Games 17 & 18
Thursday, March 27, 2014
F&M at Ursinus | Collegeville, Pa. | 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Games 19 & 20
Saturday, March 29, 2014
McDaniel vs. F&M | Lancaster, Pa. | 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Series History: This will be the 59th and 60th meeting between the Diplomats and Bears. Ursinus leads the overall series 43-15 and has won three straight against F&M. The Green Terror hold a 43-21 record against the Diplomats, however the Diplomats took two from McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) action last season.
Scouting the Bears and Green Terror: Ursinus (5-7, 1-1 CC) enters the matchup against F&M coming off a split with Dickinson. The Bears lost game one 16-0, but earned the split by winning game two 8-6. The Green Terror (8-6, 0-0 CC) are scheduled to play their first CC games on Thursday at Dickinson. Junior pitcher Caroline Brehm leads the CC in strikeouts with 96 and is tied for first in wins with six.
Last Week: The Diplomats posted a 3-1 record last week, sweeping Lancaster Bible before opening conference action with a split against Washington.
F&M's offense went on a tear last Friday, beating Lancaster Bible (LBC) 16-6 in five innings in game one before blanking the Chargers 8-0 (six innings) in the second game.
Caitlin Brust finished game one with three hits and six RBI's for the Diplomats, while Caroline Abin and Rachel Laufer added two hits and four RBI's each. Justine Lohrey scattered five hits through four innings to earn the victory.
Kaitlin Zampino led the offense in game two with two hits and three RBI's, while Laufer added two hits and two RBI's. Zampino and Megan Ryan combined to hold LBC to just two hits as Ryan (3-1) earned the win, pitching four innings and striking out four batters.
The F&M softball team split a pair of contests with No. 20 Washington last Saturday.
In the bottom of the seventh inning with the game tied at 5-5, Laufer added to an impressive day by doubling to left center field to score Ryan and put F&M on top at 6-5. A Sarah Kirk single scored Laufer and added an insurance run for the Diplomats as Washington was held scoreless in the bottom of the frame to preserve the 7-5 win.
Laufer finished game one going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homerun, while Kirk and Abin each notched three hits. Lohrey (6-1) pitched well in relief to earn the victory as she threw three innings and only surrendered one hit.
In the nightcap, Washington was ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth when the Shorewomen tacked on three more runs for a 6-1 lead before two more runs were scored in the bottom of the sixth when Kylie Nottingham knocked an RBI-single to right field and Suzanna Patinella followed with another RBI-single to make it an 8-1 game.
Abin, Malorie Sassaman, Laufer and Brust recorded hits for F&M, while Lohrey, who came in as a relief pitcher, was charged with the loss.
Sassaman and Lohrey in Top 5 in CC: Sassaman is hitting .478, which is good for the fourth-best average in the conference, and is tied for second in stolen bases with six, while Lohrey is tied for first in wins with six.