CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Franklin & Marshall's softball team dropped both Centennial Conference (CC) games against Washington on Saturday afternoon. Washington took the first game by a 3-0 tally before winning the second game in extra-innings by a 7-3 score.
The Diplomats ended the regular season at 17-21, 8-8 CC while the Shorewomen improved to 14-20, 6-8 CC.
Game 1: WC 6, F&M 0 – (7 Innings)
Washington opened the game with a double from its leadoff hitter, who eventually scored off a wild pitch to give the Shorewomen the 1-0 lead.
Katie Wenger notched the first hit of the game for F&M in the second inning. Christine Miles delivered the sacrifice bunt to place Wenger in scoring position, but Washington was able to close out the inning unscathed.
The Shorewomen's offense picked it up again in the fourth inning, tacking on five more runs off four hits, including a double followed by a home run to take a 6-0 lead.
Wenger and Ryan Correa recorded the lone hits for F&M.
Izzy Schaefer (13-10) was credited with the loss after throwing for 3 2/3 innings with three strikeouts. Washington's Taylor Harcum (6-12) threw six innings for the win, notching three strikeouts.
Game 2: WC 7, F&M 3 – (9 Innings)
The Diplomats bounced back in the second game, taking a 2-0 lead off three hits. Sam Clemens led off with a single down the left field line. Wenger followed with a single to right field to send Clemens home. Lexi Piccinich notched a double to place Wenger on third, and Wenger crossed the plate off a wild pitch.
F&M tacked on one more run in the second with Ella Glenn opening the inning with a single. Wenger delivered the RBI double to extend the deficit to three.
Washington got on the board in the second with a two-RBI single to bring the score to 3-2. The Shorewomen tallied the tying run in the fifth off two hits.
The Diplomats looked to take back the lead in the seventh with Hannah Salvucci in scoring position but were unable to convert on the opportunity.
The Shorewomen delivered the final blow in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off grand slam with two outs to take the second game.
F&M owned the advantage in hits at 11-10. Wenger led from the plate with a 3-for-5 performance and two RBIs. Glenn recorded two hits in four at-bats.
Sabrina Ryan (1-3) was credited with the loss after pitching for 8 2/3 innings with five strikeouts. Washington's Taylor Harcum (7-12) earned her second win of the day, tossing for six innings with three strikeouts.
The Diplomats remain playoff contenders, currently sitting in the fourth spot, but will have to wait until the final conference games are played tomorrow to learn their fate. Check back with GoDiplomats.com for the latest updates.