CLERMONT, Fla. – Franklin & Marshall softball opened its 2018 season in Florida, splitting the day with a 7-6 win against Finlandia and a 4-3 loss to Wisconsin-Stout. The Diplomats moved to 1-1 on the year while the Wisconsin-Stout improved to 3-1.
Game 1: F&M 7, Finlandia 6 – (7 innings)
The Lions got their first score of the day in the second to pull within two. Ryan Correa answered right back with a homer to left field in the top of the third to extend the lead 4-1, but Finlandia answered back with three runs to tie the game at 4-4.
The Lions kept the momentum, garnering three quick outs, and then taking the 6-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Katie Wenger responded with a home run in the fifth to bring the Diplomats back within one.
Burns led off with a double to centerfield at the top of the sixth and eventually scored on a passed ball from third, tying the game at 6-6. Schaefer stole second with Erin Russell at the plate, and Russell brought Schaefer home with a single to right field to give F&M the go-ahead run.
Wenger (1-0) tossed 3 2/3 innings out of the bullpen to pick up the win, delivering two strikeouts and only allowing two runs and one hit.
F&M outhit Finlandia 12-8 with every Diplomat in the lineup recording a hit on the day.
Game 2: Wisconsin-Stout 4, F&M 3 – (7 innings)
The Blue Devils took the 1-0 lead off a double in the top of the third. A two-out home run with a runner on second placed two more on the board for Stout and extended its lead to 3-0 in the fourth.
Back-to-back singles placed runners on first and third with no outs in the top of fifth. Schaefer sent Burns across the plate from third after her sacrifice fly to right field was dropped. Clemens followed with a sacrifice bunt to score Good and bring F&M within one at 3-2.
The Blue Devils notched another run in the top of the sixth and kept the Diplomats scoreless to keep the 4-2 advantage going into the seventh.
F&M delivered a strong defensive performance with a quick three outs in the seventh. A double from Piccinich brought in Clemens and advanced Russell to third to bring F&M within one, but Stout held out to take the game 4-3.
Schaefer (0-1) tossed seven innings, giving up four runs and nine hits with five strikeouts.
The Diplomats outhit the Blue Devils 10-9 as Good led the way with a three-for-three effort at the plate.
F&M returns to action tomorrow, taking on Stockton at 9:00 a.m. and Framingham St. at 1:00 p.m.