Photo & report by Framingham State athletics
BRIDGEWATER – Second seed Framingham State University advanced to the championship round of the 2019 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Softball Tournament as the two-time defending champion Rams posted a 4-2 victory over fourth seed Fitchburg State University in an elimination game on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Park in Bridgewater.
With the win Framingham State is now 22-19.
With the loss, Fitchburg Falcons falls to 26-16 overall.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Framingham (22-19) will take on top seed and tournament host Bridgewater State University in the championship round this afternoon at 1:30. The Bears are undefeated in the tournament with a pair of wins over Framingham and Fitchburg. The Falcons wrap up the 2019 campaign with an overall record of 26-16.
- The Rams opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Back-to-back singles by sophomore Camille Desrochers (pictured) and junior Mycala Moody followed by a ground out put runners on second and third with one away. After a strikeout, Desrochers raced home on a wild pitch to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
- The Falcons tied it at 1-1 with an unearned run in the top of the second. Junior Mikayla Harnois walked to lead off the frame and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. One out later, freshman Courtney Lukerlined a single into left field that was mishandled in the outfield allowing Harnois to come across with the tying run.
- With the game still deadlocked in the top of the sixth, freshman Audrey Johnson launched a solo home run over the left field fence with two outs in the frame to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead.
- Framingham took advantage of a dropped fly ball to plate three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Moody reached on the error with one out and Caughey followed with a base hit to put runners at the corners. Three consecutive RBI singles by senior Lauren Salisbury nd freshmen Farrah Adam and Laela Pepin gave the Rams a 4-2 lead.
- Senior Kelsi Gunarathne (North Providence, R.I.) picked up the win in the complete game effort for the Rams.
- Gunarathne (13-12) gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
- Sophomore Taylor Colvin suffered the loss in the circle for Falcons as he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits. Colvin (6-5) did not issue a walk and fanned three.