March 15, 2009

Diplomats Split First Day in Florida

F&M 4, Lasell 3 | Brockport State 3, F&M 1 

FT. MYERS, Fla. -- Franklin & Marshall's softball team split the opening day of their Florida swing, posting a 4-3 win over Lasell, while suffering a 3-1 setback to Brockport State.

The Diplomats (6-2) scored four runs in the fifth to overcome a 2-0 deficit and held on for the win in the first game of the day. Nicole Morano remains unbeaten in her first season of collegiate softball with her fourth win. First-year Sarah Damato earned her first save by pitching out of jam in the seventh. The Lasers (0-1) had two runners on board without an out, but Damato worked F&M out of the pinch. Alyssa Yackle and Morano each had an RBI in the game. Jessika Mancino recorded a pair of hits in the win.

Brockport scored two unearned runs negating solid work in the circle. Damato (1-2) started the game and was saddled with the loss, while Morgan finished out. The pair held Brockport to five hits, but the Golden Eagles (3-1) limited F&M to just one. Yackle picked up the lone hit and an RBI, scoring Gina Camuso from second base.

The Diplomats return to action tomorrow against St. Lawrence and Albright.