LANCASTER, Pa. - A three-run fifth inning lifted Haverford past Franklin & Marshall 4-3 in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Tuesday at Caplan Field. The loss snaps the Diplomats (19-15, 10-5 CC) five-game winning streak, while the Fords move to 25-7, 10-5 CC with the win.
Haverford jumped on top in the third inning on Justin Coulter's RBI single to right field that scored Nick Miranda, before the Diplomats responded with pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame to take a 2-1 advantage. Aaron Gillette tallied a one-out walk and stole second base to put a runner in scoring position for F&M, and Alex Vescera ripped an RBI double into the left-center gap to even the score at 1-1. Vescera advanced to third on Will Benenson's grounder to the left side of the infield, and a sacrifice fly from Kevin Shields allowed Vescera to touch home to give F&M its first lead, 2-1.
The next scoring occured in the top of the fifth as the Fords put together a pivotal three-run frame. Alex Hudak tied things up at 2-2 with a one-out sacrifice fly to center, while Matt Liscovitz and William Bannard both notched two-out RBI singles to push Haverford out to a 4-2 advantage.
Vescera answered for the Diplomats in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI double to left center that plated Gillette to make it 4-3, but Haverford relievers Clay Bloszies and Kevin Goff kept F&M in check down the stretch to preserve the lead for the Fords. The Diplomats managed to advance a runner to scoring position in both the sixth and eighth innings, but were unable to punch in the game-tying score.
Vescera paced F&M at the plate with a 3-for-4 day with two RBIs and one run scored, Gillette tallied a hit and scored twice, while Shields added an RBI.
Miranda went 2-for-4 and scored twice for the Fords, while Nick Ott and George Hatamiya registered two hits apiece.
F&M returns to CC action on Friday for game two of its season series against Haverford. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.