HAVERFORD, Pa. – A 10-run third inning propelled Franklin & Marshall's baseball team to a 14-8 win in game one against Haverford on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) competition, before a 5-5 tied game was called at the end of the 12th inning due to darkness.
The Diplomats moved to 14-9-1, 3-1-1 CC with the pair of results while the Fords are now 11-9-1, 2-2-1 CC.
Game one saw Haverford get on the board first with a leadoff homer to left field by Ethan Lee-Tyson. F&M's offense erupted in the top of the third to tally 10 runs on six hits and a trio of Fords' errors. Shortstop Justin Cavegn highlighted the scoring with a three-run home run that plated Casey Bulik and Reed Williams, while David Iacobucci was intentionally walked and singled in the frame.
Haverford hung around by adding single runs in each of the next four innings before Ben Furlong launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to pull within three at 11-8.
The Diplomats' batters came up clutch once again with three key insurance runs in the top of the ninth to put the game away for good. Bulik registered a RBI double in the frame that allowed Christopher Vincent to cross home plate, and Cavegn wrapped up the scoring with a RBI single to left field that brought two runners home after a fielding error by the right fielder.
Cavegn had a memorable day with a career-high five RBIs to go along with his 2-for-3 line. Bulik scored four runs from the leadoff spot and Iacobucci drew a pair of walks. Haverford recorded five home runs on the day, including three from Furlong, who went a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBIs.
Starting pitcher Jonathan Cole (2-2) tossed the first five frames, allowed three earned on six hits and struck out five. In addition to his strong performance at the plate, Bulik took the mound and threw a pair of scoreless innings. Jared Deveau (3-2) suffered the loss after allowing three earned on seven hits.
Game two saw F&M get on the board first with Kengo Kawahara crossing home plate off a double play ball in the top of the second. Haverford tied the game with a solo homer to left field by Ethan Lee-Tyson, before the Diplomats looked to gain control with four runs on four hits in the top of the eighth.
Back-to-back singles from Cavegn and Iacobucci were followed by a two-RBI double from Kawahara in the frame. After Jimmy Whelan was hit by a pitch and Zachary Roberson drew a walk to load the bases, Christopher Vincent notched a sacrifice fly to center, and Reed Williams collected a RBI single to right center that capped the scoring.
The Fords refused to go away and answered with a four-run inning of their own in the bottom of the frame to make it 5-5. In the 11th, Haverford loaded the bases with one out, but reliever Danny Blugis forced a soft liner and a fly out to right field that preserved the contest.
Starter Mike Androconis was impressive with seven innings of work, allowing one earned and striking out 10. Blugis tossed the final 4 2/3 scoreless frames.
Cavegn, Kawahara and Tyler Daley each registered two of the team's nine hits. Kawahara filled out the stat sheet with two runs scored, two RBIs and a walk. Haverford produced 16 total hits but stranded 13 base runners.
CC competition rolls on tomorrow at Caplan Field with a 2:00 p.m. matchup against Gettysburg. Live video will be made available for the contest, and for all of the Diplomats' home games through the remainder of the season. To watch tomorrow's game, click here.