Spartans Hold Off Diplomats

Spartans Hold Off Diplomats

YORK, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's baseball team dropped a 7-3 non-conference contest against York on Sunday afternoon on the road, snapping a seven-game winning streak. The Diplomats fell to 22-8 on the season, while the Spartans improved to 12-15.

Outside of conference play, F&M has not suffered a loss in nearly a month, last falling to Fredonia by a 3-1 score on March 21. 

Following a pair of scoreless frames to open action, York got the scoring underway with an RBI single in the bottom of the third, before following with a pair of three-run innings in the fourth and fifth to take the commanding 7-0 edge. 

The Diplomats' offense began to heat up in the sixth, when Cory Hecht opened the frame with a single up the middle. Brett Poniros followed with his first career homer, a two-run shot to center, that pulled F&M within five. The Diplomats began the eighth with back-to-back hits, including a leadoff double down the leftfield line by Dan Marano, to put runners on first and third with no outs. 

Mike Smeriglio followed with a groundout to second that scored Marano, however F&M's next two batters were retired in order to end the inning. 

Marano paced the offense with a 3-for-4 effort to go along with one run scored, while Hecht went 2-for-2 with a run scored. F&M tallied nine hits on the afternoon, compared to 12 from York. 

Starting pitcher Sam Ackerman (1-2) was charged with the loss, tossing three frames and allowing one earned off three hits, while striking out two. The Spartans' Andrew Tucci (4-0) picked up the win, going seven innings and surrendering two earned off seven hits. 

Despite the non-conference defeat, F&M moved into first place in the Centennial Conference (CC) standings today with just four more CC games remaining on the schedule. Previous conference leader Johns Hopkins fell to Gettysburg by a 4-3 score on Sunday afternoon. 

The Diplomats return to the field on Monday, hosting Elizabethtown at 4:00 p.m.