Diplomats Split with Catholic in Softball Doubleheader

WASHINGTON, DC - Robyn Jones (Jr., Titusville, NJ/Pennington) slugged five hits in eight at-bats with a pair of doubles, a run scored and a run batted in, while Lauren Incorvaia (Fr., Manalapan, NJ/St. John Vianney) went four-for-seven with two runs scored, including a solo home run, to lead the Franklin & Marshall College softball team to a split of a non-conference doubleheader at Catholic University of America.

In game one, the Diplomats rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the first inning to plate two runs in the third to go ahead 2-1 and roll to a 9-4 win over the Cardinals.

With two outs in the third, Dana Johns (Sr., York, PA/Eastern York) singled to center field and stole second base to move into scoring position. Bonnie Crouthamel (So., Chatham, NJ/Chatham) reached on a fielding error at shortstop to allow Johns to score and knot the game before Incorvaia singled to put runners on first and second. Jones singled to score Crouthamel and Kathleen Clinchy (So., Katonah, NY/Somers) walked to load the bases, but Catholic got out of the inning with a pop-up

The teams traded runs in the fourth to keep F&M ahead by a run at 3-2, but the Diplomats scored three runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh to down the Cardinals.

Crouthamel earned the win for the Diplomats going 4.1 innings with two runs on two hits and five walks with three strikeouts, while Kelly Lukacs took the loss for Catholic allowing nine runs on 13 hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings.

At the plate, Incorvaia and Jones led the way going three-for-four with a run scored and an RBI, while Leah Pearlman-Storch (Jr., Bala Cynwood, PA/Friends Central) was two-for-three with a run scored and an RBI.

In game two, the Diplomats scored single runs in the first, second and third innings for a 3-0 lead, but the Cardinals pushed across two runs in the fourth and eight runs in the fifth to take a 10-3 win.

Leading 3-0, the Diplomats lead was cut to a run as Rachel Morrison doubled to lead off the fourth inning and moved to third on a double by Kathleen Ager with one out. Sophie Gage flied out to center field to score Morrison and move Ager to third base before Kara Walker singled to left field to drive in Ager.

The Cardinals took the lead in the fifth as Catholic used nine hits, including three doubles and a homerun, to go in front 10-2.

Ali Tyler (So., Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) took the loss for the Diplomats allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk with a strikeout in 4.1 innings of work, while Lukacs earned the win going seven innings with three runs on 11 hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts.

Franklin & Marshall (3-13, 0-0 Centennial Conference) will continue the season on March 28 at Elizabethtown College in a non-conference doubleheader. Game one is set for a 2:30 p.m. start.