Game 34 Wednesday, April 23, 2014 F&M at Elizabethtown | Elizabethtown, Pa. | 4:00 p.m. Live Stats
Game 35 Friday, April 25, 2014 F&M vs. Haverford | Lancaster, Pa. | 3:30 p.m. Live Stats | Audio
Game 36/37 Saturday, April 26, 2014 F&M at Swarthmore | Swarthmore, Pa. | 12:30/3:30 p.m. Live Stats
Series History: F&M meets with Haverford this week for the 78th and 79th time in a series that dates back to 1916. The Diplomats hold a commanding 49-28 lead but have fallen in each of the last five outings. Non-conference action wraps up for F&M on Wednesday when the Diplomats face off against Elizabethtown, looking to end a three-game losing streak in the series. The Blue Jays hold the 38-19-1 all-time lead, dating back to 1947.
The regular season ends Saturday on the road against Swarthmore. F&M has the 50-41-2 all-time advantage since the first meeting in 1909. Last season these two Centennial Conference (CC) opponents squared off in a doubleheader on April 27, with the Diplomats earning a 6-1 game one win before falling by a 13-10 score in the nightcap.
Scouting the Opponents: Haverford ranks ninth in the conference in both batting average (.256) and ERA (6.07). Outfielder Nick Miranda has been a force on offense, leading the conference with a .387 batting average, while Tommy Bergjans has dominated on the mound by leading the CC in ERA (1.01), wins (six) and placing third in strikeouts (58).
Elizabethtown hails from the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). The Blue Jays are batting .268 as a team, while their ERA is an impressive 3.58. Swarthmore is last in the conference in batting average at .251, while its 3.45 ERA ranks fourth. Starter Matt Bertuch leads the pitching staff with five wins and a 2.25 ERA.
Last Week: F&M went 2-2 last week that kicked off with a dominant 14-4 victory over Washington on Wednesday. In the contest, Matt Mezansky went a perfect 6-for-6 from the plate, tying the CC single game hits record, which is held by multiple batters. The sophomore third baseman also crossed home plate five times on the day, and added an RBI. Avery Attinson went 2-for-4, collected four RBIs and drew a walk.
After falling to the Shoremen by a 14-1 score at home on Friday, the Diplomats took one of two against Dickinson on Saturday. F&M captured game one by a 7-1 margin thanks in large part to a complete-game performance from starter Alex Guerra, who picked up his fourth win of the season after allowing just one earned off five hits and striking out four in nine innings of work.
Record Book Watch: With four doubles on the season, Will Benenson sits tied for fifth place on F&M's all-time list with 31. The program record belongs to Scott Haft (2002-05), who accumulated 45. Benenson also moved into second place on the program's all-time RBI list with 18 on the season to give him 105 for his career. The record belongs to Jason Anderson (2007-10) with 108.
Behind the plate, Pat Andrews has successfully thrown out 26 runners in his career, including four on the season, a mark that places him second all time behind the program leader Dan Weber (2001-04), who holds the record with 27.
Guerra has struck out 33 batters on the season, giving him 98 in his career and placing him just two shy of the century mark.
Top of the CC Class: Rob Anderson sits seventh in the conference with an impressive .375 batting average on the season. Haverford's Nick Miranda leads the conference with a .387 average. Brett Poniros has stolen 14 bases on the season (14-for-14), a mark that places fourth in the CC, behind Haverford's William Bannard, who leads the way with 19. Reliever Andrew Green's three saves on the year are good for third, behind Haverford's Patrick Falkoff with five.