CLERMONT, Fla. – Franklin & Marshall softball closed out Spring Break action going 1-1 on the day. F&M opened with a 6-4 win over Utica before falling to Stockton by a 6-0 tally.
The Diplomats end the trip with a 6-4 record on the year.
Game 1: F&M 6, Utica 4 – (7 Innings)
F&M was the first to get on the board in the first inning, opening with a single from Jamie Belfer. Caitlyn Erdman delivered the sacrifice bunt to get Belfer in scoring position while Lexi Piccinich was able to send Belfer across the plate.
Utica responded in the second inning, tying the game off a hit and sacrifice bunt, but the Diplomats took the lead back in the third when Ella Glenn tallied an RBI-single to send Erdman home.
The Pioneers threatened again in the fourth, getting a runner in scoring position with two outs, but Emily Moll came up with the strikeout to close the inning.
F&M's offense picked up again in the sixth when Sam Martin notched an RBI-double immediately followed by a single to center field from Erdman to tack on two more runs and increase the lead to 4-1.
Utica evened the score in the bottom of the sixth, recording three runs off four hits that included two doubles.
The Diplomats did not hold back in the seventh, with Gabby Goodwin leading off with a single. Belfer notched the next hit and Erdman delivered the go-ahead hit to send Goodwin and Belfer home to take back the lead 6-4.
With runners on first and second in the bottom of the seventh, F&M's defense came up with a double play, when shortstop Martin tagged the runner headed to third before throwing the hitter out at first. Erdman came up with the final out off a fly ball to center field to end the game.
Belfer led the offense, going five-for-five on the day, followed by Erdman, who registered three hits and three RBIs.
Moll (3-2) earned the win after throwing for 3 2/3 innings with one strikeout. Utica's Samborin (2-2) took the loss after tossing for 1 2/3 innings.
Game 2: Stockton 6, F&M 0 – (7 Innings)
Stockton took an early lead in the second inning, scoring three runs off three hits (two doubles) and two sacrifice hits.
The Ospreys carried the momentum into the third; recording three more runs off a two-RBI homer and an RBI-sacrifice fly to extend the deficit to 6-0.
F&M's offense looked to get going in the third with Christine Miles but was unable to send any runners home.
The Diplomats threatened again in the sixth when Erdman hit a double followed by a walk for Piccinich with two outs, but the Stockton defense was able to come up with the third out to close out the inning.
Belfer recorded one hit to continue an eight-game streak. Erdman and Miles each tallied a hit.
Moll (3-3) took the loss after throwing for nine innings while Samantha Huetter (4-0) garnered the win, pitching for seven innings with one strikeout.
F&M travels to York on Tuesday, March 19 for a doubleheader slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.