Diplomats Claw Bears

Diplomats Claw Bears

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall scored four runs in the fifth inning to lead the Diplomats to a 5-2 victory over Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action. F&M improved to 8-9-1 (3-2 CC) while the Bears fell to 8-10 (0-5 CC).

J.T. Triantos hit a one-out a single to get things started in the fifth. Triantos moved to second on a Bill Murray single in the next at-bat. Blue Wells hit a single down the left field line, plating Triantos, giving F&M a runner on first and third. Jay Anderson doubled to right field, clearing the bases, making it a 4-0 ballgame in F&M’s favor. Russell Tischler brought Anderson home with a single for a 5-0 score.

Murray’s double to left field scored Matt Will in the third inning for F&M’s first run.

Matt Valente worked four innings before finally surrendering a hit. He worked the deepest start of his career. Ursinus finally got to him, firing off three singles to start the eighth. The Bears picked up two runs in the inning, before Valente induced two straight outs. Aaron Gillette caught Brandon Sullivan trying to get an extra base, throwing him out at the plate.

Valente earned his first win of the year, working eight full innings. He struck out five and forced seven grounds outs. Nick Markel came in relief in the ninth, picking up his first save of the year.

Steve Christakos took the loss, working the fifth inning. Christakos gave up four runs on six hits.

Russell Tischler went 3-for-3 at the plate, knocking in a run. Will finished 3-for-4 from the dish, scoring a run. Anderson picked up two RBIs and scored a run.

Franklin & Marshall returns to diamond on Friday when the Diplomats travel to Ursinus for a 3:30 p.m. ball game.


Franklin & Marshall 5, Ursinus 2 (Mar 31, 2010 at Lancaster, Pa.)


Ursinus............. 000 000 020  -  2  8  0      (8-10, 0-5 CC)

Franklin & Marshall. 001 040 00X  -  5 12  1      (8-9-1, 3-2 CC)


Pitchers: Ursinus - A.J. Wright; Steve Christakos(5); Corey Weaver(6); Allen Weaver(8) and

Chris Fusco. Franklin & Marshall - Matt Valente; Nick Markel(9) and Russell Tischler.

Win-Matt Valente(1-2)  Save-Nick Markel(1)  Loss-Steve Christakos(1-3)  T-2h 29m  A-53

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