ASHLAND, Va. – Franklin & Marshall saw its softball season end in the NCAA Regionals on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 3-1 decision to No. 18 Randolph-Macon. The Diplomats closed out their season with a 17-23 record and the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Izzy Schaefer held the Yellow Jackets scoreless in the first, but Randolph-Macon broke through for the game's first run with two outs in the second. That lead was extended to 2-0 in the third, as the Yellow Jackets used two hits and a stolen base to again score with two outs.
The Diplomats broke through for their first hits of the game in the bottom of the fourth, recording two in the frame before a double play ended the rally. However, F&M did get on the board in the fifth as Megan Ryan and Katie Wenger both singled to lead off the inning. Kelly Van O'Linda followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Ryan to cut the lead to 2-1.
Randolph-Macon restored its two-run lead in the next half-inning as Harley Jones blasted a solo shot to left center. It was a deficit the Diplomats were unable to erase in their final two at-bats, falling 3-1.
Schaefer ends the season at 11-14, taking the loss after giving up two earned on eight hits in seven innings.