Game 21/22 Thursday, April 7, 2016 F&M vs. PSU-Harrisburg | Lancaster, Pa. | 3/5:00 PM Live Stats | Audio
Game 23/24 Saturday, April 9, 2016 F&M vs. Swarthmore | Lancaster, Pa. | 1/3:00 PM Live Stats | Audio
Game 25/26 Sunday, April 10, 2016 F&M vs. McDaniel | Lancaster, Pa. | 2/4:00 PM Live Stats | Audio
Series History: Franklin & Marshall opens the sixth week of the season by visiting York at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The Diplomats enter the doubleheader with a tenuous 23-22 edge in the all-time series, including a five-game win streak.
F&M hosts its first home game of the season on Thursday as Penn St.-Harrisburg comes to Lancaster for a pair of games scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. The teams have met only twice before, both on March 26 of last year, which saw the Nittany Lions take game one by a 5-1 score before the Diplomats won the second game 5-3.
Centennial Conference (CC) play continues on Saturday when Swarthmore pays a visit to F&M for a twin bill at 1:00 p.m. The Diplomats own a 36-13 all-time advantage over the Garnet and carry a five-game win streak that dates back to 2013.
F&M wraps up its week on Sunday by hosting McDaniel at 2:00 p.m. for a pair of matchups previously scheduled for last Saturday. The Green Terror lead the all-time series 46-22, including victories over the Diplomats in both of last year's contests.
Last Week: Saturday's rainout meant that F&M played only two games last week, both of them on Tuesday at Ursinus. The Diplomats split with the Bears, falling 3-2 in the first game before taking game two 5-2.
Ursinus took the lead in game one after scoring twice in the third inning. F&M responded in the seventh, led by Megan Ryan's RBI single that plated Samantha Clemens and Sam Burns following an Ursinus error. However, the Bears avoided extra innings by pushing a run across in the bottom of the seventh to win 3-2.
The Diplomats struck first in game two, as Ryan launched a two-RBI double in a three-run top of the third. Ursinus responded with two in the bottom of the third, but F&M hurler Isabel Schaefer held the Bears scoreless into the seventh. Ryan entered to get the game's last two outs, earning her first save of the season as the Diplomats won 5-2.
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Among the Leaders: Schaefer and Katie Wenger continue to rank near the top of several CC pitching categories. Wenger ranks second in ERA at 1.82, third in wins with six, and sixth in strikeouts with 42.
Schaefer's two saves are top in the conference, while her four wins are tied for ninth and her 34 strikeouts place her 10th.
Cooperstein Wins Total: Head coach Mike Cooperstein, now the program's all-time career wins leader, continues to add to his tally. Tuesday's win over Ursinus was his 146th career victory. Cooperstein, currently in his ninth season, passed previous record-holder Ray Oswald March 22 with a pair of victories over Lancaster Bible College.