Diplomats Sweep Eastern

LANCASTER, Pa. – Nicole Casey and Justine Lohrey each pitched complete games to help the Franklin & Marshall softball team sweep Eastern University in its home opener on Tuesday. The Diplomats (7-7) won game one 4-2, and took the second game 3-1. The Eagles dropped to 8-5 with the pair of losses.

In game one, the Diplomats picked up three runs in the bottom of the third. Alicia Kukoda's two-out double to right-center field plated Sarah Kirk, Danielle Murphy, and Megan Pauley to put F&M up 3-0. The Diplomats final run came in the bottom of the sixth, with Kukoda touching home of Rachel Laufer's single to center field.

The Eagles tried to rally in the top of the seventh as they tacked on two unearned runs, but Casey forced Jaimie Schwartz to groundout to first base to end the game.

Casey (5-4) earned the win for F&M, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out one and walking none.

Maggie McGowan (2-4) pitched a complete game for Eastern, giving up eight hits and four runs, while striking out three batters.

Kukoda was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and one run, Pauley went 2-for-2 and crossed home once, while Murphy was 1-for-3 with one run.

In the second game, Samantha Ginder delivered a two-run homerun to lead the Diplomats to the victory. Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Ginder notched her fourth home run of the season to give F&M the lead going into the seventh.

The Diplomats held the Eagles scoreless in the last frame and wrapped up the doubleheader sweep.

After a scoreless first inning, F&M went up 1-0 in the second inning when Laufer doubled to center field for her second RBI of the day.

The next three innings were quiet for both teams, with Eastern registering its lone run in the top of the sixth. Pitcher Janelle Fair homered to left field to tie the game at 1-1.

Ginder went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs, scoring twice.  Malorie Sassaman was 2-for-3 and crossed the plate once, while Megan Pauley was 1-for-2 with a double to center field.

F&M returns to action on Saturday in its conference opener at Washington College. Game time is set for 1:00 pm.

Franklin & Marshall 4, Eastern University 2 (Mar 20, 2012 at Lancaster, Pa.) (Game 1)

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Eastern University.. 000 000 2 -  2  4  1      (8-4)
Franklin & Marshall. 003 001 X -  4  8  1      (6-7)
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Pitchers: Eastern University - Maggie McGowan Franklin & Marshall - Nicole Casey

Win-Nicole Casey(5-4)  

Loss-Maggie McGowan(2-4)
 
Franklin & Marshall 3, Eastern University 1 (Mar 20, 2012 at Lancaster, Pa.) (Game 2)

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Eastern University.. 000 001 0 -  1  2  0      (8-5)
Franklin & Marshall. 010 002 X -  3  8  0      (7-7)
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Pitchers: Eastern University - Janelle Fair Franklin & Marshall - Justine Lohrey

Win-Justine Lohrey(2-0)  

Loss-Janelle Fair(6-1)