Diplomats Set to Finish Up Regular Season

Diplomats Set to Finish Up Regular Season
Games 35 & 36
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Elizabethtown vs. F&M | Lancaster, Pa. | 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
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Games 37 & 38
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Eastern vs. F&M | Lancaster, Pa. | 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
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Games 39 & 40
Saturday, April 26, 2014
F&M at Muhlenberg | Allentown, Pa. | 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Series History: F&M faces two non-Centennial Conference (CC) opponents on Tuesday and Thursday before finishing up CC action with two games at Muhlenberg. Elizabethtown holds a 33-11 record against the Diplomats, however the teams split their most recent matchup in 2010. F&M holds a 6-2 record against Eastern and has won four straight, including a sweep last season. The Mules hold a strong 44-9 mark against F&M and the Diplomats have not beaten Muhlenberg since 2005.

Scouting the Blue Jays, Eagles, and Mules: Elizabethtown (12-16) is a member of the Landmark Conference. Kaylee Werner leads the Blue Jays with a .441 average including four homeruns and seven doubles. Keli Krause possesses a 3.26 ERA from inside the circle and a 5-5 record.

Eastern, a Freedom Conference member, holds a 13-15 record on the season. Haleigh Williams is hitting .393, while Ashton Tomlinson is hitting .371 with four homeruns. Kristen Waters has a 3.79 ERA with a 6-1 record and 21 strikeouts.

Muhlenberg (23-7, 12-2 CC) holds the top spot in the CC and the Mules have several players who lead in many offensive and defensive categories. Kelly Kline leads the CC in batting average at .458, RBI's with 30, and homeruns with seven. Pitcher Kelsey Jones is tied for first with a 1.20 ERA and is second with 12 wins.

Last Week: F&M went 2-2 last week, sweeping Gettysburg before dropping two to Dickinson.

Senior Kaitlin Zampino belted an opposite-field homerun in the bottom of the first of game one to lead the Franklin & Marshall softball team past Gettysburg 9-1 in five innings. In game two, Zampino pitched a complete-game shutout as the Diplomats won 1-0 and earned the sweep on April 17.

In game one, F&M entered the bottom of the fourth with a 4-0 lead and added to it when Rachel Laufer singled to score Malorie Sassaman to extend the lead to 5-0. After Sam DeNoville hit an RBI single and Megan Ryan knocked a sacrifice fly to center to make it 7-0, Alicia Kukoda singled and the Diplomats added another run to make it 9-0 as F&M went on to win 9-1.

Justine Lohrey (10-4) threw all five innings to earn her 10th  victory, while Diplomat hitters compiled 12 hits, led by Kaitlin Zampino who was 2-for-2 at the plate. 

In game two, Zampino was terrific again, this time from inside the circle as she and Gettysburg's Michelle Fox were stellar throughout the game, but it was Fox who gave up the only run of the game in the bottom of the second when Ryan singled to plate Zampino and make it a 1-0 contest.

Zampino (6-6) pitched a gem, going the distance and allowing four hits while striking out four. Kukoda, Sassaman, Laufer, Caroline Abin, and Ryan each recorded a hit for F&M. 

In the first game against Dickinson, a Sassaman triple put the Diplomats up 1-0 in the first inning and Zampino added an RBI-single to plate Sassaman and extend the lead to 2-0. However, that is all Dickinson's Chelsea Homa would allow for the rest of the game as Homa held the potent F&M lineup in check for the final six innings.

The Red Devils got their runs mostly off of singles and great defense as Michelle Orden and Casey Ditzler each made run-saving catches at second base and shortstop to preserve the 4-2 victory for Dickinson.

Abin led F&M with a 3-for-4 game at the plate, while Zampino was strong inside the circle, but was charged with the loss as she pitched a complete game and gave up two earned runs while striking out three.

Game two was yet another pitchers' duel as Lohrey and Homa put together strong performances for their respective teams. 

Dickinson got the lone run of the contest in the top of the seventh when Becca Garilinger reached on an error that allowed Nicole Piet to score and give the Red Devils a 1-0 advantage.

Sassaman finished 3-for-3 from the plate in the second game for F&M, and Lohrey threw seven innings and did not give up any earned runs.

Sassaman, Laufer Chasing More History: With 47 hits on the season, Sassaman is just 10 away from her record of 57 that she set back in 2011. Laufer has 25 RBI's this season, which is just nine away from Lauren Incorvaia's 34 in 2009, and she has eight doubles, putting her just four away from the season record of 12 set by Liz Chudzik is 2010.

Tops in the CC: Sassaman is hitting .456 on the season, good for second, while Lohrey's 1.60 ERA is tied for third in the Conference, and her 10 wins is also tied for third.