LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin a Marshall softball team opened up Centennial Conference (CC) play on Saturday afternoon by dropping a pair of contests to Washington at Baker Campus Field. The Diplomats (4-10) fell 9-0 in game one of the double-header before the Shorewomen (12-3) again shutout F&M in the second contest, 9-0.
Heading into the fifth with a 4-0 lead, Washington scored five runs on five hits including a three-run home run from Jaclyn Jayo to put the game out of reach at 9-0.
The Diplomats' offense did not produce a hit until the bottom of the fourth when Malorie Sassaman reached with a single down the left-field line. F&M managed only a pair of hits in the contest, while striking out five times at the plate.
Kristin Cooper pitched a complete game for Washington, dominating the mound with a two-hit performance to earn the shutout win. Justine Lohrey (3-3) was charged with the loss after surrendering nine hits and eight earned runs.
In game two, the score remained knotted at 0-0 until the Shorewomen put together two runs in the top of the fourth off of a pair of hits and a Diplomat error to take the 2-0 lead. Washington tacked on three more in the fifth off of five hits to take the commanding 5-0 advantage.
F&M threatened in the bottom of the sixth when the Diplomats loaded the bases with two outs but were unable to send any runners across the plate.
Sam DeNoville paced the offense with a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate. F&M's offense combined for four hits on the afternoon.
Starting pitcher Kaitlin Zampino (1-6) picked up the loss after allowing three earned runs off of nine hits in a complete-game effort. Christine Anderson frustrated the Diplomats on the mound, pitching a compete-game shutout for the Shorewomen.
F&M returns to the field on Tuesday to face off against Ursinus in CC action. Game one of the double header is set to begin at 3:00 p.m.