CARLISLE, Pa. - 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.
After three innings of scoreless action, F&M was first on the board in game one, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Taylor Long reached base via a fielder's choice following a bunt single by Crystal Good, and both scored as Lexi Piccinich hammered a double to left center.
The score remained 2-0 until the top of the seventh, when Kelly Van O'Linda pulled a home run down the left field line, plating Christine Miles after her single earlier in the inning. The homer, Van O'Linda's first of the season and second of her career, gave the Diplomats a 4-0 lead entering the last half inning.
F&M needed all the insurance it could get as Dickinson finally touched up Schaefer in the frame. After just recording their first hit in the bottom of the sixth, the Red Devils used an error, a walk, and a double to pull within 4-2 with zero outs. The hosts would pull as close as 4-3, but Schaefer produced two ground outs and a fly ball to clinch the conference victory.
Piccinich led the offense with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, tying Van O'Linda with a team-high two RBIs.
Schaefer earned the complete-game win, giving up just two hits and two earned runs in seven innings.
The F&M bats continued to produce in game two, as Erin Russell's leadoff single preceded a pair of Dickinson errors that gave the Diplomats a 2-0 edge after one.
The deficit grew to 5-0 in the second as F&M worked three walks before Taylor Long delivered the big blow with a two-run, two-out double.
That proved to be plenty of run support for Schaefer, who went the distance again, scattering six hits and allowing zero earned runs for her second win of the day. The junior hurler limited the hosts to just one hit in the final three innings to ice the sweep.
The scoreboard reached its final count in the fifth, as Piccinich singled to start the inning before Gabby Goodwin came in to pinch run. Goodwin promptly stole second, and eventually scored on Katie Wenger's single to left.
Long tallied a pair of hits and two RBIs in the nightcap to lead the offense.
With the wins, Schaefer moved to 5-6 on the year, totaling just eight hits and two earned runs allowed in 14 innings of work.
The Diplomats take a break from conference play this Thursday, visiting Penn St.-Abington for a doubleheader at 3:00 p.m.