By Danielle Achin
The Framingham State softball team faced off against top seeded Bridgewater State in MASCAC action where they fell to the Bears in the tenth inning.
The sunny weather made for a perfect game day between both teams and Bridgewater was first to take the field.
Senior Camille Dresrochers led the Rams off to a great start with a single up the middle, immediately stealing second on a wild pitch.
With runners on first and second, junior Gwendolyn Carpenter cracked the ball to left center, sending Desrochers across home plate.
Sophomore Kelsey McGuill, freshman Ava Rodriguez, and junior Zoe Smyth followed Carpenter's lead and added their own RBI runs to the board making it a 4-0 lead for the Rams.
The Rams thern closed out the inning with three quick outs leaving the score 4-0.
Despite the scoreless second inning from FSU, the two-run score for Bridgewater still left a 2 point cushion for the Rams.
The top of the third showed no different from the second but the Bears managed to tally one run in the inning for the 3-4 score.
Both teams were playing with great defense making it hard for either team to advance the score.
The game went back-to-back-to-back scoreless innings before the Bears tied the game 4-4 in the top of the seventh on a fielding error, sending the game into extra innings.
The game only intensified as neither team was willing to let the other take the lead.
The Rams managed to tally a few base hits during the eighth and ninth innings from Rodriguez, Smyth, and freshman Brooke Grassia but were unsuccessful reaching home to advance the lead.
The score remained 4-4 heading into the tenth inning of the game.
The Bears took the field one last time making three easy outs against the Rams before taking the mound.
In the bottom of the tenth, a fielding error by the Rams allowed the Bears to tally the winning run on a passed ball for the 5-4 score.
Despite a devastating loss, Smyth commented on the game, praising her team for the tough fight.
“We knew what we were going up against when it came to Bridgewater. They are a solid team, but so are we,” she said. “I thought we put together some great at bats and played some great defense. They just found ways to get on base and get some timely hits.”
Smyth added that now they are facing off against Salem State in an elimination game, they “need to take care of business” and put everything they have on the field.
The Rams look to play Salem State in an elimination MASCAC conference game and fight for their season on May 6.