LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's baseball team fell to No. 8 Johns Hopkins by a 10-1 score on Tuesday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) action at Caplan Field.
With the loss, the Diplomats dropped to 17-13-1, 5-5-1 CC while the Blue Jays remained atop the Conference by improving to 25-6, 10-1 CC.
After two perfect frames from F&M starting pitcher Sam Ackerman in the first and second innings, first baseman Christopher Vincent mashed a solo shot to left-center field in the bottom of the second to put the Diplomats up 1-0.
The Blue Jays came storming back in the third, scoring off a sacrifice fly, as well as a two-run home run by Connor Reynolds, to go ahead 3-1.
Johns Hopkins never looked back. Strong pitching kept the Diplomats at bay while timely hitting powered a Blue Jays offense that finished with 10 hits on the day. Reynolds and Ryan Orgelewicz's both tallied solo home runs in the contest, marking the eighth time this season the Blue Jays' offense recorded multiple homers in a game.
Vincent and Reed Williams both finished with two of the Diplomats' six hits, while Reynolds paced Hopkins with a 3-for-4 effort that included two doubles, two RBIs and four runs scored from the leadoff spot.
Ackerman (1-3) was charged with six earned runs in five innings of work, while Nick Bodner (4-0) garnered the win with one earned and four strikeouts in five frames. Jake Amorello, Kurt Elmer, Jonathan Pesantez, and Eric Dyke pitched well out of the bullpen, surrendering no runs in 3 2/3 innings.
F&M returns to action on Thursday when the Diplomats visit Drew at 4:00 p.m. Game two of the Johns Hopkins series is scheduled for Friday at 3:30 p.m. in Baltimore.