Ithaca remains undefeated in regional with 4-1 win against Farmingdale State
AUBURN, N.Y. -- Ithaca remained undefeated in the NCAA Tournament New York Regional with a 4-1 victory against Farmingdale State on Thursday afternoon at Falcon Park. The Bombers scored three runs in a decisive third-inning rally and added an insurance run in the seventh inning to improve to 36-6 on the year. The Bombers will face either Cortland or Amherst in the winner's bracket in the tournament's third round on Friday.
The Rams struck first with a run in the top of the third inning, but the Bombers answered in the bottom half of the third with three runs on four hits. Back-to-back singles with one out by Andrew Turner and Christian Brown (East Greenbush/Columbia) started the rally. Tim Locastro laced a double to right center to bring in Turner and put runners at second and third. Tim Henry's groundout brought home the go-ahead run and Colby Gee followed with a hit up the middle to score Locastro.
Meanwhile, Ithaca starting pitcher John Prendergast worked effectively and efficiently. He went eight innings, allowed just four hits, and the run was unearned. He walked two batters and had four strikeouts over 101 pitches. Jimmy Wagner pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his second save of the season. He threw nine pitches and seven were strikes.
Ithaca's insurance run came in the seventh when Locastro reached on a leadoff walk and later scored when he stole third base and scored on a throwing error. That was Locastro's 64th run scored of the season, a single-season Ithaca record which breaks the mark of 63 set by Kurt DeLuca in 1985. Locastro also holds the single-season record for stolen bases and extended his total in that category with two steals Thursday and has 35 steals on the year which ranks in the top-10 nationally.
Brown and Turner had two hits each for Ithaca. Locastro, Gee, Stark and Cameron Oathout also had hits. Locastro's double was Ithaca's only extra-base hit, and he scored two of Ithaca's four runs.
Farmingdale fell to 29-14 and will face Rensselaer in an elimination game Friday.
The Bombers are making their 35th appearance in the NCAA Division III Baseball Championships and have 98 all-time wins in the tournament. They are seeking their first trip to the tournament's championship weekend since 1994.