Games 25 & 26
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Albright vs. F&M | Lancaster, Pa. | 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
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Games 27 & 28
Thursday, April 10, 2014
F&M at Penn. St. – Berks | Reading, Pa. | 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Games 29 & 30
Saturday, April 12, 2014
F&M at Haverford | Haverford, Pa. | 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
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Series History: F&M (17-7, 6-2 CC) looks to continue its recent success when the Diplomats battle two non-conference teams before taking on Centennial Conference (CC) opponent Haverford. F&M faces off against Albright on Tuesday, a team the Diplomats hold a 28-6 record against, including four straight victories. F&M holds a 5-1 mark against Penn St. – Berks, as the Diplomats have won five straight against the Nittany Lions, and finally, F&M will be back in CC action this Saturday when the Diplomats travel to play Haverford, a team the Diplomats hold a 23-11 record against.
Scouting the Lions, Nittany Lions, and Fords: Albright's Jalene Garcia currently has a .429 batting average, while Amanda Toto possesses a .424 average to lead the Lions and Natalie Carlucci leads the team in homeruns with 3. Penn St. – Berks' Rhianna Roulston is leading the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) with a .515 batting average, while Megan Olsen (1.56), Casey Hafer (2.02), and Abby Staskiel (2.21) hold the top three earned-run averages in the NEAC. Haverford's Jill Schnall is hitting .467, good for second in the CC, while Brittany Stevenson is tied for the lead in the conference in saves with three.
Last Week: F&M could not figure out one of the CC's top pitchers in game one of a doubleheader as the Diplomats were defeated 3-0, however F&M recovered in game two and earned the split with an 8-7 victory on April 1. In game one, McDaniel's Caroline Brehm was stellar on the mound, throwing a complete game while only yielding two hits and striking out 11 batters.
In the nightcap, the Diplomats used an eight-run third inning to down the Green Terror. Megan Ryan led F&M with three hits and two RBI's, while Caroline Abin added two hits. Kaitlin Zampino came in as a relief pitcher to earn the victory for the Diplomats.
F&M swept York (Pa.) in a game one slugfest and game two pitchers' duel as the Diplomats won game one 15-9 before edging the Spartans 1-0 in eight innings in game two.
Sam DeNoville headlined the offense in game one with her grand slam in the top of the seventh to contribute to F&M's 15-9 victory. Ryan threw 4.2 innings, giving up five runs and striking out two to earn her fifth victory of the season.
In the nightcap, both teams were unable to push a runner across the plate until the top of the eighth when Abin broke the tie with a single to right field that scored pinch runner Kelly Van O'Linda to give the Diplomats a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, with the tying run on third base and no outs, Justine Lohrey forced two groundouts before striking out the final batter to preserve the 1-0 victory for F&M.
The Diplomats continued to roll as F&M defeated Swarthmore 4-2 in game one before edging the Garnet 1-0 in another eight-inning game last week.
In game one, with the game tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Rachel Laufer crushed a homerun to left field to break the tie and put F&M ahead 3-2 and the Diplomats would go on to win 4-2 as Lohrey threw a complete game, allowing no earned runs to pick up her eighth victory of the season.
In game two, once again the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the eighth when Alicia Kukoda led off the inning with a triple to center field. The next batter, Ryan, belted a ball that hit the left-field fence as Kukoda score easily to give F&M the 1-0 win in walk-off fashion.
Zampino threw eight innings of shutout ball, giving up just five hits and striking out nine batters to earn her fourth victory of the season.
Total Team Effort: Malorie Sassaman's .432 batting average is good for fifth in the CC, while Laufer's 22 RBI's is fourth in the CC and Lohrey is third in the conference in ERA with a 1.74 average, while her eight wins is ranked third in the CC.
As a team, the Diplomats are second in the conference in runs (129), second in hits (202), first in doubles (46) and first in homeruns (10).