Framingham set for MASCAC tournament as No. 1 seed

[Allie Gath]

Framingham State took on Mass. Maritime in a MASCAC road game on Apr. 23.

After a scoreless first inning, the Rams opened the scoring in the top of the second.

Megan Downing got things going for the Rams with a one out double. Kylie Boyle followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Boyle stole second to put two runners in scoring position for Rachel Desrochers, who ripped a two RBI double. Dayna Marchant followed up with another hit, scoring Desrochers from second to go up 3-0.

Framingham struck in the third for another run. Kayla Finacchiaro reached on an error by the shortstop to lead off the inning. She advanced to third base, after a single and fielder’s choice. After another error by the shortstop, Finacchiaro came across to make it 4-0.

The Rams plated another run in the fourth inning. Marchant led off the inning with a single. She took second on the next play. And came across to score after another error from the Buccaneers shortstop that allowed Marissa Flynn to reach second. The run made it 5-0.

After another scoreless inning on defense, the Rams exploded for seven runs in the fifth.

Lauren Salisbury and Desrochers started the offensive explosion off for Framingham, with back-to-back singles. Mycala Moody drove in one of the runners, with an RBI single.

After a Flynn single, Finacchiaro ripped a single to tack on two more runs. Flynn later would score on a pass ball.

Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Bridget McGrail added to the lead with a single. The base hit drove in two runs. With runners on the corners, Salisbury ripped another single to plate the seventh run of the inning and to make it 12-0.

The game got called after five innings, with the Rams winning 12-0.

Kelsi Gunarathne started the game and picked up her 12th win of the season. She pitched three innings of no hit ball, striking out seven of the nine batters she faced.

Finacchiaro relived her in the fourth inning and finished the game. She pitched two innings, striking out two and finishing off the combined no hitter for the Rams.

The win moves the Rams to 23-8 on the season and 9-0 in the conference.

The Rams played Mass. Maritime in game two of the doubleheader on Apr. 23.

Framingham picked right up where they left off in game one, scoring four runs in the first inning.

The Rams led the game off with back-to-back singles. Downing then reached on an error by the Buccaneer shortstop, allowing both baserunners to score.

Later in the inning with two runners on, Boyle reached on an error by the right fielder. The error allowed Boyle to get to third and both runners to cross the plate to make it 4-0.

Framingham kept its foot on the gas pedal in the second, scoring two more runs. With the bases loaded, Downing roped a single, plating two runs, to make it 6-0.

Framingham’s bats were silent until the seventh, when the Rams would add an insurance run. The run came from a Kyla Johnson RBI groundout, allowing Brittany Dougal to score.

Framingham’s pitching and defense kept Mass. Maritime scoreless for the entire game again. 

Jessica Pieterson started the game for the Rams and pitched three innings, allowing one hit, no runs and striking out six.

Finacchiaro finished the game and picked up the win. She earned her second victory on the season, pitching four innings, allowing four hits, no runs with nine strikeouts.

The win improves the Rams record to 24-8 on the season, and moves them to 10-0 in the MASCAC.

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