April 10, 2012

Diplomats Win, Tie at Albright

READING, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall won and tied against non-conference opponent Albright on Tuesday afternoon. The Diplomats (11-12-1) notched the win in game one, 7-5, from Laura Wagoner's second two-run RBI of the game, while game two ended in an 8-8 decision in the fifth inning due to darkness, the Lions fell to 4-13-1 on the season.

Never trailing throughout the first game, F&M tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth to give themselves a 7-4 advantage. Wagoner's two-run single proved to be enough through the remainder of the contest as the Diplomats held Albright to just one run in the bottom of the sixth to make the final score 7-5.

F&M wasted little time, taking an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Alicia Kukoda doubled to center field to plate Danielle Murphy from second for the Diplomats first run of the day. Wagoner completed the scoring for the Diplomats in the first inning when she singled for a two-run RBI, crossing the plate was Julianne Whitleigh and Kukoda.

The Lions responded in the bottom of the second frame, equalizing the game at 3-3 off of three unearned runs. F&M responded regaining its lead, in the top of the third, scoring two runs to make it 5-3.

Albright pulled within one of the Diplomat lead, 5-4, in the fourth inning recording a double from Nikki Schwenk to left field that plated Alysa Romero.

Nicole Casey (8-6) picked up the win, pitching four innings, giving up seven hits, and four runs. Relief pitcher Justine Lohrey earned the save pitching three innings, allowing three hits, one run, while striking out two.

Stephanie Romano recorded the loss for the Lions, pitching 2.1 innings. Romano gave up six hits and four runs, Melissa Alimonti took over, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing six hits, two runs, and striking out two.

In the second game, Albright jumped out to an early lead in the first frame, getting four unearned runs to a take a 4-0 advantage. The Diplomats battled back in the top of the second picking up three unearned runs of their own off an error from the pitcher making it 4-3.

After a scoreless third inning, F&M got its bats going again in the top of the fourth scoring four runs to take a 7-4 lead. Samantha Ginder doubled for a three-run RBI, touching home on the play was Kukoda, Sarah Kirk, and Murphy. The Lions countered to tie the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the frame. Ally Martin singled to plate Marquerite DeLucas from second, while Natalie Carlucci completed the scoring for Albright with a two-run RBI single that brought home Becky Crandall and Brandy Lagomarsino.

Each team recorded a run in the fifth inning before the game was called due to darkness.

Lohrey pitched one inning, before Kaitlin Zampino took over, pitching four innings, allowing six hits, four runs, and striking out two batters.

Allie Frank pitched three innings giving up four hits and six runs for the Lions. Albright made two more pitching changes over the next two innings, Alex Tragno pitch 0.2 innings, before Alimonti finished the game, pitching 1.1 frames, allowing two hits and one run.

Wagoner was 5-for-8 with five RBIs, Ginder recorded four hits, three runs, and four RBIs, while Kukoda batted in three runs on the day.

The Diplomats return to the diamond on Thursday when F&M hosts Lebanon Valley for a non-conference doubleheader. Game time is set for 3:30 pm.

Franklin & Marshall 7, Albright 5 (Apr 10, 2012 at Reading, Pa.) (Game 1)
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Franklin & Marshall. 302 002 0 -  7 12  2      (11-12)
Albright............ 030 101 0 -  5 10  2      (4-13)
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Pitchers: Franklin & Marshall - Nicole Casey; Justine Lohrey(5) Albright - Romano;

Alimonti(3)

Win-Nicole Casey(8-6)  

Save-Justine Lohrey(2)  

Loss-Romano(2-6)

Franklin & Marshall 8, Albright 8 (Apr 10, 2012 at Reading, Pa.) (Game 2)
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Franklin & Marshall. 030 41 -  8  9  3      (11-12-1)
Albright............ 400 31 -  8  7  4      (4-13-1)
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Pitchers: Franklin & Marshall - Justine Lohrey; Kaitlin Zampino(2) Albright - Frank;
Tragno(4); Alimonti(4)