Baseball Set for Home Stand

Baseball Set for Home Stand
Game 15
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
F&M vs. Arcadia | Caplan | 3:30 PM
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Games 16/17
Saturday, March 26, 2016
F&M vs. TCNJ | Caplan | 12/3:00 PM
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Series History: Franklin & Marshall returns from its Florida spring break trip to open a seven-game home stand, beginning with the season's first game at Caplan Field on Tuesday against Arcadia. These teams faced off only once before, with the Diplomats downing the Knights by a 5-1 score on March 29 of last season.

TCNJ heads to Lancaster for a doubleheader on Saturday, marking the first time in program history these schools will face off. Members of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), the Lions have appeared in their postseason tournament in 18 consecutive seasons. 

Last Week: F&M went 3-5 during its spring break trip to Winter Haven, Fla. last week. Highlights include an 8-0 shutout of Endicott on Sunday in game two of a twin bill, a 1-0 shutout of William Paterson on Monday and closing out the week on a high note with a 7-1 win over Washington & Jefferson in the trip's final contest on Sunday. 

Starting pitcher Eric Bateman was dominant down in Florida, earning a pair of wins on the week to improve to 2-1 for the year. He tossed six shutout innings, allowing only one hit and striking out four in F&M's 1-0 win against William Patterson on Monday and followed by throwing seven innings, allowing one earned and four hits while striking out seven in the team's victory over Washington & Jefferson on Sunday. 

Third baseman Matt Mezansky tallied eight RBIs at the plate, and David Iacobucci bumped his average up to .453 with 14 hits on the trip. 

Milestone Watch: With a pair of saves on the season, closer Andrew Mascis set the program's career record with 11 in his career. The previous mark was held by Dan Tischler '08 with 10.

Mezansky continues to climb the career RBI list and is currently tied for eighth with 85. A senior captain at third base, Mezansky also cracked the top 10 list for a number of other program records, including hits (145, 10th all-time), doubles (28, 10th all-time) and triples (6, 10th all-time).

Top of the CC Class: Iacobucci's .453 batting average is the fifth best throughout the Centennial Conference (CC) while his six doubles tie for fourth. 

On the mound, Mike Androconis' 2.08 ERA through 17 1/3 innings and Bateman's 2.45 ERA in 18 1/3 innings of work, place 10th and 11th respectively in the conference.