WESTMINSTER, Md. – Franklin & Marshall visited McDaniel on Saturday afternoon for both teams' Centennial Conference (CC) opener, dropping a pair of games by scores of 13-5 and 7-0. The Diplomats fell to 2-10, 0-2 CC with the defeats, while the Green Terror improved to 8-8, 2-0 CC.
F&M struck first in the top of the first inning in game one, as Lexi Piccinich blasted a solo home run to center field with two outs. It was the freshmen's second long ball of the year and gave the visitors a 1-0 edge.
McDaniel responded immediately in the bottom of the first, sending 11 batters to the plate and collecting eight hits on the way to a six-run frame. After a scoreless second inning, Piccinich again lit the scoreboard with her second homer of the day in the top of the third, this time clearing the leftfield fence and driving in Kelly Van O'Linda to make the score 6-3.
The deficit shrank to 6-5 in the fourth, as Christine Miles and Van O'Linda both recorded RBIs. However, the Diplomats never fully closed the gap as the Green Terror scored seven in their next three frames to win 13-5 in six innings.
Piccinich's two home runs and three RBIs led the F&M offense, while Miles, Van O'Linda, and Katie Wenger also recorded base knocks.
Wenger (1-5) took the loss for F&M, giving up eight earned and tallying five strikeouts in four innings. Taylor Long allowed five earned in 1.2 innings of relief.
The Diplomat bats did not have the same pop in game two, scattering six hits, but never recording more than two in any frame. F&M's best offensive opportunity came in the seventh when the Diplomats faced a 7-0 deficit. Long and Ryan Correa both singled with one out in the frame, but a pair of fly balls to right field ended the Diplomat threat.
McDaniel slowly built the seven-run advantage, beginning in the first inning as a stolen base and a pair of singles gave the hosts a 1-0 lead over F&M starter Izzy Schaefer. That lead grew to 2-0 in the third, and a two-run homer from the Green Terror in the fourth pushed the deficit to 4-0.
Another run in the fifth and two in the sixth gave McDaniel a comfortable lead entering the seventh.
Schaefer (1-5) took the loss, giving up six earned in six innings of work.
F&M returns to action on Tuesday, visiting Penn St.-Harrisburg for a doubleheader at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.