F&M Looks to Lock Down Playoff Berth

F&M Looks to Lock Down Playoff Berth
Game 33/34
Saturday, April 29, 2017
F&M vs. Washington | Lancaster, Pa. | 1/3:00 PM
Series Record: F&M leads 45-24
Streak: WAC +2
Last F&M Victory: 5-3, April 9, 2015
Last WAC Victory: 1-0, March 26, 2016
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Playoff Picture: Franklin & Marshall enters the week at 14-18, 8-6 CC. The Diplomats occupy the fourth and final playoff spot, and have a two-game lead over fifth-place Muhlenberg with two Centennial Conference (CC) games remaining on both teams' schedules. 

If both Muhlenberg and F&M finish at 8-8 in CC play, the Mules would earn the final playoff spot by virtue of a tiebreaker. However, one win in Saturday's doubleheader against Washington or one Muhlenberg loss in its Saturday doubleheader against Gettysburg would send the Diplomats to the CC Tournament for the first time in program history.

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Series History: Second-place Washington comes to Lancaster on Saturday to continue a series that has seen F&M dominate in the previous 69 meetings, holding a 45-24 edge. However, last season saw the Shorewomen take two from the Diplomats on March 26.

Senior Day: F&M will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, honoring Kelly Van O'Linda and Megan Ryan as they play their final home games.

A Look at Washington: The Shorewomen boast the conference's highest batting average at .303, with seven of nine starters hitting better than .300 and all nine starters carrying an on-base percentage better than .300.

Last Week: The Diplomats opened the week on Tuesday at Gettysburg, with the Bullets producing top-notch pitching on the way to dealing F&M defeats of 4-0 and 4-1.

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On Thursday, the Diplomats got back on track with an offensive explosion against Penn St.-Brandywine, recording wins of 9-3 and 10-0.

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The week concluded on Saturday, with F&M tallying a pair of massive CC victories over Ursinus. A 15-run third inning gave the Diplomats a 15-3 win in game one before scraping out a 5-4 win in game two.

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Dinger Derby: F&M continues to lead the conference in home runs, crushing 16 on the season. McDaniel is second in the conference with 11, while no other team has hit more than nine.

Individually, Lexi Piccinich leads the conference with five homers. She is now just one shy of the program record for home runs by a freshman and two shy of the conference record for homers by a freshman.

Katie Wenger and Taylor Long are tied for second in the conference with four apiece, while Van O'Linda is tied for eighth with two. Wenger has 10 long balls in her career, putting her alone in second place in program history. The record, held by Lauren Incorvaia '09, is 15.

Among the Leaders: Long and Piccinich also rank near the top of the Conference in RBIs, tied for fifth in the CC with 20 each.

Izzy Schaefer ranks in the CC's top 10 of several pitching categories, as her nine victories place her in a tie for sixth place. She also ranks ninth with 56 strikeouts on the year, while Wenger ranks 10th with 52.

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Milestone Watch: Ryan broke into the program's top five for both games played and games started, ranking fifth in starts (124) and appearances (127). She is also fourth in program history with 27 doubles and seventh with 60 RBIs.

Schaefer ranks in the program's top 10 of several pitching categories. Her nine career shutouts are tops in program history, her 234 career strikeouts are fourth, and she ranks in the top 10 for wins (4th, 29), complete games (3rd, 40) and innings pitched (4th, 352 1/3).