Diplomats Take One From Albright

Diplomats Take One From Albright

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LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall softball team rolled past Albright 13-5 in the first game of a non-conference double header and was well on it's way to a two-game sweep, when the second contest was halted after four and half innings due to darkness. Decisions regarding whether or not the game will be rescheduled will be determined later this week. As of now, the Diplomats sit with a record of 7-8, while the Lions fell to 6-15.

Albright got on board first with two runs in the first frame, but the Lions remained tamed as Liz Chudzik settled in on the mound. F&M immediately countered Albright's two runs with three of its own in the first.

Danielle Murphy stood on second when Caitlin Elfring slammed a double to left field to send Murphy home. Julianne Whitleigh hammered her first homerun of her career to left field, sending home Elfring and putting the Diplomats on top by one.

The Diplomats doubled their score to take a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the second. Elana Jaret and Gina Camuso stood on second and third, respectively, as Murphy stepped up and knocked out her first career homer to left center field.

After a quiet third, the Diplomats added three more tallies to the scoreboard. Megan Pauley singled and stole second, and Liz Chudzik hit a double up the middle as Pauley ran home. Karalynne Clark, pinching running for Chudzik, was plated when Whitleigh singled. Alyssa Yackle finished out the frame with a double to left center field to send home Whitleigh for the second time on the day.

The Lions collected three runs in the top of the fifth to shorten the gap, but the Diplomats quickly answered with four runs to earn an eight-run lead, activating the eight-run rule.

Murphy hit 3-for-4 at the plate, with a game-high three runs and four RBIs.

Chudzik earned the victory, allowing seven hits and fanning two batters.

Allie Frank took the loss, allowing five hits and striking out one.

The start of game two mimicked the first, with Albright notching two runs in the first inning and the Diplomats countering with three. Murphy nabbed her fourth run of the day when Elfring singled and sent her home. Chudzik followed suit, hitting a double to left field to plate Elfring, and Yackle smashed a double to send home Chudzik.

The clubs then exchanged two runs apiece in the second frame. Elfring doubled with the bases loaded, and Amanda Schellaci and Kelly Marchisio both scored to keep F&M on top.

Amidst a quiet Lions squad, the Diplomats added another run in the third and tacked on three more in the fourth. Pauley ran home as Elfring singled, followed by a Gina Camuso double to right field that plated Yackle and Whitleigh.

Albright nabbed two runs in the top of the fifth, when the game was halted due to darkness, with the score at 9-6 in the Diplomats favor.

The Diplomats host Stevenson for a Senior Day double header on Saturday, April 10. The first game is scheduled for 1 p.m.


Franklin & Marshall 13, Albright 5 (Apr 08, 2010 at Lancaster, Pa.) (Game 1)
Albright............ 200 03 - 5 7 1 (6-15)
Franklin & Marshall 330 34 - 13 14 2 (7-8)
Pitchers: Albright - Allie Frank; Alex Tragno(2) and Kiersten Gilfoy. Franklin & Marshall -
Liz Chudzik and Amanda Schellaci.
Win-Liz Chudzik(4-5) Loss-Allie Frank(2-4) T-1:40 A-42
HR F&M - Danielle Murphy; Julianne Whitleigh.
Weather: Hot, Sunny, Windy

Game: SB0408A


Franklin & Marshall 9, Albright 6 (Apr 08, 2010 at Lancaster, Pa.) (Game 2)
Albright............ 220 02 - 6 6 2 (6-15)
Franklin & Marshall 321 3X - 9 9 2 (7-8)
Pitchers: Albright - Dana Parolari and Gloria Alfonsi. Franklin & Marshall - Sara Damato;
Liz Chudzik(5) and Amanda Schellaci; Elana Jaret.
Win-Sara Damato(3-3) Loss-Dana Parolari(2-6) T-1:35 A-36
Weather: Cloudy
Game: SB0408B