KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Franklin & Marshall continued its spring break play on Monday, falling to Utica and Plattsburgh by a pair of 5-0 scores. The Diplomats fell to 0-4 with the defeats.
Utica opened the 11:30 a.m. game by taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, pushing one run across with two outs. The Pioneers added to their lead in the top of the fifth, as two doubles sandwiched around a pair of outs gave the visitors a 2-0 edge.
The bottom of the fifth saw the Diplomats place runners on second and third with one out, but an error on the base paths ended the F&M rally without any runs on the board.
Utica benefitted from two F&M errors in the top of the seventh, notching three unearned runs after Izzy Schaefer came on in relief of Katie Wenger. The Diplomats were unable to gain any momentum in the seventh, and the Pioneers grabbed a 5-0 win.
Correa, Sammy Burns, and Kelly Van O'Linda tallied hits for F&M in the game. Wenger (0-2) was saddled with the loss, giving up two earned run and two walks along with five strikeouts in six innings of work. Schaefer gave up one hit and zero earned runs in an inning of relief.
Plattsburgh St. put four runs on the board in the first two innings of the second game of the day, a lead that ultimately proved to be enough for the Cardinals. Two singles and a stolen base gave Plattsburgh a 1-0 edge after one, before notching three more in the second. Two no-out errors handed Diplomat starter Izzy Schaefer three unearned runs in the second as the Cardinals took control.
That lead increased to 5-0 in the third as a two-out double increased the hosts' lead.
F&M's best chance came in the seventh, as Ryan doubled to lead off the inning and Lexi Piccinich singled through the left side. However, the Diplomats once again came up empty as the Cardinals claimed the victory.
Ryan led the offense with two hits, including a double. Correa also hammered a double in the second inning as she logged a hit in both games.
Schaefer (2-0) took the loss for F&M, allowing two earned runs and striking out six in six innings of work.
The Diplomats return to the field tomorrow, taking on Farmingdale St. at 3:45 p.m. and Case Western Reserve at 6:00 p.m.