AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Franklin & Marshall baseball team battled No. 7 Cortland St. at the beginning of Monday afternoon's non-conference contest in Auburndale, Fla., before a six-run fifth inning from the Red Dragons put the game out of reach en route to a 13-3 defeat.
The Diplomats fell to 4-3 with the loss, while Cortland St. improved to 7-2.
In the bottom of the first, the Red Dragons struck early when a triple to right center scored a run from third and put F&M in a 1-0 hole. Cortland St. tacked on in the third with a two RBI single through the left side to pull ahead at 3-0.
Starting pitcher Sean Cosgriff kept the Red Dragons' offense at bay in the fourth before Cortland St. broke the game open with six runs off four hits in the fifth to make the score 9-0.
Will Benenson responded in the following inning with an RBI single to left to get the Diplomats on the board, however the Red Dragons put together a three-run, five-hit inning in the bottom of the frame to take the 12-1 advantage.
F&M threatened in the seventh when a Rob Anderson triple to center and a Matt Mezansky single through the left side put a pair of runs on the board to cut the score to 12-3. Benenson followed with a walk to load the bases but F&M was retired in the next at bat to end the frame.
Cosgriff (0-2) was charged with the loss after surrendering seven earned off nine hits in 4.1 innings on the mound. His counterpart, Garrett Hoag (1-0) earned the victory with five innings of shutout ball that included seven strikeouts.
Anderson paced the offense from the leadoff spot with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate to go along with two runs and an RBI. Mathew Wild of Cortland State tallied a 3-for-5 line including a pair of RBIs and a run scored.
The Red Dragons out hit the Diplomats at 17-7 on the afternoon. F&M picked up six walks over the course of nine innings but left 11 men on base.
The Florida spring break trip continues tomorrow with an 11:30 a.m. contest against Greenville.