Franklin & Marshall softball delivered another strong campaign, which saw individuals set three single-season records. The Diplomats ended the year with an overall record of 17-21 and an 8-8 mark in the Centennial Conference (CC).
Under first-year head coach Brooke Kalman, F&M remained in the top-15 throughout the year in fielding percentage across all Division III teams, ending the season with a .971 percentage, which was good for 12th.
Starting with a decisive 8-0 victory (5 innings) over Haverford on March 31, the Diplomats went on a seven-game winning-streak that included five shutouts to propel the team into the final half of the season. However, F&M just missed out on the chance to defend their Title in the CC Playoffs after being eliminated on the final day of the regular season.
Four Diplomats were named to the All-CC Team. Lexi Piccinich '20 received First Team honors for the second consecutive year. Competing at third base, the sophomore ranked sixth in the Conference with a .406 batting average and 10th with 22 RBIs. She set a program record for doubles in a season with 15.
Sammy Burns '18 returned to the All-CC squad as an outfielder, joining her teammate on the First Team. The senior led the Diplomats with 26 RBIs, which was sixth in the Conference. Burns finished second on the team with a .360 batting average and notched two home runs on the year.
Ryan Correa '20 landed on the All-CC Second Team after ranking third on the team in both batting average (.352) and RBIs (20). Crystal Good '18 also earned Second Team honors after committing just nine errors in 166 total chances for a .946 fielding percentage at shortstop.
Izzy Schaefer '18 led the team from both the circle and the classroom, earning a spot on CoSIDA's 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Softball Team. The senior tied for wins amongst CC pitchers with 13 on the year while pacing all pitchers with 17 complete games. She led the program with 18 shutouts and ranked 11th with a 3.06 career ERA. Schaefer is now second in the program in both wins (44) and strikeouts (314). The senior reset her own record with nine shutouts this season, a mark that ranked in the top-three across all Division III.