Diplomats Fall in Pair of Close Contests

Diplomats Fall in Pair of Close Contests

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Franklin & Marshall visited Washington on Saturday afternoon, dropping a pair of narrow contests to the Shorewomen in Centennial Conference softball action. The Diplomats' record fell to 10-6, 0-2 CC while Washington improved to 9-11, 2-0 CC in the opening weekend of conference play for both squads.

Game one began with a pair of scoreless innings before the Shorewomen tallied the first run of the game in the bottom of the third on a home run by Hannah Spohn. The run proved to be the only one allowed by F&M starter Katie Wenger, as she recovered to pitch two more innings without giving up further damage.

The Diplomats responded in the fifth, as Erin Russell doubled down the left field line to score Melissa Bollmeyer. However, Washington pulled ahead once more in the sixth, scoring what proved to be the decisive run on a wild pitch. A 1-2-3 inning in the top of the seventh gave the Shorewomen the game, 2-1.

Megan Ryan took the loss despite not allowing a hit. Wenger finished with one earned run in five innings of work, giving up six hits and striking out three.

Russell went 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace the Diplomat offense. Bollmeyer also reached base twice after tallying one hit and one walk.

The second game of the day featured another pitcher's duel as F&M's Isabel Schaefer and Washington's Maddie Bennett each threw six shutout innings to start the contest.

Bennett kept the Diplomats off the board in the top of the seventh, but in the home half of the frame, Washington won in walk-off fashion as a double drove in an unearned run to end the game 1-0.

Schaefer was burdened with the loss despite giving up zero earned runs and just five hits along with four strikeouts and zero walks.

Samantha Clemens went 2-for-3 to lead the F&M offense.

Head coach Mike Cooperstein's career record now stands at 145-143-2, making him the winningest coach in the program's history. Two wins on Saturday against Lancaster Bible College pushed him past Ray Oswald, who was in charge of the Diplomats from 1984-93.

The Diplomats return to CC play on Tuesday, traveling to Ursinus for a doubleheader set to begin at 3:00 p.m.