Game 32 Thursday, April 23, 2015 F&M vs. Elizabethtown | Caplan Field | 4:00 PM Live Stats | Audio
Game 33 Friday, April 24, 2015 F&M at Haverford | Haverford, Pa. | 3:30 PM Live Stats | Video
Games 34/35 Saturday, April 25, 2015 F&M vs. Swat. | Caplan Field | 12:30/3:30 PM Live Stats | Audio
Series History: F&M takes on Haverford this week in a pair of critical Centennial Conference (CC) matchups for both teams as the Diplomats look to lock a playoff spot and the Fords battle to make their way into the fold. Haverford has taken seven straight against F&M, however the series lead belongs to the Diplomats at 49-30-1, dating back to 1916.
On Thursday, Elizabethtown travels to Caplan for a 4:00 p.m. tilt. The Blue Jays have won four in a row against F&M and lead the all-time series at 39-19-1. The regular season concludes on Saturday when Swarthmore comes to town for a pair of CC matchups. The series lead is in F&M's favor at 51-42-2 dating back to 1909.
A Look at the CC Playoffs: The Diplomats (10-4 CC) enter the week with a half-game lead over Johns Hopkins (9-4-1) for first in the CC and the right to host the CC Tournament for the first time since 2006. With the top-four teams making the playoffs, F&M holds a three-game lead over McDaniel (7-7) who currently sits in fifth. Entering the week, Gettysburg and Washington are both at 9-5 CC, placing third and fourth respectively. Muhlenberg (6-8) and Haverford (6-8) each have long odds on reaching the postseason.
Glavin Named CC Pitcher of the Week: Starting pitcher Mack Glavin was named the CC Pitcher of the Week, announced Monday. He went 2-0 last week, not allowing an earned run in 12 innings of work and striking out four. The sophomore right-hander shutdown Ursinus on Monday, throwing five scoreless frames and allowing just five hits. On Saturday against Dickinson, Glavin went seven innings on the mound, allowing five hits and just one walk.
The Week Ahead: On Thursday against Elizabethtown, the Diplomats will be wearing special shirts during warm-ups and sporting gold shoelaces throughout the game as part of Go4theGoal's Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer campaign.
Money generated from gold laces, which is the color for pediatric cancer awareness, and t-shirt sales, as well as any additional donations received, will support kids with cancer at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Blue Jays will also be wearing gold shoelaces during the 4:00 p.m. contest.
On Saturday against Swarthmore, the Diplomats are set to honor their eight-member senior class of Sean Cosgriff, Brian Erb, Paul Giulio, Andrew Green, Alex Guerra, Chris Haylon, Chris Mathewson and Brandon Theriault.
Scouting the Opponents: Entering action this week, Haverford places second-to-last in the conference with a .267 batting average and 4.86 ERA. Elizabethtown is batting at a .310 clip, while its pitching staff has combined for 4.32 ERA. Swarthmore if fifth in the CC with a .298 batting average and eighth with a 4.82 ERA.
Last Week: The Diplomats went 6-1 last week, including a perfect 5-0 tally in conference play. F&M dominated Ursinus by a 10-2 score on Monday behind a strong pitching effort from Mack Glavin and a 3-for-4 effort with four RBIs from Mike Smeriglio at the plate. For the full recap, click here.
Against Washington on Wednesday, the Diplomats survived a late rally to hang on for the 3-2 win. The full recap for that contest can be found here. On Thursday, a Luke Seib sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th sent the winning run across the plate as the Diplomats snuck past Messiah by a 5-4 score. The complete recap from this victory can be found here.
F&M's winning ways continued on Friday with a 10-3 bashing of Washington on the road. Guerra earned the win to improve to 4-1 after tossing seven innings and allowing three earned while striking out six. The recap from Friday's game can be found here.
Over the weekend, the Diplomats took a pair from Dickinson at Caplan Field on Saturday, downing the Red Devils 3-1 in game one and 6-4 in the nightcap. A recap of both contests is available here. The week concluded on Sunday with F&M's first non-conference loss in nearly a month, dropping a 7-3 contest against York. Sunday's recap can be found here.
To view video highlights from last week, click here.
Closing Time: Freshman reliever Andrew Mascis picked up three saves last week and now has six on the year, tying him for first on the program's all-time single season list. The record was first set in 1988 by Mark Osowick and has been tied over the years by Pete Maki in 2004 and Alex Vescera in 2013.
Milestones to Watch: With four wins on the season, Guerra now has 16 victories in his career, a mark that places him just four shy of the F&M record. The program's all-time leader is Ted Serro '06 with 20. Guerra has also entered the top-10 in strikeouts with 128 in his career. Todd Marshall '92 leads the way with 220. The Diplomats' senior right hander has started 29 games during his time in Lancaster, putting him just one shy of the F&M record of 30 from Mike Gossner '03.
Chris Mathewson (56) is closing in on the career appearances record, sitting second on the all-time list. The program's career leader is Nathan Diercks '02 with 58. Andrew Green continues to make him way up the list as well, currently placing eighth with 43.
Top of the CC Class: Heading into the final week of the regular season, several Diplomats find their names atop of the CC statistical leaders. Freshman slugger Dan Marano is ninth in batting average (.369) and third in RBIs (24). Smeriglio is close behind with 23 RBIs, which are tied for fourth. Brett Poniros (14), David Iacobucci (13) and Matt Mezansky (11) sit in fifth, sixth and tied for seventh respectively in stolen bases. Glavin is tied for the league lead in wins with five, while Sean Cosgriff (2.32) and Guerra (2.38) are seventh and eighth in ERA. Mascis' six saves are tied for the conference lead.
F&M's .321 batting average is tied for first in the CC with McDaniel, while its 225 runs scored lead the league. The pitching staff's 3.10 ERA is good for fourth, with their 251 runs surrendered in 255 innings is the third fewest among conference teams.