F&M Set for Key Stretch

F&M Set for Key Stretch
Games 31 & 32
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Gettysburg vs. F&M | Lancaster, Pa. | 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
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Games 33 & 34
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Dickinson vs. F&M | Lancaster, Pa. | 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
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Series History: The Diplomats look to get back on track when F&M battles two Centennial Conference (CC) opponents in Gettysburg and Dickinson this week. The Bullets hold a 46-19 record against the Diplomats, however the teams split the doubleheader last season. F&M holds a 40-26 mark against the Red Devils, but Dickinson was able to earn a split in the 2013 season.

Scouting the Bullets and Red Devils: Gettysburg's Steph Zengel is fifth in the Conference in batting average at .427, while Jamie Abel has stolen 10 bags this year, good for second. In the circle, Lindsey Treanor is tied for fourth in the CC in wins with eight. Dickinson has two players in the top 10 in batting average as Gracie Edelson possesses a .418 average (seventh) and Stacie Maring is batting .411 (ninth). Edelson is also third in the Conference with 25 RBI's, while Edelson is fourth with four homeruns. Pitcher Chelsea Homa has 68 strikeouts, good for fourth, and also has seven wins, tied for fourth in the CC.

Last Week: The Diplomats posted a 3-3 mark last week, sweeping Albright before taking one of two from Penn St.  – Berks. F&M finished up the week with two losses at the hands of Haverford.

In game one against Albright, Sam DeNoville tallied three hits to lead F&M to a 5-1 victory. She belted a homerun in the bottom of the fourth to break a scoreless tie and extended the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth off an infield single.

Justine Lohrey was stellar in the circle, throwing seven innings while surrendering five hits, one earned run and striking out four.

In the second game, the Lions' Katie Civitello stymied the Diplomats for much of the game until F&M broke out and scored five runs late to down Albright. In the bottom of the sixth, Malorie Sassaman hit a single with the bases juiced to cut Albright's lead in half at 4-2. After DeNoville singled to make it a 4-3 contest, Kaitlin Zampino knocked a base hit the tie the game and Ashley Hartshorn singled to center to plate DenoVille and put the Diplomats up 5-4 as Megan Ryan (6-1) earned the victory.

In game one against Penn St. – Berks, both pitchers were dueling it out until the bottom of the fourth when the Nittany Lions' Jenna Heffner tripled to score Megan Olsen. But, F&M came storming back to take a 3-1 lead before Caroline Abin singled to score Alicia Kukoda and give the Diplomats a decisive 4-1 lead,

In the nightcap, in the bottom of the sixth with the contest tied at 2-2, Penn St. – Berks reclaimed the lead when Colleen Hoge hit into a fielder's choice, allowing a run to score. The Nittany Lions would added three more runs to take a 6-2 lead and go on to win by the same score.

At Haverford, the Fords' Jordan Schall ripped her fifth and sixth homeruns of the season to give Haverford the 3-1 victory as F&M struggled to find offense throughout the game.

In game two, starting pitcher Zampino cruised through the first four innings as the Diplomats held a 1-0 advantage, but Zampino ran into trouble in the bottom of the fifth as the Fords tied it at 1-1. Haverford added one more in the frame and four runs in the bottom of the sixth to down the Diplomats 6-2.

Sassaman in the Record Books: With three hits in the doubleheader against Penn St. – Berks, Sassaman became F&M's all time hits leader with 161, passing Lauren Incorvaia's 157 from 2006-09.

Top of the CC: Sassaman is second in the CC with an impressive .446 batting average and tied for fouth in steals with seven.