Offense Sputters as Diplomats Drop Two to Gettysburg

Offense Sputters as Diplomats Drop Two to Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall fell prey to quality pitching from Gettysburg on Tuesday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) softball, dropping a pair of games by scores of 4-0 and 4-1. The Diplomats fell to 10-18, 6-6 CC with the defeats, while the Bullets improved to 22-9-1, 9-4-1.

Gettysburg gunslinger Aileen Reilly was the story in game one, giving up just three hits in a complete-game shutout that included 13 strikeouts and zero walks. A Taylor Long double in the top of the first and a single from Katie Wenger in the second gave F&M runners in both frames, but the Diplomats were unable to capitalize.

The Bullets pulled ahead in the bottom of the second as Sofia Blasius knocked a two-run homer to give the hosts a 2-0 edge. The lead grew to 4-0 in the second thanks to a single and a sacrifice fly from Blasius.

F&M starter Izzy Schaefer settled down from there, not allowing another Gettysburg hit, but the Diplomat offense did not close the gap. A single from Wenger in the fifth was the only F&M hit in the final four innings as the Bullets took the 4-0 win in game one.

Schaefer fell to 7-10 on the year after giving up four earned on five hits in six innings of work.

Wenger went 2-for-3 to lead the offense while Long's double accounted for the Diplomats' only other hit.

The F&M offense showed signs of life in the second game as Long singled in the top half of the first before the Diplomats went up 1-0 in the second. A single from Megan Ryan and a walk from Christine Miles set up Kelly Van O'Linda for an RBI single to center. The run saw Reilly, who had started the second game as well, replaced after just 1 2/3 innings.

Unfortunately for F&M Reilly's replacement, Morgan Clauser, proved just as effective as Reilly had in the first game. Clauser held the Diplomats to just two hits in the final 5 1/3 innings to limit the F&M bats to one run.

Gettysburg tied the game in the home half of the second as Blasius recorded her second sacrifice fly and fourth RBI of the game to make the score 1-1. The Bullets went on to take the lead in the third, scoring twice, before adding an insurance run in the sixth.

The Diplomats threatened in the seventh after Ryan Correa's leadoff single, but were unable to cut the deficit as the Bullets claimed the 4-1 decision.

Wenger (3-8) took the loss after allowing three earned on five hits in six innings.

Correa's 2-for-3 day at the plate led F&M in the nightcap, with Van O'Linda, Long, and Ryan recording hits for the Diplomats.

F&M will look to get back on track on Thursday, visiting Penn St.-Brandywine for a nonconference doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.