Slugging their way through a grueling Centennial Conference (CC) slate of contests, the 2017 Franklin & Marshall baseball team battled for a Playoff spot throughout the year, narrowly missing out on an appearance in the Conference Tournament after being eliminated from contention on the final day of the regular reason.
The Diplomats produced a 21-18-1 overall record with a 9-8-1 mark in CC play, becoming just the 10th team in program history to eclipse 20 victories in a season.
Nine wins in 10 Florida Spring Break games propelled F&M to an early 10-5 start to the year. The annual trip down south was memorable for a litany of reasons, highlighted by a doubleheader sweep against Ripon on March 13th that gave the Diplomats their 1,000th win in program history. Other standout moments from the trip included a 29-15 bashing of Stockton on March 14th, the most runs scored by an F&M team in 46 years, while the team turned a 1-3-6 triple play against Central (Iowa) on March 18, the Diplomats' first since 2004.
F&M rode its red-hot offense into CC competition and opened with a doubleheader sweep of Washington on April 2, downing the Shoremen by scores of 11-3 and 2-0. The margin of error was razor thin in the CC standings as the Diplomats concluded the regular season with a split against Muhlenberg on April 29 but narrowly missed out on one of the CC Tournament's four seeds.
Offensively, the Diplomats fielded one of the most daunting lineups in the CC, ranking second with 277 runs scored, third with 60 stolen bases and fourth with a .301 batting average. David Iacobucci '17 was one of the Conference's most productive hitters, tying for fourth among all batters with 58 hits. The senior outfielder also registered an imposing .411/.503/.617 average with 18 multi-hit games, en route to becoming the program's all-time hits leader with 181 in his career.
Iacobucci earned a spot on both the D3baseball.com and the ABCA/Rawlings Mid-Atlantic All-Region Second Teams and was joined by teammates Mike Androconis '18, Christopher Vincent '17 and Reed Williams '17 on the All-CC Second Team, while Danny Blugis '19 received Honorable Mention.