COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall sophomore Mike Duranti hurled his third complete game of the season, a 7-2 win over Ursinus, in the second do or die game of the day for Franklin & Marshall. The victory sets up a showdown with Johns Hopkins on Sunday for the Centennial Conference Championship. The Diplomats need to beat Johns Hopkins twice to capture the crown. Hopkins needs a single win to take the title.
Duranti allowed two earned runs on 11 hits to get to 5-3 on the year. He struck out four without issuing a walk. The win marks the Diplomats (24-14-1) sixth in seven games.
The Bears (25-11-2) only got to Duranti in the third inning. A one-out J.C. Colon double into center was followed by a wild pitch, putting the Bears backstop on third. Brett Umstead singled to plate Colon. Umstead scored on a base knock by Dave Randolph to tie the game at 2-2. The Diplomats answered right back with a pair in the bottom of the third.
F&M's offense was on point throughout the game. The Diplomats piled up 14 hits in the win. Bill Murray was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and run scored. Nick Rolnick was one of four Diplomats with a pair of hits. He had two RBIs. Jason Anderson also picked up a pair of hits and drew a walk. He scored all three times that he reached.
The Diplomats return to action on Sunday against Johns Hopkins. First pitch is slated for noon.