Softball jumps up into second place in the conference

(Megan Downing (5) fields a ground ball and makes the throw to first base. By Amanda Martin)

The Framingham State Rams took on Bridgewater State in a MASCAC doubleheader on Saturday, April 21. They earned a win in the first game.

Megan Downing and Grace Caughey recorded three hits each in the Rams’ 13-hit performance. Downing went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Caughey went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and two RBIs.

Kayla Finacchiaro and Kirsten Dick each had two hits in the game. Finacchiaro went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs, while Dick went 2-for-3 at the dish.

Kelsi Gunarathne threw a complete game, two-hit shutout to pick up the win. Gunarathne walked two and struck out eight over five innings.

In game two, the Bears jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning to get things going.

After the Bears stretched their lead to 3-0, the Rams rallied back, scoring three runs of their own in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3. Caughey did the damage for the Rams as she hit a two-run single with the bases loaded to tie the score.

The Bears would hit a walk-off homer in the ninth inning to seal the victory over the Rams.

Gunarathne took the loss for the Rams in this half of the double-header. Gunarathne gave up three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Dayna Marchant, Mycala Moody and Downing all collected two hits in the game to lead the way offensively for the Rams.

The Rams took game one of a MASCAC doubleheader against Salem State on Tuesday by a score of 3-1 before taking a 10-2 loss in game two.

In the first leg of the doubleheader, Gunarathne tossed a complete game. Gunarathne allowed just one unearned run on four hits while striking out seven.

The Rams scored a pair of runs in the top of the second inning to take the lead. Finacchiaro led off the inning with a home run and Dick later scored on a passed ball.

The Vikings scored once in the fourth to draw within one.

The Rams finished the scoring in the top of the sixth off an RBI double by Lauren Salisbury.

Moody, Finacchiaro and Salisbury had two hits each in the contest.

In the second game, the Vikings put up three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-0 lead.

The Vikings added another run in the bottom of the second. The Rams responded as they got on the board in the top of the third off an RBI single by Caughey that scored Moody.  Salem State shot back with a five-run bottom of the inning to make their lead 9-1.

The Rams scored once more in the top of the fifth off an RBI single by Caughey, and the Vikings also scored once in the bottom of the same inning to wrap up the game.

Caughey took the loss as she allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits.

The Rams are now 19-15 on the season and 8-4 in the MASCAC.