On Saturday, March 31, the Framingham State Rams hosted MCLA in a double-header.
In the first game of the double-header, the Rams got on the board early with a run in the first inning off an RBI double by Megan Downing that knocked in Dayna Marchant.
Downing scored Marchant again in the third inning with an RBI single. Then, Anna Dziok followed with a sacrifice fly to score Mycala Moody, putting the Rams up 3-0.
In the fourth inning, Marchant got the scoring going with an RBI single to score Camille Desrochers. Kayla Finacchiaro knocked in Marchant next and was followed by Dziok, who scored both Downing and Moody off a single to stretch the lead to 7-0.
The fifth inning was more of the same as Lauren Salisbury scored Victoria Ziner and Desrocher off an RBI triple. Marchant added her fourth hit of the game in as many at bats when she singled to score Salisbury. Moody would double next to score Marchant, who crossed the plate for the fourth time in the game.
MCLA put up two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but it wasn’t enough as they took the 11-2 loss.
Kelsi Gunarathne picked up her fourth win of the season as she pitched three shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out five.
Desrochers, Downing and Marchant all had three or more hits in the game and combined to score seven of the 11 runs to lead the way for the Rams.
In the second game of the double-header, Framingham once again come out of the gates firing on all cylinders as they scored eight runs in the first three innings. Marchant would score twice and knock in a run, while Downing scored twice and drove in a run as well.
The scoring wouldn’t stop, as Framingham added three more runs in the fifth inning to stretch their lead to 11-0. Marchant scored again and added another RBI in this inning.
For the second straight game, MCLA scored their only two runs in the final inning as they fell well short again, losing by a score of 11-2.
Marchant had a monster double-header as she went 7-for-7 at the dish, with seven runs scored, four RBIs and a walk.
Grace Caughey picked up her third win on the season, pitching three shutout innings, allowing one hit while striking out two.
With the wins, the Rams break even and move to 8-8 on the season and go to 2-0 in the conference.