SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's softball team dropped both contests against Susquehanna on Sunday afternoon. The Diplomats lost the first game by a 5-1 score and the second game by a 9-1 tally.
F&M evened out at 14-14 on the year while Susquehanna improved to 15-9.
Game 1: Susquehanna 5, F&M 1 – (7 Innings)
After a scoreless start to the game, F&M was the first to strike in the fourth inning. Lexi Piccinich opened the inning with a single to right field. Sammy Burns followed with an RBI-double down the left field line to give F&M the 1-0 lead.
The River Hawks responded in the fourth, scoring one run on two hits to tie the game.
Susquehanna notched another run in the fifth off errors in the field to take a 2-1 lead. The River Hawks extended their lead with two more runs in the sixth inning off three hits to bring the final score to 5-1.
Hits were even at 7-7 a side. Burns and Katie Wenger led the offense with 2-for-3 performances.
Sabrina Ryan (1-2) took the loss after pitching for seven innings. Susquehanna's Alexa Gonzalez (9-4) was credited with the win after tossing for seven innings with two strikeouts.
Game 2: Susquehanna 9, F&M 1 – (6 Innings)
Susquehanna continued the momentum into the third game, scoring off a fielder's choice play to take a 1-0 lead in the first. The River Hawks increased the deficit in the second inning, tallying one run off one hit.
F&M's offense got to work in the third inning with Tiara Halstead leading off with a double to center field. With two outs, Piccinich notched a double down the left line to send Izzy Schaefer home and bring the Diplomats within one.
The River Hawks delivered a decisive fourth inning, scoring three runs off five hits to bring the score to 6-1. Susquehanna tacked on another run in the fifth inning to extend the deficit to six runs.
F&M looked to decrease the difference in the sixth inning with Gabby Colon in scoring position but were unable to take advantage.
Susquehanna recorded two more runs off three hits in the sixth to end the game early with a 9-1 score.
Piccinich and Schaefer led from the plate with 2-for-3 performances in the game.
Schaefer (10-6) was credited with the loss after throwing for 5 1/3 innings with four strikeouts. Susquehanna's Brooke Wiarda (1-0) garnered the win after pitching for five innings and recording three strikeouts.
The Diplomats return home on Tuesday, hosting Gettysburg for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader.