YORK, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's softball team dropped both contests against York on Tuesday afternoon, falling by a 5-3 score and then an 8-0 (5 Inning) contest.
The losses dropped the Diplomats to 6-6 on the year while the Spartans improved to 10-6.
Game 1: York 5, F&M 3 – 7 Innings
Both teams battled through the first three innings, neither getting a runner past second base. York finally broke through in the fourth, opening the inning with a single and stolen base to get a runner in scoring position. The Spartans exploded scoring five runs off three hits, including a three-RBI homer to take a 5-0 lead.
F&M got on the board in the sixth with Lexi Piccinich leading off with a single. Ella Glenn followed with a double to centerfield to get pinch runner Jenna Mindrebo on third. Delaney Cochrane notched an RBI, reaching on a fielder's choice while Glenn crossed home plate off an error from the second baseman to bring the score to 5-1.
The Diplomats carried the momentum into the final inning with Shannon Briggs opening with a single through the left side. Piccinich and Glenn notched back-to-back RBI singles to bring F&M within two, but York came up with the final two outs to hold on to the win.
Glenn led the offense with three hits, followed by Piccinich and Briggs with two each.
Emily Moll (3-4) was credited with the loss, throwing for six innings with four strikeouts while York's Taylor Lindsay (3-2) garnered the win with four strikeouts over seven innings.
Game 2: York 8, F&M 0 – 5 Innings
York kept the pace in the second game, scoring one run in the first off a wild pitch to take a 1-0 lead.
Caitlyn Erdman looked to get F&M going in the third, coming up with a single to center field, but York came up with two quick outs.
The Spartans' offense took the momentum in the bottom of the third, tacking on four more runs off four hits with three stolen bases. York recorded two more runs in the fourth off three hits to increase the deficit to 8-0.
F&M looked to answer in the fifth when Christine Miles led off with a double to left centerfield. Christina McCarthy followed with the sacrifice bunt to put Miles on third, but York's defense held out for two more outs to seal the victory.
Piccinich, Erdman, and Miles each tallied a hit in the game.
Megan Giesecke (0-1) took the loss, throwing for four innings with two strikeouts. Ginger Lewis (3-1) garnered the win, pitching for five innings and registering five strikeouts.
The Diplomats return to Lancaster for their home opener with a doubleheader against Arcadia scheduled for Thursday at 3:00 p.m.