AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Franklin & Marshall's baseball team went toe-to-toe with the nation's No. 12 team but was unable to keep up with Ramapo, falling by a 20-5 (8 innings) score on Tuesday afternoon in Auburndale, Fla.
The loss dropped the Diplomats to 5-6 on the year while the Roadrunners remained unbeaten at 8-0.
Trailing by a 3-2 score in the bottom of the fourth, Luke Seib stepped to the dish and sent a two-run home run over the left-field fence that plated Matt Mezansky from first and gave F&M a 4-3 advantage. A groundout to short later in the frame by Jimmy Whelan scored Tyler Daley from third to push the advantage to two.
Ramapo's potent offense took control from there, tagging the Diplomats for seven runs on six hits and a pair of errors in the top of the fifth to jump out in front for good. The Roadrunners added two more in the seventh, before forcing the mercy rule in the eighth with eight runs on five hits and two errors.
Starting pitcher Jonathan Pesantez (1-1) was charged with the loss, tossing four innings and allowing five earned off eight hits. Greg Westhelle (2-0) came in relief in the fourth and twirled four innings, allowing one earned and striking out two for the win.
Errors proved costly for F&M as the team combined for five on the day. Only eight of the 20 runs that crossed the plate for Ramapo were earned. Mezansky and Seib both went 2-for-4 as the Diplomats combined for nine hits. The Roadrunners were paced at the plate by third baseman Austin Unglaub (3-for-5) and left fielder Scott Paulus (3-for-5) as Ramapo tallied 18 hits, including seven for extra bases.
Spring break continues for F&M on Thursday when the Diplomats face off against Western New England at 10:00 a.m.