Diplomats Blank Keuka

Diplomats Blank Keuka

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall held Keuka to just two hits en route to a 13-0 win in its home opener on Sunday afternoon at Caplan Field. The Diplomats improve to 11-7 with the victory, while the Storm fall to 1-2.

Evan Lang earned the win on the mound for F&M to move to 4-1 on the year. The senior lefthander recorded four strikeouts and allowed just one hit in five innings of work. Brendan DeMond tossed two shutout frames, while Rob Anderson and Will Colombo preserved the shutout with scoreless eighth and ninth innings. Anderson struck out the side in the eighth, and Columbo fanned one in the ninth.

The Diplomats jumped all over the Storm from the start, plating six runs in the bottom of the first. Will Benenson opened the scoring with a two-RBI double to left field that brought home Aaron Gillette and J.T. Triantos. Three batters later, Benenson touched home after a bases-loaded walk to Tyler Veterano, before Brandon Theriault registered a two-RBI double to the gap in left center to give F&M a 5-0 edge. Brian Erb tallied the final RBI of the frame with a sacrifice fly to center to complete the six-run first for the Diplomats.

F&M tacked on one score in the fourth and two in the sixth to take a commanding 9-0 advantage heading into the final three frames. In the eighth, Blue Wells sent a towering three-run homer over the left field fence to push the Diplomats out to a 12-0 advantage. Theriault added an RBI single in the eighth to wrap up the F&M scoring.

Theriault went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and scored once, Wells notched a three-run bomb in his only at-bat of the day, while Benenson tallied two RBIs and crossed home plate twice. Gillette posted a 2-for-5 line with an RBI and two runs scored.

F&M opens Centennial Conference (CC) play on Tuesday at Gettysburg. First pitch is set for 3:30 pm.

Franklin & Marshall 13, Keuka 0 (Mar 25, 2012 at Lancaster, Pa.)
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Keuka............... 000 000 000  -  0  2  2      (1-2)
Franklin & Marshall. 600 102 31X  - 13 12  0      (11-7)
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Pitchers: Keuka - McGrath, Kyle; Mead, Josh(1); Sculli, John(4); Hood, Cameron(6); Farrell, Anthony(7); Cornish, Branden(8) and Przepiora, Ben. Franklin & Marshall - Evan Lang; Brendan DeMond(6); Rob Anderson(8); Will Colombo(9) and Josh Mendelson; Joe Gallitto; Patrick Andrews.

Win-Evan Lang (4-1) 

Loss-McGrath, Kyle (0-1) 

HR F&M - Blue Wells.