Diplomats Drop Two

Diplomats Drop Two

Game 1 Box | Game 2 Box

WINCHESTER, Va. – It was a tale of two games down in Virginia for the Diplomats. Shenandoah took the first game 3-1 in a defensive battle and defeated F&M 15-13 in an all out slug fest in a non-conference baseball double-header.  The Diplomats fell to 5-5-1 while the Hornets (14-4) pushed their win streak to 13.

Bill Murray’s home run to lead off the second, tied the first game at one run apiece. Shenandoah, which was held to four hits, scored unearned runs in its first two innings before getting an earned run in the fifth, making the score 3-1.

The Diplomats had a chance to tie in the seventh, leaving three men on base. Eric Bornstein singled to left to get things started. Drew Atkins picked up a single of his own two batters later, getting F&M a runner in scoring position. Matt Will hit a one-bagger in the next-at, loading the bases with two outs. Patrick Moore induced a game-ending fielder’s choice from JT Triantos to earn his first save of the year for the Hornets.

Mike Duranti (1-1) was saddled with the opening game loss. He allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and no walks in 6.0 innings. Greg Van Sickler  (4-1) allowed 10 hits and struck out four picking up the win.

Murray finished the game hitting 2-for-3 with one RBI. Will and Atkins both finished with two hits each.

The Diplomats opened the second game up strong, scoring eight runs in the first frame. Will hit a grand slam home run to center field for half the runs in the inning. Nick Rolnick and Blue Wells picked up an RBI each and  Bornstein knocked in two more to give F&M an early 8-0 lead.

The Hornets countered scoring a run in first, five in the second and three in third to take a 9-8 edge. The Diplomats scored three times in the fifth to take an 11-9 lead before Shenandoah finally took control for good with five run in the fifth. F&M added two more runs in sixth, but could not close the gap.

Kyle Scallion, the sixth SU pitcher on the day, pitched the final 2 2/3 to earn his second win in as many decisions. He allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits.

Matt Valente (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits in 2.0 innings.

Will ended the game with five RBIs on two hits. Bornstein and Wells both finished 2-for-3 at that plate with two RBIs apiece. F&M picked up 12 hits in 32 plate appearances.

F&M complete its spring break trip with a 1:00 p.m. game with the Hornets tomorrow.


Shenandoah Hornets 3, Franklin & Marshall 1 (Mar 20, 2010 at Winchester, Va.) (Game 1)


Franklin & Marshall. 010 000 0 -  1 10  2      (5-4-1)

Shenandoah Hornets.. 110 010 X -  3  4  0      (13-4)


Pitchers: Franklin & Marshall - Mike Duranti and Russell Tischler. Shenandoah Hornets -


Win-VAN SICKLER(4-1)  Save-MOORE(1)  Loss-Mike Duranti(1-1)  T-1:38  A-262

HR F&M - Bill Murray (2).



Shenandoah Hornets 15, Franklin & Marshall 13 (Mar 20, 2010 at Winchester, Va.) (Game 2)


Franklin & Marshall. 800 032 0 - 13 12  2      (5-5-1)

Shenandoah Hornets.. 153 051 X - 15 15  2      (14-4)


Pitchers: Franklin & Marshall - Josh Gray; Eric Herbst(2); Matt Valente(4); Brendan McCreary(6)

and Russell Tischler. Shenandoah Hornets - YOCUM; SMITH, Mike(1); FREAM(3); GREGG(4); MOORE(4);


Win-SCALLION(2-0)  Loss-Matt Valente(0-2)  T-2:28  A-0

HR F&M - Matt Will (1).


J Gray faced 6 batters in the 2nd.