Game 17 Thursday, March 27, 2014 F&M at Shenandoah | Winchester, Va. | 5:00 p.m. Live Stats | Video
Game 18/19 Saturday, March 29, 2014 F&M vs. McDaniel | Lancaster, Pa. | 12:30/3:30 p.m. Live Stats | Audio
Game 20 Sunday, March 30, 2014 F&M at Rowan | Glassboro, N.J. | 12:30 p.m. Live Stats
Series History: Elizabethtown leads at 38-19-1, including wins in the last three meetings. The Diplomats continue non-conference action against Shenandoah on Thursday, meeting with the Hornets for only the eighth time. F&M has yet to beat Shenandoah, trailing the series at 0-7, going back to 2002.
Centennial Conference (CC) play opens on Saturday for the Diplomats when F&M welcomes the Green Terror of McDaniel to Caplan Field in a series that started back in 1925 and the Diplomats lead at 47-37. The busy week wraps up on Sunday when F&M travels to Glassboro, N.J., for a meeting with Rowan. The Owls are unbeaten all-time at 8-0, with the first game in the series occurring in 2005.
Scouting the Opponents: Shenandoah enters the contest hitting .375 on the season, while its pitching staff is holding opponents to 3.90 runs a game. McDaniel comes into play with a .309 batting average as a team to go along with a 4.50 ERA from its staff, while Rowan is hitting at a .358 clip and its pitching staff has a combined 3.31 ERA on the year.
Last Week: The Diplomats went 1-2 last week that started off with a narrow 2-1 loss on Friday against St. John Fisher, a team that garnered top 25 votes in last week's poll. F&M went 1-1 against Drew on Sunday that included a 4-3 loss (eight innings) in game one before responding with an 8-2 win (seven innings) in the nightcap.
A two out double down the leftfield line in the top of the ninth scored a runner from second and broke a 1-1 tie to hand St. John Fisher a narrow 2-1 win. F&M starter Alex Guerra was solid throughout, tossing six innings and striking out six while only allowing one earned. Chris Mathewson entered in relief and threw 1.1 frames, striking out one and allowing two hits.
The Diplomats picked up three hits in the contest from Rob Anderson (1-for-3), David Iacobucci (1-for-3) and Casey Bulik (1-for-3). The Cardinals entered action hitting .402 as a team but were limited to only seven hits on the day.
In game one against Drew, 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 Bulik from third.
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.
Joe Gallitto went 1-for-2 on the day and registered three RBIs, while Benenson, Iacobucci, Brian Erb and Reed 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.
Change to the Schedule: The Diplomats' non-conference contest against Lancaster Bible, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been cancelled and will not be made up.
Record Book Watch: With three doubles on the season, Benenson sits tied for sixth place on F&M's all-time list with 30. The program record belongs to Scott Haft (2002-05), who accumulated 45. Benenson also moved into a tie for third on the program's all-time RBI list with 10 on the season to give him 97 for his career. The record belongs to Jason Anderson (2007-10) with 108.
Behind the plate, Pat Andrews has successfully thrown out 25 runners in his career, including three on the season, a mark that places him in second all time behind the program leader Dan Weber (2001-04), who holds the record with 27.