Key Stretch of CC Contests Ahead For Diplomats

Key Stretch of CC Contests Ahead For Diplomats
Game 22
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
F&M at Gettysburg | Gettysburg | 3:30 PM
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Game 23
Thursday, April 7, 2016
F&M vs. PSU-Harrisburg | Caplan | 3:30 PM
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Game 24
Friday, April 8, 2016
F&M vs. Gettysburg | Clipper | 3:30 PM
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Games 25/26
Saturday, April 9, 2016
F&M at Hopkins | Baltimore | 12:30/3:30 PM
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Series History: Conference play continues this week with a pair of games against Gettysburg, one on the road and one at home.  The all-time series belongs to the Bullets with a 108-63-1 record, dating back to the 1893 season. PSU Harrisburg heads to Caplan on Thursday for the first meeting between the two schools, while a return to conference play on Saturday sees F&M traveling to Johns Hopkins to break a three-game winless streak against the Blue Jays. 

Last Week: The Diplomats wrapped up a busy home stand last week by winning three out of four games at Caplan Field. F&M opened with a 7-2 decision against York on Tuesday, followed by an 11-5 drubbing of Drew on Thursday. CC competition began with a doubleheader against McDaniel on Saturday, with the Diplomats earning a 1-1 split against the nation's No. 24 team.

Against York, a four-run first inning provided all the run support F&M ended up needing in its annual Go4theGoal game. Starting pitcher Mack Glavin (1-1) was solid throughout, tossing seven innings, allowing two earned off five hits and striking out a pair. Luke Seib paced the offense with a 2-for-4 effort that included a pair of doubles to go along with three RBIs and a run scored while Casey Bulik also went 2-for-4 with a run scored. 

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Against Drew, the Diplomats tallied 19 hits, putting together four-run frames in both the fifth and eighth en route to the 11-5 win. Matt Mezansky led the offense with a 4-for-5 day, to go along with three runs scored and a stolen base. Bulik tallied a 3-for-5 line with two runs scored, and Reed Williams went 3-for-5 with an RBI and one run scored. 

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Game one on Saturday saw McDaniel jump out to a controlling 6-0 lead after tallying a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. F&M responded in the bottom of the frame when a Jimmy Whelan groundout to second sent Tyler Daley home from third before three straight singles were capped off with a Mezansky RBI hit through the right side to pull the Diplomats within four. 

F&M threatened at times through the remaining innings but was unable to cut into the deficit any further, despite outhitting McDaniel by a 13-9 margin in the contest.

In game two, A Dan Marano RBI single in the top of the fifth, followed by a David Iacobucci RBI triple and a Mezansky sacrifice fly in the sixth, padded F&M's lead at 6-2. The Green Terror cut it to three in the seventh when Marty Windish notched an RBI single up the middle. However, with runners on the corners and two outs in the books, McDaniel went down swinging to end the threat.

Iacobucci carried over his hot hitting from game one with a 3-for-5 effort to go along with two RBIs and three runs scored. Whelan recorded a 2-for-3 line with two runs scored from the leadoff position and Seib went 2-for-4 with an RBI. 

Starter Mike Androconis (3-2) was clutch, tossing seven innings and allowing three earned off nine hits while striking out four. Relievers Gareth Fancher and Andrew Mascis both threw a scoreless frame, with Mascis registering his fourth save of the year. 

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Go4theGoal: The baseball program wrapped up its most successful Go4theGoal campaign to date, raising more than $5,000 to support kids battling cancer in Pennsylvania through their online fundraising page, quickly surpassing their original goal of $1,000. Go4theGoal Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 by Dr. Richard and Beth Stefanacci, soon after their oldest child was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.  

Playing at Clipper: Friday's CC game against Gettysburg is set to take place in Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the Lancaster Barnstormers. The contest is one of two of the year scheduled to occur in

Lancaster's minor league stadium, with the other set for Thursday, April 21 against Washington. 

Parking and admission are free of charge to the public. 

Milestone Watch: With four saves on the season, closer Andrew Mascis continues to solidify himself atop the program's leaderboard with 13 in his career. The previous mark was held by Dan Tischler '08 with 10.

Mezansky continues to climb the career RBI list and is now seventh with 92. A senior captain at third base, Mezansky also cracked the top 10 list for a number of other program records, including hits (156, 8th all-time), doubles (34, tied for 3rd all-time) and triples (7, tied for 6th all-time).

Top of the CC Class: As of Monday, David Iacobucci's .440 batting average is the fourth best throughout the Centennial Conference (CC) while Mezansky's 11 doubles lead the CC. Mezansky also has 21 RBIs on the year, which is good for ninth in the conference.

Hidden Ball Trick: In the top of the sixth of game two on Saturday against McDaniel, third baseman Mezansky's heads up thinking likely saved a run and staved off a Green Terror rally. With F&M leading by a narrow 4-2, score, Kaleb Reitz laced a leadoff triple to center field. The ball was sent into Mezansky at third who appeared to hand it off to starter Mike Androconis on the mound after a brief conference between the pitcher and infielders. 

However, the senior captain had the ball tucked away in his glove and caught Reitz sleeping off third base by applying the tag. The slick play halted McDaniel's momentum as the Green Terror went down in order to complete the frame.