Clermont, Fla. – The Framingham State University softball team opened the 2012 season this afternoon splitting a pair of games with Macalester and New England College. The Rams were defeated by Macalester in the opener by a score of 6-4 and won the nightcap 7-4 over New England College.
Against New England College, the Rams plated five runs in the first inning to take control of the game. Junior Taylor Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) and sophomore Alyssa Begin (Salem, Mass.) led off the game with back-to-back singles. Ezold scored on an infield single from freshman Tiffany Agostini (Rehoboth, Mass.). Junior Yaya Faria (Acton, Mass.) followed driving in a pair of runs with a blistering single down the left field line. Faria and sophomore Kate Corriveault (Blackstone, Mass.), who walked, scored the last two runs in the frame as they raced home on an RBI infield hit by freshman Jess Morrissey (Barre, Mass.) and an error in the NEC infield.
New England College would push a run across in the third when senior Teraysa White (Belgrade, ME) reached on an infield hit, stole second and third and came around to score on an RBI single from junior Gabrielle Timms.
The Rams added two more in the fourth to push their lead to 7-1. Senior Sherren Doyle (Middleboro, Mass.) and sophomore Jalesia Rookard (Cambridge, Mass.) scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Alyssa Shea (Lakeville, Mass.) and a throwing error by NEC as they tried to cut the first runner down at the plate.
NEC cut the Rams lead down to three with three runs in the sixth, but Begin came on in the seventh and pitched an inning of scoreless relief.
Faria got the start in the circle in game two earning her first win of the season. Faria went six innings surrendering four earned runs on ten hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts.
In the first game, Macalester jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first, but the lead was quickly erased when Ezold led off the bottom of the inning with a homer to deep center.
Macalester responded with three in the third to take the lead for good. Sophomore Cloe Nagy belted a two run homerun to center and a batter later Miranda Stokes homered to the same spot for the 4-1 lead.
The Rams loaded the bases in the third and fifth innings, but relief pitcher Brittany Ehmann was able to get the strikeout with the bases loaded to end both threats.
After Macalester added a single run in the sixth, Framingham State was able to score three runs in the sixth to cut the deficit to 5-4. Senior Alysia Morrissette (Ware, Mass.) singled, advanced to second on a Morrissey sacrifice and scored when Doyle reached on an infield error. Doyle scored on an RBI single up the middle by Ezold. Ezold scored the Rams last run on an RBI single up the middle by Begin.
Macalester added a single run in the seventh to push the lead back to two and Amanda Knopf tossed a scoreless seventh to secure the victory for Macalester.
Morrissette went the distance for the Rams earning the loss as she surrendered, six runs, five earned, on seven hits with a pair of strikeouts.
The Rams return to action tomorrow at the Rebel Spring Games against Daniel Webster at 9 a.m. and Utica at 1 p.m.