F&M Heads to Virginia for NCAA Regionals

F&M Heads to Virginia for NCAA Regionals

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Game 1
Saturday, May 13, 2017
No. 18 Randolph-Macon vs. Averett
Ashland, Va. | 2:30 PM
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Game 2
Saturday, May 13, 2017
No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan vs. F&M
Ashland, Va. | 5:00 PM
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Game 3
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Winners of Games 1/2
Ashland, Va. | 11:00 AM
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Game 4
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Losers of Games 1/2
Ashland, Va. | 1:30 PM
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Game 5
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Loser of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4
Ashland, Va. | 4:00 PM
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Game 6
Monday, May 15, 2017
Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 5
Ashland, Va. | 11:00 AM
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Game 7
Monday, May 15, 2017
Winner of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 6 (If Necessary)
Ashland, Va. | 1:30 AM
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The 2017 Franklin & Marshall softball season continues on Friday at the Ashland, Va. regional of the NCAA Tournament. The Diplomats will take on Virginia Wesleyan at 3:30 p.m. on Friday before action continues into Saturday. The final two teams standing will compete on Sunday for the right to advance to next weekend's super regionals.

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F&M Tournament History: Fresh off its first Centennial Conference (CC) Championship, F&M is also making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Diplomats' only other Conference Championship was a MAC Title in 1980, before the inaugural NCAA Tournament was contested in 1982.

A Look at the Group: Virginia Wesleyan enters the tournament as the top seed in the Ashland, Va. region and the No. 1 team in the most recent NFCA Coaches Poll. The Marlins own a 43-2 record and earned an automatic bid to the tournament after winning the program's 10th Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship last weekend.

Randolph-Macon, hosts of the regional round, come in as the second seed in the four-team pod and tied for 18th in the NFCA poll. The Yellow Jackets, an ODAC rival of Virginia Wesleyan, earned an at-large bid to the Tournament after compiling a 33-9 record on the season.

Averett is the third seed in the regional, earning its berth after winning the USA South Conference last weekend. The Cougars have won their last nine games and carry a 28-18 record into the Tournament.

All-CC: On Wednesday, Lexi Piccinich and Taylor Long earned All-Centennial honors from the Conference. Piccinich earned First Team recognition as a designated player, while Long landed on the Second Team as a shortstop.

Last Week: F&M opened the CC Tournament on Friday, scoring two runs in the top of the sixth and holding on for a 3-2 win over top-seeded McDaniel.

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The Diplomats continued play on Saturday, earning a spot in the championship round with a 7-4 victory over Gettysburg.

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On Sunday, F&M again took on Gettysburg with two chances to clinch the program's first CC Crown. The Bullets forced the second game with a 3-0 win in game one, but the Diplomats came through with a 1-0 win in the back half of the doubleheader to clinch the Conference Championship.

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Tournament MVP: For her performance over the weekend, Ryan Correa earned CC Tournament MVP honors. The freshman catcher played all four games behind the plate for F&M and finished the weekend with a .364 average, four important RBIs, and one home run.

Milestone Watch: Megan Ryan broke into the program's top five for both games played and games started, ranking third in starts (130) and fourth in appearances (133). She is also third in program history with 29 doubles and seventh with 61 RBIs.

Schaefer ranks in the program's top 10 of several pitching categories. Her nine career shutouts are tops in program history, and she ranks in the top five for complete games (2nd, 44), innings pitched (3rd, 379 1/3), strikeouts (4th, 244), and wins (T-3rd, 31).

With four home runs on the season, Katie Wenger has totaled 10 long balls in her career, putting her alone in second place in program history. The record is held by Lauren Incorvaia '09 with 15.

Piccinich's team-high five homers put her just one shy of the program record for home runs by a freshman and two shy of the conference record for homers by a freshman. She is also tied for the program's third-highest single-season home run total.

Long has put together one of the most prolific seasons in program history, ranking eighth in single-season hit total (44) and tying for fifth with 10 doubles on the season.