LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's softball team delivered a strong performance, taking both contests against non-conference opponent Immaculata on Tuesday afternoon. F&M tallied a 4-0 shutout in the first contest before a 9-1, 5 Inning win in the second game.
The Diplomats improved to 10-12 on the year while the Mighty Macs dropped to 16-7-1.
Game 1: F&M 4, IU 0 – 7 Innings
No runner was able to get past second base in the first three innings of offense, but F&M broke through in the fourth with three runs off four hits.
Sam Martin opened the inning with a single up the middle. Abi Buell reached first on a fielder's choice with Martin getting out on second. Lexi Piccinich followed with a single up the middle while Hannah Salvucci delivered the RBI double to right field to put F&M on the board. With two outs and runners on second and third, Ella Glenn notched a two-RBI double to left field to increase the Diplomats' lead to three.
F&M tacked on one more run in the fifth off two hits. Jamie Belfer got on base with a single up the middle. Martin reached on a fielder's choice on the next play, but Belfer was called out at second. Buell followed with an RBI double to bring Martin home.
The Diplomats outhit the Mighty Macs 8-3, with three doubles on the day. Eight Diplomats recorded a hit, with Belfer and Salvucci leading with two apiece.
Sabrina Ryan (6-5) came away with her first shutout of the season after throwing for seven innings with eight strikeouts. Immaculata's Jessica Bormann (6-2) took the loss after tossing for four innings with two strikeouts.
Game 2: F&M 9, IU 1 – 5 Innings
After a quick first inning, F&M's offense exploded in the second, coming away with four runs off four hits and one error.
Piccinich and Salvucci opened the inning with a double and triple to get runners in scoring position. Caitlyn Erdman stepped up with an RBI-single through the left side to send pinch-runner Gabby Goodwin home. Taylor Hudson was next to the plate, tallying an RBI-single down the right field line, while Caitlin McCarthy followed with a sacrifice bunt to extend the lead to three. Belfer pushed the last run of the inning home after an error from the left fielder sent Hudson across the plate.
The Diplomats registered two more runs in the third, opening the bottom of the inning with three hits, including two doubles, one being Salvucci's two-RBI double to left field to bring the score to 6-0.
Immaculata got on the board in the fourth, scoring one run off two hits with a stolen base.
F&M retaliated right away in the bottom of the inning when Christine Miles led off, drawing a walk to get on base. Belfer and Martin followed with two singles to load the bases with no outs. With one out, Piccinich notched a three-RBI double deep into centerfield to increase F&M's 9-1 edge.
The defense sealed the victory in the fifth, registering two quick outs, including Emily Moll's fourth strikeout of the day, while Salvucci came away with the final out in right field to end the game.
F&M led in hits 10-3 with Piccinich registering a 3-for-3 line with three RBIs. Salvucci was the other Diplomat to register multiple hits.
Moll (4-6) garnered the win after throwing for five innings. Immaculata's Michaela Petito (4-3) took the loss, giving up seven hits in two innings and five earned runs.
The Diplomats travel to local rival Elizabethtown on Thursday, for a non-conference matchup slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.