A roaring finish to the 2017 softball season saw Franklin & Marshall claim its first Centennial Conference (CC) Championship and make the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Diplomats finished with a 17-23 record and an 8-8 CC mark, qualifying F&M for the Centennial Playoffs for the first time in the CC’s 24 years of softball.
Franklin & Marshall saw its softball season end in the NCAA Regionals on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 3-1 decision to No. 18 Randolph-Macon. The Diplomats closed out their season with a 17-23 record and the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
A five-run third inning proved to be enough for top-ranked Virginia Wesleyan, defeating an upset-minded Franklin & Marshall team 5-0 on Saturday afternoon in the first game of the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament for both teams. The Diplomats fell to 17-22 on the year, while the Marlins improved to 44-2 with the win.
The 2017 Franklin & Marshall softball season continues on Friday at the Ashland, Va. regional of the NCAA Tournament. The Diplomats will take on Virginia Wesleyan at 3:30 p.m. on Friday before action continues into Saturday. The final two teams standing will compete on Sunday for the right to advance to next weekend’s super regionals.
Franklin & Marshall’s Lexi Piccinich and Taylor Long were both named to the All-Centennial Conference Softball Team, announced by the league office on Wednesday. Piccinich was named to the First Team, while Long landed Second Team honors.
The Franklin & Marshall softball team learned its NCAA path on Monday afternoon with the airing of the NCAA DIII Softball Selection Show. The Diplomats will travel to Ashland, Va. to take on Virginia Wesleyan in the first game of the Tournament, with Averett and hosts Randolph-Macon also earning a spot in the four-team pod.
A stellar pitching performance from Katie Wenger and a clutch RBI single from Ryan Correa delivered Franklin & Marshall a 1-0 victory over Gettysburg and its first-ever Centennial Conference (CC) Softball Championship on Saturday afternoon.
Franklin & Marshall scored seven runs on 12 hits against a vaunted Gettysburg pitching staff to beat the Bullets 7-4 on Saturday afternoon, advancing to the championship round in the team’s first appearance at the Centennial Conference (CC) Playoffs. The Diplomats improved to 16-20 with the win and moved within one victory of claiming the team’s first-ever CC Title and the program’s first conference crown since 1991.
A series of timely hits and quality pitching powered Franklin & Marshall to a 3-2 victory over top-seeded McDaniel on Friday afternoon in the first game of the Centennial Conference (CC) Softball Playoffs. The Diplomats improved to 15-20 with the win in the program's first appearance at the CC Playoffs, and will pick up action again tomorrow in the tournament's winner's bracket.
Franklin & Marshall’s entrance in the Centennial Conference (CC) is the program’s first in 24 years of CC softball. However, the Diplomats have won three Conference Titles in program history, winning the MAC in 1980, 1990, and 1991.
Franklin & Marshall dropped its final two contests of the regular season on Saturday, falling to Washington College on Senior Day by scores of 6-2 and 10-1 in Centennial Conference (CC) softball action at Baker Campus. The Diplomats fell to 14-20, 8-8 CC with the defeats, and will wait until tomorrow to learn their playoff fate when Gettysburg and Muhlenberg play the final doubleheader of the conference schedule.
Franklin & Marshall enters the week at 14-18, 8-6 CC. The Diplomats occupy the fourth and final playoff spot, and have a two-game lead over fifth-place Muhlenberg with two Centennial Conference (CC) games remaining on both teams’ schedules.
Franklin & Marshall tallied a pair of vital Centennial Conference (CC) victories over Ursinus on a damp Saturday afternoon, winning game one 15-3 in five innings before grabbing a 5-4 win in game two. The Diplomats moved to 14-18, 8-6 CC with the wins, while Ursinus fell out of playoff contention at 13-19, 5-9 CC.
The Franklin & Marshall offense exploded for 19 runs in two games against Penn St.-Brandywine on Thursday afternoon, taking a twin bill from the Nittany Lions with wins of 9-3 and 10-0. The Diplomats jumped to 12-18 with the sweep while Brandywine fell to 15-13.
Franklin & Marshall fell prey to quality pitching from Gettysburg on Tuesday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) softball, dropping a pair of games by scores of 4-0 and 4-1. The Diplomats fell to 10-18, 6-6 CC with the defeats, while the Bullets improved to 22-9-1, 9-4-1.
Franklin & Marshall heads into the second-last week of the season with a record of 10-16, 6-4 CC. The Diplomats sit in the fourth and final playoff position entering the week, but face a pair of vital Centennial Conference (CC) twin bills on either side of a nonconference doubleheader.
Franklin & Marshall visited Swarthmore on Saturday afternoon for a pair of Centennial Conference (CC) softball games, taking game one 6-2 before falling 6-3 in the back half of the doubleheader. The Diplomats moved to 10-16, 6-4 CC with the split, while Garnet go to 11-17, 2-10.
Franklin & Marshall used a pair of five-run innings, one in the first game and another in the second, to record victories of 7-1 and 6-2 over Elizabethtown in nonconference softball on Thursday night. The Diplomats improved to 9-15 with the sweep, while the Blue Jays fell to 4-22.
Susquehanna used a comeback victory in game one to kickstart a pair of wins over Franklin & Marshall on Tuesday afternoon in nonconference softball action. The River Hawks improved to 16-8 with the wins, while the Diplomats fell to 7-15.
Franklin and Marshall came back after a tough extra-inning loss in game one to secure a split with Muhlenberg on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) softball action. The Diplomats moved to 7-13, 5-3 CC, while the Mules are now 7-11, 3-1.
Franklin & Marshall returns to Centennial Conference (CC) play on Tuesday, visiting Dickinson for a doubleheader under the lights in Carlisle. The Diplomats lead the Red Devils 43-29 all-time after splitting last season’s doubleheader on April 23.
Franklin and Marshall pitcher Izzy Schaefer went the distance twice on Tuesday evening, allowing just two earned runs in 14 innings as the Diplomats swept Dickinson with wins of 4-3 and 6-0. F&M improved to 6-12, 4-2 CC with the sweep, while the Red Devils fell to 7-15, 4-2.
Franklin & Marshall's Taylor Long was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Softball Player of the Week, announced on Monday by the conference office. The honor is the first of Long’s career and the first of the season for the Diplomats.
Franklin & Marshall hosted Haverford on Sunday afternoon for an important pair of doubleheaders between two teams carrying 0-2 records in the Centennial Conference, but the Diplomats pulled through with two wins, 8-7 and 9-1. F&M is now 4-12, 2-2 CC on the year, while the Fords fell to 4-12, 0-4.
An 8-1 loss in game one followed by a hard-fought 7-5 defeat in game two handed Franklin & Marshall a pair of tough results on Thursday afternoon against York (Pa.) in non-conference softball action. The Diplomats fell to 2-12, while the Spartans improved to 14-8.
Nonconference action continues on Thursday when F&M hosts its home opener against York. The Diplomats own a tenuous 24-23 lead in the all-time series, which includes a split in last year’s doubleheader.
Franklin & Marshall visited McDaniel on Saturday afternoon for both teams’ Centennial Conference (CC) opener, dropping a pair of games by scores of 13-5 and 7-0. The Diplomats fell to 2-10, 0-2 CC with the defeats, while the Green Terror improved to 8-8, 2-0 CC.
Franklin & Marshall visits McDaniel for the Centennial Conference (CC) openers for both teams. The Green Terror own a 48-22 edge in the previous 70 meetings between the schools, and have won four straight against the Diplomats dating back to 2014.