowed nine runs, seven earned, while giving up seven hits. NYU-Poly fielder's didn't help Feist, as they made four errors.
NYU-Poly would chip away at the Farmingdale lead, answering with two in the in 2nd and one in the 4th inning to make it 9-6 after four.
But, Farmingdale caught the home-run fever in the top of the sixth, as Madison Snyder led off with a solo shot. Later in the inning, Rebecca Richman belted a two-out, three-run homer deep to center field to set the final.
Moran and Bruin led NYU-Poly in game two with three RBI each. Fitzgibbons added another homer, a solo shot in the fourth.
NYU-Poly travels to Sage Colleges tomorrow for another Skyline contest.