BALTIMORE, Md. – Franklin & Marshall's baseball team suffered a pair of setbacks against Johns Hopkins on Sunday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) competition, falling in game one by a 17-5 score and by an 11-1 tally in the nightcap.
The pair of decisions dropped the Diplomats' record to 11-14, 2-4 CC while the Blue Jays improved to 16-9-1, 4-2 CC.
Johns Hopkins' offense scored early and often to begin game one. A two-run opposite field homer in the first, followed by four runs off four hits, including a solo home run to left field, put F&M in a quick 6-0 hole. The Blue Jays tacked on in the bottom of the third to go ahead by seven before the Diplomats battled back with five runs on four hits in the fourth.
Christopher Vincent began the scoring with a two-out RBI single to left field that sent David Iacobucci home from third before Jimmy Whelan tallied the first grand slam of his career to clear the bases and pull F&M within two.
Johns Hopkins' offense answered back emphatically with a six runs in the bottom of the frame and put the contest out of reach for good.
Eric Bateman (2-3) lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing 10 earned off five hits and walking four while Blue Jays' reliever Sean McCracken (1-1) tossed 4 1/3 innings for the win.
Luke Seib notched two of F&M's nine hits after putting together a 2-for-4 line with one run scored. Johns Hopkins' catcher Mitch Weaver had a huge day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs.
Game two saw the Diplomats' pitching staff continue its struggles against the Blue Jays' potent offensive attack as Johns Hopkins put together a three-run frame in the first and a five-run second inning - off seven hits - for the 8-0 lead.
After the Blue Jays added a run off a wild pitch in the third, F&M finally got on the board when Tyler Daley singled through the left side with two outs in the sixth to plate Vincent. A pair of one-run frames in the seventh and eighth wrapped up the scoring for Johns Hopkins.
Starter Kurt Elmer was tagged for eight earned off eight hits in one inning on the mound. Eric Dyke was solid in relief, throwing five innings and allowing just two earned. Carter Burns (3-2) claimed the victory with six innings and surrendering one earned while striking out four.
Daley went 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot and Reed Williams tallied a 2-for-4 line. Four Blue Jays recorded two hits as Johns Hopkins combined for a total of 14 in the game.
F&M continues CC play on Tuesday, welcoming Ursinus to Caplan Field in Lancaster for a 3:30 p.m. start.