Series History: Franklin & Marshall concludes regular season play on Saturday by visiting Muhlenberg for a Centennial Conference (CC) doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Mules hold a 45-12 advantage in the all-time series, but the Diplomats have won three of the last four including a split last year on April 25.
Last Week: F&M opened last week on Tuesday by hosting league leaders Gettysburg for a twin bill, dropping game one 6-5 before recording an 11-3 triumph in the nightcap.
The Bullets tallied five runs in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead, but three runs in the second and two more in the third from the Diplomats evened the score at five. However, Gettysburg pushed one across in the sixth to squeak out a 6-5 decision.
A seven-run outburst in the fifth inning of game two proved to be plenty for F&M, earning a split and claiming a six-inning, 11-3 victory in the nightcap.
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The Diplomats took a break from CC action on Thursday, hosting King's for a non-conference doubleheader. Game one went to the visitors as the Lady Monarchs scored eight in the first three innings en route to a 12-3 win in five innings.
Game two started in a similar fashion as King's took a 5-1 lead into the fifth, but seven runs in the bottom of the frame gave F&M a lead it would not relinquish on the way to a 10-5 victory.
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The week concluded with a critical doubleheader against Dickinson on Senior Day, resulting in a split with the Red Devils. Four runs in the first three innings were enough for the Diplomats in the first half of the twin bill, cruising to a 5-2 victory on the back of a strong pitching performance from Isabel Schaefer.
Schaefer continued in the circle for game two, allowing Dickinson just one run through the first five innings. However, six runs in the final two frames allowed the Red Devils to pull away for a 7-1 win.
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Among the Leaders: As the season winds down, F&M pitchers find themselves near the top of several statistical rankings. Schaefer's nine wins on the year place her in a tie for third place in the conference, while Katie Wenger's eight wins tie her for sixth. Wenger is tied for seventh in the CC with 66 strikeouts as well.
Wenger has also gotten the job done with the bat, as she and teammate Sam Burns are tied for sixth in the conference with four home runs, while Wenger's 25 RBIs also rank in the conference top 10.
Milestone Watch: A flurry of shutouts toward the end of the season made Schaefer the program's all-time leader in shutouts with eight. Wenger ranks fourth with three shutouts.
Burns and Wenger look to climb the program's rankings for career home runs and home runs in a season. With four home runs each, they tie for third-most in a season. Lauren Incorvaia '09 holds the record with nine in 2009.
Burns and Wenger both have six career home runs, tying them for fourth in program history. Incorvaia also holds that record with 15.
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 154 career wins. He passed previous record-holder Ray Oswald on March 22 with a pair of victories over Lancaster Bible College.