Game 23/24 Thursday, April 13, 2017 F&M at Elizabethtown | Elizabethtown | 3/5:00 PM Series Record: EC leads 34-15 Streak: F&M +1 Last F&M Victory: 5-0, April 14, 2016 Last EC Victory: 3-0, April 14, 2016 Live Stats
Game 25/26 Saturday, April 15, 2017 F&M at Swarthmore | Swarthmore | 1/3:00 PM Series Record: F&M leads 38-13 Streak: F&M +7 Last F&M Victory: 8-0, April 17, 2016 Last SWAT Victory: 4-3, April 6, 2013 Video | Live Stats
Series History: Franklin & Marshall opens the second week of April on Tuesday, hosting Susquehanna in the first meeting between the River Hawks and Diplomats.
Nonconference play continues on Thursday when F&M visits Elizabethtown in a contest of local rivals. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 34-15, but last season saw the teams split a doubleheader on April 14.
Centennial Conference (CC) action returns on Saturday when the Diplomats head to Swarthmore for a doubleheader with the Garnet. F&M owns a 38-13 advantage in the previous 51 meetings, including victories in the last seven dating back to 2013.
The River Hawks enter the week with a 14-8 record, but have lost four of their last six. The only common opponent is Dickinson, collecting a sweep over the Red Devils on Sunday, much like the Diplomats did last Tuesday.
Kelly Miller leads Susquehanna at the plate, batting .339 on the year with an on-base percentage of .452. Three other River Hawks are batting better than .300, while Miller and Emily Boman lead in the long ball category with two home runs apiece.
Alexa Gonzalez leads the Susquehanna hurlers with an 8-4 record, recording an ERA of 2.10 in 72 1/3 innings pitched.
A Look at Elizabethtown: The Blue Jays stand at 4-18 on the year, and are 1-16 in their last 17 contests after starting the season 3-2.
Emma Varrato leads Etown with a .422 average, in addition to team highs in RBIs (19), on-base percentage (.446), and slugging percentage (.609). Kelsey Brown (.277) leads the way with four home runs on the year as the Blue Jays have hit 10 as a team.
Amber Sergas is the only Etown pitcher with multiple wins, standing at 2-5 on the year with an ERA of 4.20,
A Look at Swarthmore: The Garnet come into the week at 10-12 after starting the year with a 9-5 record. Recent weeks have not been as kind to Swarthmore, who has lost seven of its last eight including a 1-5 start to CC action.
Kennedy Kings' .423 average is the highest on a squad that boasts five hitters above .300 and a team average of .301. However, that average is just .257 in conference play, despite Kings' (.474) and Kalli Segel's (.412) hot start to CC play.
Four Swarthmore pitchers have recorded more than 25 innings of work, but none have surpassed 45. McKenzie Ward's 4-1 record is the best on the staff, but her 4.81 ERA is also the highest among the four primary pitchers.
Last Week: F&M opened last week with a doubleheader sweep of Dickinson on Tuesday in Carlisle. Izzy Schaefer earned two complete-game victories as the Diplomats earned wins of 4-3 and 6-0.
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After rain canceled Thursday's doubleheader with Penn St.-Abington, F&M returned to conference play by hosting Muhlenberg on Saturday. The Diplomats followed a tough 8-2 loss in extra innings with a 9-3 victory in game two, salvaging a split with the Mules.
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Dinger Derby: With four home runs on the season, Lexi Piccinich sits alone atop the CC. Taylor Long is one of three conference players with a trio of homers on the year, while Katie Wenger is tied for fifth with two homers of her own.
Among the Leaders: Piccinich also broke into the conference's top 10 for RBIs, tied for sixth with 14.
Schaefer is in the top 10 of several CC pitching categories, ranking eighth with five wins and ninth in strikeouts (41) and ERA (2.95). Fellow hurler Wenger ranks 10th in strikeouts with 38.
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Milestone Watch: Megan Ryan broke into the program's top 15 in both games played and games started, ranking eighth in starts (111) and 11th in appearances (114). She is also tied for seventh in program history with 23 doubles and 11th with 52 RBIs.
Now with eight career home runs, Wenger is tied for second in program history. The record is held by Lauren Incorvaia '09 with 15.
With four home runs on the year, Piccinich is tied for fourth-most in a single season. The record, nine, is again held by Incorvaia.
Schaefer ranks in the program's top 10 of several pitching categories. Her nine career shutouts are tops in program history, her 213 career strikeouts are fourth, and she ranks in the top 10 for wins (5th, 25), complete games (9th, 33) and innings pitched (8th, 302 2/3).