Messiah Edges Diplomats in the 11th

Messiah Edges Diplomats in the 11th

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. – Messiah College scored two runs in the 11th inning to defeat Franklin & Marshall 6-5 in a non-conference baseball game Thursday afternoon. The Diplomats fell to 12-18-1 and the Falcons improved to 15-15.

With the scored tied at four and one out of the board, Jon Shenk hit a double to right field to get things going for Messiah in the top of the 11th. The Falcons were issued walks in the next two at-bats, loading the bases. Wes Hollenbach hit a sacrifice fly to leftfield, plating Shenk for a 5-4 advantage. Messiah added another run on a passed ball to take a 6-4 lead.
 
Aaron Gillette doubled down the leftfield line to start the bottom of the 11th. Gillette advanced to third on J.T. Triantos ground out and Matt Will brought Gillette home with a ground out to the shortstop for a 6-5 score. Bill Murray popped up to the first basemen to end the game. 
 
F&M got on board first with a run in the second frame. Jay Anderson led off with a double and moved to third on a Nick Rolnick fly to centerfield.  Andrew Conlan plated Anderson with a single in the next plate appearance for a 1-0 score.
 
Messiah answered with a run in the third and the Diplomats countered with two in fourth. Triantos hit a double to right center, scoring Gillette and Rolnick for a 3-1 F&M advantage.
 
The Falcons scored a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to retake the lead at 5-4. F&M tied the game in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Murray's ground out scored Gillette for the run.
 
Gillette scored three runs on a 1-for-3 night and Triantos finished with two RBIs.
 
Brendan DeMond was saddled with loss. DeMond worked five innings, allowing two runs. He struck out four and induced six groundouts.
 
Elliot Thomas took the win. Thomas pitched 1.2 innings and gave up a run.
 
Franklin & Marshall returns action tomorrow when the Diplomats travel to York for a 4 p.m. ballgame.
 

Messiah 6, Franklin & Marshall 5 (Apr 22, 2010 at Lancaster, Pa.)

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Messiah............. 001 012 000 02 -  6 12  2      (15-15)

Franklin & Marshall. 010 200 001 01 -  5  6  0      (12-18-1)

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Pitchers: Messiah - Nate Roten; Davin Okerblom(6); Zach Adams(8); Elliot Thomas(9);

Josh Hershberger(11) and Ryan Brown. Franklin & Marshall - Matt Valente; Brendan DeMond(7) and

Russell Tischler; Blue Wells; Josh Mendelson.

Win-Elliot Thomas(2-2)  Save-Josh Hershberger(1)  Loss-Brendan DeMond(0-1)  T-3h 26m  A-123