Franklin & Marshall softball finished up its 2019 campaign in the playoff hunt until the final week of the regular season, ending the year with a 15-19 overall record with a 7-9 mark in Centennial Conference (CC) play.
The Diplomats delivered a strong start to the season, winning four out of their first five Spring Break contests in Florida, including an impressive hitting display on March 12 with a 14-3 (5 Inning) win over North Park, followed by an 8-2 win against Mount Union.
After an up-and-down start to Conference action, F&M notched a 3-1 week on the road against Centennial opponents to stay in playoff contention. A crucial 4-1 win in the nightcap against Dickinson on April 16 sparked F&M's doubleheader sweep against Muhlenberg (8-0, 4-1) on April 18.
Sabrina Ryan '21 threw for 14 innings on the day, garnering both wins after giving up only one earned run with 10 strikeouts. The Diplomats narrowly missed out on the program's first playoff appearance since 2017 after a pair of losses to Haverford on the final weekend of the regular season.
Abi Buell '22 received post-season accolades, earning All-CC First Team recognition. The first-year led the Diplomats with a .379 batting average, which was good for fourth in the CC, and also ranked second on the team in RBIs (19). The first-year helped pace F&M through the middle of the season with a 10-game hitting streak starting on March 30 with F&M's CC-opener against Washington and culminating in a 3-for-4 performance with two doubles and three RBIs against Elizabethtown on April 11.