LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall won a pair of games in a Centennial Conference (CC) baseball double header with Swarthmore Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats (18-10-1, 11-3 CC) won the first game 4-3 and defeated the Garnet (9-22, 1-13 CC) 7-0 in the night cap.
Andrew Hanson’s walk off single in the bottom of the seventh won game one for the Diplomats. With the scored tied 3-3, Matt Will hit a one out double down the right field line to give F&M a runner in scoring position. Hanson was the next batter and he stroked the ball down left field line, scoring Will.
F&M struck first in the game, scoring a run in the bottom of the first. Will led of with a walk and stole second. He advanced to third on wild pitch one batter later. Jay Anderson plated Will with a single to right center field, giving the Diplomats the 1-0 lead.
Swarthmore answered in the top of the second inning with two runs. The second run came off a Kevin Kooi RBI. Kooi ground out to second, but was able Miles Santo. The runs put the Garnet up 2-1.
The teams exchanged runs in the fifth and sixth innings, with Swarthmore scoring in the fifth and F&M in the sixth. The 3-3 tie set the scene for Hanson in the bottom of the seventh.
Jason Anderson picked up his first win of the year, improving to 1-2. He struck out four, walked two in his complete seven innings of work.
The Garnet Andy Allen suffered the loss, dropping his record to
3-3. Allen issued five walks and allowed three runs in five
Brendan McCreary shut down the Garnet bats in the second game, allowing only four hits and zero runs. McCreary (2-0) struck out five and did not issue a walk in eight innings.
The Diplomats started off strong, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. Anderson and Bill Murray knocked in runs and Will scored on a wild pitch. Anderson’s sacrifice fly to centerfield added another run for F&M in the fifth frame. Hanson’s single in the sixth made the score 5-0 in favor of the Diplomats.
F&M tacked on two more runs in eighth. With Russell Tischler on third and Will on second, Shea Moriarty cleared the bases with a triple to right field.The runs put the Diplomats up 7-0.
Moriarty, Nick Rolnick and J.T. Triantos all picked up two hits for F&M. Moriarty had two RBIs on night as did Jay Anderson.
Franklin & Marshall returns to action tomorrow with a double
header scheduled versus Centennial Conference foe Johns Hopkins.
The first game will start at 12:30pm.