Softball clinches second seed in MASCAC tournament

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Framingham State hosted the Fitchburg State Falcons for a MASCAC doubleheader April 28. 

Coming into the matchup, the Rams needed a sweep to clinch the first seed in the MASCAC tournament. 

Both teams came out sluggish in the first game and struggled to get any offense going in the first two innings. 

In the third, Fitchburg struck first with a two-run double off the bat of Mikayla Harnois to make it 2-0. 

The Falcons added to their lead in the sixth inning. Audrey Johnson hammered a two-run homer over the left-field fence to put Fitchburg up 4-0. 

Framingham finally broke through in the final inning. Kirsten Dick ripped an RBI double that plated Victoria Ziner to cut the deficit to 4-1. Dick scored later in the inning on a wild pitch to make it 4-2. 

However, that was all the Rams could muster, as their comeback effort came up just short. 

Laela Pepin led the Rams’ offense with two hits, while Dick contributed a hit and an RBI. 

Kelsi Gunarathne started the game for the Rams. She pitched six innings, giving up four runs, and striking out a season-high 14.

With the loss, the Rams fall to 19-18 on the year and 11-2 in the MASCAC. 

In the second game of the doubleheader, Framingham came out with swinging from the start. 

In the first inning, the Rams pushed across five runs. Grace Caughey got the scoring started with a two-run double. Lauren Salisbury ripped an RBI single, and Pepin roped an RBI triple to help the Rams jump out to an early 5-0 lead. 

Fitchburg responded in the bottom half of the inning when Johnson smashed an RBI double to make it 5-1. 

Framingham struck for two more runs in the third inning with the help of a Farrah Adam solo homer to make it 7-1. 

The Rams blew the game open in the fifth inning. Mycala Moody stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and hammered a grand slam over the fence to extend the Rams’ lead to 11-1. Framingham pushed across four more runs in the inning to take a 15-1 lead. 

In the bottom of the fifth, the Falcons scored a run on a Framingham error to make it 15-2, the eventual final score. 

Framingham was dominant on offense in the win. Six different Rams got at least two hits, including Moody, who also added four RBIs. 

Caughey pitched for the Rams in the win. She went all five innings, giving up one earned run, and striking out eight. 

With the win, the Rams finish the regular season with a 20-18 record. 

They clinched the second seed in the MASCAC tournament, going 12-2 in the conference.