Diplomats Drop Season Opener

Diplomats Drop Season Opener

Box Score

UNION, N.J. -- #4 Kean University's Joe Bartlinski worked seven and one-thirds innings, scattering four hits to pick up his second win of the season, a 7-3 win over Franklin & Marshall. Bartlinkski (2-0) allowed two runs, one earned, while striking out four to help the Cougars (5-0) drop the Diplomats (0-1) in F&M's season opener.

The Diplomats got to Bartlinski early with Shea Moriarty hitting a home run in his first at bat of the season. Moriarty's shot to left came with two outs in the top of the first, and was followed by a Jason Anderson single through the left side. Anderson stole his way into scoring position, but Bartlinski got Nick Rolnick to pop up to mitigate the damage.

Kean wasted little time in responding. The Cougars' leadoff man, Dylan Laguna, picked up the first of two hits on the day in the bottom of the first frame. He stole second and third and came in on a Nick Nolan one out single to left. Mike Morceri, who was hit by a pitch to get on board, also scored on the play, giving Kean the lead for good.

Laguna went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

F&M starter, Mike Duranti (0-1) got through the next two innings without allowing a hit, but the Cougars posted a run in the fourth and fifth to make it 4-1 in favor of the hosts. Duranti allowed four earned runs on five hits through five innings. He struck out four without issuing a walk. Brendan McCreary and Chris Miller each worked a scoreless inning.

Six different Diplomats recorded a hit with Matt Will picking up an RBI by wearing a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth. That scored Drew Atkins, the pinch runner for Rolnick who led off the inning with a double down the leftfield line. Atkins crossed with two outs to make it 7-3.

Freshman, Matt Valente, led off the eighth inning with one of his pair of walks in the game. He became the Diplomats' second run after Andrew Hanson moved him over to third. Valente scored on a passed ball. Mike Manganiello's two RBI single in the bottom of the eighth provided a pair of insurance runs to counter.

The Diplomats are idle until Sunday when F&M returns to the Garden State to face Rutgers-Camden. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.