KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Franklin & Marshall opened its stay in Kissimmee, Fla. by splitting a pair of games on Tuesday. The Diplomats earned an 8-3 win over Hamilton in the morning before falling 1-0 to Dubuque in the afternoon. The split moved F&M to 5-3 on the season.
Game one saw Hamilton score one run in the first inning and two in the second to take a 3-0 lead after two innings. However, Diplomat starter Katie Wenger found her rhythm, setting the Continentals down in order in the top of the third and not allowing another run for the remainder of the game until Megan Ryan took over for her with two outs in the sixth.
The F&M bats came alive in the third, tying the game at three as Kathleen Zogorski and Samantha Clemens connected on triples that drove in a run each. Melissa Bollmeyer singled to collect an RBI in the frame as well.
Another three-spot in the fifth, keyed by a two-run single from Wenger, gave the Diplomats a 6-3 lead. Two more runs in the sixth gave Wenger and Ryan all the support they would need as F&M claimed the 8-3 victory.
Wenger improved to 3-1 on the year after giving up one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. The sophomore struck out five and gave up only five hits in the win. Ryan earned her first save of the year after pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up zero hits, and striking out two.
Zogorski went 2-for-3 to pace a balanced Diplomat offense. Wenger's two RBIs led F&M as well.
Game two offered none of the same offensive fireworks as F&M fell 1-0 to Dubuque.
The Diplomats fell behind in the bottom of the first as the Spartans pushed a solitary run across the plate.
F&M pitcher Isabel Schaefer turned in an excellent performance, pitching five straight scoreless innings the rest of the way. The sophomore struck out five and gave up just four hits and one earned run, but was tagged with the loss, falling to 2-2 on the season.
Sam Burns recorded a double to lead the offense as the Diplomats were held to just two hits and six total baserunners. Dubuque's Mackenzie Kyle gave up two hits and four walks in front of errorless defense to earn the win.
F&M returns to the diamond tomorrow for a pair of games with Lesley and Skidmore at 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., respectively.