Diplomats Look to Carry Over Spring Break Momentum

Diplomats Look to Carry Over Spring Break Momentum
Game 12
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
F&M vs. Wilkes | Lancaster, Pa. | 3:30 PM
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Game 13
Thursday, March 26, 2015
F&M vs. Elizabethtown | Lancaster, Pa | 3:30 PM
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Game 14/15
Saturday, March 28, 2015
F&M at McDaniel | Westminster, Md. | 12:30/3:00 PM
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Game 16
Sunday, March 29, 2015
F&M vs. Arcadia | Lancaster, Pa. | 12:30 PM
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Series History: The Diplomats are set for their first home game today at 3:30 p.m., taking on Wilkes and leading the all-time series at 4-0 dating back to 1978. F&M was originally slated to take on Lebanon Valley, however a late scratch of a conference game on Monday forced the Dutchmen to reschedule to today.

Elizabethtown comes to Lancaster on Thursday, with the Diplomats trailing the all-time series by a 39-19-1 mark, including losses in four straight, while CC action begins on Saturday with a double header against McDaniel. F&M holds the 47-39 all-time series edge, however McDaniel has come away as winners in three straight meetings. The week wraps up on Sunday with another contest at Caplan Field, as the Diplomats take on Arcadia for the first time in program history.

Scouting the Opponents: Wilkes (3-5) enters play with a .283 team average, while its pitching staff has combined for a 3.51 ERA through eight contests. Elizabethtown is hitting at a .300 clip, while its pitching staff has registered a 3.14 ERA. McDaniel has registered a .333 average at the plate, to go along with a 5.78 ERA, while Arcadia is batting at an impressive .382 average with its staff producing a 4.76 ERA.

CC POTW: Alex Guerra was named the CC Pitcher of the Week and Dan Marano was announced as the Player of the Week on Monday. The honor was the first of each player's career.

Guerra went 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA, striking out six in 12 innings on the mound. He scattered four hits, fanning six in six innings of work in a 12-0 win against Grinnell on Monday, and followed with a quality start in a 12-5 victory over Trinity on Sunday. Marano led the squad with a .484/.471/.710 split, tallying 13 RBIs, four doubles, 15 hits and 11 runs scored. Against Southern Vermont on Tuesday, Marano went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, one home run and four RBIs. 

Last Week: F&M traveled down to sunny Winter Haven last week to compete at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. The Diplomats compiled an 8-3 record on the trip, including their first 5-0 start in more than 40 years. The offense was dominant throughout, hitting at a .386 clip and collecting a .466 on-base percentage. F&M registered nine homers from eight different players over a span of 11 contests and had five members of its lineup collect double-digit RBI totals. 

On Tuesday against Southern Vermont, the Diplomats' attack handed the Mountaineers a 23-6 thumping, good for the most runs scored in a game for F&M since a 27-7 bashing of Haverford on April, 30, 2000. The Diplomats tallied 19 hits, the most since tagging the Fords for 18 on April 15, 2005. The offensive onslaught also included five homeruns, tying the program's single-game record established in the memorable 2013 Centennial Conference (CC) Championship game, which resulted in a 16-1 title-clinching victory. 

The pitching staff received quality starts from Guerra (2-0), Sean Cosgriff (2-0), Mike Androconis (1-1), Eric Bateman (1-0) and Mack Glavin (1-0) on the trip. 

F&M concluded the trip on Sunday with an impressive 12-5 defeat of Trinity (Conn.), a team that garnered votes in the latest national poll.

Milestones to Watch: With a pair of wins last week, Guerra now has 14 victories in his career, a mark that places him just six shy of the F&M record. The program's all-time leader is Ted Serro '06 with 20. Chris Matthewson (47) and Andrew Green (43) are both closing in on the career appearances record, sitting in fourth and seventh respectively. The record belongs to Nathan Diercks '02 with 58.

Top of the CC Class: Through the early portion of the 2015 season, several Diplomats find their names atop the CC statistical leaders. Brian Erb leads the conference with a .516 average, followed by Marano in fourth at .474. Marano is second in the conference with 14 RBIs, followed by teammate Luke Seib in fourth with 12 batted in. Brett Poniros has swiped seven bases so far on the season, which is good for second in the CC, while David Iacobucci's two home runs are tied for first.