KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Franklin & Marshall closed out spring break play on Friday, falling to Ramapo 10-6 and Skidmore 1-0. The Diplomats ended the week with a 2-8 record with the pair of defeats.
Ramapo sprinted out of the gates, collecting four hits and scoring five runs in the bottom of the first on F&M starter Katie Wenger. The Diplomats cut the deficit in the top of the second, beginning with a line drive home run to left center from Lexi Piccinich, the first fourbagger of her young career. Ryan Correa followed Piccinich with a single to center, eventually scoring on Crystal Good's RBI single, making the score 5-2.
The Roadrunners extended the deficit to 7-2 in the bottom of the second, but F&M continued the back-and-forth action in the third. Piccinich earned her second RBI of the day with a single to left center, and Correa plated Taylor Long and Megan Ryan with a double to right that made the score 7-5.
Two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth gave Ramapo a comfortable 10-5 lead entering the seventh. However, Ryan led off with a double to right center before Piccinich reached on an error and Long scored Ryan with an RBI single. The Diplomats were unable to further cut the deficit, as three straight outs moved the Roadrunners to 8-3 on the year with the 10-6 win.
Wenger (1-4) took the loss, giving up eight earned and tallying six strikeouts in six innings.
Ryan paced the F&M offense, going 3-for-4 in the game. Correa, Piccinich, and Sam Clemens all tallied two hits, while Correa and Piccinich led the team with two RBIs apiece.
The Diplomat bats were quieter in the second game against Skidmore, scattering five hits and failing to push a run across against the Thoroughbreds. F&M had opportunities to score as runners reached third base on two occasions, but were unable to capitalize.
Fortunately, Diplomat starter Izzy Schaefer (1-4) turned in another stellar performance, allowing just three hits in seven innings of work on the way to another hard-luck loss.
Skidmore scored the only run of the game in the top of the seventh, using a leadoff single and a stolen base to manufacture a run without adding another hit in the inning.
The Diplomats return to action on Thursday, hosting York (Pa.) at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.