LANCASTER, Pa. – Susquehanna used a comeback victory in game one to kickstart a pair of wins over Franklin & Marshall on Tuesday afternoon in nonconference softball action. The River Hawks improved to 16-8 with the wins, while the Diplomats fell to 7-15.
Susquehanna was first on the board in game one as a zero-out triple gave the visitors a 1-0 edge in the top of the fourth. The ensuing batter was awarded first base after being hit by a pitch, but F&M starter Izzy Schaefer got a pop up, a pick-off play, and a strikeout to wiggle out of the jam without allowing further damage.
The Diplomats struck back in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs. Kelly Van O'Linda had the inning's big blow, driving a two-out home run to left field on the 14th pitch of her at-bat to give F&M a 3-1 edge as Katie Wenger and Christine Miles also scored on the play.
The lead grew to 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth as Taylor Long hit the first pitch of the inning over the wall in left center, notching her fourth homer of the year to tie the team and Centennial Conference high.
The River Hawks responded in their last chance to bat, scoring four runs with two outs to take a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh. Ryan Correa led off with a double in the home half, but the Diplomats were unable to push pinch runner Gabby Goodwin across the plate as Susquehanna stole the 5-4 decision.
Seven different players recorded hits for F&M. Van O'Linda led the way with three RBIs, while Long tallied one.
Schaefer (5-8) took the loss for the Diplomats, giving up five earned in seven innings.
Amanda Seckinger (2-0) earned the win in relief for the River Hawks, while starter Jamie Fesinstine did not earn a decision but did record a save after reentering in the seventh.
Susquehanna was first on the board again in game two, scoring one run on Wenger in the top of the second. The F&M reply was swift, tallying four in the bottom half. Crystal Good provided the pop in the inning, recording a two-run double with two outs before scoring on a wild pitch to put the Diplomats up 4-1.
The River Hawks regained the lead in the top of the fourth, scoring once in the third and four times in the fourth to take a 6-4 advantage. That lead extended to 7-4 in the fifth before Wenger connected on her third home run of the season to cut the deficit to 7-5 in the bottom of the fifth.
Two River Hawk runs in the top of the sixth returned the lead four, which proved to be enough as Susquehanna finished off the sweep by a 9-5 score.
Long and Van O'Linda paced the F&M offense with two hits apiece, while Good recorded two RBIs and Wenger added one.
Wenger (2-7) was saddled with the loss for the Diplomats after giving up seven earned in 5 2/3, while Long gave up two earned in 1 1/3 innings of relief.
F&M continues nonconference play on Thursday, visiting Elizabethtown at 3:00 p.m.