CARLISLE, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall softball team wrapped up the 2022 season with a doubleheader at Dickinson on Tuesday afternoon. The Red Devils were able to take both of the road contests by respective 4-0 and 3-1 scores.
Game 1: Dickinson 4, Franklin & Marshall 0
Game one was a pitcher's duel from the opening batter. The Diplomats sent Charlotte Dwyer to the circle as the first-year worked around limited hits and walks to hold the Red Devils off the scoreboard for the first five innings. Nevertheless, Dickinson's Riley Kuehn was just a strong as she retired the first nine batters she faced before Jamie Belfer doubled to lead off the fourth inning.
Belfer was bunted over to third with just the one out, but the Diplomats were unable to get the first run of the game across the plate. F&M looked as though it was going to send the game scoreless into the seventh inning as Dwyer retired the first two batters she faced in the sixth. However, the walks caught up to F&M that inning as a defensive miscue led to four unearned runs in the inning for the game's only offense.
That support was more than enough for the Red Devils' Kuehn as she finished off her complete game with just the hit to Belfer allowed while striking out 11. Dwyer scattered just four hits and struck out four during her 5.2 innings of work before Aliza Sheflin came on to get the final out of the sixth.
Game 2: Dickinson 3, Franklin & Marshall 1
F&M's pitching staff allowed just one combined earned run over 12 innings of softball on Tuesday as Kayla Kilmer got the start for game two. Kilmer had retired seven straight Red Devils before a leadoff single to start Dickinson's half of the fourth. A couple more miscues in the field led to the hosts only runs of the inning as Dickinson had just two singles in the frame, but scored on a throwing error and a sacrifice fly with the runners advancing on previous errors.
After a strong game one, Dickinson went back to its ace, Kuehn, who pitched the first 5.1 innings of the second game. The Diplomats were finally able to get to Kuehn in the sixth inning as Jensen Macaulay tripled over the centerfielder's hit and Belfer was able to bring that run home on a slap to short. Representing the game-tying run, Belfer then swiped second before being stranded at third. Nevertheless, Dickinson got that run back during the bottom half of the inning as a single and a double to start that half represented two of Dickinson's four hits and led to the 3-1 final.
The Diplomats did get two runners on base in the seventh as Zoie Pearce was hit by pitch to start the seventh and Abi Buell reached on an error. However, a double play erased the potential game-tying run from the bases before Dickinson escaped that final inning unharmed. Kilmer capped her season with a strong outing as she scattered just four hits over her six-inning complete game, striking out two and walking none in the process.
F&M Individual Feats
Individually, Jamie Belfer ended the season with an F&M single-season record of 59 hits and 41 runs scored. Alexa Klepper concluded the campaign with the most sacrifice flies (7) for a Diplomat in a year. Additionally, Klepper recorded the second-most RBI (33) in a season, just one short of the school record of 34 set by Lauren Incorvaia '09 in 2009. Klepper's mark is the most by a first-year player in Diplomat history.
In the circle, first-year Charlotte Dwyer's 7.19 strikeouts per seven innings also reset the program record set by Meredith Morgan '09 during her senior campaign.