LANCASTER, Pa. – Senior Kaitlin Zampino belted an opposite-field homerun in the bottom of the first of game one to lead the Franklin & Marshall softball team past Gettysburg 9-1 in five innings. In game two, Zampino pitched a complete-game shutout as the Diplomats won 1-0 and earned the sweep in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Thursday afternoon at Baker Campus Field. The two victories propelled F&M's record to 22-10, 8-4 CC, tying the school record for wins, while the Bullets dropped to 14-13, 3-9 CC.
In game one, F&M's offense wasted no time as the Diplomats got on the board in the bottom of the first when Rachel Laufer reached on a fielder's choice to score Alicia Kukoda and make it a 1-0 contest. Next to the plate was Zampino, who crushed the ball over the fence to give the Diplomats a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the third, Caitlin Brust singled to left field to plate Zampino and make it a 4-0 score.
The bottom of the fourth was a huge inning for F&M, which began with a Laufer single to center field that scored Malorie Sassaman to extend the lead to 5-0. Then, Sam DeNoville hit a single to plate Laufer and make it 6-0, and later in the inning, Megan Ryan knocked a sacrifice fly to center to score pinch runner Ashley Hartshorn and increase the lead to 7-0. Kukoda followed with a single to plate Caroline Abin and extend the lead to 8-0 and the Diplomats added another run for a 9-0 score.
Gettysburg got a run back in the top of the fifth when Steph Zengel singled home Sam Misurell, but F&M got out of the inning to forced the mercy rule, winning 9-1.
Justine Lohrey (10-3) threw all five innings to earn her 10th victory, which is tied for second-most in the CC. The Diplomats compiled 12 hits, led by Zampino who was 2-for-2 at the plate, while Kukoda, DeNoville and Brust also had two hits apiece.
Game two was unlike the first, as F&M's Zampino and Gettysburg's Michelle Fox were stellar throughout the game, but it was Fox who blinked first and gave up the only run of the game in the bottom of the second when Ryan singled to plate Zampino and make it a 1-0 contest.
In the top of the third, two Bullets hit back-to-back two-out singles to put runners on first and second, however Zampino fanned Maggie Maguire to end Gettysburg's threat. In the top of the seventh, Gettysburg's Morgan Heinbach and Abby Ferguson each hit the ball hard, however Sassaman and Kukoda made fine plays at shortstop and center field to record the outs. Zampino then struck out Fox, the opposing pitcher, to end the game and give the Diplomats the 1-0 victory.
Zampino (6-5) pitched a complete-game gem, going the distance and allowing four hits while striking out four. Kukoda, Sassaman, Laufer, Abin and Ryan each recorded a hit for F&M.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M hosts Dickinson with game one of the doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.