LANCASTER, Pa. - Paul Giulio carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 10-1 victory over Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Sunday afternoon. The win moves the Diplomats to 15-14 overall and 6-4 in CC play, while the Bears have now lost five straight and drop to 6-19, 2-8 CC.
Giulio (2-2) was sharp on the mound all afternoon long, fanning six batters in his 8.0 innings of work and not allowing a runner to reach scoring position until the sixth inning. With one out in the top of the eighth and his no-hitter still intact, Bears' pinch-hitter Jake Neiman broke up the no-no with a single up the middle, but Giulio forced a double play to end the frarme to conclude his scoreless outing.
F&M was also impressive at plate, pounding out 14 hits and forcing the Bears to deploy five pitchers throughout the contest. Kevin Shields went 2-for-3 with a game-high four RBIs and scored once, Aaron Gillette notched three hits and a run scored, and Will Benenson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and scored twice. Alex Vescera added a pair of hits and touched home once.
The Diplomats did most of their damage in two innings as they put together a five-run first frame and added on four more in the fourth. Shields started the scoring in the first with a two-RBI double down the left field line, before the Diplomats tacked on two more scores on fielding errors by the Bears. Brandon Theriault rounded out the scoring with an RBI double to the gap in left center to make it 5-0 F&M.
Benenson and Shields each tallied two-RBI singles in the fourth to push the Diplomats out to a 9-0 edge, while Brett Poniros wrapped up the F&M scoring in the seventh as he touched home on a fielding error from the Ursinus infield.
Alex Manacher (2-2) suffered the defeat on the mound for the Bears, surrendering five runs, three earned, while allowing five hits in 0.1 innings.
The Diplomats are back on the diamond on Tuesday as they host Washington College in CC action at 3:30 p.m.