IMMACULATA, Pa. - Neither of Franklin & Marshall's softball games were decided in the innings slated for Thursday's twinbill at Immaculata. The Diplomats (5-1) needed nine innings to knock off the Mighty Macs (0-4), 7-5 in the opener. The extra frames shortened the nightcap, a 5-1 F&M win that was called for darkness after five innings of play.
Lauren Incorvaia delivered the difference in the opener, hitting a ninth inning two-run shot that Immaculata couldn't counter. Kelly Marchisio, the runner placed on second by the international tiebreaker, became the game-winning run.
Prior to Incorvaia's blast, the two teams matched one another tit-for-tat through the first eight innings. F&M posted a single run in both the third and fourth innings. Caitlin Elfring walked with the bases loaded to convert Sam Basuk's leadoff single into a run in the third. Jessika Mancino's single in the fourth plated Basuk, who had also reached on a single, to make it 2-0 in favor of F&M.
The Mighty Macs got the runs back over the fifth and sixth innings. Megan Gallagher, who went 3-for-4 in the opener, finally got to the Diplomats' starter, Nicole Morano (3-0). Gallagher singled to turn Melinda Monastra's leadoff single into Immaculata's first run in the fifth. The Mighty Macs got the equalizer in the sixth, making it 2-2.
The Diplomats got three runs on four hits in the eighth. Elfring did the bulk of the damage with a two RBI double that scored Mancino and Gina Camuso. A Julia Lumpaugh two RBI double in the bottom of the eighth sent the game into tiebreaker mode, necessitating Incorvaia's heroics.
Five Diplomats recorded a pair of hits in the first game: Mancino, Elfring, Incorvaia, Barbara Sasso and Basuk. Elfring put up three RBIs while Incorvaia had two. Basuk scored twice. Sara Damato went 3-for-4 with one RBI.
Damato (1-1) got her first collegiate win in the circle in the second half of the doubleheader. She allowed one run on four hits while striking out two in the 5-1 victory. Alyssa Yackle provided the offensive fireworks going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Yackle's first RBI came in the three-run fourth on a one-out double that made it 2-1 in the top of the inning. She made her way home on a double steal when Mancino pilfered second. Mancino scored when Morano drew a bases loaded walk to make it 4-1. A Yackle single in the fifth scored Marchisio, making it the 5-1 final. The game was called following the F&M half of the inning.
With the wins, F&M moves to 5-1 on the season, marking the Diplomats best start since opening the 2002 season at 5-2. The Diplomats return to action on Sunday in Ft. Myers, Florida, against Lasell and Brockport State.