YORK, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall softball team swept York (Pa.) in a game one slugfest and game two pitcher's duel on Thursday in non-conference action. The Diplomats (15-7) won the first game 15-9 before edging the Spartans (8-14) 1-0 in eight innings in game two.
In game one, York jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jenna Ruby singled home Katie Maloney. F&M got the run back in the top of the second when Patricia Krigler belted a homerun over the left field fence to tie the game at 1-1. The scoring continued in the bottom of the second when Maloney singled to score Mackenzie Ewell and Natalie Fritz and put the Spartans ahead 3-1.
In the top of the third inning, Crigler hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Caroline Abin and bring the Diplomats within one at 3-2 before Sam Denoville doubled to center to score Malorie Sassaman and tie the game at 3-3. Later in the inning, Denoville scored on a passed ball to give F&M a 4-3 lead.
The Diplomats stayed hot in the fourth inning when Rachel Laufer smacked a double with the bases loaded. Her two-bagger to left center cleared the bases and put F&M ahead 7-3. Denoville followed with her own double to score Laufer and increase the advantage to 8-3.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Diplomats broke the game open as Alicia Kukoda singled to left center to plate Sarah Kirk and make it a 9-3 contest. Sassaman then singled up the middle to score Kukoda and give F&M a 10-3 lead and Crigler walked with the bases loaded to give the Diplomats an 11-3 advantage.
After York got two runs back in the bottom of the fifth and one run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 11-6, F&M would not let the Spartans get any closer. In the top of the seventh, after Kukoda and Abin reached base on errors and Crigler singled, Denoville belted a grand slam to left field to give the Diplomats a 15-6 lead. York would get three runs in the bottom of the inning, but it was not enough as F&M held on in game one for the 15-9 victory.
Megan Ryan (5-1) threw 4.2 innings, giving up five runs and striking out two to earn her fifth victory of the season. Denoville led the Diplomats with a 3-for-5 day at the plate with six RBI's, while Kirk added three hits and Kukoda, Abin, Sassaman and Crigler each chipped in two hits.
Game two of the doubleheader was a pitcher's duel for the majority of the game. F&M's Justine Lohrey and the Spartans' Jennifer Taff were stellar throughout the game, however in the top of the eighth, Abin broke the tie with a single to right field that scored pinch runner Kelly Van O'Linda to give the Diplomats a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, with the tying run on third base and no outs, Lohrey forced two groundouts before striking out the final batter to preserve the 1-0 win for F&M.
Lohrey (7-1) was brilliant as she threw eight innings and only gave up four hits while striking out six batters. Denoville added three more hits to cap an impressive day at the plate and Kirk and Abin each added two hits for the Diplomats.
F&M is back in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Saturday when the Diplomats welcome Swarthmore to Baker Campus Field. Game one of the doubleheader is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.