FSC fall to No. 16 Randolph-Macon in NCAA Regional Championship opener

#16 Randolph-Macon – 2, Farmingdale State – 1

Ashland, Virginia – The Farmingdale State softball team fell to host school and 16th-ranked national Randolph-Macon, 2-1, in their opener at the 2022 NCAA Regionals on Friday afternoon.

The Yellow Jackets (33-9) came first on the board late in the second set. Second-year center fielder Olivia Owens (Salisbury, Md.) hit a one-out double and scored on an RBI single by junior designated player Natalie Robinson (Woodbridge, Va.).

In the top of the third, FSC senior shortstop (29-4) Julianna Prescia (Oakdale, NY) started with a single and moved to second on an error. After reaching third on a sacrificial bunt, Prescia was ejected trying to score on a fielder’s pick on the next at-bat.

After a 1-2-3 bottom half of the third, senior receiver Lyndsey Shaw (Sayville, NY) hit a single before senior center fielder Priscilla Rivera (Brentwood, NY) recorded a bunt single and advanced on an error to place second and third without outs.

After a line to left field, junior first baseman Brooke Walker (Hampton Bays, NY) landed an RBI single to center to bring Shaw in and tie the score at 1-1. Randolph-Macon freshman pitcher Gracie Ellis (New Kent, Va.) limited the damage by forcing the next two batters out.

The Yellow Jackets regained the lead, 2-1, on a two-out RBI brace from senior receiver Sami Davidson (Stafford, Va.) late in the fourth.

The game went 2-1 heading into the seventh inning and Walker landed a first single. Ellis would record one out before a wild pitch on the next at-bat allowed Walker to advance to second base. After a pitch moved Walker to third base, Ellis forced the last batter out to end the game.

Farmingdale State freshman pitcher Ava Shorr (North Babylon, NY) (L, 13-2) suffered just her second loss of the season, pitching a full game and allowing just seven hits and two runs deserved.

Walker recorded a pair of singles and an RBI, while Shaw and Prescia each had a hit for the Rams.

Ellis (W, 20-5) picked up the win for Randolph-Macon, pitching a full game with seven strikeouts.

The Rams will now face #21 Susquehanna University in a playoff game tomorrow, Saturday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m. Randolph-Macon and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will face off in the winners’ pool beginning at noon.


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