LANCASTER, Pa. – Enrica Fabricant's pinch-hit grand slam lifted the Franklin & Marshall softball team to 6-1 game-one victory over Penn St.-Abington on Sunday afternoon in non-conference action. The Lions earned the split, however, with a 9-7 win in the nightcap.
F&M (20-10) won its 20th game of the season on Sunday, just the fifth time in its 36-year history that has been accomplished, and it is the third 20-win season in the last five years, with the most recent one coming last year when the Diplomats finished 25-14.
In the first game, after both teams were held scoreless in the first two innings, Breanna Lineman got Abington on the board with an RBI-single to left field to make it a 1-0 game. F&M, however, took the lead for good in the bottom of the third when Melissa Bollmeyer ripped a triple to right field, scoring Savino, and a throwing error by the centerfielder allowed Bollmeyer to score on the play as well for 2-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the sixth, Fabricant was called on to pinch hit with the bases loaded and two outs, and the freshman delivered with the first hit of her collegiate career, a grand slam over the left field fence to put the game out of reach at 6-1.
Justine Lohrey (5-2) was solid inside the circle for the Diplomats, tossing seven frames while giving up no earned runs, no walks, and four punchouts.
In the nightcap, F&M scored first, as Megan Ryan hit a bloop-single over the pitcher's head in the bottom of the first to score Bollmeyer for a 1-0 lead. Patricia Crigler followed with an RBI-double to make it 2-0, and Katie Zogorski hit another RBI-double down the right field line to score Crigler for a 3-0 lead. The Diplomats increased the advantage to 4-0 in the bottom of the second when Kelly Van O'Linda single through the left side to plate Bollmeyer, who had reached on an error earlier in the inning.
In the top of the third, after Greta Sheridan singled, Sheila O'Hagan doubled to left center to put runners on second and third. Emily Mattes then singled to score both runners and cut the lead in half at 4-2. The Lions came to within one when the next batter, Whitney DeLagol, singled down the left field line to score Mattes for 4-3 game.
F&M responded right away, as Katie Zogorski led off the bottom of the third with a single and Karly Newcomb followed with a double to left center that pushed Zogorski over to third. After Fabricant hit an RBI-groundout to knot the game for a 5-3 advantage, Erin Russell singled through the left side to plate Newcomb and increase the Diplomats' lead to 6-3. Van O'Linda reached on an error to score Russell and up the advantage to 7-3.
Abington refused to go away, as Michalea Drogalis reached on a fielder's choice in the top of the sixth to score DeLagol for a 7-4 score. Pinch-hitter Danielle Jones followed with a single, and Bianca Moterosso recorded an RBI-groundout to cut F&M's lead to 7-5. Sheridan then singled up the middle to score Jones and make it 7-6, and the Lions took the lead at 8-7 when O'Hagan reached on an error that scored two. Abington added another in the frame and went on to win by a score of 9-7.
The Diplomats pounded out 12 hits, as Van O'Linda, Ryan, Russell, and Zogorski had two apiece. Ryan (3-1) took the loss, throwing 5.2 innings inside the circle with five strikeouts.
F&M returns to action on Tuesday when the Diplomats travel to Elizabethtown for a double header beginning at 3:00 p.m.