Diplomats Host Gettysburg, Close Out Regular Season on the Road

Diplomats Host Gettysburg, Close Out Regular Season on the Road

Games 33/34
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
F&M vs. Gettysburg | Lancaster | 3/5:00 PM
Series Record: GC Leads 52-24
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 1-0, May 7, 2017
Last GC Victory: 3-0, May 7, 2017
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Games 35/36
Thursday, April 26, 2018
F&M at Arcadia | Glenside, Pa. | 3/5:00 PM
Series Record: N/A
Streak: N/A
Last F&M Victory: N/A
Last AU Victory: N/A
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Games 37/38
Saturday, April 28, 2018
F&M at Washington | Chestertown, Md. | 1/3:00 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 45-26
Streak: WAC +4
Last F&M Victory: 5-3, April 9, 2015
Last WAC Victory: 10-1, April 29, 2017
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Playoff Outlook: Franklin & Marshall enters the final week of the regular season 17-15, 8-4 CC. The Diplomats currently occupy the third playoff spot, one game ahead of fourth-place Haverford. With four more Centennial Conference (CC) games, F&M needs one more win to secure a playoff spot and the program's second post-season appearance.

Series History: F&M opens the week with a crucial matchup against CC leader Gettysburg (15-13, 10-2 CC). Gettysburg owns the overall record, but the Diplomats delivered a 1-0 win in last season's CC Championship to bring home the program's first title.

The Diplomats break the week with a non-conference doubleheader against Arcadia. This is the first meeting between the two teams.

F&M ends the regular season at Washington College on Saturday. The Diplomats look to break a four-game winning-streak on the part of the Shorewomen, who currently sit at eighth in the conference with a 4-8 mark.

A Look at Gettysburg: The Bullets enter the week with a .263 team batting average (eighth in the conference) and sit at fourth with a team ERA of 3.00. Shelby Baker leads the offense with a 3.72 batting average while Morgan Clauser has dominated in the circle with a 2.61 ERA.

A Look at Arcadia: The Knights currently hold an 18-12 record with a team batting average of .294, led by Jackie Bilotti with a .411. Kylee Schwind leads from the circle with a 2.63 ERA.

A Look at Washington: Elaina DiPrimio leads the Shorewomen with a .393 batting average, which is ninth in the conference while the team ranks last in the conference at .252. Washington's bullpen comes in at seventh with an ERA of 3.56.

Last Week: F&M opened last week with a split against Lebanon Valley, falling in the first game 14-8 before taking the second game 9-5. Full recap.

F&M closed out the week with a 2-0 sweep against Ursinus. Izzy Schaefer delivered back-to-back shutouts to help the Diplomats to 3-0 and 6-0 victories. 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-five in hits, tallying 124 in her career, which ties her for fifth. Malorie Sassaman '14 leads the category with 175.

Burns comes in at fifth for career doubles with 27. Jen Fried '04 leads the category with 36.

Wenger's 68 career RBIs place the senior tied for fifth, while Heather Baker '90 leads the category with 99.

From the circle, Schaefer currently sits second for most wins with 44 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 18 in her career. Schaefer ranks second for most strikeouts with 308, while Koegler '89 also leads that category with 322. Wenger sits at eighth with 146 strikeouts.

With 14 doubles on the year, Lexi Piccinich now holds the single-season record, surpassing Meredith Morgan '09.

Schaeffer's shutouts against Ursinus last weekend solidify the senior's single-season record with nine shutouts on the year so far.

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.

CC POTW: Lexi Piccinich was honored as the CC Softball this week. In a 3-1 week, Piccinich recorded a .571 batting average, including a 3-for-3 performance in F&M's 3-0 win against Ursinus. The sophomore tallied five RBIs and one home run. 

Among the Leaders (NCAA): F&M's defense currently ranks eighth across all Division III in fielding percentage at 0.973. The Diplomats have committed just 26 errors in 971 total chances on the season.

Schaefer's nine shutouts place the senior first in Division III while Russell ranks fourth in sacrifice hits per game (.50).

Among the Leaders (CC): Piccinich currently sits second amongst CC players with a .435 batting average.

Burn's 23 RBIs place the senior seventh, while Piccinich follows in eighth with 22.

Schaefer leads all pitchers with 13 wins and ranks sixth in strikeouts after recording 61 on the year.