Collegeville, Pa - Ursinus used three hits to manufacture two runs defeating Franklin & Marshall 2-0 in Centennial Conference (CC) action Tuesday afternoon. The Bears (10-6-1, 2-1 CC) scored early in the contest and the Diplomats (10-9-1 3-2 CC) were never able to get the bats going.
Ursinus' first run came in the fourth inning. The Bears were able to load the bases on a walk and singles by Ryan Schmidt and Brett Umstead. With two outs, Nick Markel walked the next batter plating Schmidt, making score 1-0. Markel struck out the next batter to end the inning.
The Bears added another run in their next inning of work. The fourth stared off with Markel walking Rob Vogt, he moved to second on balk. Ben Lockman came up to bat next for Ursinus. Lockman laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Vogt to third and reaching first base. He advanced to second on an error by Markel and Vogt scored from third. The run made the score 2-0.
Zeb Engle threw an excellent game for the Bears. Engle struck out seven batters, allowed six hits, working all nine innings. He remained perfect this season, improving his record to 4-0.
Markel's performance on mound was also noteworthy. Markel surrendered one earned on three hits in his eight innings of work. The loss was Markel's first of the year, dropping his record to 2-1.
Jason Anderson went 2-for-3 from the plate, no other Diplomat
recorded multiple hits in the loss.