Diplomats Best Shoremen, 11-1
Marinelli RBI Single; Connole Run Scored
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Visiting Franklin & Marshall scored seven runs in the top of the third inning to break a scoreless tie en route to an 11-1 victory over host Washington College on Sunday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in Centennial Conference baseball action. The Diplomats improve to 19-14 overall and 10-4 in the conference, while the Shoremen fall to 13-21 and 4-10 respectively.
Franklin & Marshall took the lead for good in the top of the third with nobody out when Joe Gallitto scored on a throwing error by the Shoremen on a bunt single by Rob Anderson to make it 1-0. Pat Andrews came home on a wild pitch to put the Diplomats ahead 2-0 and Avery Attinson doubled to right-center to plate Anderson and Aaron Gillette and put F&M up by a 4-0 score with nobody out. With two outs, Alex Vescera singled to left-center to score both Attinson and Kevin Shields to give the guests a six-run lead. The scoring was capped when Gallitto doubled to left to chase home Vescera.
Washington got its run in the last of the third when with one away senior Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) scored on a base hit to right field by junior Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) to cut the lead to 7-1. But that was as close as Washington would come as F&M scored once in the top of the fifth and three times in the top of the eighth to provide the final margin.
Vescera was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI to pace the F&M offense which had 12 hits in the ballgame. 11 of the 12 hits came in its three scoring innings. Andrews joined Vescera with three hits in the win. Attinson was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, Gallitto was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Gillette scored a pair of runs. On the mound, Paul Giulio got the win and improves to 3-2 as he went the first five innings. He allowed four hits, one earned run and two walks, while striking out five.
Connole and Marinelli had two hits each for Washington as the squad had eight hits. On the mound, sophomore Michael Long (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) took the loss and drops to 1-3. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs.
The Shoremen committed five errors in the game, while the Diplomats had one error. All 12 runs in the game however, were earned.
The Shoremen return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to Baltimore, MD to play #2 Johns Hopkins at 3:30 p.m. in Centennial Conference action.