Comeback Bid Falls Short in Nightcap; Blue Jays Sweep Diplomats

Comeback Bid Falls Short in Nightcap; Blue Jays Sweep Diplomats

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall dropped a pair of contests to No. 11 Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Saturday at Caplan Field. The Diplomats (12-12, 3-3 CC) suffered a 7-1 setback in game one, before a late-inning comeback attempt fell short in the nightcap as they fell 6-5. Hopkins (22-2, 6-0 CC) has now won 15 straight games with the doubleheader sweep.

After dropping the opener 7-1, F&M trailed the Blue Jays by a 5-0 margin heading into the bottom of the sixth in game two, but the Diplomats put together a three-run frame to climb back into the contest. Aaron Gillette and Avery Attinson each reached base with back-to-back one-out singles, before Matt Mezansky knocked them in with a two-RBI single to right field to put F&M on the scoreboard. Alex Vescera followed with an RBI single to center that allowed Kevin Shields to cross home plate and bring the Diplomats within 5-3.

Jeff Lynch pushed JHU out to a 6-3 edge with an RBI single in the seventh, but the Diplomats responded in the eighth with a four-hit, two-run frame. Rob Anderson delivered the key hit with a two-RBI single up the middle that scored Vescera and pinch-runner Mike Giannone, making it 6-5 with one inning to play.

F&M would get no closer, however, as Hopkins' reliever Justin Drechsel entered in the ninth and retired the side in order, earning his second save of the year.

Vescera posted a 3-for-4 line with an RBI and scored once in the nightcap,while Gillette, Attinson, and Shields each tallied two hits apiece.

Sean Cosgriff (2-4) suffered the game two loss for F&M, allowing four earned runs in 6.1 innings, while Carter Burns (3-0) picked up the win for Hopkins in 5.2 innings.

In game one, the Blue Jays broke open a close game with a five-run sixth to jump out to a 7-0 edge. The Diplomats had several opportunities to cut into the advantage down the stretch as they left a total of nine runners on base throughout the final four innings, but were only able to manage one score on a sacrifice fly from Mezansky.

Brendan DeMond (4-2) took the loss in the opener, striking out six and walking four in 5.1 innings. Tyler Goldstein (5-1) picked up the win for Hopkins with a shutout 6.0 frames of work.

Pat Andrews went 3-for-3 in game one to pace F&M at the plate. Mike Denlinger led JHU in game one with a 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs.

The Diplomats return to the diamond on Tuesday at Ursinus in CC action at 3:30 p.m.