MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall fell to Penn St.-Harrisburg 5-1 in game one, but held on for a 5-3 win in the nightcap to earn a split on Thursday afternoon in non-conference softball action. The Diplomats now sit at 8-2, while the Lions' record is 9-3.
In game one, PSU-Harrisburg got off to a hot start, as Rieley Loch launched a two-run homerun in the bottom of the first to give the Lions an early 2-0 advantage. Both teams were held scoreless until Crystal Good singled home Patricia Crigler in the top of the fifth to cut PSU-Harrisburg's lead to 2-1.
However, that was as close the Diplomats would get, as Amanda Hartman shut down the F&M offense, and the Lions added two more in the bottom of the fifth and went on to win by a score of 5-1.
Isabel Schaefer (3-1) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs in five innings of work, but struck out five batters. Hartman (4-0) went five innings for PSU-Harrisburg and allowed no earned runs and two hits.
For the Lions, Keriann Saich led with three hits, while Loch had two RBI.
In the nightcap, PSU-Harrisburg got on the board early again, as Emily Parmer hit an RBI-single in the bottom of the first and it looked like the Lions were going to tack on another one, but Zogorski threw out Loch at home to keep the contest at 1-0 in favor of the Lions.
F&M came right back in the top of the second and evened the score when Crigler roped a triple to plate Megan Ryan and tie the game at 1-1. Good followed with an RBI-single to make it 2-1, and Melissa Bollmeyer ripped another RBI-single to give the Diplomats a 3-1 advantage. Later in the inning, Zogorski and Bollmeyer each scored due to miscues by PSU-Harrisburg's catcher to give F&M a 5-1 lead.
The Lions added a run in fifth and one more in the sixth, but Ryan and Justine Lohrey pitched well enough to allow F&M to hold on for a 5-3 win. In the top of the seventh with one out, rain started to fall so the game was called, and the Lions batted for at least five innings, making it an official contest.
Ryan (2-0) tossed four innings and gave up one earned run, while Lohrey threw two innings and gave up two earned runs, but earned the save. For PSU-Harrisburg, Wolfe threw 6.1 innings, giving up three earned runs and nine hits.
Bollmeyer, Crigler, and Good each recorded two hits for the Diplomats.
F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats open Centennial Conference (CC) action with a doubleheader in Westminster, Md. against McDaniel. Due to the rain today, the games have been pushed back an hour. The first game will now begin at 2:00 p.m. and game two will start at 4:00 p.m.