Diplomats Drop Pair in Virginia

March 3, 2007

ASHLAND, Va. - The Franklin & Marshall softball team opened its season at Randolph-Macon on Saturday, dropping both halves of the non-conference twinbill to the Yellow Jackets (5-0). Randolph-Macon won the opener 7-1, and saddled the Diplomats (0-2) with an 8-0 shutout in the nightcap.

Randy-Mac got all of the offense it needed in the first inning of the first game with two outs on the board. With the bases walked to capacity, Ashley Crouch singled to drive in a pair. The next batter, Katie Newton also singled to drive in a run.

Crouch finished the game 3-for-4 at the dish with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Newton went 2-for-2 with one run scored and one RBI.

The Yellow Jackets made it a 4-0 game with an unearned run in the second inning. Jessica Boutchyard went yard with a pair on board in the third to put the game out of reach.

F&M pitcher Bonnie Crouthamel broke up her counterpart, Courtney Brooks' no-hit bid with a single in the sixth inning. Brooks took the win for Randolph-Macon having surrendered a pair of hits and one earned run. She struck out nine. Crouthamel (0-1) struck out seven.

F&M's lone run came in the seventh inning when Lauren Iancorvaia's leadoff walk was driven in by Sarah Alfiero.

Game 1 Box Score

Becky Clark limited F&M to three hits in a mercy-rule shortened nightcap. Brooke Snyder's double cashed in on back-to-back singles to start Randolph-Macon's half of the first inning giving the hosts an early lead. A five-run third inning sealed F&M's fate.

Clark, Newton, and Shannon Long each picked up a pair of hits for RMC. Robyn Jones went 2-for-2 at the plate for F&M. Iancorvaia was responsible for the Diplomats other hit.

Ali Tyler (0-1) took the loss having surrendered seven runs, five earned, on eight hits over three innings.

Franklin & Marshall returns to action on Thursday at Messiah.

Game 2 Box Score