KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Franklin & Marshall College scored six runs in the first inning against Case Western en route to a 9-6 win, salvaging a split on the day after falling to Farmingdale St. 2-1 earlier in the day. The Diplomats moved to 1-5 on the year with the victory.
Following a tight 2-1 loss in game one, the F&M bats came alive in the second game, scoring six runs as the first five Diplomat batters all reached base. Katie Wenger, Taylor Long, Crystal Good, and Kelly Van O'Linda all notched RBIs as the Diplomats shocked Case Western with an early 6-0 deficit.
The Spartans struck back with a run in the top of the second, but F&M tacked on two more in the bottom of the inning. Lexi Piccinich knocked in Wenger before Good added her second RBI of the day with a double to right field that plated Megan Ryan. Case Western added a second run in the bottom of the frame, before F&M starter Izzy Schaefer then settled down and threw a pair of scoreless innings.
The Diplomats carried a 9-2 lead into the fifth inning, but three more runs from the Spartans cut the deficit to 9-5. Schaefer again responded with a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth, but another Case Western rally in the seventh brought Wenger to the circle with two runners on and the tying run at the plate in a 9-6 game. She walked her first batter in relief to load the bases with one out, but forced a comebacker that turned into a 1-2-3 double play, finished off with a clutch scoop by Piccinich at first base to give F&M the 9-6 win.
Good and Wenger both collected three hits to lead the offense as six different Diplomats tallied base knocks.
Schaefer (1-2) earned the win with six earned runs and six strikeouts in just over six innings of work. Wenger earned the save, her first of the year.
It was a different story in the first game as F&M dropped a 2-1 decision to Farmingdale St. The Rams were first on the scoreboard, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after a Diplomat error on a bunt allowed Farmingdale to score a runner from second.
F&M tied the game in the ensuing half inning as Good smoked a double down the third base line that scored Wenger from second.
The Diplomat offense failed to capitalize on several RBI opportunities in the coming innings, but Wenger put together four hitless innings to keep the score 1-1 entering the sixth. Farmingdale broke through again in the bottom of the sixth, taking a 2-1 lead after a walk and a double, their second hit of the game.
F&M was unable to produce any offense in the seventh, and dropped their fifth game to start the season.
Wenger and Sam Clemens led the offense with two hits each. Wenger (0-3) took the loss for F&M, giving up two hits and one earned run in six innings.
The Diplomats return to action on Thursday, taking on Carroll (Wis.) at 1:30 p.m. and Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 3:45 p.m.