BALTIMORE, Md. – Franklin & Marshall fell to No. 8 Johns Hopkins by a narrow 6-4 score on Friday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball competition.
The loss dropped the Diplomats' record to 17-15-1, 5-6-1 CC while the Blue Jays improved to 26-6, 11-1 CC.
Johns Hopkins pulled ahead early with a two-out RBI single to center field in the bottom of the first before F&M answered in the next frame with a run on three hits to knot the score. Christopher Vincent led off with a single up the middle before a Casey Bulik ground-rule double put runners on second and third. Kengo Kawahara registered a sacrifice fly to center that allowed Vincent to cross home plate.
Both starters settled in and tossed four consecutive scoreless frames. The Blue Jays threatened in the fifth by loading the bases, but Andrew Mascis forced a fly ball to left that ended the inning.
With one out on the board in the seventh, the Diplomats took the lead with a Cory Hecht solo homer to right field for the 2-1 edge. However, Johns Hopkins answered right back in the bottom of the inning with four runs on four hits that included a pair of RBI singles.
Trailing by a 5-2 tally, F&M hung around when Danny Blugis laced a two-RBI single down the right field line to pull within one. The Blue Jays added an insurance tally in the bottom of the eighth off a sacrifice fly before sitting the Diplomats down in order during a scoreless ninth.
Mascis tossed six shutout innings, allowing just four hits and striking out two for the no-decision. Mack Glavin (0-1) surrendered three earned on a pair of hits to suffer the loss while reliever Josh Hejka (4-1) earned the win for the Blue Jays with 2 2/3 innings of work.
Hits belonged to F&M at 12-9. Blugis paced the effort with a 3-for-4 showing to go along with two RBIs, while Vincent and Bulik both went 2-for-4. Center fielder Tommy Mee led Johns Hopkins with a 3-for-4 tally and two runs scored.
The Diplomats will look to get back on track with a doubleheader at home against McDaniel tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. Prior to the start of game one, F&M will honor its 14-member senior class.