MADISON, N.J. – Franklin & Marshall's baseball team suffered a 4-3 loss (eight innings) in game one of a non-conference doubleheader against Drew on Sunday afternoon before responding with an 8-2 victory (seven innings) in the nightcap. The Diplomats' record moved to 8-8 with the decision, while the Rangers now sit at 5-6.
With a 3-1 lead heading into the sixth of game one, F&M ran into trouble in the bottom half of the frame when Drew tallied a pair of runs with an RBI double, followed by a runner scoring from third on a wild pitch, to tie up the contest at 3-3.
Neither team could produce the winning run in the seventh before the Rangers kicked off the eighth with a lead-off walk. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner over to second before back-to-back singles plated the winning run and ended the contest.
Diplomats' starter Sam Ackerman was strong through six innings on the mound, allowing two earned while striking out eight. Reliever Paul Giulio (2-4) was charged with the loss after allowing one earned in 1.1 innings of work. Drew's Matthew Hunter (2-0) earned the win, tossing a pair of frames in relief.
Will Benenson went 1-for-3 at the plate that included a leadoff double to right center in the fourth and a sacrifice fly RBI to score Anderson in the top of the first. Matt Mezansky collected a 1-for-3 line with an RBI single up the middle in the fifth to score Casey Bulik from third.
F&M registered six hits and stole five bases on the day, with two coming from Bulik.
Third baseman Mike Klinger paced the Rangers' offense with a 2-for-4 effort and a pair of RBIs, while shortstop Steve Kowalski went 2-for-4 from the leadoff position.
After allowing a runner to score from third on a wild pitch in the first inning of game two, F&M starter Sean Cosgriff (1-2) went into cruise control, shutting down Drew's offense on his way to a complete-game victory. Cosgriff threw all seven innings, allowing only two earned off six hits while striking out three.
Down 1-0 in the fourth, an RBI single from Brian Erb and a two RBI single up the middle from Reed Williams made the score 3-1 in favor of the Diplomats. The offense kept piling on the runs in the top of the fifth when a David Iacobucci RBI single to left and a two RBI single through the left side from Joe Gallitto placed three more on the board.
Reed Williams wrapped up the scoring in the frame, reaching first on an error from Drew's shortstop to score Gallitto, making it 7-1.
Gallitto continued his strong play in the contest with another RBI in the top of the sixth, smacking a sacrifice fly to center and scoring Mezansky from third for the 8-1 score. The Rangers tallied a run in the bottom of the seventh to come within six but Cosgriff finished off the game with a pop up to second base for the third out of the inning.
Gallitto went 1-for-2 on the day and registered three RBIs, while Benenson, Iacobucci, Erb and Williams all picked up a pair of hits. The Diplomats combined for 11 hits in the game, holding Drew to only six. F&M continued to terrorize on the base paths, collecting three steals.
The Rangers' starter Nate Brown (0-2) was dealt the loss, allowing five earned off eight hits in four innings.
The Diplomats continue non-conference action on Tuesday when F&M travels to take on Elizabethtown at 3:30 p.m.