LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's softball team came away with a 1-1 split against Lebanon Valley in non-conference action on Thursday afternoon. LVC delivered a dominant 14-8 in the first game, but the Diplomats came back with a 9-5 victory in the second.
The split evened out the Diplomats at 15-15 on the year while the Dutchmen came away 14-10.
Game 1: LVC 14, F&M 8 – (7 Innings)
F&M opened the game with five-straight hits to help take a 3-0 score in the first. Sam Clemens got the offense started with a single down the left line. Erin Russell followed with a single, and Lexi Piccinich delivered an RBI double to put the Diplomats on the board. Sammy Burns notched an RBI single to send Russell home and extend F&M's lead to two. With bases loaded and one out, Christine Miles tallied a single up the middle to bring the score to 3-0.
The Dutchmen responded with vengeance in the second inning, scoring nine runs off nine hits, including one triple and one homer. LVC kept the momentum into the third, notching on three more runs off three hits to extend a 12-3 lead.
The Diplomats got back on the board in the third, starting with Katie Wenger winning the walk to get on base. Miles followed with a single, but errors in the field placed Miles on third and sent Wenger home. Miles tallied the second run of the inning, scoring on a wild pitch, bringing the score to 12-5.
F&M kept the momentum going in the fourth, tallying two more runs off three hits. With bases loaded and one out, Miles took the walk to send Burns home. Crystal Good followed with a single through the left side to plate Ryan Correa and decrease the deficit to five.
LVC finished the game strong, tacking on two more runs in the seventh off four hits, including three singles and one double.
The Diplomats looked to force extra innings, as Russell kept the game alive, tallying a double with two outs. Piccinich followed with an RBI single, but the Dutchmen held out for the 14-8 win.
Piccinich and Burns led the offense with 3-for-5 performances, and both Piccinich and Miles recorded two RBIs in the game.
Izzy Schaefer (10-7) was credited with the loss after tossing for 1 2/3 innings while LVC's Sarah Musselman (1-2) recorded the win, throwing for five innings with one strikeout.
Game 2: F&M 9, LVC 5 – (7 Innings)
LVC looked to continue the pace from the first game, notching two runs off two hits in the first inning to take the lead.
F&M responded with four runs and three stolen bases in the first to take back the advantage. Piccinich recorded the first hit for F&M, pushing Russell to third. Burns delivered the RBI single to center field to put the Diplomats on the board. Correa tallied a single to plate Piccinich, and Wenger recorded a two-RBI double to give F&M the 4-2 lead.
The Dutchmen decreased the deficit to one in the third with an early run, but the Diplomats were able to stop the tying run with bases loaded, forcing a fly out to centerfield. LVC continued to push in the fourth, tying the game at 4-4, scoring one run off two hits.
Russell got the offense moving again in the fifth inning, sparking back-to-back singles, while Burns delivered the go-ahead two-RBI double to give F&M a 6-4 edge. Miles continued the pace with a single to left field to send Gabby Goodwin across the plate.
F&M tacked on two more runs in the sixth with aggressive base running from Clemens, scoring off a wild pitch. Hannah Salvucci stepped up with two outs and runners on the corners, registering a single up the middle to bring the score to 9-4.
LVC recorded one more run in the seventh off a single with bases loaded, but the Diplomats responded on the next play, forcing the out at second to take the game 9-5.
The Diplomats held a 13-12 edge in hits with Burns posting three hits with three RBIs in the game.
Schaefer (11-7) earned the win after pitching for seven innings with two strikeouts. LVC's Alexa Windsor (5-4) took the loss, throwing six innings.
The Diplomats hit the road on Saturday, traveling to Ursinus for a doubleheader slated to begin at 1:00 p.m.