Game 5/6 Saturday, March 5, 2016 F&M at Catholic | Washington, D.C. | 12/2:30 PM Live Stats
Series History: The all-time series lead against Messiah favors the Diplomats at 11-6, dating back to 1971. F&M holds a four-game winning streak, including a 17-6 (8 innings) win on the road last April 9. Catholic has faced the Diplomats six times since 1914 and leads the series by a 4-2 tally.
Scouting the Opponents: Messiah stands at 1-3 so far on the year, falling in a double header against Mary Washington on Saturday by scores of 11-3 and 3-1. The Falcons have produced a .230 clip at the plate, with their pitching staff holding a 5.09 ERA.
Catholic is 2-3 and is coming off an 8-2 win over York on Tuesday. The Cardinals have four games on their slate this week before facing F&M on Saturday as Catholic is traveling down to Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Last Week: F&M went 0-3 over the weekend in Greensboro, N.C., dropping a trio of tightly contested games to Guilford.
On Saturday, the Diplomats fell in extras in their season opener by a 5-4 (11 innings) score, before dropping a 4-2 (7 innings) contest in the nightcap. Tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th of game one, Guilford's opening two batters went down in order before a double to left field put a runner in scoring position. Following an intentional walk, the Quakers' Michael Pinkston lined a single to right field, knocking in the winning run.
In game two, Tyler Daley broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth with an RBI single up the middle that plated Luke Seib from second. However, Guilford followed with a three-run homer in the bottom of the frame to go ahead for good.
To read a recap of the double header, click here.
On Sunday, F&M was retired with the tying run at the plate in the top of the ninth as Guilford held on to complete the three-game series sweep by an 8-5 score.
Matt Mezansky, David Iacobucci and Daley each recorded two of F&M's nine hits on the afternoon. Iacobucci put together a 2-for-3 line with two runs scored while Mezansky and Daley both went 2-for-4 with an RBI each.
To read a recap from Sunday, click here.
Milestone Watch: Closer Andrew Mascis set the program's single-season record with nine saves during his freshman campaign and enters the year just one shy of F&M baseball's all-time mark held by Dan Tischler '08.
Mezansky, a senior captain at third base, is quickly approaching the top 10 list for a number of program records, including hits (131), RBIs (72) and doubles (24).
Top of the CC Class: Iacobucci's five hits in 12 at-bats over the weekend place him seventh in the CC, while his three doubles are tied for second.