F&M Continues Non-Conference Slate

F&M Continues Non-Conference Slate

Game 3

Saturday, March 1, 2014

F&M at Catholic | Washington, D.C. (Gallaudet University) | 11:00 a.m.

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Game 4

Saturday, March 1, 2014

F&M at Catholic | Washington, D.C. (Gallaudet University) | 1:00 p.m.

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Series History: The Diplomats and the Cardinals have faced off only four times in a series that is quickly approaching 100 years old. Catholic holds the 3-1 lead but F&M came out on top the last time these two schools faced off, a 4-3 victory in Lancaster back on April 3, 1993. The first meeting goes all the way back to 1914, when the Cardinals earned a 10-3 win. 

Last Week: The Diplomats opened their season on Saturday at the Guilford College Tournament with a commanding 14-9 victory over the host institution, but F&M had its record evened at 1-1 after falling to Case Western Reserve by an 18-3 score on Sunday.

Against Guilford, the Diplomats erased an early 4-0 deficit in the first by exploding for eight runs off eight hits in the top of the second to take the lead, which F&M held on to throughout the remainder of the contest. 

The Diplomats  tallied 19 hits on the afternoon, compared to 17 from the Quakers. Joe Gallitto led the way with a 4-for-6 effort, while reigning Centennial Conference (CC) Rookie of the Year Matt Mezansky went 3-for-6 with four RBIs. Rob Anderson went 3-for-5 from the leadoff position and scored three runs while tallying three RBIs. 

Alex Guerra (1-0) picked up the win in relief of starter Sean Cosgriff. Guerra entered the action in the fifth and shutdown Guildford, allowing seven hits and no runs in four innings of work. 

On Sunday against Case Western, the Diplomats found themselves battling back from a large deficit before having the opportunity to step to the plate after Case Western put up eight runs off eight hits in the top of the first that included a pair of triples in the frame. 

The Diplomats combined for eight hits on the afternoon, while surrendering 24 to the Spartans. Brett Poniros put together F&M's only multi-hit effort with a 2-for-3 showing that included a run, while Casey Bulik finished 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Paul Giulio got the nod to start the contest but was chased from the mound in the first inning after allowing four earned and retiring only a pair of batters. Eric Bateman (0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up five earned off six hits in 2.1 innings of relief. 

Scouting the Cardinals: Catholic enters competition with a 1-1 record on the year, not including a Wednesday matchup with Randolph-Macon, after picking up a split against Marymount (Va.) on Sunday. The Cardinals fell in game one by a narrow 5-4 score before battling back for a 10-4 tally in the nightcap. Catholic resides in the Landmark Conference and has been tabbed to finish second, behind Moravian, after returning five All-Landmark players from a team that went 26-17 a season ago, including an 11-7 mark in conference play. 

Record Book Watch: With his RBI double to left field in the top of the second against Guilford on Saturday, Will Benenson moved into ninth place on the F&M career double's list with 28. The program record belongs to Scott Haft (2002-05), who accumulated 45. Benenson also is in a tie for sixth on the program's all-time RBI list with 88. The record belongs to Jason Anderson (2007-10) with 108. 

Behind the plate, Pat Andrews has successfully thrown out 23 runners in his career, a mark that places him in a tie for second all time behind the program leader Dan Weber (2001-04), who holds the record with 27.