COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – A Rob Anderson RBI double in the top of the ninth scored Pat Andrews from second and broke an even score to hand Franklin & Marshall's baseball team a 9-8 victory over Ursinus on Friday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) play. The win improved the Diplomats' record to 11-14, 3-4 CC, while the Bears fell to 13-9, 5-3 CC.
F&M went into the bottom of the eighth with an 8-5 lead after Andrews scored from third off a wild pitch in the top of the inning. The Bears quickly began erasing the deficit in the frame, leading off with a single to center, followed by a double to place runners at first and third. An error by the Diplomats' outfield scored one run, before a double to right field plated another, making it an 8-7 game.
With a pair of outs on the scoreboard, Ursinus benefited from some clutch hitting after designated hitter Austin Feuerman sent a runner home from second on an RBI single to knot the score at 8-8.
In the ninth, the Diplomats' first two batters went down in order before Andrews stepped to the plate and laced a single. The senior catcher got into scoring position off a passed ball before Anderson's double on a 3-1 pitch sent him across home plate.
Reliever Mack Glavin made short work of Ursinus' offense in the bottom of the frame, completing a dominant 1-2-3 inning by striking out all three Bears swinging. Glavin (1-0) earned the first victory of his collegiate career after entering the contest in the eighth and tossing 1.1 innings of shutout ball that included four strikeouts.
The contest was back-and-forth from the onset as Ursinus put four runs on the board in the bottom of the first off three hits, before F&M quickly answered with four runs of its own in the second off a two-RBI double from Anderson, followed by a two-RBI single from Brett Poniros.
Ursinus once again claimed the advantage in the bottom of the frame when an error from the Diplomats' catcher allowed a runner to score from third. However, Anderson continued his monster game in the fourth with an RBI single to center field that scored Avery Attinson from third and tied the contest at 5-5.
Anderson led the offense with a 4-for-6 effort from the leadoff position that included four RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Poniros, Benenson, Attinson and Andrews all recorded a pair of hits as the Diplomats combined for 15 on the game. Third baseman C.J. Diana paced the Bears with a 3-for-4 line as Ursinus tallied 10 hits as a team.
Sam Ackerman started the game for F&M but was chased from the mound after allowing four earned and retiring just one batter. Alex Manacher got the start for the Bears and allowed three earned off five hits in two innings of work. Reliever Vince Piccioni (4-1) was dealt the loss, allowing one earned in 0.2 innings.
The Diplomats return home for a doubleheader against Muhlenberg tomorrow. Game one at Caplan Field is set for a 12:30 p.m. start.