Four Conference Games Ahead For Diplomats

Four Conference Games Ahead For Diplomats
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Game 22
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
F&M at Gettysburg | Gettysburg | 3:30 PM
Series Record: GC Leads 108-63-1
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 3-2, April 8, 2016
Last GC Victory: 12-1, April 5, 2016
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Game 23
Friday, April 7, 2017
F&M vs. Gettysburg | Lancaster | 3:30 PM
Series Record: GC Leads 108-63-1
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 3-2, April 8, 2016
Last GC Victory: 12-1, April 5, 2016
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Games 24/25
Saturday, April 8, 2017
F&M at Haverford | Haverford | 12:30/3:30 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 51-36-1
Streak: HC +2
Last F&M Victory: 6-3, May 2, 2015
Last HC Victory: 3-2, April 29, 2016
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Series History: Franklin & Marshall heads into a key four-game Centennial Conference (CC) week. An away/home split with Gettysburg on Tuesday and Friday opens play before a doubleheader on the road against Haverford on Saturday.

The Diplomats have won six of the last eight meetings against Gettysburg, while Haverford has won 10 out of the last 12 contests against the Diplomats.

Drew Game Rescheduled: The team's non-conference matchup with Drew, originally set for Sunday, April 2 was rescheduled for Thursday, April 20 at 4:00 p.m. 

Last Week: F&M rebounded from an 11-4 loss against Messiah on Thursday with a sweep of Washington (11-3 in game one and 2-0 in game two) on Sunday to open Centennial competition.

Against Messiah, a five-run fifth and a four-run eighth allowed the Falcons to leave Caplan with their first win over the Diplomats since 2010. 

To read the full recap, click here.

On Sunday, F&M got off to a torrid CC start behind a pair of strong pitching performances. Jonathan Cole tossed seven innings in the opener but was deal the no-decision after allowing just one earned on three hits and striking out two. Mike Androconis improved to 4-1 in the nightcap after throwing eight shutout frames, surrendering six hits and striking out five. 

F&M combined for 13 hits in game one with Justin Cavegn, David Iacobucci, Danny Blugis and Kevin Lammers all recording a pair, while Cavegn tallied a 3-for-4 line with a run scored in game two.

To read the full recap, click here.

Milestones to Watch: Iacobucci has worked his way up several statistical categories in the program's career record book. His 10 home runs are the fourth-most all-time as Scott Haft '05 holds the program record with 14.

Iacobucci also breached the top-10 in hits (160 – T-6th place), doubles (34 – 4th place), RBIs (85 – T-9th place) and total bases (236 – 3rd place). 

Tyler Daley is second in career on-base percentage at .493 in 244 at-bats. Matt Will '11 holds the record at .507 in 458 at-bats. He also places third in batting average with a .369 career clip.

Catcher Christopher Vincent has thrown out 26 runners attempting to steal, a mark that places him third on the career list. Pat Andrews '14 holds the record with 29.

With a 4-1 record on the season, Androconis moved into 10th place in career wins with 13. Ted Serro '06 leads the way with 20. The junior righty is 14th all-time with 110 strikeouts. Todd Marshall '92 holds the program record at 220.

Top of the CC Class: Daley and Iacobucci find their names among the CC leaders in batting average, placing first and second respectively, with a .509 and .474 clip. Iacobucci places second in RBIs (21) and hits (37) while ranking third in runs scored (23) and walks (16).

Androconis is second among pitchers in wins with four and is fourth in strikeouts with 38. 

As a team, the Diplomats are second in the CC in runs scored (158) and third in batting average (.317).

Memorable Day on Offense: F&M's offense took its early-season dominance to another level on Tuesday, March 14, tallying the most runs by a Diplomat team in 46 years with a 29-15 bashing of Stockton in Florida.

Triple Play: In game two of a doubleheader against Central (Iowa) on March 18, F&M turned its first triple play since 2004. Holding onto an 8-5 lead in the sixth with runners on first and second and no outs on the board, Casey Bulik came into pitch and forced a liner to kick start the clutch play. The effort was hit back to Bulik, who doubled up the runner on first before a toss to the shortstop got the runner at second.