LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's softball team went 1-1 against Washington College to open Centennial Conference (CC) action on Saturday afternoon at Baker Campus. The Diplomats held on to a 2-1 victory in the first contest before dropping the second by a heartbreaking 6-5 score.
The Diplomats ended the day with a 7-9, 1-1 CC record while the Shorewomen finished at 8-15, 1-1 CC.
Game 1: F&M 2, WAC 1 – (7 Innings)
Jamie Belfer opened the game with a single to get on base. The first-year got to second on a stolen base, but F&M was unable to get runners home in the first.
The Shorewomen were the first to strike, notching one run off two hits, including a double, in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead.
Three quick outs from the defense in the third helped spark F&M's offense. With one out, F&M was back at the top of the lineup. Back-to-back hits from Belfer and Sam Martin got the winning run on the base. Caitlyn Erdman's groundout advanced the runners to second and third while Lexi Piccinich delivered the final blow with a two-RBI single to right field to give F&M the 2-1 edge.
Both teams battled throughout the rest of the game while F&M sealed the deal in the top of the seventh when Martin came up with a clutch double play, leaping up for a line drive catch and then sending the ball back to first to get the runner out to end the game
Belfer paced the offense with two hits while Piccinich recorded two RBIs.
Sabrina Ryan (4-2) notched a complete-game win with eight strikeouts in the game. Washington's Maddie Bennet (5-7) took the loss after throwing for four innings with three strikeouts.
Game 2: WAC 6, F&M 5 – (7 Innings)
Washington came back in the second game, quickly taking a 2-0 lead in the first off four singles.
Not to be outdone, Belfer opened with a triple to left field while Martin delivered the sacrifice bunt to get Belfer home. Piccinich came up with a double to left field while Abi Buell notched the RBI-single to centerfield to even the game at 2-2 at the end of the first.
Ella Glenn started the second inning getting on base after getting hit by the pitch while Hannah Salvucci notched her first career homer deep to left field to clear the bases and give the Diplomats a 4-2 edge. F&M kept the pace with Christine Miles getting on base off a single while Erdman reached first off an error by the catcher on a dropped third strike that also but Miles in scoring position. The strong base running continued, as Miles was able to cross home plate off an error from the shortstop during a pickle-play to increase the lead to three.
Washington responded in the third to bring the score to 5-3, leading off the inning with a single and then following with an RBI-single, but F&M's defense retaliated with three quick outs.
The Diplomats threatened again in the third, filling the bases with one out, but were unable to notch another run.
The Shorewomen tacked on one more run in the fifth off two hits and a sacrifice fly. Washington kept the pace going into the seventh, opening the inning with a single to get the tying run on base while an RBI-double evened the score. With the winning run on second, a single up the middle of the field was all the Shorewomen needed to take the 6-5 lead.
Glenn and Salvucci tallied two hits each while five other Diplomats recorded a hit.
Ryan (4-3) took the loss, giving up eight hits in five innings with a seven-strikeout performance. Rachel Butler (3-7) earned the win, tossing for six innings and recording five strikeouts.
The Diplomats return to action on Tuesday, April 2 with a doubleheader against Ursinus in Lancaster. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.