Long Ball Powers F&M In Split With Gettysburg

Long Ball Powers F&M In Split With Gettysburg

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall welcomed league-leading Gettysburg to Baker Campus for a Centennial Conference (CC) softball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon, dropping game one 6-5 before winning the nightcap 11-3 in six innings. The split moved the Diplomats to 17-13, 5-7 CC while the Bullets are now 22-8, 9-3 CC.

Gettysburg looked set to run away with game one after scoring five in the top of the second. However, F&M quickly responded in the bottom half of the inning, as Crystal Good recorded an RBI single before Samantha Clemens drove in two with a single of her own. After two, the Bullets held a slim 5-3 edge.

An inning later, the Diplomats evened the score at 5-5 as Erin Russell's two-run homer drove in Taylor Long. Still, the Bullets managed to scrape out a run in the top of the sixth and hold on for the 6-5 win in the day's first contest.

Katie Wenger (8-6) picked up the loss for F&M after giving up six earned runs in five innings. Wenger faced one batter in the sixth before Megan Ryan entered to record the final six outs of the game.

Russell and Clemens led the Diplomat offense in game one, recording two RBIs apiece.

A late offensive outburst in the second contest allowed F&M to take a vital 11-3 victory in six innings.

Sam Burns started the offensive explosion in the second inning, putting the Diplomats up 1-0 with a solo shot to left center. That lead grew to 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth as a Gettysburg error following a single by Ryan allowed Wenger to score.

The Bullets finally got on the board against F&M's Isabel Schaefer in the fifth after going scoreless in the first four innings. Some nifty baserunning from Gettysburg allowed the visitors to score three runs on four hits, taking a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the fifth.

The Diplomats came storming back, retaking the lead 9-3 with seven runs in the fifth. A three-run shot from Long preceded RBI singles from Good and Patricia Crigler before Clemens drove in three with a triple to right center. 

Schaefer held Gettysburg in the sixth, and two more F&M runs in the bottom of the inning ended the game before the seventh. Burns smoked a single to center that plated Wenger, and Good doubled to drive in Ryan and give the Diplomats a walk-off 11-3 win.

Schaefer (8-6) tallied her fourth win in six days, scattering seven hits and giving up three earned runs in six innings of action. The sophomore gave up just one walk and struck out five in the victory.

Burns and Long both went 3-for-4 with a homer to pace the F&M offense. Long notched three RBIs while Burns, Clemens, and Good all recorded two.

The Diplomats take a break from CC play on Thursday, hosting King's College at 3:00 p.m. for the final non-conference games of the year.