Game 21 Thursday, April 9, 2015 F&M at Messiah | Mechanicsburg, Pa. | 3:30 PM Live Stats
Game 22 Friday, April 10, 2015 F&M vs. Ursinus | Clipper Magazine Stadium | 3:30 PM Live Stats | Audio
Games 23/24 Saturday, April 11, 2015 F&M at Muhlenberg | Allentown, Pa. | 12:30/3:30 PM Live Stats
Game 25 Sunday, April 12, 2015 F&M vs. Rutgers-Newark | Lancaster, Pa. | 1:00 PM Live Stats | Audio
Series History: F&M squares off against Ursinus this week in a pair of games, taking to the road on Tuesday, before hosting the Bears at Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the Lancaster Barnstormers, on Friday. In a series dating back to 1898, the Diplomats hold a 62-58-1 record. The Diplomats take on Rutgers-Newark and Messiah this week in non-conference play. Against Rutgers-Newark, the series is tied at 1-1, while Messiah has the upper hand at 9-6, including wins in two straight.
On Saturday, Centennial Conference (CC) action continues against Muhlenberg. F&M leads the series at 66-47, however the Mules have won three consecutive contests.
Scouting the Opponents: Ursinus (12-4) enters competition ranked fifth in the CC with a .294 batting average, while its ERA of 2.89 is good for second. Rutgers-Newark is batting at just a .275 clip, with its staff combining for a 6.15 ERA. Messiah is hitting for a .274 team average and its pitching staff has a 5.02 ERA, while Muhlenberg's .266 batting average places ninth in the CC, along with its 5.16 ERA.
Last Week: F&M went 2-2 last week, splitting a pair of conference games with Gettysburg and Johns Hopkins. The Diplomats opened with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in 13 innings against the Bullets on Wednesday, despite a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth to force extras. F&M avenged the loss on Thursday with a 9-6 victory against Gettysburg, with starter Mack Glavin (3-1) earning the win and Luke Seib leading the offense with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate.
In a double header on Saturday against the Blue Jays, Alex Guerra dominated in a complete game shutout as F&M took game one by a 6-0 score, before being edged out by Hopkins in the nightcap by a 4-1 margin.
A recap of Saturday's split can be found here.
Milestones to Watch: With three wins on the season, Guerra now has 15 victories in his career, a mark that places him just five shy of the F&M record. The program's all-time leader is Ted Serro '06 with 20. Guerra has also entered the top-10 in strikeouts with 119 in his career. Todd Marshall '92 leads the way with 220. The Diplomats' senior right hander has started 27 games during his time in Lancaster, putting him just three shy of the F&M record of 30 from Mike Gossner '03.
Mathewson (52) and Andrew Green (43) are both closing in on the career appearances record, sitting third and eighth respectively. The all-time leader is Nathan Diercks '02 with 58.
Top of the CC Class: Nearing the halfway point of the 2015 season, several Diplomats find their names atop of the CC statistical leaders. Dan Marano is ninth with a .375 batting average, while his 18 RBIs are tied for third. David Iacobucci (9), Brian Erb (8), Brett Poniros (8) and Matt Mezansky (7) stand in fifth, tied for seventh and ninth respectively in stolen bases. Guerra and Glavin's three wins are tied for second in the conference, while Guerra's 1.16 ERA is fifth.
F&M's .328 team batting average is the best in the conference, along with its 141 RBIs, and nine homers. The Diplomats' 156 runs scored are second only to McDaniel (161), while their 51 stolen bases are tied for third.