Diplomats Host LVC, Travel to Ursinus

Diplomats Host LVC, Travel to Ursinus

Games 29/30
Thursday, April 19, 2018
F&M vs. Lebanon Valley | Lancaster | 3/5:00 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 25-18
Streak: LVC +4
Last F&M Victory: 9-8, April 1, 2007
Last LVC Victory: 10-9, April 2, 2013
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Games 31/32
Saturday, April 21, 2018
F&M at Ursinus | Collegeville | 1/3:00 PM
Series Record: UC Leads 44-22
Streak: F&M +3
Last F&M Victory: 5-4, April 22, 2017
Last UC Victory: 5-2, March 29, 2016
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Series History: Franklin & Marshall opens the week with a 14-14 overall record and a 6-4 mark in Centennial Conference (CC) play. The Diplomats take on Lebanon Valley on Thursday, entering the game with a 25-18 overall mark, though the Dutchmen have won the past four contests.

F&M ends the week at Ursinus with the Diplomats currently owning a three-game winning-streak, including a 2-0 sweep last season.

A Look at Lebanon Valley: Lebanon Valley comes in with a 13-9 record on the year. The Dutchmen have tallied a .303 team batting average on the year, but their pitching has been dominant with a 2.87 ERA, which is good for second in the MAC Commonwealth.

A Look at Ursinus: The Bears enter the week with an 11-13, 2-8 CC mark. Morgan Comfort paces the offense with a .337 batting average. Though Ursinus has not been dominant offensively, the bullpen ranks second in the CC with an ERA of 2.86, led by senior Kaitlyn Willis with an ERA of 2.03.

Last Week: F&M opened last week sweeping King's (Pa.) with 1-0 and 4-0 victories. Full recap.

The Diplomats split with Penn St.-Harrisburg mid-week, losing the first game 5-1, but bouncing back in the second game with a decisive 9-0 victory in five innings. Full recap.

F&M closed out the week with a split against Swarthmore. The Diplomats took the first game with a 3-0 shutout, but the Garnet were able to come away with the 4-3 win in extra innings in the second game. Full recap.

Milestones to Watch: Katie Wenger ranks second in program history with 12 career home runs, needing three more to tie all-time leader Lauren Incorvia '09. Sammy Burns sits at third in the same category with nine homers.

Erin Russell cracked the top-10 in hits, tallying 120 in her career, which places her at seventh. Malorie Sassaman '14 leads the category with 175.

Wenger's 66 career RBIs place the senior in sixth, while Heather Baker '90 leads the category with 99.

From the circle, Izzy Schaefer currently sits second for most wins with 41 while Valerie Koegler '89 leads the category with 52. Wenger ranks ninth in the same category with 20 wins.

Schaefer also ranks first for most shutouts with 16 in her career. Schaefer ranks second for most strikeouts with 299, while Koegler '89 also leads that category with 322. Wenger sits at eighth with 146 strikeouts.

With 13 doubles on the year, Lexi Piccinich now holds the single-season record, surpassing Meredith Morgan '09.

Schaeffer's shutout against Swarthmore last weekend gave the senior her seventh shutout of the season to reset her own program single-season record, set in 2015.

100 Club: Both Erin Russell and Katie Wenger notched their 100th career hits this season. Russell reached the milestone with a 2-for-3 effort against Becker on March 15, while Wenger tallied her 100th on April 7 with a 3-for-3 performance against Muhlenberg.

Among the Leaders (NCAA): F&M's defense currently ranks sixth across all Division III in fielding percentage at 0.974. The Diplomats have committed just 21 errors in 835 total chances on the season.

Among the Leaders (CC): Piccinich currently sits sixth amongst CC players with a .415 batting average. Ryan Correa's 19 RBIs place the sophomore in ninth.

Schaefer leads all pitchers with 10 wins and ranks sixth in strikeouts after recording 52 on the year.