Diplomats Swat Garnet

Diplomats Swat Garnet

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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 innings.

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.