Softball splits doubleheader with Lesley

Framingham State played their first matchup since returning from Florida last week.

Game one against Lesley University was a victory for the Rams, winning 4-3.

Left fielder Dayna Marchant had a total of four hits while short stop Megan Downing had three, both with one RBI. Second baseman Rachel Desrochers earned two of the four total runs for Framingham State.

Freshman Kelsi Gunarathne pitched the entire game allowing only seven hits, three runs, two walks, and secured a total of six strikeouts. Of the 121 pitches she threw, 75 of them were strikes.

A double from Downing started off the top of the second inning.

With two outs, Desrochers singled and reached second base on an error from Lesley first baseman Mekenzi Golden, allowing Downing to score.

Desrochers also scored before the inning ended with FSU leading 2-0. In the top of the third, Marchant singled and advanced to second base on a walk by Tiffani Marsh.

Kylie Boyle then singled out to center field, sending Marchant to third and Marsh to second. Marchant scored on a single from Downing. The inning ended with the Rams leading 3-0.

The top of the fourth started with a walk from Desrochers advancing to second on a ground out from Lauren Salisbury. Marchant singled again to center field enabling Desrochers to score the fourth and final run for FSU.

Lesley scored a total of three runs in the third, fourth, and seventh innings but could not surpass the Rams, losing by one run.

Framingham States faced Lesley again, this time losing 8-1.

Marchant finished the game with three hits and one run while Anna Dziok had two hits and one RBI. Sophomore Jessica Pieterson pitched 3.2 innings, allowing five hits, five runs, one walk.

She also gave up one home run by Lesley’s Abby Henderson. Senior pitcher Natasha Arseneau stepped in pitching 1.1 innings, allowing four hits, three runs, one walk and one strikeout.

Going scoreless into the third inning, Marchant doubled and then scored on Dziok’s single to center field.

Lesley matched FSU with scoring one run in the third as well.

The Lynx then had a burst of energy in the fourth inning starting with Henderson’s single home run. Playing with two outs, the team scored five more runs in the inning off a combination of FSU errors on the field and Lesley hits.

The Rams finished the two games with a record of 4-8, tying Lesley with the same record. Framingham will play at UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday and will host Johnson & Wales on Thursday.                   

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