Game 4 Sunday, March 9, 2014 F&M vs. Salem | Fort Myers, Fla. | 3:00 p.m.
Game 5 Monday, March 10, 2014 F&M vs. Mount Mary | Fort Myers, Fla. | 1:00 p.m.
Game 6 Monday, March 10, 2014 F&M vs. St. Mary's (Ind.) | Fort Myers, Fla. | 3:00 p.m.
Game 7 Tuesday, March 11, 2014 F&M vs. Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.) | Fort Myers, Fla. | 9:00 a.m.
Game 8 Tuesday, March 11, 2014 F&M vs. Ohio Wesleyan | Fort Myers, Fla. | 11:00 a.m.
Game 9 Thursday, March 13, 2014 F&M vs. New Jersey City | Fort Myers, Fla. | 9:00 a.m.
Game 10 Thursday, March 13, 2014 F&M vs. Wartburg | Fort Myers, Fla. | 11:00 a.m.
Game 11 Friday, March 14, 2014 F&M vs. Rockford | Fort Myers, Fla. | 9:00 a.m.
Game 12 Friday, March 14, 2014 F&M vs. Wisconsin-Superior | Fort Myers, Fla. | 11:00 a.m.
Series History: The Diplomats head down to Florida for 10 games in a five-day span when F&M plays in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. Competition begins Sunday when the Diplomats take on Kenyon, a team that beat F&M last season in the teams' first-ever matchup.
The second contest on Sunday begins a stretch of four games where F&M battles teams that the Diplomats have never faced before, which include Salem, Mount Mary, St. Mary's (Ind.), and Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.). On Tuesday, F&M will take on Ohio Wesleyan, a team who owns a 1-0 record against the Diplomats, followed by New Jersey City, a squad that F&M defeated 7-3 last season.
After a matchup against Wartburg on Thursday, the Diplomats close out the spring trip on Friday against Rockford, a team that F&M beat 5-2 last season, and Wisconsin-Superior who holds a 1-0 record against the Diplomats.
Last Week: The Franklin & Marshall softball team opened up its 2014 season on Sunday against Randolph-Macon in non-conference action, falling 10-1 (five innings) in game one of the doubleheader, followed by a 9-1 (five innings) loss in the nightcap. The Diplomats' record fell to 0-2, while the Yellow Jackets improved to 5-1.
In game one, Randolph-Macon struck first in the bottom of the second with a two-run double to take a 2-0 lead.
Down 6-0 in the top of the fifth, F&M got on the board when a Malorie Sassaman groundout scored Kelly Van O'Linda to cut the deficit to 6-1. But, the Yellow Jackets scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 10-1 lead and put the game out of reach.
Ashley Hartshorn recorded the lone hit for the Diplomats, while Taylor Balmaz notched three hits for Randolph-Macon.
In game two, the Yellow Jackets scored early again, as Jenna Best singled in the bottom of the second to give Randolph-Macon a 1-0 lead. After a walk with the bases loaded made the score 2-0, a Christa Simon triple to left field cleared the bases and gave the Yellow Jackets a 5-0 advantage.
In the top of the fifth, Sassaman reached on an error to score Van O'Linda to cut the lead to 7-1, but it was not enough as Randolph-Macon extended the lead in the bottom of the fifth and went on to win 9-1.
Record Book: Malorie Sassaman sits in fifth place on the F&M career hits list with 120. The program record belongs to Lauren Incorvaia (2006-09), who notched 157. Sassaman is also tied for ninth all-time in doubles with 22, while the program record holder Jen Fried tallied 36 from 2001-2004.