CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Brian Baquer's one-out, walkoff triple to right center dealt Franklin & Marshall's baseball team a heartbreaking 7-6 (10 innings) loss against Washington on Tuesday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) competition.
The defeat dropped the Diplomats to 14-16, 5-6 CC on the season while the Shoremen improved to 20-8-1, 4-5 CC.
F&M carried a 5-1 lead into the sixth inning before Washington began mounting a comeback. The Shoremen opened the frame with back-to-back singles and eventually sent runners across home plate with a double down the left field line and a groundout to first to pull within two.
Clinging to the narrow lead in the eighth, the Diplomats allowed a two-out bases loaded single through the right side that evened the score.
In extras, F&M looked to spoil the home team's comeback bid when Luke Seib stepped to the dish with one out and Matt Mezansky in scoring position at second. Seib laced a single up the middle and Mezansky was waved around third, but Washington's centerfielder sent a strike to home plate that caught Mezansky before he could tally the go-ahead score. Dan Marano followed with a single to second that was knocked down by the infielder, however, Seib took off early and managed to get across the plate to make the score 6-5.
The Shoremen led off the bottom of the 10th with a single to right field, before a sacrifice bunt put a runner at second with one out. Washington followed by scoring the tying run on an error at second base before Baquer's triple reached the right field fence for the game-winner.
F&M put together a pair of two-run frames in the first and second innings, including RBI singles from Tyler Daley and Casey Bulik. Starter Mack Glavin was not charged with the decision, tossing 4 1/3 innings and allowing one earned on seven hits. Andrew Mascis (0-1) suffered the loss, pitching the final 1 2/3 frames and surrendering one earned on three hits.
Seib notched a 3-for-5 line, and Marano went 2-for-5 as the Diplomats were outhit by a 15-9 margin. Daley drew three walks from the leadoff position and scored three while registering a stolen base.
F&M continues action on Thursday, welcoming Washington to Lancaster for a 3:30 p.m. start. The CC showdown is set to take place at Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the Lancaster Barnstormers. Fans who are unable to make it out the park can follow along with live stats and a multi-camera video feed available at GoDiplomats.com/Live.