LANCASTER, Pa. – Despite a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, the Franklin &Marshall baseball team was edged by Gettysburg in the 13th frame by a 3-2 score on Wednesday afternoon at Caplan Field. The Centennial Conference (CC) loss dropped the Diplomats to 11-5, 1-3 CC, while the Bullets improved to 12-5, 1-0 CC.
Two runs off two hits in the top of the eighth broke a scoreless contest, and handed Gettysburg a 2-0 lead. However, F&M rallied as Dan Marano reached base in the bottom of the ninth, with a mismanaged grounder to first. David Iacobucci was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with one out, followed by a wild pitch to advance both runners into scoring position.
Brian Erb stepped to the plate and got a run on the board for the Diplomats, hitting a grounder to second that allowed pinch runner Reed Williams to cross home. Chris Vincent followed with a clutch two-out single through the right side, scoring Iacobucci and tying the game at 2-2.
Neither team's offense found much success in extra innings, until the Bullets capitalized on a throwing error in the top of the 13th, followed by a passed ball that put a runner on third with one out. Gettysburg hit a groundout later in the inning, which was enough to send the go-ahead run across the plate.
F&M threatened in the bottom of the frame after a hit by pitch and an error from the Gettysburg second baseman, put runners on first and third with just one out. Later in the frame, Iacobucci was hit by a pitch to load the bases, however the Diplomats grounded out in their next at-bat to end the competition.
Sean Cosgriff got the start and was solid through 7 2/3 innings, allowing just one earned off eight hits while striking out four. Andrew Mascis, Chris Mathewson and Alex Guerra followed out of the bullpen with 3 1/3 frames of shutout ball. Brandon Theriault (0-2) was dealt the loss, despite throwing two innings and not surrendering a hit.
Eric Hungerford was lights-out for Gettysburg through the opening nine innings, striking out 10 and allowing just four hits. Luke Lawrence (1-1) was equally as impressive with four innings of work and allowing just two hits to secure the win.
Matt Mezansky registered two of F&M's six hits with a 2-for-5 showing at the plate, while the Bullets' Connor Tom and Cory Karagjozi also recorded a pair of hits each.
These teams are set to square off again tomorrow in Gettysburg at 3:30 p.m.