Facing off against Division III's No. 19 ranked strength of schedule, Franklin & Marshall's baseball team concluded the 2016 campaign with a 16-20-1, 7-10-1 CC record and was in contention for a conference playoff spot up until the final week of the regular season.
The Diplomats' slate of contests was difficult throughout the year and included seven games against teams that qualified for the NCAA Playoffs. F&M held tough when Centennial Conference (CC) play began and was propelled into the postseason tournament chase with a clutch doubleheader sweep of Muhlenberg at home on Saturday, April 16 with wins of 11-0, and 7-2 over the Mules. Those pair of decisions evened F&M's CC record to 5-5 on the year, but a tough stretch to end the season halted the Diplomats' hopes of securing the program's 11th trip to the CC Tournament.
Offensively and defensively, F&M put together one of the best seasons among CC institutions during conference play, placing third with a .295 team batting average and third with a .963 team fielding percentage.
Several Diplomats made their imprint on the record books. Third baseman Matt Mezansky '16 closed out his historic career with 171 hits, just two short of the program record held by J.T. Triantos '12 and Gary Kruger '06. He also joined Will Benenson '14 as the only players in program history to record 100 runs and 100 RBIs. First baseman Luke Seib '16 wrapped up his illustrious career as one of the Diplomats most sure-handed fielders, registering a .989 fielding percentage throughout his time in Lancaster, which is eighth-best all time.
Three members of the team were recognized for their remarkable play on the field in 2016. David Iacobucci '17 earned a spot on the All-CC First Team after the junior outfielder led F&M with a .379 batting average and a .579 slugging percentage, marks that both placed sixth in the CC.
Closer Andrew Mascis '18 once again thrived out of the bullpen for the Diplomats, landing on the All-CC First Team for the second straight season after notching a conference-high six saves along with a team-low 2.08 ERA in 21 2/3 innings of work. In only his second season, Mascis surpassed the program's career record for saves with 15. Mike Androconis '18 garnered All-CC Second Team accolades for the first time in his career, anchoring the starting rotation with a 4-2 record, a 2.95 ERA in 58 innings pitched and registering 36 strikeouts during the year.