Diplomats Drop to Spartans in Home Opener

Diplomats Drop to Spartans in Home Opener

Box Scores: Game 1 | Game 2 

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall softball opened home-play against York Tuesday afternoon. The Diplomats lost the first game 4-1 before dropping a hard-fought 3-2 loss in the second.

F&M fell to 5-7 while York improved to 13-5 overall. 

Game 1: York 4, F&M 1 (7 Innings)

With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the third, the Diplomats forced the out at home, but on the next play, York delivered a three-RBI double to center field to take a 3-0 lead. The next batter extended the lead with an RBI single to create the four-run deficit after three innings.

F&M got on the board in the top of the seventh with a home run from Sammy Burns.

Izzy Schaefer (3-3) was charged with the loss after tossing for three innings. Her counterpart from York, Ginger Lewis (6-2), earned the win after pitching for seven innings and recording 13 strikeouts.

Game 2: York 3, F&M 2 (7 Innings)

The Spartans were the first to score in the second game after a sacrifice bunt put the runner in scoring position in the first, York notched an RBI single to take 1-0 edge.

York extended its lead with a home run in the bottom of the second.

With one out in the third, Erin Russell got on base with a double to right centerfield. Lexi Piccinich found the same spot to send Russell across the plate for an RBI double to bring F&M within one.

York struck again in the sixth inning with an RBI to send a runner home from second base and take a 3-1 lead.  

The Diplomats fought back in the top of the seventh with Christine Miles getting walked followed by Sam Clemens notching a double to continue play and put Miles in scoring position.  Russell delivered the sacrifice hit to advance Clemens and send Miles home, bringing F&M within one, but York's Lewis was able to deliver the final strikeout. 

Crystal Good led from the plate with a 2-for-3 performance. The Spartans held a slight 7-6 edge in hits.  

Katie Wenger (2-4) threw for three innings for the loss while York's Jurkiewicz (5-3) tossed for five innings for the win and Lewis earned the save, going for three innings and tallying five strikeouts.

Up Next:

The Diplomats open Centennial Conference (CC) action on Thursday, hosting McDaniel for a doubleheader slated to begin at 2:00 p.m.