Baseball’s walk-off single takes down Salem State

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Framingham hosted the Salem State Vikings in a MASCAC game April 9.

Kyle Hodgson started on the mound for the Rams and had no trouble in the top of the first, mowing down three Salem State players and only allowing one baserunner. 

Aaron Williams and Kyle Lippert led off the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles, but three straight strikeouts ended the inning before the Rams could do any damage. 

The Rams’ offense struggled to get anything going during the next four innings, as only one Ram reached base. 

Luckily for the Rams, Hodgson was just as dominant on the mound as the Vikings’ starter, keeping the game knotted at 0-0.

Framingham finally got another runner on base in the bottom of the sixth as Lippert ripped a one-out single, but Joe Ambrosino grounded into a double play to end the threat. 

Hodgson got through the top of the seventh without allowing a run, sending the game into the bottom of the inning still tied 0-0. 

Matt Fogerty led off the inning for the Rams with a walk. 

After a wild pitch and a ground-ball out, Fogerty was able to advance to third base with one out. 

Cory Caraher ripped a single up the middle to plate Fogerty and give the Rams the 1-0 victory. 

Hodgson was steller in the win, going all seven innings, allowing zero runs, and striking out six to pick up his fifth win of the season. 

With the win, the Rams move to 11-11 on the year and 5-3 in the conference. 

After a rainout in the second game of the doubleheader, the Rams took on the Vikings again the next day. 

Salem State jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first. After a leadoff single, Traverse Briana ripped a one-out RBI single to put the Vikings up 1-0. 

The Rams threatened to score in the bottom half of the inning, but a lineout by Fogerty ended the scoring chance and kept the game at 1-0. 

The Vikings struck again in the top of the third. An RBI double by Briana after a leadoff walk pushed the Vikings’ lead to 2-0.  

The Rams responded in a big way in the bottom of the third. After a leadoff single from Williams, Lippert nailed a two-run homer over the fence to tie the game at 2-2.

Framingham struck three more times in the inning with RBIs from Kyle Dembrowski and Caraher to go up 5-2. 

Ambrosino stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the sixth with the bases loaded and delivered a sacrifice fly to extend the Rams’ lead to 6-2, the eventual final score. 

Al Wallach started for the Rams and pitched all seven innings to pick up his third win of the season. He gave up just two runs and struck out eight batters. 

Lippert led the Rams’ offense, going 2-for-4 with a homerun and two RBIs. 

Caraher went 2-for-3 at the dish with an RBI. 

With the win, the Rams improve to 12-11 on the season and 6-3 in the MASCAC.

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