WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Eleven stranded runners doomed Franklin & Marshall's baseball team in an 11-3 loss in game one of a doubleheader against Endicott, before starting pitcher Mike Androconis twirled a complete-game shutout for the Diplomats in an 8-0 victory in the nightcap to kick off the Florida spring break trip with a split.
F&M moved to 4-4 with the pair of results while the Gulls now sit at 2-1.
In game one, Endicott put together a pair of four-run frames in the first and fifth, tallying 12 hits that included two home runs in the contest. The Diplomats' offense mustered only five hits but generated eight walks.
The Gull's used three pitchers to combine for the victory, pitching themselves out of jams throughout the seven innings and forcing F&M to strand 11 baserunners.
Matt Mezansky paced F&M with a 2-for-4 effort, highlighted by a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the fifth. The RBI on the play gave Mezansky 77 in his career, which is good for 10th on the program's all-time list.
Mack Glavin (0-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering seven earned off 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings of work while his counterpart J.J. Branch (2-0) earned the win after allowing three earned in four frames.
Androconis (2-1) shut down the Gulls' potent batting order in game two, allowing just three hits and striking out seven. Run support was plentiful for the sophomore righty as F&M scattered 12 hits and eight runs over the course of seven innings.
Reed Williams paced the attack in the leadoff spot with a career day that included a 3-for-4 effort with one run scored, a career-high five RBIs and two of the Diplomats' four doubles in the nightcap.
Leftfielder David Iacobucci went 3-for-4 with two batted in; Christopher Vincent tallied a 2-for-4 line with a pair of RBIs, and Casey Bulik went 2-for-4 with one run scored. The Diplomats tallied runs in four of the seven innings and sent three runners across the plate in both the fourth and fifth.
Iacobucci, Mezansky, Vincent and Tyler Daley all registered a steal in the contest.
Spring break competition continues for the Diplomats tomorrow with another doubleheader, this time against William Patterson in Auburndale, Fla. at 9:45 a.m.