FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Franklin & Marshall softball team wrapped up the spring break portion of its schedule on Friday by dropping a 4-2 game against Saint Joseph's (Me.) before falling later in the day to Richard Stockton, 6-0. The Diplomats' record moves to 4-8 on the season, including a 4-6 mark at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic.
Against Saint Joseph's (8-2), F&M fell behind 2-0 in the first when the Monks put together a three-hit inning to take the early lead. The Diplomats' offense went down in order through the first three frames before Saint Joseph's extended its lead to four in the top of the third.
Nicole Casey doubled to left center in the bottom of the fourth to pick up F&M's first hit of the contest. Sam Denoville stepped into the box and singled to center, scoring Casey from second and making the score 4-1.
Down three runs in the bottom of the seventh, the Diplomats threatened when Ashley Hartshorn singled to left center with two outs. Patricia Crigler picked up a single of her own, advancing Hartshorn to second and keeping hope alive for F&M.
With runners on first and second, Kaitlin Zampino lined a double to center, scoring Hartshorn and advancing Crigler to third. However, the comeback effort fell short when the Diplomats went down swinging in their next at-bat.
Starting pitcher Justine Lohrey (3-3) was charged with the loss after given up four earned runs in a complete game effort. Six F&M batters registered hits on the day but the Diplomats struck out 10 times at the plate.
Against Richard Stockton (10-0), F&M kept the score close, heading into the third only down 1-0. However, in the bottom of the frame the Ospreys broke the game open with three runs on four hits and an error from the Diplomats' outfield. The 4-0 score held until the bottom of the sixth when Richard Stockton tacked on two more en route to the six-run setback.
Zampino (1-5) was dealt the loss after being charged with four runs and eight hits in six innings. Casey paced the offense with a 2-for-3 day as F&M combined for four hits in the contest.
The Diplomats open Centennial Conference (CC) play on Saturday, March 23rd when they face off against Washington at home. Game one of the double-header is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.