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