Diplomats Continue Competition at Caplan; Set For CC Opener

Diplomats Continue Competition at Caplan; Set For CC Opener
Game 18
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
F&M vs. York | Caplan | 3:30 PM
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Game 19
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
F&M vs. Drew | Caplan | 4:00 PM
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Games 20/21
Saturday, April 2, 2016
F&M vs. McDaniel | Caplan | 12:30/3:30 PM
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Series History: Franklin & Marshall continues its home stretch with another four games at Caplan Field this week. The Diplomats begin action by hosting York on Tuesday and are looking to snap a three-game winless streak against the Spartans. Drew heads to town the following day for just the third all-time meeting between the schools in a series that is tied at 1-1.

Centennial Conference (CC) play begins on Saturday with a doubleheader against McDaniel in a rematch of last year's CC First Round. The series sits in the Diplomats' favor at 49-40, dating back to the 1925 season. 

Last Week: F&M went 2-1 a week ago by downing Arcadia in its home opener on Tuesday by a 7-5 score and dropping a pair of contests against TCNJ on Saturday. Game one saw the Diplomats fall by a 6-1 score (7 innings) while the Lions took the nightcap in a marathon 17-11 (11 innings) game.

Against Arcadia, a five-run third inning propelled the Diplomats to victory. Tyler Daley paced F&M's offense with a 3-for-4 effort, one RBI and a pair of runs scored. Casey Bulik went 2-for-4 with one run scored while Luke Seib and Matt Mezansky both recorded two RBIs.

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On Saturday against TCNJ, Starter Mike Androconis (2-2) was charged with the loss in game one after allowing five earned on nine hits in five innings of work. The Diplomats were outhit by a 13-7 margin and stranded six base runners in the contest. 

Game two was wild throughout with multiple lead changes and sloppy play in the field. The team's combined for 34 hits and 12 errors, while the Diplomats left 16 on base compared to 13 from TCNJ. 

F&M led 8-5 heading into the sixth when the Lions put together a three-run frame off two hits and a pair of costly errors to knot the contest. A two-out, bases-loaded walk from Jimmy Whelan in the bottom of the eighth put the advantage back in the Diplomats' hand. However, TCNJ rallied in the ninth. The Lions opened with a leadoff triple to right center and followed with an RBI single to left that forced extras. 

The Lions put the contest out of reach with a six-run top of the 11th, scoring their runs off three hits and two of the Diplomats' nine errors in the game. 

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Lacing Up For A Good Cause: On Tuesday against York, the baseball team will be raising money and awareness for the Go4theGoal Foundation's Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer campaign. The Diplomats will be donning gold shoelaces during the contest, the color for childhood cancer awareness, and will also be wearing special Go4theGoal t-shirts during pre-game warmups.

Donations for this cause can be made through the Diplomats' online fundraising page at donate.go4thegoal.org/fandmbaseball. The team has raised an impressive $4,785 for the foundation. 

Milestone Watch: With three saves on the season, closer Andrew Mascis continues to solidify himself atop the program's leaderboard with 12 in his career. The previous mark was held by Dan Tischler '08 with 10. 

Mezansky continues to climb the career RBI list and is tied for seventh with 88. A senior captain at third base, Mezansky also cracked the top 10 list for a number of other program records, including hits (149, 9th all-time), doubles (31, 6th all-time) and triples (6, 10th all-time). 

Top of the CC Class: David Iacobucci's .403 batting average is the ninth best throughout the Centennial Conference (CC) while Mezansky's eighth doubles are tied for third. Mezansky also has 17 RBIs on the year, which is good for ninth in the conference.