SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's baseball team fell short by a 6-3 score in game one of Saturday's Centennial Conference (CC) doubleheader against Swarthmore, but rebounded with a 3-0 shutout in the nightcap thanks in large part to a complete-game effort from starting pitcher Alex Guerra.
The Diplomats' ended their 2014 campaign with a 14-23, 6-12 CC record, while the Garnet closed out their season at 18-17, 7-11 CC.
Rob Anderson led off the game with a solo home run to left field to give F&M the early lead, however Swarthmore quickly countered with a pair of RBI singles in the bottom of the first to take the 2-1 advantage. David Iacobucci knotted up the contest in the top of the fourth when the freshman designated hitter smacked a single that scored Will Benenson from third.
Once again, the Garnet answered, tallying a pair of runs off back-to-back errors from F&M's infield to take the 4-2 lead. Swarthmore padded its lead to 6-2 with RBI singles in the bottom of the fifth and seventh.
With runners on first and second and two outs on the board, Matt Mezansky kept things interesting with an RBI single to center field that scored Anderson and cut the deficit to three. The Diplomats went down swinging in their next at bat and failed to threaten in the ninth to end the game.
F&M starter Sean Cosgriff (2-5) was dealt the loss, allowing three earned and striking out three in six innings of work. His counterpart Brian Gibbs (2-3) earned the victory after throwing eight innings, allowing three earned off eight hits and striking out eight. Matt Bertuch entered the game in the ninth and recorded three outs for his third save of the season.
Anderson paced the offense from the leadoff spot with a 2-for-4 showing as the Diplomats combined for eight hits. Third baseman Steven Matos-Torres led Swarthmore with three of its 13 hits on the afternoon.
Guerra (5-3) tossed a gem in game two, dominating the Garnet hitters with a complete-game effort, allowing six hits and striking out three.
Neither starter budged through the first three frames until a Luke Seib double to left field with runners on first and second in the fourth inning plated Anderson and handed F&M a 1-0 lead.
Seib continued his clutch hitting in the sixth, registering a two-out single through the left side that scored Benenson from second. After Mike Giannone reached on an error to load the bases, Sam Gladstone drew the walk to make it a 3-0 game.
The Diplomats combined for nine hits in the win, as Seib paced the offense with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate to go along with a pair of RBIs. Starter Joe Warren was charged with the loss for Swarthmore, pitching six innings and allowing two earned off seven hits while striking out four.