Belfer Sets Two Single-Season Records as Softball Battles Haverford

Jamie Belfer
Jamie Belfer

HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall softball team fell in a pair of Centennial Conference softball contests to Haverford on Saturday. A six-run second inning for the Fords propelled them to the victory in game one. The second contest was much closer as the Diplomats dropped a 3-2 battle with all of Haverford's runs coming in the first inning.

Despite the team results, the Diplomats did reach some individual milestones as Jamie Belfer broke the school's single-season record for hits with her 58th of the season. That moved her past Malorie Sassaman's '14 total from the 2011 season. Belfer also scored her 41st run of the season to break that school record previously held Danielle Murphy '13.

Game 1: Haverford 9, Franklin & Marshall 3

Haverford got out to its big lead in the opener thanks to six unearned runs during the second inning. Those two errors would prove very costly as Haverford's Nikki Kingsland blasted three-run home run to cap that scoring outburst.

F&M found the scoreboard during the third inning as a Belfer walk, Sami LaRosa hit by pitch, and a Gia Angiolillo walk loaded the bases. Maddy Yeingst took advantage of the opportunity, driving in one run on a fielder's choice. Belfer's 41st run scored on that sequence also keeps her at the top of the Centennial Conference this season.

The Diplomats added two more runs between the fourth and fifth innings. Claire Sullivan on Brenda Garcia's RBI single back through the middle in the fourth. An inning later, Sullivan singled into centerfield while a defensive miscue in the outfield allowed Yeingst to score from first after she walked earlier in the inning.

Two Diplomats registered multiple hits in the opener as Garcia went 2-for-4 from the plate and Sullivan was a perfect 2-for-2 in her at-bats. Aliza Sheflin pitched all six innings, striking out three Fords.

Haverford 3, Franklin & Marshall 2

The early innings proved costly again in game two as Haverford scored its only three runs of the contest during the first inning. A pair of infield singles started that rally before back-to-back doubles made it 3-0 just four batters into the second game.

Devon Witt got one of those runs back with her second home run of the season to lead off the third inning. The Diplomats had the lead down to a single run after three walks around a double from Francesca Testa forced in that second run. Belfer and Testa ended the game with multi-hit performances as the duo both went 2-for-3 at the plate.

Despite recording at least one hit during each of the first six innings, the Diplomats could not push across the equalizier in the hard-fought defeat. Charlotte Dwyer was once again strong in the circle as she scattered six hits over her six innings of work and struck out three. She allowed just two total hits during her final five innings of work.

Up Next:

Franklin & Marshall will wrap up its 2022 season this coming Tuesday, April 26 with a doubleheader at Dickinson that gets underway at 3 p.m. in Carlisle.