AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Strong, gusty winds and a deadly opposing offense wrecked havoc on Franklin & Marshall's pitchers Wednesday afternoon as Vassar handed the Diplomats a 16-7 (6 innings) rain-shortened defeat in non-conference action. F&M fell to 5-4 on the year, while the Brewers moved to 2-0.
Vassar scored early and often in the opening innings, taking a 10-0 lead into the fourth after tallying a pair in the first, five runs off four hits in the second and three runs off three hits in the bottom of the third.
After going three up, three down in the opening three frames, centerfielder Rob Anderson kicked off the fourth with the Diplomats first hit of the afternoon, a single to third base. Anderson advanced to second on a wild pitch before a double by Matt Mezansky to deep center put runners on second and third with one out.
However, Vassar continued to pour on the runs, notching a two RBI double in the bottom of the frame to once again extend the lead to 10. Luke Seib singled in the next inning to get two of those runs back when his hit to center scored Tyler Veterano and Brett Poniros, but the Brewers answered once again with two home runs in the latter half of the frame to make the score 16-4.
The Diplomats offense continued to heat up in the top of the sixth when three hits, including a two RBI single from Anderson, scored three runs. However, the clouds rolled in, creating a rain-soaked field and denying any chance of a comeback bid as the game was called in the bottom of the inning.
Brandon Theriault (0-1) started on the mound and surrendered six earned off eight hits in two innings to take the loss. Vassar's Adam Erkis (1-0) pitched six innings, allowing four earned and striking out a pair.
Anderson continued his strong play at the leadoff spot, putting together a 2-for-3 line score while collecting two RBIs. Poniros went 1-for-2, drew a walk on the day and crossed the plate twice.
Cory Wuenschell had a monster game for the Brewers, piecing together a 3-for-4 effort that included two home runs and six RBIs. Brett Kaziski also went deep for Vassar and collected a 2-for-3 line with three RBIs and three runs scored.
F&M continues its spring break trip Friday, looking to improve on a 3-2 record down in Florida, with a 12:30 p.m. matchup with Rhodes in Auburndale.