Series History: On Thursday the Diplomats battle Cairn, a squad F&M has never faced, and on Saturday the Diplomats travel to take on Centennial Conference (CC) opponent Swarthmore, a team that F&M holds a 34-13 overall mark against, including three straight wins.
Scouting the Opponents: The Highlanders, members of the Colonial State Athletic Conference (CSAC), are 0-14 in 2015. Jessica Piccolo has a .261 batting average including two doubles.
The Garnet have posted a 4-6 overall record and are 0-2 in CC action. Christen Boas Hayes is hitting .406 with eight RBIs, while Mary Olesnavich has a 2.03 ERA with a 2-1 record from inside the circle.
Last Week for F&M: The Diplomats went 3-1 last week, splitting a doubleheader with Penn St.-Harrisburg before sweeping Ursinus in their first two CC matchups.
Against the Lions, Penn St.-Harrisburg got off to a hot start in the first game with a two-run homerun in the bottom of the first for an early 2-0 lead. F&M cut the lead in half off a RBI-single from Crystal Good, but Amanda Hartman shut down the Diplomats the rest of the way en route to the 5-1 win. In the second game, F&M's offense came alive when Patricia Crigler ripped a triple to score Megan Ryan and tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the second. The Diplomats added four more runs in the inning, and held on for the 5-3 victory to earn the split.
Down 5-2 in the seventh inning of game one against the Bears, F&M's Erin Russell scored on a passed ball and Ryan singled to score Crigler and make it a 5-4 game. Katie Wenger followed with an infield single, and Ryan was caught inbetween second and third in a rundown, but an error allowed Ryan to score and tie the game at 5-5. The Diplomats scored three runs in the seventh, all with two outs, to send the game into extras.
After Isabel Schaefer held Ursinus scoreless in the top of the eighth, Amanda Savino began the bottom of the frame with her first collegiate hit, a single to left field. Later in the inning, F&M loaded the bases Good was hit by a pitch, giving the Diplomats the 6-5 come-from-behind victory.
In the nightcap, F&M jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Bears chipped away and scored in the top of the fifth, followed by two runs in the sixth to make the score 4-3, however the Diplomats put the game out of reach with three runs in the bottom of the sixth as F&M completed the sweep with the 7-3 win.
Russell and Good each had two hits, while the Diplomats showed impressive plate discipline by drawing six walks.
Lohrey's Climb: Justine Lohrey (2-1) earned the win in game two against Ursinus, giving the senior 26 career wins, just one victory from tying for third place on F&M's all-time wins list. Valerie Koegler '89 is the program's leader with 52.
Diplomats Ranked Nationally in Fielding Percentage: F&M's team fielding percentage of .979 is good for eighth in the country. New Rochelle leads with a 1.000 percentage.
Changes to the Schedule: The Diplomats were originally supposed to travel Alvernia today, however the inclement weather has forced the doubleheader to be postponed, with a makeup date yet to be announced. Also, F&M's home twin bill against Washington College originally scheduled for March 21 will be made up on Tuesday, April 7th with game one beginning at 3:00 p.m.