LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall catcher, Liz Iannaconi, ended her career with a walk off single to leftfield that plated the game-winning run in an 3-2 F&M win over York on Thursday. The senior's Texas leaguer put F&M (10-21) in double-digits in the wins column for the first time since the 2004 season.
Iannaconi came to the plate after York (27-11) intentionally walked Robyn Jones to load the bases without any outs. With two strikes against her, she blooped a shot into no-man's land just beyond the lip of the grass on the left side to score Kristina Fietkiewicz, the runner placed on second at the start of the inning.
For Iannaconi, it was the second RBI of the day. She scored Fietkiewicz with a single into rightfield during the sixth to give F&M a 1-0 lead. Iannaconi was 2-for-2 in the game. Meredith Morgan added F&M's second run of the game with a sacrifice fly into center.
The Diplomats were two outs away from a 2-0 shutout. Bonnie Crouthamel had limited the Spartans to s single base hit before walking Amanda Atieh. Crouthamel had two strikes on designated player, Desiree Halaka when she tied it up with a two-run shot to left-center.
York's starter, Megan Mickles retired F&M in order in the seventh setting up extra innings with the international tiebreaker. Leftfielder Lindsay Wood was placed on second base, and made her way to third on a passed ball before an out was on the board. Crouthamel settled in and retired the next three Spartans.
Crouthamel struck out four in the complete game to move to 6-16 on the year. She limited York to a pair of hits. Mickles struck out eight Diplomats and allowed all three runs, two earned, on six hits. She fell to 13-7 on the season.
The Diplomats end their first year under new skipper, Mike Cooperstein, with a record of 10-21.