By Danielle Achin
Framingham State’s Softball team faced off against Wentworth in an intense double-header home game claiming both victories over the Leopards on March 30.
After winning their first game against Wentworth with a close 10-9 score, the Rams didn’t lose steam as they charged the field for the second game.
In the first inning, Wentworth took the 1-0 lead after a triple to left center sending a runner home. The Rams then capitalized on a fielding error and freshman Shelby Roode responded with a one-run double to left center sending junior Gwendolyn Carpenter home for the 1-1 tie.
Wentworth opened the inning with a Sabrina Haarstick double and two singles from Kayla Richard and Katelin Howe followed by a Briana Beverly triple adding three runs for the 4-1 score while the Rams went a scoreless inning.
After a few scoreless innings, the Rams came back strong in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good.
Carpenter sent Camille Desrochers home with a single down the leftfield line and Kelsey McGuill followed with a two-run single of her own but they didn’t stop there.
With bases loaded, the Rams plated four more runs in the inning when Abby Clark cracked the ball up the middle for a two-run hit followed by McGuill scoring on a wild pitch advancing their lead 7-5.
In the sixth, Wentworth was unable to push another run across in the inning and the Rams pulled away with four more runs after a Desrocher home run and a three-run double from McGuill for the 11-5 score.
Wentworth was able to get a pair of runs back in the seventh and final inning after scoring on a wild pitch and groundout from Ceilidh Higgins, but the Leopards couldn’t make up for the lost runs and fell 11-7 against the Rams.
Continuing into the season with a 7-7 record, Grace Swanson praised her team for defending the home turf against the opposing teams aggression.
“Once the game started, all the puzzle pieces came together and we worked well as a team and our pitchers – sophomore Caroline Hughs and freshman Emily Strzegowski – really pulled through with their pitching,” she said.
“This year we definitely have our work cut out for us, but I have complete faith that we will win and go far with the group of girls we have. Our goal this year is to win the MASCAC Championship and win the regular season just like last year,” she added.
As the team closes their regular season the women look to play in the MASCAC conference games for the remainder of their season starting April 2, where they will face off against Mass Maritime in another double header.