F&M Batters Penn St.-Brandywine, Takes Two

F&M Batters Penn St.-Brandywine, Takes Two

MEDIA, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall offense exploded for 19 runs in two games against Penn St.-Brandywine on Thursday afternoon, taking a twin bill from the Nittany Lions with wins of 9-3 and 10-0. The Diplomats jumped to 12-18 with the sweep while Brandywine fell to 15-13.

The Lions started the scoring in the bottom of the first, pushing across an unearned run on F&M starter Izzy Schaefer to take a 1-0 lead. The Diplomats immediately responded in the top of the second, beginning with Katie Wenger's double to left center that scored Lexi Piccinich and Megan Ryan.

The lead grew to 4-1 as Tiara Halstead scored without the ball being put into play, reaching first on a walk before stealing second and scoring from second on a wild pitch. Wenger also scored on the wild pitch, giving the visitors a three-run edge.

Following hitless frames in the second and third, Brandywine was able to close the gap in the fourth with a pair of runs. Two doubles to lead off the inning produced one run before a single with one out brought the score to 4-3. However, a 6-4-3 double play from Taylor Long to Crystal Good at second reached Piccinich in time at first as the Diplomats escaped the inning with a lead.

F&M did not look likely to respond in the following half inning after two quick outs. However, Long singled and Piccinich was hit by a pitch in front of a single from Ryan. Wenger came through with two more RBIs on a single through the left side, returning the lead to three at 6-3.

Pitching trouble for Bandywine saw the Diplomats add three unearned runs in the seventh, and Schaefer closed the game with three shutout innings as F&M took the 9-3 decision.

Long and Wenger paced the offense with two hits each, while Wenger accounted for all four Diplomat RBIs.

Schaefer (8-10) earned the win, giving up two earned on six hits in another complete-game effort.

F&M tacked on another 10 runs in just five innings to win the second game 10-0 via the mercy rule.

The onslaught started early as Taylor Long launched an RBI double in the top of the first, scoring Kelly Van O'Linda with one out in the inning. After a single from Ryan, Wenger recorded another two-RBI single as Ryan and Long came across, giving F&M a 3-0 lead in the first.

The lead grew to 5-0 in the second as Van O'Linda and Long recorded RBIs, and Ryan Correa's sacrifice fly in the third pushed the advantage to 6-0.

Correa started the damage as F&M scored four more in the fifth. Her single drove in Halstead, and Christine Miles added a sacrifice fly of her own to make the score 8-0 before Wenger and Correa scored with two outs to make the score 10-0.

Wenger (4-8) finished off her five-inning complete game in the bottom half of the frame as the Diplomats eased to the 10-0 win. The junior allowed just three hits in the shutout.

Van O'Linda and Wenger led the offense with three hits apiece, while Erin Russell, Long, and Ryan all tallied a pair of base knocks in game two. Van O'Linda, Long, Wenger, and Correa all recorded a pair of RBIs in the game.

F&M returns to action on Saturday, hosting Ursinus for a crucial Centennial Conference doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.