WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's softball delivered its third-straight sweep, defeating King's (Pa.) 1-0 and 4-0 on Tuesday afternoon.
The Diplomats improved to 12-10 while the Monarchs dropped to 14-12.
Game 1: F&M 1, King's 0 – (7 Innings)
F&M started the game threatening to score with runners on second and third, but the Monarchs were able to close out the first inning to keep the Diplomats off the board.
Things finally clicked for F&M in the third inning as a double from Lexi Piccinich put Erin Russell on third, and Sammy Burns delivered the sacrifice fly to send Russell home and give F&M the 1-0 lead.
Piccinich led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance from the plate.
Freshman Sabrina Ryan (1-0) got her first collegiate win after pitching for seven innings with a shutout performance that included eight strikeouts. King's Kelcie Senchak (0-1) took the loss after throwing for three innings.
Game 2: F&M 4, King's 0 – (7 Innings)
After a slow start to the second game, the Diplomats gained the momentum, scoring three runs in the fourth inning. Burns dealt the RBI double to send Piccinich home and put F&M on the board. Ella Glenn got in on the action with a single to right field, sending Burns home and extending the Diplomats' lead to two. Crystal Good notched an RBI single to send Izzy Schaefer to third and Glenn across the plate to bring the score to 3-0.
Burns tallied another RBI in the fourth with a double to center field to plate Piccinich and increase the deficit to four.
F&M outhit King's 10-5 with Burns and Piccinich both batting 3-for-4. Burns recorded two RBIs.
Schaefer (8-5) was credited with the win after tossing for seven innings with two strikeouts. King's Samantha Bloom (5-5) was dealt the loss after pitching for 3 2/3 innings.
The Diplomats continue with non-conference action as they travel to Penn St.-Harrisburg on Thursday, April 12 for a doubleheader at 3:00 p.m.