Games 19/20 Thursday, April 6, 2017 F&M at Penn St.-Abington | Abington | 3/5:00 PM Series Record: F&M Leads 3-1 Streak: PSA +1 Last F&M Victory: 6-1, April 19, 2015 Last PSA Victory: 9-7, April 19, 2015 Live Stats
Games 21/22 Saturday, April 8, 2017 F&M vs. Muhlenberg | Lancaster | 5/7:00 PM Series Record: MUHL Leads 46-13 Streak: F&M +1 Last F&M Victory: 3-2, April 30, 2016 Last MUHL Victory: 8-2, April 30, 2016 Video | Live Stats (Game 1) | Live Stats (Game 2)
Series History: Franklin & Marshall returns to Centennial Conference (CC) play on Tuesday, visiting Dickinson for a doubleheader under the lights in Carlisle. The Diplomats lead the Red Devils 43-29 all-time after splitting last season's doubleheader on April 23.
F&M then visits Penn St.-Abington on Thursday to continue a series most recently played in 2015, as last season's doubleheader was canceled. The Diplomats lead 3-1 in the previous four meetings.
The week comes to a close on Saturday when Muhlenberg comes to town for a CC doubleheader. The Mules own a dominant 46-13 advantage in the all-time series, but last season saw the teams split a twin bill in Allentown.
A Look at Dickinson: The Red Devils enter the week at 7-13 overall, but are a perfect 4-0 in conference play thanks to sweeps of Swarthmore and Haverford.
Freshman Kat Parise leads Dickinson with a .392 average, followed by Jessica Epstein at .357. Senior Nicole Torlincasi (.303) leads the way with two home runs, while Nicole Clayton has recorded a team-high eight RBIs.
A Look at Penn St.-Abington: The Nittany Lions stand at 6-6 overall and 4-4 in their last eight.
Isabel Hoch leads Abington with a scorching .468 average at the plate as well as owning team highs in RBIs (10), home runs (1), triples (2), doubles (6), and hits (17). Four other players are hitting better than .300, and the Nittany Lions own a team batting average of .320.
A Look at Muhlenberg: The Mules are 5-9 entering the week, not counting a doubleheader with Haverford on Thursday. Despite its losing overall record, Muhlenberg stands at 2-0 in the Centennial after beating Washington College twice on March 25.
Karissa Astrella leads the Muhlenberg bats with a .405 average and six doubles. Kristina Qualben (.341) owns the team high with two home runs.
Last Week: After Tuesday's doubleheader with Penn St.-Harrisburg was cancelled, the Diplomats hosted York (Pa.) on Thursday for a pair of nonconference tilts.
The Spartans powered to an 8-1 win in game one before scratching out a 7-5 win in eight innings in the nightcap, giving F&M a pair of losses on the day.
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The Diplomats returned to their winning ways on Saturday, taking two from Haverford to even their CC record at 2-2.
Two runs in the bottom of the sixth gave F&M an 8-7 victory in a back-and-forth game one. The Diplomat bats continued to roll and Izzy Schaefer allowed zero earned runs in game two as F&M cruised to a 9-1 victory in five innings.
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Among the Leaders: With four home runs on the season, Lexi Piccinich sits alone atop the conference. McDaniel's Jamie Weisser (3) is the only other conference player with more than two, while Katie Wenger is tied for third in the CC with two homers of her own.
Schaefer's strong week has her 10th in the Centennial in ERA at 3.11. Fellow hurler Wenger ranks 10th in strikeouts with 32.
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Milestone Watch: Megan Ryan cracked the program's top 15 in both games played and games started, ranking ninth in starts (107) and 13th in appearances (110). She is also tied for seventh in program history with 23 doubles and 11th with 52 RBIs.
Now with eight career home runs, Wenger is tied for second in program history. The record is held by Lauren Incorvaia '09 with 15.
With four home runs on the year, Piccinich is tied for fourth-most in a single season. The record, nine, is again held by Incorvaia.
Schaefer ranks in the top 10 of several pitching categories. Her eight career shutouts are tops in program history, her 208 career strikeouts are fourth, and she ranks in the top 10 for wins (seventh, 23), complete games (ninth, 30) and innings pitched (10th, 282 2/3).