NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Franklin College softball team hit the road for their first conference road games of the year, traveling north for a pair of Sunday afternoon games against Manchester University.
Franklin (16-4, 3-1 HCAC) got timely hitting and six no-hit innings from Olivia Paszek in game one to capture a 4-1 win in the opener. Game two saw the Grizzlies jump out to an early lead, but the Spartans (10-12, 2-2 HCAC) would plate five unanswered runs to hold on for a 5-3 win.
Game One: Franklin 4 – Manchester 1
Olivia Paszek was in control from the outset, retiring the first seven batters she faced while not allowing a hit until the bottom of the seventh inning. Franklin was held off the scoreboard until the top of the fifth inning, when Lauren Huebler singled home the speedy Emily Thompson from second to open the scoring.
Paszek would get some much-needed insurance in the top of the seventh. Lexi Gaffney would lead off the inning with a single before stealing second and coming in to score on a Monica Collins single. Two batters later, Collins would come in on an RBI single from Alexis Tarver. Later in the inning, the Grizzlies would get their final run of the day on a Spartan error, allowing pinch runner Morgan Burch to score.
Manchester would break up Paszek's no-hit bid in the seventh, but the Franklin-native would close out the win to move to 10-0 on the year. Paszek allowed two hits and struck out eight on her way to her 10th complete game of the year in as many starts.
Game Two: Manchester 5 – Franklin 3
After fending off a bases-loaded rally from the Spartans in the first, the Grizzlies grabbed the lead in their half of the second inning when pinch-runner Samantha Cain came in to score on a Manchester error.
But the Grizzly bats would go silent over the next four innings while Manchester plated runs in the third and fourth innings before stretching their lead to 5-1 with a three-run double in the fifth.
Franklin would slice the lead in half with a pair of run-scoring singles in the sixth from Grace Paszek and Kimmie Kuehr. The Grizzlies would bring the go-ahead run to the plate in the seventh, but were unable to get the decisive hit they were in search of.
Kalya Selzer (6-3) allowed one earned run on six hits with three walks and one strikeout over 4 2/3 innings of work. Danielle Wyse took over for the final 1 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out one.
Franklin will have one day to get ready for a trip to Lexington, Ky. on Tuesday (Apr. 10) for a pair of games against Transylvania University. The rematch of the 2017 HCAC championship game gets underway at 3:30 p.m.