Diplomats Headed to Florida

Diplomats Headed to Florida
Game 5/6
Sunday, March 9, 2014 
F&M vs. Juniata | Winter Haven, Fla. | 1:30 / 4:30 p.m. 

Game 7 
Monday, March 10, 2014 
F&M vs. Cortland State | Auburndale, Fla. | 4:30 p.m. 

Game 8 
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 
F&M vs. Greenville | Auburndale, Fla. | 11:30 a.m. 

Game 9
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 
F&M vs. Vassar | Auburndale, Fla. | 10:15 a.m. 

Game 10 
Friday, March 14, 2014 
F&M vs. Rhodes | Auburndale, Fla. | 12:30 p.m. 

Game 11/12 
Saturday, March 15, 2014 
F&M vs. Oswego St. | Winter Haven, Fla. | 1:30 / 4:30 p.m.

Game 13 
Sunday, March 16, 2014 
F&M vs. Brockport St. | Winter Haven, Fla. | 9:30 a.m. 

 

Series History: F&M heads down to Florida for nine games in a span of seven days when the Diplomats compete at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. Play opens against Juniata on Sunday, a team F&M trails in the all-time series to at 1-2. Action continues against Cortland State, a team the Diplomats have never competed against, followed by a meeting with Greenville (Ill.), who F&M holds the 2-0 all-time lead against. 

The trip closes out against a pair of teams F&M has never faced in Vassar on Friday and a doubleheader with Oswego St. on Saturday, before wrapping up with a contest against Brockport St. on Sunday, a team the Diplomats are 1-1 all time against. 

Live stats for F&M's entire spring break trip can be found here. 

Last Week: The Franklin & Marshall baseball team took game one of Sunday's non-conference double header against Catholic with a 4-2 score in 10 innings before falling 3-0 in the nightcap. The Diplomats' record evened at 2-2 on the year, while the Cardinals moved to 2-3. 

F&M needed extra innings to dispatch the Cardinals in game one, rediscovering its offense in the final frame with a pair of runs off three hits to break a 2-2 tie.

Alex Guerra started the contest, going 5.1 innings, striking out a pair and allowing only two earned. Gareth Fancher, Paul Giulio (1-1 ) and Green combined to hold Catholic scoreless in 3.2 innings of relief, allowing only two hits over that span. 

Avery Attinson led the offense with a 2-for-4 effort that included a pair of RBIs and a run scored, while Benenson went 3-for-5 from the plate. F&M combined for 12 hits in the game compared to seven from the Cardinals, who stranded 10 base runners. 

In game two, Catholic took a 2-0 lead in the third off of three hits in the frame before tacking on another with a sacrifice fly in the seventh to go ahead 3-0. The Diplomats offense struggled to produce as F&M's hitters collected only three hits in the contest and never threatened to send a runner across home plate. 

Sean Cosgriff (0-1) was charged with the loss despite a solid outing. The junior lefty three seven innings and allowed only two earned while striking out five. His counterpart Kevin Farley was dominant for Catholic, tossing a complete game and striking out seven. 

David Iacobucci collected two hits on the day in a 2-fo-3 effort from the plate while Anderson picked up the other, a single to second base in the top of the sixth. 

Winter Woes: Both of F&M's non-conference matchups this week, Tuesday at Messiah and Wednesday at Shenandoah, have been postponed due to unplayable field conditions. A make-up date for the Messiah contest has yet to be announced, while the Shenandoah game is rescheduled for Thursday, March 27, at 5:00 p.m.

Record Book Watch: With one double on the season, Will Benenson sits in ninth place on the F&M career double's list with 28. The program record belongs to Scott Haft (2002-05), who accumulated 45. Benenson also is in a tie for sixth on the program's all-time RBI list, collecting one on the season, with 88 in his career. The record belongs to Jason Anderson (2007-10) with 108. 

Behind the plate, Pat Andrews has successfully thrown out 23 runners in his career, a mark that places him in a tie for second all time behind the program leader Dan Weber (2001-04), who holds the record with 27.