LANCASTER, Pa. – Lauren Incorvaia’s two out, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh snapped Franklin & Marshall’s eight-game losing streak. Her ninth homer of the season, a shot over the left-center fence, delivered the Diplomats (13-15, 3-7 CC) a 5-4 win over Haverford in the first half of a Centennial Conference doubleheader. The Fords (15-9, 8-2 CC) exacted their revenge in the nightcap with a 6-1 win.
Incorvaia went 2-for-4 in the first game with a pair of RBIs. In addition to scoring the game-winning run, the Diplomats’ senior backstop singled to leftfield in the first inning to plate leadoff batter, Jessika Mancino. Mancino, who reached on a walk, gave the Diplomats the 1-0 jump.
Haverford knotted it at 1-1 in the third when Natalie Richman singled back through the box to score Dana Irshay, who had reached on one of Haverford’s three hits in the inning. Meredith Morgan (6-3) worked out of the jam leaving the bases full of Fords. Morgan allowed 10 hits in the complete game win. Haverford stranded eight runners in the game.
F&M got the run back in the bottom half of the inning when Mancino lead off the inning with a single. She later stole third and came home on the errant attempt to gun her down.
Kristina Fietkiewicz stretched the lead to 3-1 with a solo shot in the fourth. Mancino picked up a hit that scored Kelly Marchisio to make it 4-1 in favor of the Diplomats. Mancino finished the first game 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and the RBI.
The Fords came storming back in the top of the fifth, getting three runs on four hits and an error, setting the stage for Incorvaia’s heroics.
The second game threatened to get away from F&M several times, but the Fords stranded a dozen batters. After getting a quick pair in the second, Haverford left two on board. The Diplomats immediately undid half of the damage when Barbara Sasso led off the bott om of the inning with a double to right-center. F&M’s pitcher, Sarah Damato drove her in with a single down the rightfield line. That was it for the Diplomats’ offense.
The Fords’ left the bases loaded in the third and stranded two more in the fourth, but not before getting a pair. Richman hit a sacrifice fly into rightfield and Erin Delaney singled up the middle to plate Irshay in the fourth. Haverford added a run in the fifth and sixth before play was halted by darkness.
Delaney was 3-for-3 in the nightcap, scoring twice and driving in a run. Becky Garibotto got the win in the circle for Haverford. She limited F&M to a hit per inning to move to 5-2 on the year.
The Diplomats return to action on Friday for a pair with Penn State-Hazelton.