F&M Sweeps Albright; Win Streak Now at Seven

F&M Sweeps Albright; Win Streak Now at Seven
LANCASTER, Pa. – Sam DeNoville's three hits in game one of a doubleheader led the Franklin & Marshall softball team to a 5-1 victory before the Diplomats rallied in game two, scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth to down Albright 5-4 and complete the sweep in non-Centennial Conference (CC) action on Tuesday afternoon. F&M (19-7) has now won seven straight, while the Lions dropped to 7-14.

In game one, brilliant pitching and timely hitting helped the Diplomats earn the victory. Each team was held scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when DeNoville belted a solo homerun over the left field fence for her second of the year to put F&M on the board at 1-0. Later in the same inning, Alicia Kukoda singled to center field to score Sarah Kirk and extend the lead to 2-0. 

Albright got one run back in the top of the sixth, however, when Katie Civitello doubled to left to score Shelby Snyder and cut the lead to 2-1. In the bottom of the frame, the Diplomats extended the lead when DeNoville knocked an infield single to score Caroline Abin and make it a 3-1 game. After Megan Ryan walked to bring home another run and increase the lead to 4-1, Caitlin Brust ripped a single to plate Patricia Crigler and make it a 5-1 game as F&M went on to win by the same score.

Justine Lohrey (9-1) continued her stellar year for the Diplomats, throwing seven innings while surrendering five hits, one earned run and striking out four. DeNoville finished game one 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI's, while Ryan added two hits.

In game two, the Lions' Civitello stymied F&M for much of the game until the Diplomats broke out and scored five runs late to down Albright. An RBI-double in the top of the second gave the Lions their first run, followed by two RBI-singles in the top of the third and a fielding error to give the Lions a 4-0 lead. 

The score would remain 4-0 until the bottom of the sixth when Malorie Sassaman hit a single up the middle with the bases loaded to plate Kukoda and Sarah Kirk and cut the lead in half at 4-2. DeNoville came through again, this time singling down the left field line to score Sassaman and make it a 4-3 contest. Next up was Kaitlin Zampino, who continued the single trend with a base hit to score Rachel Laufer and tie the game at 4-4. Later in the inning, Ashley Hartshorn knocked a ball to center field to plate DeNoville and put F&M ahead 5-4.

In the top of the seventh, after Ryan got the first two outs, Civitello reached on an error before Natalie Carlucci singled to advance Civitello to third. However, Ryan was able to get Amanda Toto to ground out to end the game and preserve the 5-4 victory.

Ryan (6-1), who came in relief of Zampino, threw the final four innings to earn the victory for the Diplomats. She only gave up two hits, and allowed no runs, while striking out three batters. Sassaman went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI's, while Kirk notched two hits as well.

F&M is back in action on Thursday when the Diplomats travel to take on Penn St. – Berks in non-CC action. Game one is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.