GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall’s baseball team completed the regular season sweep of Gettysburg with a hard earned, 11-inning Centennial Conference (CC) win on the Battlefield. Bill Murray produced timely hits and Shea Moriarty wore a pair of pitches for the Diplomats (15-9-1, 8-2 CC), factoring heavily into F&M’s 8-7 win over the Bullets (13-14, 6-4 CC).
Moriarty led off the ninth absorbing a Michael Sweeney pitch.
Pinch-hitting for Jay Anderson, Drew Atkins laid down a sacrifice
bunt that put Moriarty in scoring position. Murray singled into
leftfield, scoring Moriarty from second for what held up as the
The Diplomats trailed for the bulk of the game, and were still down 6-4 heading into the ninth, but rallied for three runs.
Matt Will’s one-out walk became the first run of the rally
when Jay Anderson singled into right-center. Nick Rolnick singled
to score Moriarty, who had taken his first one for the team to get
on board. Atkins, pinch-running for Anderson, crossed the dish on a
Murray seeing-eye single through the left side. Atkins gave F&M
a 7-6 lead, the first for the Diplomats since the first inning.
Will opened the game with a single into right, then made his way to first on a J.T. Triantos base knock. Moriarty reached on a fielder’s choice, but got Will across for the early 1-0 jump.
F&M’s lead didn’t last long. The Bullets got to Duranti early, building a 6-3 lead through three innings. Chris Simard squeezed out an infield single to open the bottom of the first, and made his way to third on a Mike Backus double. Simard scored on a wild pitch that also allowed Backus third. Gettysburg starter, Matt Karis helped his cause with a go-ahead single that brought Backus home to make it 2-1.
Karis went 3-for-5 on the day for Gettysburg. He worked six-and-a-third, striking out two in the no decision.
The Bullets manufactured three runs on four hits in the second, and a Simard double in the third made it 6-2. The Diplomats had gotten a run back in the top of the third on Blue Wells leadoff home run – the first of his career. Simard’s double in the bottom half of the inning was one of his two hits in six at bats. Wells was 2-for-5 for F&M.
Duranti settled down after three. He worked six innings allowing as many earned runs on a dozen hits. He struck out a pair.
The Diplomats chipped away with runs in the fifth and seventh to set up the ninth inning rally. Bill Murray led off the fifth with a single down the leftfield line. He worked his way to third where he was brought home on a Triantos single. Will turned an Andrew Hanson walk into a run in the seventh with one of his two hits.
Gettysburg once again made sure the Diplomats lead was
short-lived. Drew Roy singled into the leftfield gap to plate Cam
Reira, tying the ballgame. The Diplomats went to Chris Miller for
the extra frames. He retired six of the seven batters he faced to
even his record at 1-1 on the year.
Brendan McCreary worked three strong innings in relief allowing an unearned run and a single hit while striking out a batter per frame.
Murray finished the game 3-for-6 with two RBIs and a run scored. Moriarty was hitless, but scored twice, as did Will. Will also drove in a run.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday for a pivotal pair with Johns Hopkins. The Jays were idle today in anticipation of rain.