CARLISLE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's offense was dominant in a 14-8 game one victory over Dickinson on Saturday afternoon before the Red Devils broke a late tie with a pair of runs in the seventh en route to a 6-4 win in the nightcap to earn a series split in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball competition.
The Diplomats moved to 15-18, 6-8 CC with the pair of decisions while Dickinson now sits at 18-16, 5-9 CC.
Game one saw F&M surrender three runs in the bottom of the first before exploding for six runs on seven hits in the second inning that included five consecutive singles to open the frame. A Luke Seib triple in the inning cleared the bases to drive in three and Matt Mezansky concluded the scoring spree with a two-out RBI triple that sent Seib across the plate.
The Diplomats tacked on with a five-run frame in the top of the third after receiving RBI singles from Christopher Vincent, Tyler Daley, and Seib, followed by a two-RBI double from David Iacobucci to put F&M in front at 11-3.
A pair of Dickinson runs in both the third and fourth innings cut the deficit to four at 11-7, but three more Diplomat runs in the fifth firmly put the game out of reach for good.
Seib had a career day going 3-for-6 with three runs scored and five RBIs. Iacobucci also tallied a 3-for-6 line to go along with one run scored and a pair drove in, while Vincent went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Brett Poniros tallied a 3-for-4 line with three runs scored as the designated hitter. The Diplomats registered five extra-base hits and 19 total in the game.
Starter Eric Bateman went four innings and allowed seven earned off nine hits and three walks. Relievers Bobby Gaston and Daniel Blugis (1-0) were solid out of the bullpen, combining for five innings and surrendering just one earned with Blugis earning his first career win after a three-inning shutout performance. Garrett Kurtz (1-4) was charged with the loss, tossing 2 1/3 frames and allowing eight earned.
In game two, F&M struck first when Mezansky scored off a passed ball in the first. Dickinson responded quickly by taking the lead off of back-to-back RBI singles in the bottom of the inning to make it 2-1. The Red Devils added on by scoring off a passed ball in the second and a solo home run in the third to pull in front by three.
The Diplomats battled back in the fifth with three runs to knot the contest at 4-4, taking advantage of a pair of Dickinson errors in the frame. However, the lead only held until the seventh when the Red Devils tallied a pair, including a two-out RBI single to left field to go ahead for good.
Starter Mike Androconis went six innings on the mound and allowed four earned while striking out six. Reliever Gareth Fancher (2-1) was charged with the loss, allowing one earned in 2/3 innings of work.
Shortstop Reed Williams paced the offense with a 2-for-4 effort, and one run scored while catcher Rick Hopkins went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to pace Dickinson.
F&M returns to the field on Monday, traveling to Haverford for a 3:30 p.m. meeting with the Fords.