Lozupone Cracks Two-Run Homer For Washington
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Franklin & Marshall broke a 2-2 tie with a five-run top of the fifth inning to take a 7-2 lead en route to a 10-3 Centennial Conference baseball victory over host Washington College on Friday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park. The Diplomats improve to 20-7 overall and 8-4 in the Centennial, while the Shoremen drop to 17-8 and 8-4 respectively.
The Shoremen broke onto the scoreboard first in the bottom of the third inning when freshman Joe Lozupone (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) socked a two-run home run with two outs deep over the left field fence, his first collegiate longball, to also score senior Kyle Mikula (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge). The Diplomats would erase the 2-0 deficit and tie the game in the top of the fourth inning when Dan Marano homered over the right field fence to plate himself and Chris Vincent with nobody out.
F&M would take control of the game in the top of the fifth inning with a five-spot to grab a 7-2 lead. Matt Mezansky would score on a wild pitch to give the Diplomats a 3-2 lead with nobody out. Luke Seib would score on a double to right by David Iacobucci to push the lead to 4-2 and Iacobucci would come around to score on a base hit to left-center by Mike Smeriglio to push the lead to three runs. Smeriglio would touch home on a Marano single up the middle to give F&M a 6-2 cushion. With one away, the run scoring was capped on Brian Erb single through the right side to send home Vincent.
Washington would get one run back in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-out two-bagger to right-center by junior Garrett Richardello (Coventry, Conn./East Catholic) to score junior Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) to trim the lead to 7-3.
F&M would score once in the eighth and two in the top of the ninth to round out the scoring.
The Diplomats, who had 18 hits in the win, got 3-for-4 with three runs scored performance by Vincent, while Iacobucci was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Seib was a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and Marano had three RBI and two hits. Erb, Mezansky and Smeriglio all had two hits with Erb knocking in a pair. On the hill, Alex Guerra got the win to improve to 4-1 on the year. He went seven innings, scattering seven hits, giving up three runs, walking none and striking out six.
For Washington, which had eight hits, got three hits from Baquer as he had seven total hits in the two games this week against the Diplomats, while Lozupone had two RBI. On the mound, sophomore pitcher Billy Griffin (Middletown, Md./Middletown) took the loss and drops to 2-3 as he went four-plus innings.
The Shoremen travel to Haverford for a Centennial Conference doubleheader tomorrow afternoon beginning at 12:30 p.m.