Shoremen Outlast Diplomats In Slugfest, 15-12
WC Sweeps F&M For The Second Time In The Last Three Years
LANCASTER, PA – Visiting Washington College took a 14-7 lead into the bottom of the seventh and held off a rally by host Franklin & Marshall to record a 15-12 win at Caplan Field in Centennial Conference baseball action on Friday afternoon. The Shoremen improve to 23-4 overall and 8-2 in the conference, while the Diplomats fall to 16-14 and 5-5 respectively.
This is the second time in three seasons the Shoremen have swept the Diplomats and Washington grabbed both games in the 2010 season. Washington has taken five of the past six against F&M.
The Shoremen got on the board in the top of the first when with two away, senior John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) doubled to centerfield to drive home sophomore Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) to make it 1-0.
Rolewicz would push the lead to 3-0 in the top of the third when he singled up the middle with one out to drive in junior Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) and senior Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape). Rolewicz would score on a sacrifice fly to right-center by fellow classmate Dwight Wilcox (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) to make it 4-0.
The Diplomats would get on the board in the bottom of the third when Josh Mendelson walked with the bases loaded and two away to drive in Will Benenson to cut the visitors' lead to 4-1.
However in the top of the fourth freshman Matt Christopher (Kennett Square, PA/Unionville) scored on a fielding miscue by F&M to restore the four-run lead at 5-1.
But in the bottom half of the fourth the Diplomats scored three times after the first two were retired to trim the lead to 5-4. Aaron Gillette scored on a two-out two-base hit down the left field line by J.T. Triantos to cut the lead to 5-2 and Triantos would come home on Benenson double to left-center to reduce the deficit to 5-3. Benenson would score on a single through the left side by Kevin Shields to get F&M within a run at 5-4.
The Diplomats scored three times in the last of the fifth to take a 7-5 lead. Connor Devlin doubled to right-center to score Mendelson to tie the game at 5-5 with no outs. Devlin would score on an infield single to second base by Alex Vescera to put F&M up 6-5 and the hosts had its first lead of the afternoon with one out. Vescera would score on a sacrifice fly by Benenson to give F&M a two-run lead and cap the scoring.
Washington would put a six-spot on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth to reclaim the lead at 11-7 with all six runs coming after the first two batters were retired. Remington scored on a throwing error by the Diplomats to get WC within a run at 7-6. Connole leveled the game at 7-7 when he scored on a single to left by Normoyle. Marinelli came around to score when Rolewicz singled through the left side and WC led 8-7. Normoyle would score on an error by F&M to put the guests up by two runs. Wilcox capped the scoring when he socked a two-run double to right to score Rolewicz and junior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) to give the Shoremen a four-run cushion.
The Shoremen tacked on three runs in the top of the seventh to increase the lead to 14-7. Connole scored the first run of the frame when he scored from second on a two-bagger to right by Normoyle to make it 12-7 with no outs. The next two runs were scored with one away. Marinelli scored on an error by F&M to give WC a six-run bulge. The last run of the three-run outburst was scored by Normoyle on a single by Wilcox.
The Diplomats got a pair in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to five runs. Mendelson drove in Triantos on a two-out single into left to cut it to 14-8 and Benenson scored on an error by Washington to trim it to 14-9.
In the bottom of the eighth, F&M scored three one out runs to trim the once seven-run lead to just two at 14-12. Benenson chased home Gillette on a single to left and the lead was 14-10. Triantos scored on a chopper single by Shields to cut it to 14-11 and Anderson singled through the right side to send home Benenson to trim the lead to 14-12. F&M had the go ahead run at the plate, but junior pitcher Kyle Aldrich (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills Regional) got a strike out and groundout to end the inning.
In the top of the ninth, Christopher doubled down the left field line to drive in Rolewicz and gave the Shoremen a 15-12 lead with two outs.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Diplomats sent the tying run to the plate in Benenson, but sophomore pitcher A.J. Schmalfuhs (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) struck him out looking to end the game.
Rolewicz went 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Wilcox went 2-for-5 with a career-high four RBI as they helped spark a 15 hit effort. The four RBI led all players. Along with Rolewicz, Connole, Marinelli and Normoyle all scored three times. Christopher had a personal-best three hits in the victory. Normoyle added two hits and two RBI for WC, while Remington notched a pair of hits. On the mound, sophomore Tim Perrotta (Roseland, NJ/West Essex Regional) got the win and gets his first career win to go to 1-0.
For F&M, who had 21 hits in the loss, Benenson led the offense with a 3-for-5 effort with a game-high four runs and three RBI. Triantos went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while Shields went 4-for-6 with two RBI. Gillette went 2-for-7 with three runs scored, while Anderson went 3-for-5. Mendelson drove in two runs, while Devlin had two hits. On the hill, Sean Cosgriff got the loss and drops to 0-1.
Washington is back in action tomorrow afternoon with a 12:30 p.m. conference doubleheader against visiting Haverford at Athey Baseball Park.