Softball Falls in Doubleheader at Gettysburg

Maddy Yeingst
Maddy Yeingst

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall softball team dropped a Centennial Conference doubleheader at Gettysburg on Sunday. The Diplomats held a 4-2 advantage during the third inning of game one and recorded nine hits in that game before the Bullets rallied for a 13-4 win. F&M scored five more runs during the second game, but the Bullets' bats continued to stay hot in the 13-5 final.

Game 1: Gettysburg 12, Franklin & Marshall 4 (5 inn.)

After the hosts scored twice during the bottom of the first inning, the Diplomats took their first lead in the top of the third. Three consecutive singles from Maddy Yeingst, Jamie Belfer, and Devon Witt set up Alexa Klepper for an RBI on the ensuing at-bat. Kayla Kilmer kept the offense plugging along with a two-run single into centerfield before Kat Gunther's RBI groundout made it a 4-2 score in F&M's favor.

Gettysburg had been receiving votes in the national polls earlier this season and showed why with its offensive display throughout Sunday's action. The Bullets begin to really click with four runs to answer F&M's top half of the frame. Gettysburg then backed that up with five more runs in the fourth inning. The run-rule was put into effect when the hosts scored the game's final run on a walk-off single.

The Franklin & Marshall continued to create a ton of traffic on the base paths with nine hits throughout the opening game. The Trio that set up F&M's big inning – Yeingst, Belfer, and Witt – each had two hits in the opener to pace the Diplomats.

Game 2: Gettysburg 13, Franklin & Marshall 5 (5 inn.)

Franklin & Marshall had another huge inning offensively in game two, scoring five runs during the fifth inning. Unfortunately, the Diplomats found themselves in an early hole and the Bullets were once again able to quickly answer that scoring outburst in a 13-5 final.

During that fifth inning scoring outburst, the opportunistic Diplomats took advantage of three Bullet miscues in the field. Three walks in the inning also helped to load up the bases with Kate Clement and Gia Angiolillo putting the ball in play and being rewarded for their contact. Francesca Testa capped the scoring with a two-run RBI single as all five runs in the frame came with two outs.

Testa finished game two with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, driving in two runs during the Diplomats' lone multi-hit performance. Klepper and Hannah Matusiak also reached base twice during the second game, drawing a pair of walks.

Up Next:

Franklin & Marshall continues its busy stretch of softball with another road doubleheader on Tuesday at Ursinus. The Diplomats and Bears are scheduled for a 3 p.m. first pitch in Collegeville.