F&M Makes its Return to CC Postseason

F&M Makes its Return to CC Postseason

2015 Centennial Conference Baseball Tournament  

Game 1
Thursday, April 30, 2015
No. 1 Johns Hopkins at No. 4 Haverford | Westminster, Md. | 3:00 PM
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Game 2
Thursday, April 30, 2015
No. 2 F&M vs. No. 3 McDaniel | Caplan Field | 3:00 PM
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Game 3
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Losers of games 1 and 2 | Baltimore, Md. | 9:00 AM
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Game 4
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Winners of games 1 and 2 | Baltimore, Md. | Not Before Noon
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Game 5
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Winner of game 3 vs. loser of game 4 | Baltimore, Md. | 30 mins. after game 4
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Game 6
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Winner of game 4 vs. winner of game 5 | Baltimore, Md. | 12:00 PM
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Game 7
Sunday, May 3, 2015
If necessary | Baltimore, Md. | 30 mins. after game 6
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CC Tournament History: Franklin & Marshall is set to make its 10th tournament appearance and is seeking its fifth Centennial Conference Title. The Diplomats last won the tournament in 2013 with a 16-1 bashing of Johns Hopkins in the championship game. F&M last hosted a playoff game back in 2008, downing Haverford in the first round by a 6-0 tally.

A Look at the Field: Johns Hopkins earned the top seed for this weekend's tournament with a sweep of Muhlenberg last Saturday. The Blue Jays will host games 1, 3-7 for the fifth time since 2010 and look for their first CC Crown since 2011.

McDaniel earned the No. 3 seed and qualified for the postseaosn for just the third time with a doubleheader sweep of Ursinus on Saturday. The Green Terror are back in the field for the first time since 2012 and are looking for their first-ever CC Tournament win after finishing the season with nine consecutive victories. 

Haverford swept Gettysburg on Saturday, and along with Washington's two losses to Dickinson, snuck into the CC Playoffs for the eighth straight season. The Fords are seeking their third title in the last four years, including a 2-1 (12 innings) win against Gettysburg in last season's championship game.

Last Week: The Diplomats clinched the No. 2 seed with a 3-2 week to close out the regular season. Action began on Tuesday with an 8-1 loss to Haverford at Caplan Field. The Fords' All-American right-hander Tommy Bergjans was dominant, picking up the win by tossing six frames, allowing one earned and striking out 11 Diplomats on the day. 

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F&M's non-conference slate came to an end on Thursday with a 7-2 loss against Elizabethtown at home. Brian Erb paced the offense with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, while four other F&M batters registered one of the team's six hits on the cold and rainy contest. Elizabethtown tallied nine hits, including a 3-for-5 effort from centerfielder Alex Holbert and a 3-for-4 day from first baseman Luke Gatti. 

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With a 9-4 win against Haverford on Friday, the Diplomats clinched their 10th CC Tournament birth. Freshman starter Mike Androconis (5-2) provided another quality start, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing three earned and striking out five. Mack Glavin tossed the final two frames, allowing one earned and striking out one. The Diplomats strung together nine hits on the afternoon, led by a 2-for-4 effort from designated hitter Dan Marano to go along with three RBIs. Luke Seib also went 2-for-4 in the two-hole, recording a pair of runs and RBIs. Christopher Vincent tallied two hits, along with two runs scored and one batted in. 

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On Saturday, F&M clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming tournament with wins of 6-1 and 5-2 in a doubleheader sweep of Swarthmore at Caplan. Alex Guerra (5-1) picked up the victory in game one, while Brandon Theriault (1-2) earned his first win of the season in the nightcap. 

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Closing Time: With a scoreless ninth frame in F&M's 5-2 game-two victory against Swarthmore, freshman closer Andrew Mascis made history, picking up his seventh save of the season and breaking the conference record for saves as a freshman, as well as the program's single-season mark. 

Career Appearances: By shutting down Swarthmore in F&M's 6-1 win on Saturday, Guerra tied the program's record for career starts with 30. Reliever Chris Mathewson came out of the bullpen for both of the Diplomats contests against the Garnet, making the 59th and 60th appearances of his career and breaking the F&M program mark. 

Milestones to Watch: With five wins on the season, Guerra now has 17 victories in his career, a mark that places him just three 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 131 in his career. Todd Marshall '92 leads the way with 220.

Top of the CC Class: Heading into the postseason, several Diplomats find their names atop the CC statistical leaders. Marano is fifth with a .398 batting average and third with 31 RBIs. Seib is close behind on the list with 25 RBIs, placing him seventh in the CC. Matt Mezansky (15), Brett Poniros (14), David Iacobucci (14) and Erb (12) are all in the top 10 for stolen bases. 

Guerra leads the pitching staff with a 2.09 ERA, a mark that places him fourth in the conference. Glavin, Androconis and Guerra all have five wins on the year, which puts them in a tie for the conference lead. Mascis' seven saves are the most for a reliever in the CC.