BALTIMORE, Md. – Brendan DeMond tossed a complete-game four-hit shutout to lift Franklin & Marshall past No. 6 Johns Hopkins 3-0 in the opening round of the Centennial Conference (CC) Baseball Tournament on Friday afternoon.
The fourth-seeded Diplomats improve to 21-17 with the victory and will meet second-seeded Gettysburg (30-11), a 5-3 winner over third-seeded Haverford in Friday's other first-round matchup, tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. The top-seeded Blue Jays (33-7) will take on Haverford in an elimination game at 9:00 a.m.
DeMond threw a gem for F&M, limiting the Blue Jays to just four hits and six baserunners. He retired the side in order in six innings, including each of the final four frames, and put away 13-straight batters to close out the contest. The senior righthander struck out six and walked just one for his third complete-game outing of the year to lead the Diplomats to the win.
F&M jumped out in front 1-0 in the top of the first on an RBI single from Kevin Shields. Will Benenson kept the inning alive with a two-out double ripped to the gap in right center, before Shields blooped a single to shallow left field that allowed Benenson to race home from second for the 1-0 Diplomat edge.
Matt Mezansky's one-out solo home run in the top of the fourth –his first career round-tripper – pushed the lead to 2-0, while Rob Anderson's two-out RBI single in the ninth gave DeMond all the support he would need as the Diplomats walked away with the 3-0 victory.
Shields, Mezansky and Mike Smeriglio each tallied two hits for F&M. Mezansky also crossed home twice for the Diplomats in the win.
JHU starter Tyler Goldstein suffered the loss in eight innings on the mound, allowing eight hits while walking three and striking out four.
The Diplomats meet Gettysburg tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. at JHU.