Devils Break Out Brooms With Sweep of Diplomats

Devils Break Out Brooms With Sweep of Diplomats

CARLISLE, Pa. - The Dickinson softball team continued their strong late-season play by breaking out the brooms against the visiting Franklin & Marshall College Diplomats by winning a pair of pitcher's duels 4-0 and 3-1 at Dickinson Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Game One - DEVILS 4, F&M 0 

Pitching Decision

W - Riley Kuehn (7-9) | L - Charlotte Dwyer (4-8)

Inside the Game

After Kuehn mowed down the visitors in order in the first Dickinson threatened right away in the home-half as Devon Kueny singled and Celia Vinacco walked to put two on. Unfortunately, Dwyer got the next three Devils to end the frame. The Red and White worked two more walks in the bottom of the second thanks to Brooke Espenshade and Hannah Brenner, but Laila Gwathmey struck out and Kueny grounded out to retire the side. Dickinson kept putting runners on base in every inning, however, could not scratch anything across. Kuehn on the other hand was on cruise control as she setdown the Diplomats in order over the first three frames until Jamie Belfer doubled to left kicking off the fourth. It would not amount to much though as Kuehn got a grounder, a popup, and a strikeout to put away the visitors. 

The game shifted to the sixth still scoreless with Kuehn allowing just one hit which continued in the top-half by going one-two-three. Dickinson finally broke through during the home-half with four runs. The first two batters were put down before Brenner and Gwathmey walked while Kueny reached on an error to load the bases for Vinacco. She worked a walk to force home the opening run. Then, Hannah Seburn was safe of the second miscue of the frame to score another one. The next hitter was Lindsay Kucker who faced reliever Aliza Sheflin and smoked a two-run double to deep center extending the margin to 4-0. Paige Hahn popped up to stall the rally. 

That set the stage for Kuehn to finish off the complete game which she did with flying colors striking out two and getting a flyout from Kayla Kilmer to end the game.

Game Two - DEVILS 3, F&M 1

Pitching Decision

W - Riley Kuehn (8-9) | L - Kayla Kilmer (3-2) | S - Lindsay Kucker (2)

Inside the Game

After a scoreless first Kuehn got the opening two hitters of the second, before issuing two walks to bring up Maddy Yeingst. During her at-bat Espenshade caught Claire Sullivan leaning off of first base and threw to Brenner at first to pick her off. Dickinson would go down in order during the home-half moving the game to the third 0-0. 

Kuehn continued her dominance in the circle not allowing a hit through the opening four frames of the contest. In the bottom-half of the fourth Seburn singled to begin things, followed by Kucker reaching on an error to bring up Hahn. A throwing error by the Diplomats catcher allowed Seburn to score before Hahn plated Kucker with a sac fly making it 2-0. Dickinson tried to keep the pressure up with Espenshade ripping a single and Zoe Kleeblatt reaching on the third F&M error of the inning giving Gwathmey the opportunity to add onto the lead. Unfortunately, she flew out to right wrapping things up. 

The game shifted to the sixth still 2-0 and Kuehn having still not allowed a hit. Maddy Yeingst popped up for the first out prior to Jensen Macaulay smacking a triple deep to center for the first Diplomats hit of the contest. She would then be driven home a batter later as Belfer was safe on an error cutting the margin to 2-1 with one away. That was the end of the day for Kuehn as she was replaced in the circle by Kucker who got a groundout and a pop-up to retire the side. Dickinson found an immediate response in the home-half when Kucker ledoff with a single, followed by a two-bagger for Hahn scoring the pinch-runner Avery Badger. Next was Espenshade who ripped a scorching liner to first that is caught which allowed the first baseman to throw behind the runner at second for a huge second out. Kleeblatt retired the side with a grounder to short.

A hit batter gave the Diplomats hope to start the seventh, but Kucker got a double-play and a fly out to Kueny in center to wrap up the sweep.

On Deck

Dickinson (12-21, 5-9 Centennial) will wrap-up their non-conference slate on Thursday night beginning at 5 p.m. with a home doubleheader against the River Hawks of Susquehanna University.