Diplomats Fall Short Against Bears

Diplomats Fall Short Against Bears

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's baseball team dropped a 7-6 decision against Ursinus on Friday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action. The road loss moved the Diplomats' record to 12-15, 3-5 CC on the season while the Bears improved to 16-11, 2-4 CC.

F&M held a commanding 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth when Ursinus tallied a pair of runs off three hits and a Diplomats' throwing error at third to pull within one. The Bears' charge continued in the next frame when first baseman Chris Jablonski stepped to the dish and hit his second homer of the afternoon, a two-run shot to right field, that put the Bears out in front by a 6-5 margin.

In the sixth, Luke Seib led off with a double to left field and shortstop Reed Williams followed with an RBI single to right center that tied the game for F&M. With runners on first and third in the bottom of the sixth, Ursinus' Travis Kozak laid down a fielder's choice bunt that put the Bears ahead for good. 

Seib paced the offense with a 2-for-4 day at the plate that included a two-out, two-RBI single in the top of the first. Casey Bulik registered a 1-for-2 line, notching a pair of RBIs in the top of the second off a single to center field. Ursinus registered 11 hits and was led by four batters with two apiece. Jablonski went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs. 

Starting pitcher Eric Dyke tossed 3 1/3 innings, allowing four earned off seven hits and two walks. Luke Bengel (0-2) was charged with the loss despite pitching three solid innings out of the bullpen, allowing one earned and striking out three. Reliever Pierce Greenleaf (2-0) threw five innings out of the bullpen for the Bears and surrendered just one earned run. 

CC competition continues tomorrow for the Diplomats with a key doubleheader against Muhlenberg at Caplan Field. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m. with F&M honoring its seven–member senior class before the start of game one.