CLERMONT, Fla. – Franklin & Marshall softball went 1-1 on day two of its Spring Break trip in Florida. The Diplomats fell to Stockton 10-9 Monday morning and then took down Framingham State 10-2 in the afternoon.
F&M evened out at 2-2 on the year while Stockton improved to 4-1 and Framingham St. dropped to 0-4.
Game 1: Stockton 10, F&M 9 – (7 Innings)
The Ospreys came out with a strong start, taking a 6-0 lead off of eight hits in the bottom of the first.
F&M continued to come back in the third, tallying five runs off seven hits to take a 7-6 lead. Erin Russell started things off with a single to set up the two-run homer from Lexi Piccinich to decrease Stockton's lead to two. Crystal Good stepped up to the plate with bases loaded and one out and singled to centerfield to bring in Sammy Burns. Izzy Schaefer followed with a single to send Correa home to tie the game at 6-6. Sam Clemens then notched a single up the middle with Good crossing the plate to give F&M its first lead of the day.
Clinging to a one-run lead, Schaefer stepped up in the top of the sixth with two outs and hit a two-RBI single up the middle to score Correa and Wenger to extend the Diplomats' lead 9-6.
The lead was short-lived as Stockton notched a three-run homer after a single and double in the sixth to tie the game at 9-9. The Ospreys delivered the final blow in the seventh with a bases-loaded RBI single that gave Stockton the walk-off win.
Wenger led with a 3-for-3 performance from the plate while Schaefer delivered three RBIs on three hits.
Wenger (1-1) was charged with the loss after pitching 6 1/3 innings. The Osprey's Marissa Semeraro tossed the last 4 1/3 innings in relief, giving up two earned run off five hits, for the win.
Game 2: F&M 10, Framingham St. 2 – (5 Innings)
F&M got off to a strong start, getting most of its scores in the first inning. Burns got the Diplomats on the board, hitting a double to score Russell and put Piccinich on third. With two outs, Ella Glenn kept the inning alive with a two-RBI single to extend F&M's lead to 3-0. Good kept the scoring going with a one-RBI single. In the next play, Good stole second while Correa stole home to bring the score to 4-0. Schaefer was next to get in on the action, hitting a single to bring Good home and increase the deficit to five. F&M went back to the top of the order with Clemens notching a one-RBI double to give the Diplomats the 7-0 lead at the end of the first.
Piccinich was the lone Diplomat to cross the plate in the second inning, scoring off a single from Correa to expand the deficit to eight.
In the bottom of the third, Piccinich notched a two-RBI double to bring the score to 10-0.
Framingham got its only score in the top of the fifth with a two-RBI triple to get the final score of 10-2.
Piccinich led with a 3-for-3 performance from behind the plate, earning two RBIs. The Diplomats outhit the Rams 13-5.
Schaefer (1-1) tossed five innings, earning the win with only five hits allowed. Kayla Finacchiaro (0-2) was credited with the loss after pitching 2/3 of an inning.
The Diplomats return to action tomorrow, taking on Hamilton at 9:00 a.m. before a matchup with Albright slated to begin at 1:00 p.m.