Dutchmen Sweep Diplomats

Dutchmen Sweep Diplomats

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall dropped a softball doubleheader to non-conference opponent Lebanon Valley on Thursday afternoon. The Dutchmen (18-10) scored runs in the final four innings to get the first win 7-2, and secured the second game with a six-run sixth frame to make the final 13-9 before the contest was called due to darkness. The Diplomats fell to 11-14-1 on the season.

After a scoreless first three innings in game one, the Dutchmen broke open the game in the top of the fourth inning by getting an unearned run to take a 1-0 lead. LVC scored four more runs over the next two innings before F&M plated two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth frame. Nicole Casey doubled to right center to bring home Danielle Murphy from first, Casey later touched home off of Samantha Ginder's RBI groundout to the shortstop.

In LVC's final at bat the Dutchmen plated two more runs to claim the victory.

Casey (8-7) pitched the complete game and took the loss for the Diplomats.

Kristen Palmerio (11-6) earned the win for LVC, pitching a no-hitter through the sixth inning. Palmerio gave up just two hits and two runs, while striking out four batters.

In the second game, the Dutchmen broke a 7-7 tie with six runs in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the frame, the Diplomats battled back with two runs, but were unable to complete the comeback and LVC came away with the sweep. The game was called due to darkness following the conclusion of the sixth inning.

LVC scored five runs over the first two innings, getting a lone run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. The Diplomats responded in the bottom of the frame by getting a run of their own to tie the game at 1-1. The Dutchmen opened things up in the second, touching home four times to regain the lead and take a 5-1 advantage.

F&M plated two unearned runs over the next two innings to cut the LVC lead to 5-3. The Dutchmen stretched their lead to 6-3 in the top of the fourth with an unearned run of their own. In the bottom of the frame, the Diplomats took their first lead of the day getting four runs to go up 7-6. Pinch hitter Rachel Laufer singled to the pitcher that brought home Murphy, Ginder hit her second RBI of the game to plate Casey, while Laura Wagoner completed the scoring with a two-run double through the left side, allowing Ginder and Laufer to touch home on the play.

LVC tied the game for the second time in the fifth when Steph Hulme hit a solo homerun to left field to make it 7-7. The Dutchmen held F&M scoreless in the bottom of the inning, before securing the game in the sixth.

Lohrey (3-4) recorded the loss for the Diplomats, pitching four innings. Kaitlin Zampino took over in the fifth, pitching two innings.

Jasmine Dutton (5-1) pitched three innings in the win for LVC, while relief pitcher Emily Robenolt pitched the final three innings, allowing three hits, two runs and striking out one.

Ginder was 2-for-5 on the day with three RBIs and two runs, Hartshorn contributed two hits, one run, and three RBIs, and Casey added two hits, two runs, and two RBIs.

F&M returns to action on Saturday with a doubleheader against Centennial Conference (CC) opponent Haverford. Game time is set for 1:00 pm at Haverford.

Lebanon Valley 7, Franklin & Marshall 2 (Apr 12, 2012 at Lancaster, Pa.) (Game 2)
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Lebanon Valley...... 000 122 2 -  7 11  0      (17-10)
Franklin & Marshall. 000 002 0 -  2  2  1      (11-13-1)
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Pitchers: Lebanon Valley - Kristen Palmerio Franklin & Marshall - Nicole Casey

Win-Kristen Palmerio(11-6)  

Loss-Nicole Casey(8-7)

Lebanon Valley 13, Franklin & Marshall 9 (Apr 12, 2012 at Lancaster, Pa.) (Game 2)
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Lebanon Valley...... 140 116  - 13 18  4      (18-10)
Franklin & Marshall. 111 402  -  9  9  1      (11-14-1)
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Pitchers: Lebanon Valley - Jasmine Dutton; Emily Robenolt(4). Franklin & Marshall - Justine Lohrey; Kaitlin Zampino(5)

Win-Jasmine Dutton(5-1)  

Save-Emily Robenolt  

Loss-Justine Lohrey(3-4)