Pivotal Week Ahead for F&M

Pivotal Week Ahead for F&M
Game 31
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
F&M vs. Johns Hopkins | Lancaster | 3:30 PM
Series Record: JHU Leads 58-33-1
Streak: JHU +5
Last F&M Victory: 6-0, April 4, 2015
Last JHU Victory: 11-1, April 10, 2016
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Game 32
Thursday, April 20, 2017
F&M at Drew | Madison, N.J. | 4:00 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 2-1
Streak: F&M +2
Last F&M Victory: 11-5, March 30, 2016
Last Drew Victory: 4-3, March 23, 2014
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Game 33
Friday, April 21, 2017
F&M at Johns Hopkins | Baltimore | 3:30 PM
Series Record: JHU Leads 58-33-1
Streak: JHU +5
Last F&M Victory: 6-0, April 4, 2015
Last JHU Victory: 11-1, April 10, 2016
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Games 34/35
Saturday, April 22, 2017
F&M vs. McDaniel | Lancaster | 12:30/3:30 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 48-42
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 6-3, April 3, 2016
Last McD Victory: 6-2, April 3, 2016
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CC Outlook: With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, Franklin & Marshall enters Centennial Conference (CC) play this week with a 5-4-1 Conference record (17-12-1 overall), good for fourth place in the standings. Johns Hopkins is in the driver's seat at 9-1, followed by Ursinus (7-3) and Gettysburg (6-4). 

Iacobucci Closing In: David Iacobucci strung together two hits last Saturday against Swarthmore to pull within three of the program's career record of 173, a mark that is shared by J.T. Triantos '12 and Gary Kruger '06.

Series History: The Diplomats are set for a home and away split with CC-leading Johns Hopkins as F&M looks to end a five-game winless streak against the Blue Jays, dating back to 2015.  On Thursday, the Diplomats face Drew for just the fourth time in history and currently hold the 2-1 edge in the series. 

Action concludes on Saturday with a doubleheader at home against McDaniel. F&M has won three of the previous four meetings.

Senior Day: Prior to the Diplomats' doubleheader against McDaniel this upcoming Saturday, F&M will honor its 14-member senior class of Sam Ackerman, Eric Bateman, Luke Bengel, Casey Bulik, Michael Caron, Tyler Daley, Mack Glavin, Cory Hecht, Will Hofmann, David Iacobucci, Tom Kelly, Zachary Roberson, Christopher Vincent and Reed Williams.

Last Week: The Diplomats went 3-2 last week with a 2-2 record in CC competition. 

On Monday, F&M kicked off play with a 16-7 bashing of York on the road. A Christopher Vincent ninth inning grand slam highlighted a 17-hit performance from the Diplomats. 

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Against Ursinus on Wednesday, F&M tallied two runs on three hits in the top of the ninth inning to break a tied score and deliver the Diplomats a 5-3 victory on the road. Starter Sam Ackerman tossed seven innings, allowed two earned on six hits and struck out 10 batters. Blugis (1-0), who started the game at catcher, took the mound in the eighth to toss a scoreless frame and earn the win. 

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F&M fell by a 9-0 score in game two against the Bears on Friday. The Diplomats were unable to string together an inning with multiple hits throughout the contest as Ursinus starting pitcher Seth Regensburg (5-1) put together a complete-game shutout with seven strikeouts. 

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CC play concluded on Saturday with a split against Ursinus as F&M secured an 8-1 win in game one and fell by a 5-2 score in the nightcap. Starter Jonathan Cole (3-2) tossed the first six innings and allowed just one earned to claim the game one win, while the Garnet went ahead for good in game two with a three-run third frame. 

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Milestones to Watch: Iacobucci continues to work his way up several statistical categories in the program's career record book. His 11 home runs are the second-most all-time as Scott Haft '05 holds the program record with 14. Iacobucci has collected 35 doubles, which is good for fourth all-time, to along with 91 RBIs (8th all-time), 253 total bases (2nd all-time) and 96 runs scored (10th all-time). 

Catcher Christopher Vincent has thrown out 27 runners attempting to steal, a mark that places him third on the career list. Pat Andrews '14 holds the record with 29. 

With a 4-2 record on the season, starter Mike Androconis moved into 10th place in career wins with 13. Ted Serro '06 leads the way with 20. The junior righty is 11th all-time with 128 strikeouts. Todd Marshall '92 holds the program record at 220. 

Top of the CC Class: Iacobucci and Cavegn find their names among the CC leaders in batting average, placing fourth and 12th respectively, with a .420 and .364 clip. Iacobucci also places fourth in RBIs (27) and third in hits (47) while ranking fourth in runs scored (31) and second in walks (23).

Vincent places third in RBIs (28) while Jimmy Whelan is tied for sixth with 15 walks. 

Androconis is fourth among pitchers in wins with four and third in strikeouts with 56.

As a team, the Diplomats are second in the CC in runs scored (218) and fourth in batting average (.300). 

1,000 Wins: With a doubleheader sweep of Ripon on March 13 in Auburndale, Fla., F&M reached the 1,000th win in program history, joining Johns Hopkins, Gettysburg and Washington College as just the fourth CC institution to accomplish that feat.

Memorable Day on Offense: F&M's offense took its early-season dominance to another level on 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.