Softball wins three of four games to reach .500

(Kelsi Gunarathne pitches the ball in a 3-1 win against Babson. By Amanda Martin)

On Tuesday, April 10, the Framingham State Rams faced Lesley in a double-header.

In the first game against Lesley, the Rams got on the board first when Dayna Marchant scored on a wild pitch in the first inning.

Lesley scored two runs in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead over the Rams.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Rams scored three times to take a 4-2 lead. Mycala Moody scored Lauren Salisbury with a single, and designated hitter Kayla Finacchiaro knocked in Moody and Marchant with a single back up the middle.

Framingham stretched their lead in the fourth inning, as Anna Dziok blasted a grand slam to drive in four more runs for the Rams to make it 8-2.

Camille Desrochers wrapped up the blowout victory with a two-run single in the fifth inning that scored Kristen Dick and Salisbury. The final two runs of the game gave Framingham the 10-2 win.

Jessica Pietersen picked up the win for the Rams as she tossed three innings, allowing five hits, two runs but zero earned runs.

In the second half of the double-header, the Rams once again got on the scoreboard first off an RBI double by Marchant that scored Dick.

In the fifth inning, Downing knocked in Desrochers with a single. After loading the bases in the same inning, Dziok worked a walk to bring in another run to make it 3-0.

The Rams loaded the bases again in the sixth inning and Marchant and Moody both walked, scoring Grace Caughey and Victoria Ziner. Kayley Reese followed with a single to score Marchant and Kyla Johnson. Dziok finished off the scoring with a single that scored Moody to make the lead 8-0 in the final inning.

Kelsi Gunarathne picked up the win as she pitched three shutout innings, allowing only one hit while striking out two.

The Rams played their next double-header matchup the next day against Babson.

Framingham took a rough 9-1 loss in the first half of the double-header. Their only run came in the fifth inning as Dziok reached base off a fielder’s choice that scored Desrochers.

Framingham struggled with runners on base in the game, leaving nine runners on base throughout.

Jessica Pietersen took the loss as she pitched 3.1 innings, allowing four hits and five runs.

The Rams had more success in the second game of the doubleheader as they earned a 3-1 victory over Babson.

The first run for the Rams came in the opening inning as Bridget McGrail knocked in Downing off an RBI single through the left side of the infield.

Babson scored once in the third inning to tie the game.

Downing knocked in two runs herself in the fifth inning off a single that scored Marchant and Desrochers, breaking the tie and ultimately giving Framingham the 3-1 victory.

Gunarathne picked up her sixth win of the season as she pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and one run.

With the win, the Rams climb back to .500 on the season at 12-12. They sit atop the MASCAC with a record of 3-1 in the conference.