Kissimmee, Fla. – The Framingham State University softball team closed their spring trip this morning with a pair of losses. The Rams were defeated by Wheaton College 5-0, and fell in five innings to Rutgers-Camden by a score of 11-1.
In game one, sophomore Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass.) went 2-for-3 for Wheaton with an RBI, while classmate Vanessa Campbell (Manchester, N.H.) went 3-for-3 with a run scored for the Lyons, who have now won two-straight and four of their last five games to climb to within a game of .500 at 4-5.
Sophomore Allison Baker (Orange, Conn.) and freshman Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass.) combined to toss a two-hit shutout as Baker improved to 3-4 with the win.
The Lyons scored the only runs they would need in the top of the second. Sophomore Ashley Brillon (Attleboro, Mass.) opened the frame with a double and scored on a single by Rocha for the game's first run. Senior Valerie Tratner (Forest Hills, N.Y.) later crossed the plate on a wild pitch to push the Lyons lead to 2-0, and senior Amanda Poplaski (North Reading, Mass.) accounted for Wheaton's third run when she scored on a passed ball.
Wheaton tacked on insurance runs in the third and fourth innings to account for the final score. Brillon scored on a wild pitch in the third to stretch the lead to 4-0, and Rocha tripled and scored on an RBI groundout by junior Alanna Monahan (Dorchester, Mass.) in the fourth to cap the scoring.
Baker pitched the first four frames and allowed just two hits while striking out three. Berardi closed the contest with three hitless frames, picking up a pair of strikeouts along the way.
Sophomore Alyssa Begin (Salem, Mass.) took the loss for Framingham (3-7), allowing seven hits and five runs (one earned) with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings of relief.
In game two, Rutgers-Camden tallied four runs in the first inning en route to the 11-1 five inning victory. The big hit in the inning was a two out, two run homerun off the bat of Kaitlyn Gaskill.
Rutgers-Camden starting pitcher Amanda Cassella surrendered a first inning single to FSU junior Taylor Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) and then proceeded to retire the next seven batters that she faced.
Senior Sherren Doyle (Middleboro, Mass.) reached on an infield single in the fourth for the Rams second hit in the game.
The Rams would plate a single run in the top of the fifth when senior Alyssa Shea (Lakeville, Mass.) reached on an error in the Camden infield and advanced to second on a passed ball. Shea would score on an RBI double to left from sophomore Kate Corriveault (Blackstone, Mass.).
Senior Alysia Morrissette (Ware, Mass.) picked up the loss as she pitched three innings surrendering ten runs, seven earned, on seven hits.
The Rams return to action on March 28th at UMass Boston in a double header beginning at 3 p.m.