ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's softball team dropped both contests to Elizabethtown in non-conference action on Thursday. The first game was a close 4-2 loss while the second game was an offensive battle with Elizabethtown coming out on top with the 11-8 win.
The losses dropped the Diplomats to 10-14 on the year while the Blue Jays improved to 11-17.
GAME 1: ETOWN 4, F&M 2 – 7 Innings
Elizabethtown threatened early in the game, loading the bases with one out of two walks, but F&M's infield came up with two outs to end the inning with the score even at 0-0.
The Blue Jays broke through in the second, scoring one run off two hits and a sacrifice bunt to take a 1-0 lead. Elizabethtown tacked on three more runs in the third off three hits and one error to extend the deficit to four.
F&M looked to get on the board in the fifth, getting runners on second and third with two outs but were unable to bring anyone home.
The Diplomats got on the board in the seventh, when Jamie Belfer got on base off an error from the shortstop. Sam Martin followed with a double to centerfield to send Belfer home. With one out, Abi Buell singled to right field to get runners on the corner while Lexi Piccinich recorded a groundout-RBI to bring the score to 4-2, but Elizabethtown was able to come up with the final out to end the game.
Martin paced the offense with two hits while five other Diplomats recorded a hit.
Sabrina Ryan (6-6) took the loss, throwing for three innings giving up two earned runs with two strikeouts. Elizabethtown's Amber Sergas (5-8) registered the complete-game win with six strikeouts on the day.
Game 2: Etown 11, F&M 8 – 7 Innings
The Diplomats opened the second game strong as Belfer led off with a double to right field. Martin followed with the sacrifice bunt while Buell a double down the leftfield line to send Belfer home and give F&M the 1-0 lead.
Elizabethtown responded in the second inning, scoring three runs off three hits, including two doubles, and an error to take back the momentum at 3-1.
F&M's offense wasted no time in the third as Belfer got on base after drawing a walk. With two outs, Buell notched her second RBI-double of the game to right center to bring the Diplomats within one, but the Blue Jays notched another run in the bottom of the inning off one hit and one sacrifice fly.
The Diplomats kept pushing in the fourth, tallying two more runs. Hannah Salvucci led off with a single through the left side. Caitlyn Erdman followed with a double deep to right field with Salvucci crossing home off an error from the right fielder. Two outs, Christine Miles delivered the sacrifice bunt to send Erdman across the plate to tie the game.
The Blue Jays' offense exploded in the bottom of the fourth, bringing in five runs off six hits, four doubles, and an error to take back the lead 9-4.
F&M continued the scoring momentum in the fifth, notching two more runs. Buell reached on a fielder's choice while Piccinich followed with a walk. Salvucci loaded the bases with a single and two outs. Erdman came up with a two-RBI swing off an error from the right fielder to decrease the deficit to three.
Elizabethtown retaliated in the bottom of the inning, tacking on two more runs off one hit and an error.
The Diplomats' offense kept fighting in the sixth with two more runs. Miles opened the inning with a single to left center while Belfer reached on an error, advancing Miles to third. Belfer got to second off a stolen base. With one out, Martin and Buell delivered back-to-back RBI-singles to send the runners home. A pitching change from Elizabethtown helped to end the inning on the next two batters.
F&M looked to continue the action in the seventh with runners on the corners and two outs, but the Blue Jays came up with the final out to hold onto the 11-8 win.
Buell led the offense with a 3-for-4 line from the plate and three RBIs. Martin and Miles each registered two hits.
Emily Moll (4-7) took the loss after throwing for three innings, delivering one strikeout. Elizabethtown's Alyssa Wilkinson (4-8) earned the win, throwing for 5 1/3 innings with two strikeouts while Amber Sergas recorded her second save of the season after pitching for 1 2/3 innings.
The Diplomats return to Lancaster on Saturday for a doubleheader against McDaniel beginning at 1:00 p.m.