MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's softball team split with Penn St.-Harrisburg in non-conference action on Thursday afternoon. The Nittany Lions took the first game 5-1, but the Diplomats bounced back in the second with a 9-0 shutout.
F&M ended the day with a 13-11 overall record while PSU finished at 10-8.
Game 1: PSU-Harrisburg 5, F&M 1 – (7 Innings)
Harrisburg got on the board early with a three-RBI single in the first to take a 3-0 lead.
With a runner in scoring position, the Lions struck again with a sacrifice fly to extend their lead to four in the fourth.
F&M's offense clicked in the fifth with Christine Miles opening the inning with a single to left field. With Miles on third and two outs, Sam Clemens notched a single to centerfield to send Miles across the plate and bring the score to 4-1.
The Lions responded in the fifth with a home run to make the deficit four and the final score 5-1.
Miles led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance.
Sabrina Ryan (1-1) took the loss after tossing for six innings and recording six strikeouts. Harrisburg's Allison Hartman (6-5) pitched for seven innings and the win, with one strikeout in the game.
Game 2: F&M 9, PSU-Harrisburg 0 – (5 Innings)
F&M gained the momentum in the second game, scoring two runs in the first inning. Katie Wenger reached on an error in the field to send Clemens home and put the Diplomats on the board. Aggressive base running helped Sammy Burns cross the plate to bring the score to 2-0.
The Lions looked to respond in the first with runners on second and third, but the F&M defense dealt two quick outs to keep the lead.
The Diplomats' offense picked back up in the third, adding on four more runs. With bases loaded, Ella Glenn took the walk to send Burns home. Crystal Good followed with an RBI single to plate Miles and extend the deficit to four. Erin Russell delivered a double to send both Good and Izzy Schaefer home and extend the lead 6-0.
A stolen base put Wenger on third in the fourth inning, and Good notched a single to send Wenger home. Schaefer followed a two-RBI double to send Glenn and Good across the plate and bring the score to 9-0.
F&M outhit the Lions 9-3 with Good leading at the plate with a 2-for-2 performance. Delaney Cochrane went 1-for-1.
Schaefer (9-5) recorded the win after throwing for five innings with four strikeouts. Harrisburg's Emma Lerchen (1-1) was credited with the loss after pitching for three innings.
The Diplomats return home on Saturday, April 14 for a doubleheader against Swarthmore slated to begin at 1:00 p.m.