Farmingdale, NY| The St. Joseph's College (L.I.) softball team surged to a 7-2 victory over Mt. St. Mary College (14-21-1) in Game 4 of the 2019 Skyline Conference Championship at Farmingdale State College on Friday afternoon.
Second-seeded SJC (20-13) moves on to face top-seeded Farmingdale in Game 6 of the double-elimination tournament on Saturday morning.
Sophomore Kassandra Tibbetts went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI powering an SJC offense that produced seven hits.
Freshman hurler Catherine Zucker started in the pitcher's circle for SJC and allowed two earned runs in 1.2 innings. Sophomore Katelynn Valente (4-2) struck out four in 5.1 scoreless innings and picked up the win.
St. Joseph's jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of an RBI single off the bat of sophomore Lindsay Ness (1-for-4) and a Mt. St. Mary throwing error that allowed two Golden Eagles to score.
The Knights brought two runs back in the second inning (3-2) before Valente replaced Zucker. Smocer knocked in a run in the fourth (4-2) with an RBI single to center and enabled the Golden Eagles to pull ahead 6-2 with a two-run fifth.
Tibbetts belted a homer to center field in the bottom of the sixth (7-2) to wrap the contest's scoring.
Saturday's game six vs. host Farmingdale State begins at 10:00 am. The winner will play in Sunday's championship final.