FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Despite scoring the most runs in a game since the 2012 season, softball had to hold off a late comeback by Framingham State University to win their second straight contest as they defeated the Rams by the final of 15-14 Thursday afternoon at Maple Street.
With the victory the Beacons improve to 3-11 on the year, while the Rams dip to 8-12 with the loss.
The last time the Beacons finished with 15 or more runs in a single game was on April 11, 2012 when the Beacons pounded out a 21-0 win over Gordon College. The 20 hits in the non-conference victory was just five short of tying the single game program mark, set in 1991.
Due to the length of the first game, the coaching staffs decided to cancel game two due to the impending darkness.
Senior Michelle Zullo (Everett, Mass.) came on with no outs in the bottom of the seventh after the Rams scored five runs. Zullo recorded three straight outs to earn her first save of the season.
Senior Samantha Hemstock (Northford, Conn.) got the Beacons on the board in the top of the first inning with a three run homerun to center. The Rams tied the game in the bottom of the inning on RBI singles from Tiffanie Marshand, Bridget McGrail, and a sacrifice fly from freshman Megan Downing.
The Beacons took the lead for good in the top of the second with a pair of runs, and then exploded for six runs in the top of the third to open up an 11-3 lead.
UMB batted around in the third and received RBI hits from senior Lyndsey Capra (Lowell, Mass.), freshman Morgan Bishop (Ramsey, NJ), junior Haley Dutton (Milton, Mass.), Hemstock and senior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.). Capra would lead the Beacons offense with her 4-for-5 day, which included four runs scored and two RBI. Hemstock posted a four RBI day, as she went 2-for-5 at the dish, with a run scored. Morrison, and Lauren Mitsiaris (Taunton, Mass.) each recorded three hits in the victory, and two runs scored.
The Rams countered with four in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Downing and two runs came in to score on an error in the Beacons infield. Downing scored the final run of the inning to pull the Rams back within four (11-7).
The Beacons tacked on one more in the fourth and three in fifth to extend the lead to 15-7. The Rams came back with two in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double from junior Jess Anthony to cut the deficit to six.
Dayna Marchant walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of seventh. Marsh followed with a single to center that was misplayed by the Beacons outfield allowing all four runs to score and pull the Rams within one. Zullo came on in relief and recorded the final three outs.
Fresh off of her 11 strikeout performance against Curry College yesterday afternoon, freshman Kaera Wyse (Danvers, Mass.) earned the victory going six innings with a pair of strikeouts. Marsh suffered the loss for the Rams going six inning allowing 15 earned runs on 20 hits with three walks and a strikeout.
Softball returns to action on Saturday when they host Rhode Island College at 1 p.m.
Information in this release provided by Framingham State University Sports Information Department