LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's baseball team suffered an 8-1 loss against Haverford on Tuesday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) action at Caplan Field. The defeat dropped the Diplomats to 22-9, 10-5 CC, while the Fords improved to 11-17, 7-8 CC.
F&M's potent offense met its match in Haverford's All-American right-hander Tommy Bergjans (4-2), who picked up the win by tossing six frames, allowing one earned and striking out 11 Diplomats on the day. Reliever Max Gerard entered in the seventh and was equally impressive, limiting F&M to just two hits in the final three frames and striking out three for his first save of the season.
Lefty Sean Cosgriff (4-1) dropped his first start of the year, allowing four earned off seven hits in three innings on the mound.
The Fords scored early and often, climbing ahead by a 2-0 tally after crossing home on a passed ball and plating a runner with an RBI double to center in the first frame. Haverford added three more in the third, notching back-to-back RBI singles with two outs and runners on first and second.
However, the Fords continued to tack on, plating two more runs in the sixth off a pair of hits and following with an RBI double in the seventh for the 8-1 final.
Marano led the F&M offense with a 3-for-4 effort to go along with one RBI, while four other Diplomats registered one of the team's seven hits on the afternoon. Second baseman Zach Taylor paced Haverford with a 4-for-5 line, including two RBIs and two runs scored. Four Fords tallied two hits apiece as Haverford combined for 15.
Just three CC games remain on the schedule for F&M, who now finds itself in second place behind Johns Hopkins. The Diplomats can guarantee one of the conference's four playoff births by winning out or taking two of its final three games.
Non-conference competition concludes on Thursday, when F&M returns to action by welcoming Elizabethtown to Caplan for a 4:00 p.m. contest.