Diplomats Fighting For Playoff Berth in Final Week of Season

Diplomats Fighting For Playoff Berth in Final Week of Season
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Game 36
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
F&M at Dickinson | Carlisle | 3:30 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 87-62-3
Streak: DC +1
Last F&M Victory: 14-8, April 23, 2016
Last DC Victory: 6-4, April 23, 2016
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Game 37
Thursday, April 27, 2017
F&M vs. Hood | Lancaster | 4:00 PM
Series Record: First Meeting
Streak: N/A
Last F&M Victory: N/A
Last Hood Victory: N/A
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Game 38
Friday, April 28, 2017
F&M vs. Dickinson | Lancaster | 3:30 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 87-62-3
Streak: DC +1
Last F&M Victory: 14-8, April 23, 2016
Last DC Victory: 6-4, April 23, 2016
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Games 39/40
Saturday, April 29, 2017
F&M at Muhlenberg | Allentown | 12:30/3:30 PM
Series Record: F&M Leads 69-50
Streak: F&M +3
Last F&M Victory: 7-2, April 16, 2016
Last MC Victory: 5-2, April 12, 2015
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CC Playoff Outlook: With just four Centennial Conference (CC) games remaining in the regular season, Franklin & Marshall finds itself in sixth place with a 6-7-1 CC record. Johns Hopkins (13-1) wrapped up home-field advantage while Ursinus and Gettysburg each hold an 8-6 record. Haverford sits in the fourth and final playoff spot with a 7-6-1 mark, followed by Dickinson at 7-7. 

Series History: F&M heads into this week's away/home split against Dickinson with wins in six of the previous eight series meetings. In between that series, the Diplomats welcome Hood to Caplan for the first meeting between the schools on Thursday. The regular season concludes on Saturday with a doubleheader at Muhlenberg for the 120th and 121st contests between the two institutions, dating back to 1925.

Last Week: F&M fell in a number of tightly contested games and produced a 1-4 record on the week.  Action opened with a 10-1 loss to No. 8 Johns Hopkins at home on Tuesday.

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On Thursday, Drew rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to down the Diplomats by a 5-4 score. David Iacobucci went 5-for-5 to break the program's all-time hits record, while Christopher Vincent went 2-for-4, which included a two-out RBI single in the top of the first. 

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Against Johns Hopkins on Friday, F&M hung around when Danny Blugis laced a two-RBI single down the right field line to pull within one in the eighth inning. The Blue Jays added an insurance tally in the bottom of the frame off a sacrifice fly before sitting the Diplomats down in order during a scoreless ninth.

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On Saturday, the Diplomats split with McDaniel after falling by an 8-3 score in game one and following with a 7-0 shutout in the nightcap. Cory Hecht went 4-for-8 on the day with two runs scored, four RBIs and three doubles. Starter Mike Androconis (5-2) was in control from the onset of game two by retiring six of the first nine batters he faced with swinging strikeouts. Overall, he scattered just four hits through seven shutout frames and finished with seven K's.

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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 12 home runs are the second-most all-time as Scott Haft '05 holds the program record with 14. Iacobucci has collected 37 doubles, which is good for third all-time, to along with 94 RBIs (7th all-time) and 97 runs scored (9th all-time). 

He already surpassed the career mark for total bases with 263, besting Gary Kruger's total of 256. In single-season history, Iacobucci enters the week with 55 hits and is just nine shy of Gary Kruger's record of 64 that was set in 2006.

Catcher Christopher Vincent has thrown out 28 runners attempting to steal, a mark that places him second on the career list. Pat Andrews '14 holds the record with 29. 

With a 5-2 record on the season, starter Mike Androconis moved into ninth place in career wins with 14. Ted Serro '06 leads the way with 20. The junior righty is 10th all-time with 135 strikeouts. Todd Marshall '92 holds the program record at 220.

100 Career Hits: On April 18 against Johns Hopkins, Vincent notched the 100th hit of his career, tallying a 2-for-3 effort on the day. Tyler Daley is quickly approaching 100 career hits as well, entering this week with 95.

Top of the CC Class: Iacobucci places second in the Conference with a .414 batting average, while his 30 RBIs are tied with teammate Christopher Vincent for fourth among all batters. Iacobucci has drawn the third-most walks in the league at 24 and has scored the sixth-most runs with 32.

Androconis is tied for second among pitchers with five wins while his 63 strikeouts are good for third. As a team, the Diplomats have scored the second-most runs in CC play with 72 and have surrendered the fourth-fewest earned runs with 59. 

New Hits King: With a 5-for-5 effort against Drew on April 20, David Iacobucci broke the program's career hits record with 175. Iacobucci lined a single to right field in the top of the eighth that topped the mark, previously shared by J.T. Triantos '12 and Gary Kruger '06.

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.