GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Franklin and Marshall dropped a double header to Gettysburg on Tuesday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) softball action. The Bullets walked off in the first game in a 4-3 win before blanking the Diplomats 2-0 in the nightcap. F&M fell to 16-8, 6-6 CC, while Gettysburg improved to 25-5, 10-2 CC.
In game one, the Diplomats took advantage of a Bullets' error in the top of the first when Megan Ryan grounded into a double play, but Erin Russell and Melissa Bollmeyer advanced home on a throwing error to give F&M an early 2-0 advantage. Gettysburg got one back quickly in the bottom of the frame when Melissa Tighe scored on a throwing error to make it a 2-1 contest.
In the bottom of the third, the Bullets tied the game at 2-2 when Steph Zengel, the CC's RBI leader at 37, doubled to left center to score Tighe and Gettysburg added took the lead at 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Stephanie Leonardo scored on a wild pitch.
F&M evened the score in the top of the sixth when Samantha Burns took advantage of a wild pitch and scored from third for a 3-3 tie. In the bottom of the seventh, Meghan Hisgen led off the inning with a single down the right field line on an 0-2 pitch. After Ashley Iannone was hit by a pitch, Leonardo singled up the middle and scored Hisgen to win the game for the Bullets at 4-3.
Bollmeyer led the Diplomats' offense going 2-for-2 at the plate along with two walks. Schaefer tossed six innings inside the circle and gave up three earned while striking out seven.
In the second game of the double header, Aileen Reilly, who is now tied for the conference lead in wins at 13, stifled the F&M offense as she pitched all seven innings and gave up just two hits while striking out 13 batters.
Gettysburg scored both of its runs off sacrifice flies, one by Zengel in the bottom of the first and one from Jamie Abell in the bottom of the fifth.
The Diplomats' two hits came from Russell and Burns, while Schaefer (7-7) pitched well but received the loss in a five-inning effort, giving up just two hits and one earned run.
F&M's busy week continues on Thursday when the Diplomats host non-conference opponent Penn St.-Brandywine at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.