LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's softball team came back after a 12-0 (5 Inning) loss in the first game to take down Ursinus 5-4 to split the day at Baker Campus.
The Diplomats went on to an 8-10 record and a 2-2 mark in Centennial Conference (CC) action while the Bears ended the day at 10-10, 1-3 CC.
Game 1: UC 12, F&M 0 – (5 Innings)
F&M looked to strike in the first inning with Jamie Belfer reaching third off a single, a stolen base, and a sacrifice bunt, but the Diplomats were unable to bring the runner home.
Ursinus' offense got to work in the second, opening the inning with a home run while a triple followed by another homer extended the lead to 3-0.
Abi Buell opened the bottom of the second with a double to right field to kick some life into the Diplomats, but the Bears registered three quick outs to keep F&M off the board.
Ursinus broke through again in the fourth, tallying four runs off six hits, including a double to increase the deficit to 7-0. The Bears kept the pace in the fifth, tacking on five more runs off six hits to bring the final score to 12-0.
Buell led with two hits, followed by Belfer with one.
Sabrina Ryan (4-4) registered the loss, throwing for 3 1/3 innings with four strikeouts. Ursinus' Jennifer Hammons (5-4) earned the win, giving up four hits in five innings.
Game 2: F&M 5, UC 4 – (7 Innings)
Ursinus took the momentum early in the second contest, finishing the second inning with a 3-0 lead off of three hits and one stolen base.
F&M finally broke through in the fifth when Caitlyn Erdman opened the inning with a homer to left field to get the Diplomats on the board. F&M notched two more runners on base after two walks but were unable to send them home.
The Bears tacked on one more run in the sixth. With bases loaded and one out, a sacrifice fly sent a runner home, but the Diplomats' defense came up with the third out on the following batter to stay within three.
F&M put on a show in the bottom of the sixth, tallying four runs off six hits, including six-straight singles, starting with Buell. Lexi Piccinich followed, then Erdman singled to left field while Ella Glenn, with bases loaded, delivered the RBI-single to right field. Hannah Salvucci and Gabby Goodwin delivered back-to-back RBI-singles to tie the contest while Belfer stood strong at the plate, taking a walk to send the winning run home.
Erdman paced the offense with two hits, while six Diplomats registered a hit on the day.
Ryan (5-4) earned the win, throwing for seven innings with two strikeouts. Kayla McTamney (1-2) registered the loss after throwing for 1 1/3 innings, giving up four hits and four runs.
The Diplomats travel to Swarthmore on Saturday, April 6 for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.