Diplomats Top Shoremen, 9-1

Diplomats Top Shoremen, 9-1

Quadrino With RBI Single For WC

LANCASTER, PA – Host Franklin & Marshall raced out to an 8-0 lead after three innings en route to a 9-1 victory over visiting Washington College on Tuesday afternoon in Centennial Conference baseball action.  The Diplomats improve to 16-14 overall and 7-4 in the Centennial, while the Shoremen fall to 13-18 and 4-7 respectively.

The Diplomats scored four times in the last of the second inning to take a 4-0 lead.  Avery Attinson singled to left field to score Kevin Shields with one out to take a 1-0 lead.  Brandon Theriault singled through the left side to score Attinson to make it 2-0 and Rob Anderson doubled down the right field line to knock in Pat Andrews to put F&M ahead by three runs.  Theriault capped the scoring when he came home on an infield single to third base by Alex Vescera to give the hosts a four-run lead.

F&M tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the third to take an 8-0 lead, highlighted by a three-run triple to left with two outs by Vescera.  The Diplomats scored once in the fifth to take a 9-0 lead, before the Shoremen got on the board in the top of the eighth to cut the lead to 9-1 and provide the final margin.

Vescera sparked the F&M offense with a 3-for-5, and game-best five RBI performance at the plate as the hosts had 10 hits total.  Andrews and Theriault both scored twice.  On the mound, Alex Guerra went the first seven innings to get the win and is now 4-1.  He did not allow a run and gave up just five hits, walking one and stirking out three.

For the Shoremen, freshman Brian Quadrino (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown East) had the team's lone RBI and sophomore Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) scored the squad's only run.  Seniors Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) and Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) both had two hits as the team had nine total.  On the hill, senior Kyle Aldrich (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills Regional) took the loss and drops to 3-4 as he went just three innings.

The two teams conclude the home and home series on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at Athey Baseball Park.