F&M opened the season in historic fashion, beginning its 2015 campaign with three consecutive shutouts and the program's best start in more than 40 years after battering opponents at the Russmatt Central Florida Invitational, rolling to a perfect 5-0 start. Heading home from their spring break trip with an 8-3 record, the Diplomats picked up right where they left off in Centennial Conference (CC) play, tallying a 13-5 regular-season record, good for the second-best mark in the CC, while earning F&M its 10th tournament appearance and the right to host its first playoff game since 2008.
Against McDaniel in the opening tournament game, the Diplomats tallied four runs in the final two innings, including a thrilling walk-off single from second baseman Casey Bulik '17 in the bottom of the ninth, to cap off a electrifying come-from-behind victory for F&M. The momentum carried over into the second contest against Haverford, where the Diplomats once again overcame an early deficit by tallying five runs off the CC Pitcher of the Year to advance into the conference finals with a 6-3 win.
F&M's bid for its seventh conference title came to an end with a pair of losses to Johns Hopkins on championship Sunday, however the Diplomats had one more memorable win under their belt, downing Frostburg St., the nation's No. 2 team, the following week by a 4-1 score.
Second-year head coach Ryan Horning garnered CC Coach of the Year honors after leading his team to a 28-13 record, good for the program's highest win total since 2006 and the fourth-most in program history.
One of the most balanced teams in the CC after placing fourth in both batting average (.297) and ERA (3.60), the 2015 squad left its mark throughout the program's single-season record book, placing seventh in hits (406), seventh in doubles (72), ninth in home runs (12), second in stolen bases (103), 10th in ERA (3.60), fourth in shutouts (4) and third in fielding percentage (.960).
Several individuals also enjoyed historic seasons, led by closer Andrew Mascis '18 who set the program's single-season record with nine saves. His 0.48 ERA through 18.2 innings was the fifth best of all time, while fellow reliever Chris Haylon '15 accumulated the seventh lowest ERA at 0.77 through 11 2/3 innings. Also out of the bullpen, lefty Chris Mathewson '15 appeared in 22 contests, resetting the F&M record, while his 64 career appearances made him the all-time leader. Starting pitcher Alex Guerra '15 moved into first on the program's list with 33 career starts, while his 18 career wins are now good for the third most by a Diplomat.
For their accomplishments in 2015, several F&M players nabbed postseason awards:
Andrew Mascis '18
Dan Marano '18
Alex Guerra '15
Luke Seib '16
David Iacobucci '17