Diplomats Rout Keuka

Diplomats Rout Keuka

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall cruised past visiting Keuka 18-4 in non-conference baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Caplan Field. The Diplomats move to 7-9 with the victory, while the Storm drop to 0-3.

The Diplomats jumped all over the Storm from the start, tallying three runs in the first inning and four in the second to grab an early 7-0 edge. A four-run fourth stretched the advantage to 11-0, and a seven-run fifth capped off the scoring for F&M.

Alex Vescera and Matt Mezansky led F&M at the plate with three RBIs apiece, while Brian Erb went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Will Benenson posted a 2-for-3 line with an RBI and three runs scored, and Aaron Gillette went 2-for-2 with an RBI and touched home four times.

Kevin Shields, Brandon Theriault and Ryan Obrecht also added RBIs in the victory.

Alex Guerra pitched 5.0 shutout innings to earn the win and move to 2-1 on the year. The junior righthander struck out five while allowing five hits. Chris Mathewson, Chris Houston and Paul Giulio each pitched a shutout frame in relief for F&M.

Storm starter Zach Nobles (0-1) lasted just 1.2 frames in the loss, allowing seven runs on three hits.

Jon Borchert went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to pace Keuka, while Gavin Corbin tallied two hits and Dylan Thomas added an RBI in the defeat.

The Diplomats continue their homestand on Tuesday with a non-conference tilt against Lancaster Bible at 3:30 p.m.