F&M Ready for Conference Crunch Time

F&M Ready for Conference Crunch Time
Games 29/30
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
F&M vs. Gettysburg | Lancaster | 3/5:00 PM
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Games 31/32
Thursday, April 21, 2016
F&M vs. King's | Lancaster | 3/5:00 PM
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Games 33/34
Sunday, April 23, 2016
F&M vs. Dickinson | Lancaster | 1/3:00 PM
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Series History: Franklin & Marshall begins a week of crucial Centennial Conference (CC) action on Tuesday as conference leaders Gettysburg visit Lancaster for a pair of games. The Bullets own a 48-21 advantage in the all-time series, including a sweep of last season's meetings on April 14.

The Diplomats take a break from conference action on Thursday, hosting King's for the final non-conference games of the season. The contests will be the first meeting between the schools.

F&M finishes the week on Saturday with another vital CC doubleheader at home, hosting Dickinson for Senior Day. Diplomat senior Patricia Crigler will be honored before the game as F&M looks to extend its 42-28 all-time lead over Dickinson.

Video Broadcasts: For the first time in the program's 38-year history, video broadcast is available for all home softball games. Check out GoDiplomats.com/Live or follow the links on the softball schedule page to watch high-definition action from Baker Campus.  

CC Pitcher of the Week: Isabel Schaefer was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Pitcher of the Week for softball, announced on Monday by the conference office. The recognition follows a week that saw Schaefer go 3-0 in three appearances, giving up just one earned run in 19 innings for an ERA of 0.37. The honor is the first of Schaefer's career and the second of the season for the Diplomats.

Last Week: The Diplomats opened last week on Thursday with a non-conference doubleheader against Elizabethtown.

F&M dropped game one, tallying just two hits as the Blue Jays took the opener 3-0. Diplomat hurler Katie Wenger was saddled with the loss despite surrendering just one earned run in seven innings pitched.

The second contest saw Schaefer shut down Elizabethtown, scattering six hits in a complete-game shutout. Home runs from Erin Russell and Wenger highlighted the Diplomat offense en route to the 5-0 victory.

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CC play resumed on Saturday as F&M visited Haverford, earning a split with the Fords.

Two runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth gave Haverford a 5-0 win in the first contest of the day.

Game two saw the Diplomat offense explode, beginning with a two-run fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead. Three Ford errors allowed F&M to score four in the fifth, before Russell and Sam Burns each notched two-RBI doubles in another four-run frame in the seventh to give the Diplomats the 10-1 decision.

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On Sunday, F&M was back in action for a twin bill with Swarthmore, recording a pair of five-inning victories by scores of 9-1 and 8-0.

A seven-run first inning gave the Diplomats plenty of room in the first contest of the day. Russell and Burns each notched an RBI before Karly Newcomb delivered the big blow with a two-RBI single.

An RBI double from Burns in the second and an RBI triple from Taylor Long in the fifth extended the F&M lead, winning 9-1 in five innings via the mercy rule.

The Diplomat offense continued to roll in game two, recording a pair of three-spots in the fourth and fifth frames to win in five innings in walk-off fashion.

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Among the Leaders: Diplomats continue to appear at or near the top of several conference categories. Wenger's 2.05 ERA is the CC's best, while she ranks fourth in wins with eight and sixth in strikeouts with 63. Schaefer's seven wins tie her for fifth in the conference.

At the plate, Wenger is tied for third in home runs (4) and tied for sixth in RBIs (22). Burns' three home runs tie her for seventh in the CC.

Milestone Watch: With eight games left in the season, Wenger and Burns look to climb the single-season home run rankings. Wenger is currently tied for third, while Burns is tied for fourth. Lauren Incorvaia '09 holds the record with nine dingers in 2009.

Wenger is also tied for fourth in career home runs with six. Incorvaia owns the career home run crown as well with 15.

Patricia Crigler finds herself high in the rankings for career doubles, currently in a tie for seventh with 23. Jen Fried '04 holds the record with 36.

Cooperstein Wins Record: Head coach Mike Cooperstein, now the program's all-time career wins leader, continues to add to his tally. Currently in his ninth season, Cooperstein has amassed 151 career wins. He passed previous record-holder Ray Oswald on March 22 with a pair of victories over Lancaster Bible College.