F&M Looks to Continue Strong Play; Hosting Washington in Clipper

F&M Looks to Continue Strong Play; Hosting Washington in Clipper
Game 30
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
F&M at Washington | Chestertown, Md. | 3:30 PM
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Game 31
Thursday, April 21, 2016
F&M vs. Washington | Lancaster | 3:30 PM
Clipper Magazine Stadium
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Games 32/33
Saturday, April 23, 2016
F&M at Dickinson | 12:30/3:30 PM
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Series History: F&M seeks to build on a recent streak of strong conference play with an away/home split of Washington, including a game on Thursday at Clipper Magazine Stadium, and a road doubleheader against Dickinson this weekend. The Diplomats swept the Shoremen a year ago and hold the 34-19 advantage in the series. F&M also took both contests against Dickinson last season and sit at 87-59-3 all-time against the Red Devils. 

Last Week: After taking three out of four conference matchups last week, F&M found itself right back in the thick of the CC Playoff race. Action began with a nail-biting 3-2 win at home against Ursinus on Tuesday, before the Bears split the series with a 7-6 decision on Friday. The Diplomats rebounded with a sweep of Muhlenberg on Saturday with scores of 11-0 and 7-2. 

On Tuesday, a solid performance from starting pitcher Mack Glavin and a go-ahead single from Casey Bulik in the seventh delivered F&M the win. Glavin (2-2) tossed 7 1/3 innings, allowing two earned off nine hits and striking out three. 

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In the sixth inning against Ursinus on Friday, 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 at 6-6 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. 

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A pair of dominant pitching performances from Eric Bateman and Mike Androconis led F&M to a clutch doubleheader sweep of Muhlenberg on Saturday as the Diplomats honored their seven-member senior class of Tim Costello, Gareth Fancher, Matt Mezansky, Ryan Obrecht, Brett Poniros, Luke Seib and Mike Smeriglio before the start of game one. 

Bateman (3-3) tossed seven scoreless frames and allowed just one hit while striking out six. Will Hofmann and Costello came out of the bullpen to close out the contest with a scoreless inning apiece as F&M secured the 11-0 shutout in the opening contest.  Androconis followed in the game two with eight shutout innings, surrendering three hits and striking out six in a 7-2 win.

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PSU-Harrisburg Game Cancelled: Wednesday's home game with PSU-Harrisburg was cancelled due to a conflict in the Lions' schedule.

Thursday Set For Clipper: Thursday's 3:30 p.m. game against Washington is set to take place at Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the Independent League's Lancaster Barnstormers. Admission and parking for the event are free of charge to the public.

A multi-camera video broadcast will be available on GoDiplomats.com/Live along with live stats for the conference matchup. 

Milestone Watch: With six saves on the season, closer Andrew Mascis continues to solidify himself atop the program's leaderboard with 15 in his career. The previous mark was held by Dan Tischler '08 with 10. 

Mezansky continues to climb the career RBI list and is now fifth with 96. A senior captain at third base, Mezansky also cracked the top 10 list for a number of other program records, including hits (163, fifth all-time), doubles (34, tied for 3rd all-time) and triples (7, tied for 6th all-time). 

Iacobucci cracked the top 10 for home runs and now stands in a four-way tie for eighth with seven in his career. Scott Haft '05 holds the program record with 14. 

Fancher continues his ascent up the career appearances chart as the senior reliever is now tied for seventh with 45. Chris Mathewson '15 holds the record with 64. 

Top of the CC Class: As of Tuesday, Williams' .412 batting average on the season is the fourth-best in the CC. David Iacobucci is close behind in 12th with a .369 clip, and Bulik sits 15th at .364. Mezansky is fifth in doubles with 11 and 12th in RBIs with 25. 

On the mound, Androconis' four wins are good for eighth while Mascis leads the conference with six saves.