Rams continue hot streak, 11-2 in their last 13

The Rams won four of five last week, totaling 43 hits and 28 runs. Framingham has opened the season 17-7, after starting last year 8-16 through its first 24 games. Photo by Jarid Brogan.

By Liam Gambon

Staff Writer

The Rams took on Keene State in an extra-innings victory. With the win, the Rams improve to 14-6 on the year.

The Rams took the lead in the bottom of the first inning. Dayna Marchant tripled and came in to score on an infield single by Mycala Moody. Keene State snatched the lead with three runs in the top of the second.  The Rams got one run back in the bottom of that inning. Kylie Boyle singled and advanced to third on an error in the Owls’ outfield.  Lauren Salisbury singled to right scoring Boyle, cutting the deficit to 3-2.

In the top of the third, Keene State pushed the lead back to two runs.

In the bottom of the frame, Kayla Finacchiaro cut the deficit back to one with an RBI single.

The Rams plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead.  Keene State answered with the tying run in the top of the seventh.  The Rams won the game in extras off of an error. Jessica Pietersen earned the win in the circle, going four innings in relief. She allowed one earned run, on two hits, with two strikeouts.

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The Rams took the first game of a doubleheader against MCLA by a score of 10-2, in a shortened six-inning game. With the win, the Rams improved to 15-6 on the season.

Kelsi Gunarathne earned the victory in the opener, going six innings and allowing two earned runs, on four hits, with seven strikeouts.

Boyle led the Rams at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.  Megan Downing chipped in with three hits, including a double and three RBIs, while Anna Dziok contributed by adding a pair of hits, two RBIs and three runs scored.

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In game two, the Trailblazers led 6-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Rams rallied for two runs to tie the game.  Bridget McGrail grounded out to plate the first and an overthrow by the Trailblazers allowed the tying run to cross the plate.

In the top of the seventh, the Trailblazers were retired in order.  In the bottom of the inning, Dziok led off with a single and moved to second on a base hit by Finacchiaro.  Dziok was lifted for a pinch runner, Kristen Dick, and she scored the deciding run on a single by Downing. The Rams moved to 16-6 off of Finacchiaro’s efforts, as she earned the win in the circle, going 1.1 innings in relief, allowing no runs, on no hits, with two strikeouts.

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The Rams played a double-header against Nichols, splitting the series, winning the second game of the two. Gunarathne took the loss for the Rams despite tossing 5.1 solid innings. Gunarathne allowed three runs, two earned, on nine hits, with six strikeouts.

Nichols got on the board first in game two with a pair of runs in the top of the third.  Christina Drake singled with runners on second and third to score a run and Jessica Kueling followed with an RBI single to center.

Framingham State tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Marchant reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch and Finacchiaro plated a run with a single to center.

The Rams grabbed their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning on a three-run homerun to deep left by Dziok.

Pietersen earned the win in the circle for the Rams, going seven innings and allowing three earned runs, on seven hits, with four strikeouts.

The Rams are now 17-7 on the season.

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