Normoyle, Remington and Rolewicz Tally Two Hits Each
LANCASTER, PA – Host Franklin & Marshall scored seven runs in the first three innings en route to a 10-3 win over visiting Washington College on Thursday afternoon at Caplan Field in Centennial Conference baseball action. The Diplomats improve to 17-11 overall and 9-2 in conference play, while the Shoremen fall to 15-12 overall and 6-5 respectively.
Franklin & Marshall scored a run in the bottom of the first inning when Kevin Shields doubled down the left field line to score Matt Will and put F&M up 1-0.
In the top of the second, Washington loaded the bases with one out, but a line drive double play off the bat of sophomore Ryan Mulhearn (Nazareth, PA/Nazareth Area) ended the threat for the guests.
In the bottom half of the second, the Diplomats scored twice to take a 3-0 lead on a bases loaded walk by J.T. Triantos and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Eric Bornstein respectively to put the hosts up by three runs.
In the four run last of the third for F&M, the hosts took advantage of three errors by Washington to grab a 7-0 lead. Josh Mendelson walked with the sacks packed to make it 4-0 Diplomats. Connor Devlin crossed home plate on a passed ball to put F&M up 5-0. Will singled to center to give the hosts a six-run cushion and would score later in the frame on a throwing error to close out the run scoring for the inning.
Washington scored twice in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 7-2, but F&M netted three more runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 10-2 lead. The Shoremen scored once in the top of the ninth to trim the F&M cushion to 10-3 and provide the final margin.
For F&M in the contest, Devlin went 3-for-4 with three runs scored to spark the Diplomats' offense. Will went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Alex Vescera had two RBI and scored two times. Bornstein also knocked in two runs for the hosts. On the mound, Mike Duranti got the win to improve to 4-2 on the season. He went seven innings, allowing no earned runs, while scattering seven hits.
The Shoremen got two hits each from juniors, Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) and John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) and freshman Ian Remington (Guilford, CT/Guilford). On the hill, junior pitcher Hunter Draheim (Hollywood, MD/Leonardtown) took the loss and falls to 3-1.
Washington hosts Franklin & Marshall tomorrow afternoon for a 3:30 p.m. Centennial Conference baseball game to complete the home-and-home series.