READING, Pa. – After the Franklin & Marshall softball team scored two late-inning runs to down Penn St. – Berks 4-2 in game one, the Diplomats could not overcome two fielding errors as the Nittany Lions came away with a 6-2 victory in the nightcap. F&M moved to 20-8 on the season, while Penn St. – Berks' record now sits at 13-5.
In game one, both pitchers were dueling it out until the bottom of the fourth when Jenna Heffner tripled to left field to score Megan Olsen and give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 lead. However, the Diplomats finally got on the board in the top of the fifth when Malorie Sassaman reached on an error to score Sarah Kirk and tie the game at 1-1. Next up to bat was Rachel Laufer, who singled to right-center field to plate Sassaman and give F&M a 2-1 advantage.
The Diplomats added to their lead in the top of the sixth when Alicia Kukoda singled home Megan Ryan to make a 3-1 game before Caroline Abin singled through the left side of the infield to score Kukoda and give F&M a 4-1 lead. Penn St. – Berks added a run in the bottom of the sixth but Ryan, who came in relieve Kaitlin Zampino, would not allow another run as the Diplomats went on to win 4-2.
Zampino threw five innings and only gave up one earned run to even her record at 5-5, while Ryan threw two innings to earn her CC-leading third save of the season. Laufer finished game one going 3-for-4 at the plate, while Abin added two hits.
In the nightcap, a pair of costly errors led to the Nittany Lions' victory. Penn St. – Berks got on the board first in the bottom of the second when Rhianna Roulston singled home Heffner to give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 lead. Then, in the bottom of the third inning, Missy Lamm reached on an error to plate Colleen Hoge and increase the lead to 2-0.
In the bottom of the sixth, Penn St. – Berks reclaimed the lead when the Nittany Lions loaded the bases before Hoge reached on a fielder's choice that scored Roulston to make it a 3-2 game. After Chelsea Bright's sacrifice fly to right field increased the lead to 4-2, Casey Hafer singled home Hoge and Olsen followed with another single to make the score 6-2. The Diplomats were held scoreless in the top of the seventh as Penn St. – Berks went on to earn the split.
Justine Lohrey (9-2) relieved Ryan but was charged with her second loss of the season. She tossed three innings and gave up four runs, however none were earned. Sassaman and DeNoville each knocked two hits to lead F&M.
The Diplomats return to CC action on Saturday when F&M travels to Haverford for a doubleheader with game one beginning at 1:00 p.m.