Softball extends winning streak to three games with sweep of UMD

Corey McFeeley/ THE GATEPOST

The Rams hosted UMass Dartmouth on March 26 in a MASCAC doubleheader.

Game one of the doubleheader was a fairly easy 7-2 contest for the Rams thanks to amazing pitching by Kelsi Gunarathne, who struck out six of the 31 batters she faced.

The game was close until the fourth inning, when the floodgates opened for the Rams with a two-run homer to left field by Kaylea Sherman.

In the same inning, two more runs were scored, making the game 5-2 at the end of the fourth.

The Rams never looked back as they added two more runs toward the end of game 1 to earn the victory.

Game 2 was a back-and-forth battle that ended at a 5-4 win for the Rams.

The major story of the game was the dominant performance shown by freshman Laela Pepin. 

Pepin went 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBIs and scored a run.

When asked after the game about her performance and how she keeps gaining confidence as a freshman, Pepin said, “A game like this definitely adds to my confidence, because coming into this game and stepping up to bat, I just want to do well for the team and ‘hold the rope,’ considering that’s our motto.” 

Coach Lawrence Miller complimented Pepin, saying, “Laela has done an amazing job, and she is someone we trust in big moments. It showed today with some big hits from her that helped us win.”

The game was tied until the bottom of the third, when Grace Caughey scored a run to make the score 2-1 Rams.

Later in the same inning, Pepin stepped up to bat and hit a laser to left field, which allowed Lauren Salisbury to score and extend the lead to 3-1.

The Rams seemed to collapse in the fourth inning, and the Corsairs put up three runs in the span of two at bats, making the score 4-3 Corsairs entering the bottom of the fifth.

Pepin stepped up to bat and hit a single to right center that allowed Kammarie Pelland to score and tie the game at 4-4.

Victoria Ziner then stepped up and doubled to right center, which gave enough space for Pepin to score the go-ahead run.

After the strong inning from the Rams, solid pitching by Gunarathne over the next two innings closed the game out and sealed the 5-4 victory for the Rams.

The Rams are now on a three-game win streak and have a 5-7 record on the season overall.

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