GETTYSBURG, Pa. – A barrage of 20 hits, including eight for extra bases, paced a 22-9 onslaught of Gettysburg in game one of a Centennial Conference (CC) doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. Game two went the other way for the Diplomats (13-7, 5-7 CC) as the Bullets (17-15, 7-5 CC) pulled ahead early and never relinquished the lead, defeating F&M 9-4 to split the series.
Down 5-0 heading into the third, the Diplomats' offense burst out for an 11-run, 11-hit frame that included five doubles and a three-run homer from Patricia Crigler.
Up by 11-5, the Diplomats continued to pour on runs, following up their remarkable offensive display in the third with eight runs on seven hits in the top of the fourth to take a commanding 19-5 lead. F&M collected its runs in the frame with five singles, two doubles and three walks.
The Diplomats tacked on three more in the top of the fifth en route to the 17-run victory. Brust went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with three doubles and three RBIs. Crigler finished the contest with four RBIs in a 3-for-5 effort.
DeNoville also collected three hits, scoring four runs and batting in a pair. Malorie Sassaman produced a 3-for-4 line that included three RBIs, three runs and two walks.
Justine Lohrey (7-7) earned the win for F&M, allowing four earned off seven hits in 3.1 innings of work. Taylor Snyder of Gettysburg was charged with the loss after getting roughed up for nine earned off 11 hits in three frames.
In game two, the Bullets jumped to a quick 2-0 lead in the first before the Diplomats tied the score in the second when Kaitlin Zampino sent a 1-0 pitch to left center field for her third homer of the year. The two-run shot scored Whitleigh from first and knotted up the game at 2-2.
Gettysburg pushed the lead back to two in the bottom of the fourth, before F&M once again tied up the score in the fifth when Sassaman singled down the right field line to score runners from second and third.
However, the Bullets quickly reclaimed the lead with a three-run bottom of the fifth, before adding pair of insurance runs in the sixth to take the five-run win.
The Diplomats combined for five hits in the nightcap. Zampino (6-10) was charged with the loss after allowing six earned in five innings.
After being handed the loss in the opening contest, Snyder (5-5) rebounded with a complete-game victory for Gettysburg, striking out five batters and allowing four earned runs.
F&M returns to competition on Saturday when the Diplomats hit the road to take on Dickinson in CC action. Game one of the doubleheader is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start.