Diplomats to Play Eight in Kissimmee, Fla.

Diplomats to Play Eight in Kissimmee, Fla.
Game 7
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
F&M vs. Hamilton | Kissimmee, Fla. | 9:00 a.m.

Game 8
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
F&M vs. Dubuque | Kissimmee, Fla. | 1:30 p.m.

Game 9
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
F&M vs. Lesley | Kissimmee, Fla. | 9:00 a.m.

Game 10
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
F&M vs. Skidmore | Kissimmee, Fla. | 11:15 a.m.

Game 11
Thursday, March 17, 2016
F&M vs. Utica | Kissimmee, Fla. | 1:30 p.m.

Game 12
Thursday, March 17, 2016
F&M vs. No. 18 Cortland St. | Kissimmee, Fla. | 3:45 p.m.
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Series History: Franklin & Marshall opens its spring break competition in Kissimmee, Fla. on Tuesday, taking on Hamilton at 9:00 a.m. The Diplomats and Continentals have clashed twice previously, with Hamilton winning the inaugural matchup in 2005 before F&M tied the series at 1-1 in 2011.

The next four games of the trip against Dubuque, Lesley, Skidmore, and Utica will all mark the first time that the Diplomats have met each team.

The final contest of the week is against No. 18 Cortland St. at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, featuring just the second meeting between the institutions. The Red Dragons won the only other game between the schools, a 2-1 decision on March 15, 2006.

Last Week for F&M: The Diplomats opened the week on Saturday with a pair of victories over Mary Washington as F&M started the season 4-0 for the first time since 2003.

The Diplomats used a late rally to come from behind and pull out a 4-3 victory in the day's opener, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to erase a 3-1 deficit.

Taylor Long and Kathleen Zogorski both went 2-4 with an RBI to lead the F&M offense. Katie Wenger and Crystal Good also notched an RBI in the victory.

Isabel Schaefer earned the win in the pitching circle. The sophomore gave up just three runs on 10 hits, and was aided by errorless F&M defense.

Two big innings fueled the Diplomats in game two of the doubleheader, an 11-5 victory.

The first rally came in the top of the fourth, with the big blow being a two-run single from Erin Russell as F&M scored six to open a 6-2 lead. Five more runs in the sixth gave the Diplomats plenty of breathing room.

Wenger started the second game in the circle, earning the win after giving up four runs and eight hits in four innings of work. Long took over in the fourth, allowing only one run on one hit in the remaining three frames.

The Diplomats continued action on Sunday, falling to Randolph-Macon twice.

Game one featured a back-and-forth contest that required nine innings to find a winner, with Randolph-Macon securing a 6-5 win.

Two runs in the top of the seventh gave F&M a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the frame, but Randolph-Macon managed a run to tie the game. The Yellow Jackets eventually took advantage of an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth to win.

Samantha Clemens led the Diplomat offense, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Melissa Bollmeyer also finished 2-for-4, scoring three times in the opener.

In the second game, Randolph-Macon jumped out early, scoring three first-inning runs on F&M's Schaefer. Schaefer did settle down, allowing just one more run, but the four runs proved to be enough for the Yellow Jackets.

Schaefer gave up four earned on nine hits in her first loss of the season. The sophomore struck out two and gave out zero walks on the day.

Russell went 2-for-4 to pace the F&M bats, while Bollmeyer, Patricia Crigler, Wenger, Kelly Van O'Linda and Enrica Fabricant all recorded one hit.

Among the Leaders: Six games into the season, Van O'Linda owns a batting average of .462. That mark is good for third in the Centennial Conference, which is led by Gettysburg's Wendy Folfas (.526).