Diplomats Capture Both Games of Centennial Doubleheader From Shoremen, 5-4 and 23-9

Diplomats Capture Both Games of Centennial Doubleheader From Shoremen, 5-4 and 23-9

Donnelly Goes Yard In Game One and Bauers Hits a Homer In Game Two

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Franklin & Marshall took both ends of a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader from home Washington College on Saturday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park.  The Diplomats rallied from 4-0 down in game one to win in 10 innings, 5-4, and coasted to a 23-9 win in game two.  It was the opening conference games for both squads. 

Franklin & Marshall 5 Washington College 4 (Game 1 – 10 Innings)

How It Happened
- On the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning, Ryan Donnelly homered down the right field line for the game's first run.
- Washington would push its lead to 2-0 in the last of the third when Donnelly scored on a throwing error by F&M with one away.
- The Shoremen extended their cushion to three on a two-out base hit past the diving Diplomat shortstop Justin Cavegn to score Joe Lozupone.  Two hitters later, Evan Hirschbaum beat out a slow chopper to third base to plate Donnelly to give the hosts a 4-0 lead. 
- F&M got on the board in the top half of the sixth on a two-run home run down the right field line by Dan Marano that scored Don DiLoreto ahead of him to cut the Washington lead in half to 4-2 with one away. 
- In the top of the seventh, the Diplomats loaded the bases with one out as Kengo Kawahara reached on a hit by pitch on the first pitch from WC relief pitcher Nick Popolizio.  Popolizio would get Kelsey Launi to fly out to left for the second out, but it was deep enough to score Danny Blugis for the sacrifice fly to trim the lead to 4-3.  Popolizio would get out of the inning as he got Marano to hit into a fielder's choice at third and Aaron Barclay stepped on third to force out Jimmy Whelan at third.
- F&M would tie the game in the top of the ninth on a one out sacrifice fly by Whelan that scored Kevin Lammers as he beat the throw from Washington centerfielder Chris Kramedas
- The Diplomats would take their first lead of the game in the top of the 10th when Kelsey Launi came home on a sac fly to center off the bat of Justin Cavegn.
- Matt Tancredi led off the bottom of the 10th with a double to left and got to third on a sacrifice bunt before being pinch ran for by David Hudak.  However, Hudak was left stranded as F&M relief pitcher Mike Androconis got the last two outs on a pop out and ground out to end the game.

For The Shoremen (16-6, 0-1 CC)

- Hitting: Donnelly (2-for-3, home run, three runs walk), Hirschbaum (2-for-3, RBI), Tancredi (2-for-4)
- Pitching: Sean Weiss (loss, 1-1, one inning, one hit, one unearned run, zero walks and strikeouts), P.J. Mikulus (starter, 6 1/3 innings, seven hits, three runs, three earned, zero walks, seven strikeouts), Nick Popolizio (2 2/3 innings, one hit, one run, one earned, zero walks and two strikeouts)
- Washington had 10 hits, drew two walks and had one player get on via hit by pitch, while stranding 10 runners on base.
- The Shoremen committed one error, leading to one unearned run for F&M.

For Franklin & Marshall (6-8-1, 1-0 CC)
-Hitting: Marano (two-run home run), Matthew Kann (2-for-4), Kawahara (2-for-5)
-Pitching: Androconis (win 1-1, six innings of relief, two hits, zero runs, zero walks, 11 strikeouts), Jack Buckley (four innings, eight hits, four runs, four earned, two walks, four strikeouts)
-The Dipolmats had nine hits in the contest, had three players reach on hit by pitch and did not draw a walk as they left nine runners stranded.
- F&M had one error in the game, which led to zero unearned runs for the Shoremen.

Notes
- Donnelly was named the Goose Nation TV Player of the Game during the broadcast.
- Washington and Franklin & Marshall played their first doubleheader since 2005.  The two teams would play a twinbill at F&M in 2006 before playing a home and home series from 2007-16.  Last year, the two-fer was at F&M.

Franklin & Marshall 23 Washington College 9 (Game 2)

How It Happened
-The Diplomats scored five runs in the top of the first inning after the first two batters were retired.  Marano scored the game's first run on a base hit up the middle by Launi and Kann scored on a single through the left side off the bat of Blugis to make it 2-0.  The next hitter, Max Schwartz singled through the right side to plate Launi for a three-run lead.  F&M capped the five-run outburst on a Whelan two-run single down the left field line that drove in Blugis and Schwartz.
- Washington would score on a two-out error in the bottom of the first that allowed Donnelly to come home and trim the F&M lead to 5-1.
- F&M made it 6-1 in the top of the second on no out sacrifice fly by Launi that scored J.J. Freeman. 
- Washington would score twice in the last of the third to reduce the lead to 6-3.  Donnelly scored on an RBI groundout by Hirschbaum to make it 6-2 and with two away Tancredi singled up the middle to plate Barclay and cut the lead to three.
- The Diplomats took control of the contest with a four-run fourth inning as they scored 14 of the game's next 15 runs.  With one out, Launi doubled to left-center to score Marano and Launi came home on a two-bagger to left by Blugis.  Blugis would make it 9-3 on a single through the right side by Schwartz and Schwartz scored on a groundout off the bat of Kawahara to give F&M a 10-3 cushion.
- F&M led 23-5 in the bottom of the ninth when Chris Bauers hit his first career home run down the left field line leading off the frame and helped the Shoremen score four in the inning to cap the scoring.

For The Shoremen (16-7, 0-2 CC)
-Hitting: Barclay (2-for-3, two runs), Kingman (2-for-3), Tancredi (two RBI), Gillmer (2-for-4), Tommy Buckman and Donnelly (two runs)
-Pitching: Brian Kasey (loss 3-1, two-plus innings, seven hits, six runs, six earned, one walk, one strikeout)
-Washington had 14 hits, drew four walks and had two players get on via hit by pitch, while stranding 13 runners on base.
-The Shoremen committed four errors, which led to six runs for F&M.

For Franklin & Marshall (7-8-1, 2-0 CC)
-Hitting: Kann (4-for-7, three RBI, two runs), Freeman (2-for-6, two runs), Marano (2-for-5, two runs), Launi (3-for-4, three runs, three RBI), Blugis (2-for-4, three runs and three RBI), Schwartz (4-for-6, five RBI and four runs), Cavegn (2-for-3), Whelan (3-for-5, three runs and three RBI), Grant Gale (two RBI)
-Pitching: Jonathan Cole (win 2-0, six innings, seven hits, four runs, two earned, two walks, seven strikeouts)
-The Dipolmats had 24 hits in the contest, worked out nine walks and had four hitters get on due to hit by pitch as they left 17 runners on base.
-F&M had four errors in game two, leading to five WC runs.

Notes
- Bauers was named the Goose Nation TV Player of the Game during the broadcast.

Up Next
4/3 v. Swarthmore – 3:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)
- Swarthmore and Washington split the season series in 2017.