Six Named All-America Scholar-AthletesSix members of the Franklin & Marshall softball team were named to the Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete team.
Season in Review: 2016 SoftballThe 2016 Franklin & Marshall softball team recorded a 4-0 start and a 10-4 record in the first two weeks of play to finish 20-16 on the year, marking the third consecutive season, and fourth time in six seasons, that the Diplomats have reached the 20-win plateau. F&M finished with a conference record of 7-9, and remained in contention for the Centennial Conference (CC) Playoffs into the final week of the season, but ultimately fell just short.
Four Diplomats Named All-CCFour members of the Franklin & Marshall softball team landed on the All-Centennial Conference Team, announced Tuesday. Erin Russell and Taylor Long earned first-team honors, while Samantha Clemens and Sam Burns were named to the second team.
F&M Drops Muhlenberg in Extras to Salvage Split in Season FinaleFranklin & Marshall headed to Allentown on Saturday afternoon to take on Muhlenberg in a Centennial Conference (CC) softball doubleheader, falling in game one 8-2 before grabbing a 3-2 victory in eight innings in the second contest. The games conclude the Diplomats’ season, giving them a record of 20-16, 7-9 CC on the year.
Diplomats Visit Mules for Regular-Season FinaleFranklin & Marshall concludes regular season play on Saturday by visiting Muhlenberg for a Centennial Conference (CC) doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Mules hold a 45-12 advantage in the all-time series, but the Diplomats have won three of the last four including a split last year on April 25.
F&M Wins Game One In Senior Day Split With DickinsonFranklin & Marshall hosted Dickinson on Saturday afternoon for a pair of Centennial Conference (CC) games with serious playoff implications, winning game one 5-2 before falling 7-1 in the second tilt. The Diplomats are now 19-15, 6-8 CC with the split, but will miss out on CC Playoffs as they can longer finish in the top four at the end of the regular season.
Diplomats Battle Back, Take One of Two From King’sFranklin & Marshall hosted its final non-conference opponent of the season on Thursday night, falling to King’s (Pa.) in game one 12-3 in five innings before taking the second contest 10-5. The Diplomats are now 18-14 with the split, while the Lady Monarchs moved to 19-13.
F&M Ready for Conference Crunch TimeFranklin & Marshall begins a week of crucial Centennial Conference (CC) action on Tuesday as conference leaders Gettysburg visit Lancaster for a pair of games. The Bullets own a 48-21 advantage in the all-time series, including a sweep of last season’s meetings on April 14.
Long Ball Powers F&M In Split With GettysburgFranklin & Marshall welcomed league-leading Gettysburg to Baker Campus for a Centennial Conference (CC) softball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon, dropping game one 6-5 before winning the nightcap 11-3 in six innings. The split moved the Diplomats to 17-13, 5-7 CC while the Bullets are now 22-8, 9-3 CC.
Schaefer Earns Pitcher of the Week HonorsFranklin & Marshall’s Isabel Schaefer was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Pitcher of the Week for softball, announced on Monday by the conference office. The honor is the first of Schaefer’s career and the second of the season for the Diplomats.
Diplomats Overwhelm GarnetLANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall welcomed Swarthmore to Lancaster for a pair of Centennial Conference softball games on Sunday afternoon, winning 9-1 and 8-0 in two contests shortened to five innings. The Diplomats improved to 16-12, 4-6 CC with the sweep while the Garnet fell to 10-20, 1-9 CC.
F&M Splits CC Twin Bill With HaverfordFranklin & Marshall returned to Centennial Conference (CC) competition on Saturday afternoon by taking on Haverford for a pair of games, losing the first contest 5-0 before winning the second 10-1. The Diplomats moved to 14-12, 2-6 CC following the split, while the Fords are now 14-16, 5-5 CC.
Diplomats and Blue Jays Share DoubleheaderFranklin & Marshall and Elizabethtown met Thursday afternoon for a pair of non-conference softball games, with each team taking away one half of the twin bill. The Diplomats are now 13-11 with the split, while the Blue Jays stand at 11-17.
F&M Set For Eight-Game WeekFranklin & Marshall opens its eighth week of play on Tuesday, traveling to Penn St.-Abington for a doubleheader. The teams have met on four previous occasions, with the Diplomats owning a 3-1 advantage after splitting with the Nittany Lions April 19 of last year.
Diplomats Dropped By Green TerrorFranklin & Marshall fell victim to timely hitting from McDaniel on Sunday afternoon, dropping two games to the Green Terror in a Centennial Conference (CC) softball doubleheader. The Diplomats fell to 12-10, 1-5 CC with the losses while McDaniel improved to 14-10, 6-2 CC.
F&M Takes One of Two From YorkFranklin & Marshall traveled to York College (Pa.) on Tuesday afternoon for a pair of non-conference softball contests, winning game one 4-2 before dropping a 12-1 decision in the nightcap. The split moved the Diplomats’ record to 12-8, while the Spartans are now 19-9 on the season.
Diplomats Visit York Before Hosting Home StandFranklin & Marshall opens the sixth week of the season by visiting York at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The Diplomats enter the doubleheader with a tenuous 23-22 edge in the all-time series, including a five-game win streak.
Twin Bill With Penn St.-Abington PostponedFranklin & Marshall's softball doubleheader with Penn St.-Abington, previously scheduled for today, has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions. It has not yet been rescheduled.
F&M Splits With UrsinusThe Franklin & Marshall softball team hit the road on Tuesday afternoon for a pair of contests with Centennial Conference (CC) foe Ursinus, dropping game one 3-2 before winning the nightcap 5-2. The Diplomats now stand at 11-7 overall and 1-3 CC, while the Bears moved to 8-10, 2-2 CC.
F&M To Continue CC Action, Play Home OpenerFranklin & Marshall opens the fourth week of its season on Tuesday, visiting Ursinus for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. The Bears enter the twin bill with a 43-19 advantage over the Diplomats, but F&M has an active four-game win streak after taking two games from Ursinus in 2014 and 2015.
Diplomats Fall in Pair of Close ContestsFranklin & Marshall visited Washington on Saturday afternoon, dropping a pair of narrow contests to the Shorewomen in Centennial Conference softball action. The Diplomats’ record fell to 10-6, 0-2 CC while Washington improved to 9-11, 2-0 CC in the opening weekend of conference play for both squads.
F&M Takes Pair From Lancaster BibleFranklin & Marshall rode more quality pitching from Katie Wenger and Isabel Schaefer to a pair of close road wins on Tuesday, beating Lancaster Bible by scores of 3-2 and 6-5. The wins marked F&M’s return from spring games in Florida and moved the Diplomats’ record to 9-4 on the year.
F&M Drops Utica; Falls to Cortland StateFranklin & Marshall finished out spring break action in Kissimmee, Fla. on Thursday afternoon, defeating Utica 4-1 before losing 2-1 to Cortland St. The split moved the Diplomat record to 8-4 on the year, including a 4-2 mark in Kissimmee.
Diplomat Hurlers Star as F&M Wins TwoFranklin & Marshall benefitted from quality pitching on Wednesday, defeating Lesley 2-0 and Skidmore 2-1. The pair of victories lifted the Diplomats to 7-3 on the year.
F&M Splits A PairFranklin & Marshall opened its stay in Kissimmee, Fla. by splitting a pair of games on Tuesday. The Diplomats earned an 8-3 win over Hamilton in the morning before falling 1-0 to Dubuque in the afternoon. The split moved F&M to 5-3 on the season.
Diplomats to Play Eight in Kissimmee, Fla.Franklin & Marshall opens its spring break competition in Kissimmee, Fla. on Tuesday, taking on Hamilton at 9:00 a.m. The Diplomats and Continentals have clashed twice previously, with Hamilton winning the inaugural matchup in 2005 before F&M tied the series at 1-1 in 2011.
Randolph-Macon Stings F&MRandolph-Macon put an end to Franklin & Marshall’s early-season winning streak, taking two from the Diplomats on Sunday afternoon in non-conference softball. The pair of defeats dropped F&M to 4-2 on the year while the Yellow Jackets improved to 11-5.
Diplomats Nab Two From EaglesFranklin & Marshall visited Mary Washington for a pair of games on Saturday, defeating the Eagles twice by scores of 4-3 and 11-5 in non-conference softball action. The Diplomats improved to 4-0 with the victories, marking the first time since 2003 three that F&M has opened the season with four straight victories.
F&M Heads to Virginia for Pair of DoubleheadersFranklin & Marshall has only met Mary Washington on two previous occasions, both in a doubleheader on March 5, 1998 in Lancaster. The visiting Eagles took game one 5-4, but the Diplomats took the nightcap 3-1 to bring the all-time series to its current count of 1-1.
Wenger Nominated for Herosports.com D3 Softball Hero of the WeekFranklin & Marshall’s Katie Wenger was nominated for the Hersports.com D3 Softball Hero of the Week. Wenger is one of five players from across the nation nominated for the award, which is decided by an online poll. Fans have until 3:00 p.m. on Monday to cast their vote.
Wenger Named CC Pitcher of the WeekFranklin & Marshall’s Katie Wenger was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Pitcher of the Week for softball, announced on Monday by the conference office. The honor is the first of Wenger’s career and the first of the season for the Diplomats.
Wenger No-Hits Gallaudet as Diplomats Take Two on Opening WeekendFranklin & Marshall’s softball team traveled to Washington, D.C. on Sunday for a pair of contests with Gallaudet, earning wins of 14-4 and 7-0 over the Bison. The games, the first two of the Diplomats’ season, moved F&M to 2-0 while Gallaudet fell to 4-2 with the pair of defeats.
Diplomats Aiming High in 2016Franklin & Marshall opens its 2016 campaign on Sunday by visiting Gallaudet for games at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. The following weekend the Diplomats visit Mary Washington on March 12 and Randolph-Macon on March 13 before continuing south to Kissimmee, Fla. for six games between March 15-17.
Season in Review: 2015 SoftballFor the third time in the last five seasons, Franklin & Marshall amassed at least 20 wins, finishing the 2015 season at 23-11, 9-7 CC, but fell just short of a conference playoff berth. The Diplomats got off to their best start in over 20 years at 9-1 since beginning the 1981 season at 10-0.
Schaefer, Bollmeyer Named All-CentennialIsabel Schaefer and Melissa Bollmeyer earned All-Centennial Conference (CC) honors in a vote conducted by the conference’s head coaches. The two freshmen earned second team recognitions.
Diplomats Split with Muhlenberg in Season FinaleFranklin & Marshall was edged out by Muhlenberg 6-4 in eight innings of a back-and-forth thriller in game one of a double header in Centennial Conference (CC) softball action on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Mules locked up the fourth and final CC playoff spot. In game two, Justine Lohrey, who was honored before the game as the Diplomats’ lone senior, ended her career in style, pitching a complete-game 3-0 shutout to earn a split for F&M.
Softball Double Header at Eastern CancelledDue to unplayable field conditions, Franklin & Marshall’s double header scheduled for today at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Eastern University has been cancelled and will not be made up.
F&M Turns Game-Ending Triple Play in SweepFranklin & Marshall picked up a sweep over non-conference opponent Elizabethtown in softball action on Tuesday afternoon. Megan Ryan broke a 0-0 tie in game one with an RBI-double as the Diplomats won 3-0, while F&M downed the Blue Jays 8-6 in a thrilling extra inning game, as the Diplomats turned a triple play in the eighth to seal the victory.