Diplomats Take Two from Mules

Diplomats Take Two from Mules

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall won a pair of games in a Centennial Conference (CC) double header with Muhlenberg Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats (12-9-1, 5-2 CC) won the first game 8-3 and defeated the Mules 14-8 (9-15-1, 3-4 CC) in the night cap.

F&M struck first, scoring the first run of the game in the top of the second inning. Eric Bornstein’s single brought Nick Rolnick home from second. Rolnick walked in the second at bat of inning and advanced to third on a single by Bill Murray.

The Diplomats scored again in the third when Matt Will came home on a wild pitch.

F&M had two high scoring innings in the game - the first coming in fourth. The Diplomats used four hits to score four runs in the frame.

Bornstein walked in the third at bat of the inning to get things started. Russell Tischler’s double in the next at bat plated Bornstein. Tischler advanced to third on poor throw and then made it home on error by the catcher to make it 4-0. Two batters later, Will hit a two-bagger and crossed home plated on triple by J.T. Triantos. Shea Moriarty brought Triantos home with a single, bringing the score to 6-0 in favor of the Diplomats.

The Diplomats went back to work in the eighth. F&M batted around to produce six hits and five runs. Four of those runs came off a John Brody grand slam in the bottom of the frame. Andrew Hanson’s single plated Bornstein for the other run, making 14-1.
The Mules answered back in the bottom of the inning. Muhlenberg used six hits and two errors to score seven runs making it the 14-8 final.

Brad Andres (3-0) pitched six complete innings to pick up the win and remain perfect on the season through three decisions. He struck out six, allowed five hits and only one earned run.

Jason Daniels was suffered the loss, giving up seven runs in six innings. Daniels (2-3) struck out two and allowed 10 hits.

Bornstein was perfect at the plate for F&M, going 4-for-4, knocking in two RBIs and scoring two runs. Rolnick scored three times and picked up two RBIs to help lead F&M.

In the first game of the afternoon, Matt Will hit a pair of home runs and drove in two runs to power F&M to an 8-3 win. Will went 3-for-4 in the game. Mike Duranti (3-2) worked a complete game in the seven inning affair, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out five batters without issuing a walk.

Franklin & Marshall returns to action on Monday against Ursinus.