LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall dropped its final two contests of the regular season on Saturday, falling to Washington College on Senior Day by scores of 6-2 and 10-1 in Centennial Conference (CC) softball action at Baker Campus. The Diplomats fell to 14-20, 8-8 CC with the defeats, and will wait until tomorrow to learn their playoff fate when Gettysburg and Muhlenberg play the final doubleheader of the conference schedule.
Both teams scored in the first inning of game one, with the Shorewomen recording the first run of the game with two outs in the top of the first. F&M matched that score in the home half, with Lexi Piccinich singling up the middle to score Kelly Van O'Linda.
The Diplomats went on to take the lead in the bottom of the second, fueled by a leadoff triple from Ryan Correa. She eventually made the trip home with two outs as Erin Russell recorded an RBI single.
The lead was short-lived as Washington tallied three runs in the top of the third to go up 4-2. All three runs scored on a three-run homer by the Shorewomen's Maddie Bennett. Washington added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth, and F&M was unable to respond as the Shorewomen took the opener 6-2.
Izzy Schaefer (9-11) took the loss for the Diplomats, surrendering four earned runs and allowing 10 hits in seven innings of work.
Diplomat seniors Ryan and Van O'Linda were honored by the team between games as part of the Senior Day celebration.
The second game began with both teams again recording early runs, this time in the second inning. Washington jumped out to a 2-0 lead, stringing together four hits to take the early advantage. The inning would have provided three runs for the Shorewomen, but Ryan delivered a strike to home plate from right field that cut down a run and ended the inning.
F&M halved the deficit in the bottom of the inning on Correa's RBI single, scoring Ryan and making the score 2-1.
Neither team was able to push more runs across the plate until the fifth inning when Washington exploded for eight runs. Twelve Shorewomen went to the plate, putting up six hits to take a 10-1 lead. The Diplomats did not add any runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth, ending the game after five innings.
Long, Piccinich, Ryan, and Correa accounted for the F&M hits in the nightcap.
Katie Wenger (5-9) was given the loss, giving up 10 earned on 12 hits in five innings.
The Diplomats need Gettysburg to take just one of two from Muhlenberg tomorrow to clinch F&M's first-ever appearance in the CC Playoffs.