LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's offense continued its recent hot streak with 19 hits that led to a dominant 11-5 win against Drew in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday afternoon at Caplan Field.
The Diplomats improved to 9-10 with the decision while the Rangers fell to 10-11.
Drew managed to strike first off a sacrifice fly to center in the top of the second for the early 1-0 lead. The advantage was short-lived as a two-RBI single to from Luke Seib in the bottom of the third plated Matt Mezansky and Casey Bulik to put F&M in front by one.
David Iacobucci sustained the scoring in the next frame with an RBI single that sent Tyler Daley home from third to make it a 3-1 game, before F&M's offense erupted for four runs on four hits and an error in the bottom of the fifth to jump out in front 7-1.
Mezansky opened the inning with a triple to center before crossing the plate off a Mike Smeriglio RBI double. Reed Williams plated Smeriglio later in the frame with an RBI single to left field and Iacobucci ended the scoring by reaching on a fielder's choice that was mishandled by the Rangers' shortstop on a force-out play at second base, allowing another two runs to cross home plate for F&M.
Drew cut into the deficit with three runs on four hits in the top of the sixth to pull within three. The score held until the bottom of the eighth when Iacobucci took advantage of an 0-2 hanging breaking ball, depositing a solo home run over the scoreboard in left field. RBI singles from Smeriglio and Seib later in the order, followed by Cory Hecht scoring from third on a wild pitch, tacked an additional three runs on the board for the Diplomats.
In the top of the ninth, the Rangers scored on a two-out double to centerfield but were retired in the next at-bat to end the contest.
Kurt Elmer (1-1) got the start and tossed five innings of shutout ball, allowing only one hit and striking out a pair. Davis Fouts (1-1) was dealt the loss for Drew after being charged for five earned off 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings on the mound.
Mezansky led the offense with a 4-for-5 day, to go along with three runs scored and a stolen base. Bulik tallied a 3-for-5 line with two runs scored, and Williams went 3-for-5 with an RBI and one run scored. Jayson Mitch and Richie Poland both went 2-for-4 as the Rangers combined for seven hits.
The Diplomats begin Centennial Conference (CC) play on Saturday, hosting McDaniel for a doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m.