COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Shea Moriarty hit a two-run shot over the leftfield fence in the bottom of the ninth to draw last chance Franklin & Marshall even with Haverford in the first elimination game of the 2009 Centennial Conference Baseball Championships. The Diplomats won the game 8-7 in the 11th inning on a two-out wild pitch, staying alive for the second elimination game later this afternoon. The Diplomats will face the losing team from the Johns Hopkins/Ursinus game.
Moriarty's two-out error last night left the Diplomats on the wrong end of the opening game of the championship tournament. He made amends with the baseball gods at the dish on Saturday, going 2-for-5 with three RBIs. He also drew a walk.
F&M trailed 7-5 heading into the final three scheduled outs, but got a spark when second baseman, Matt Will, singled back through the box to start the inning. Andrew Hanson went down swinging, setting up Moriarty's game-tying blast.
Hanson singled with one out in the 11th and was pushed over to second by Moriarty's base on balls. Jay Anderson laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the Diplomats pair. With Nick Rolnick in the box, Haverford's Charlie Carluiccio (1-1) bounced a pitch out in front and to the left of the plate. The errant pitch rolled to the backstop, allowing Hanson to cross for the game winning run. Hanson's run wrapped up the longest game in terms of innings played in the Centennial Championship Tournament's history. It also eliminated Haverford.
After falling behind at the outset, F&M built a 5-1 lead through five innings. Moriarty plated Will who reached on a leadoff error in the first to knot it at 1-1. Louis Derosa opened the game's scoring with a leadoff single that became a run on a Dean Laganosky base hit. The Diplomats posted single runs in the second and fourth. Hanson and Anderson each recorded sacrifice flies in the fifth.
Diplomats' starter, Brad Andres, did not find himself in too much trouble until the sixth inning. Laganosky started the inning with a walk and then stole second. A single from Carluccio brought Laganosky home. Carliuccio stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error on the play. Jeff Butera's triple deep into the rightfield corner plated Carluccio, and then Evan Tibbets brought Butera across before Andres could work out.
Andres went eight innings, surrendering six earned runs on 11 hits. Derosa's leadoff walk, one of three walks issued by Andres, became the game-tying run in the seventh. Tibbets once again drove in Butera in the eighth to put Haverford out in front 6-5. Andres yielded the mound to Brendan McCreary in the top of the ninth. Derosa took him for a ride over the centerfield fence to make it 7-5 in favor of Haverford.
Following Moriarty's game-tying blast, Matt Metsch took over the hill for F&M. He worked the final pair of innings allowing two hits while capturing his fourth win of the season. He is now 4-3 on the season.
Six players recorded a pair of hits for F&M, which piled up 15 in the game. Haverford had an equal number of hits. Will crossed home three times for F&M.
Fords' starter, Stefan Pappius-Lefebvre went nine innings. He allowed five earned runs amongst the seven surrendered. Like Andres, Pappius-Lefebvre struck out two batters.