Diplomats Aim for Successful Finish

Diplomats Aim for Successful Finish
Game 35
Friday, April 29, 2016
F&M vs. Haverford | Caplan Field | 3:30 PM
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Games 36/37
Saturday, April 30, 2016
F&M at Swarthmore | Swarthmore | 12:30/3:30 PM
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Series History: F&M closes out its regular season this week with a trio of games including its final home tilt against Haverford on Friday. The Fords earned a 6-4 win against the Diplomats on Monday afternoon but F&M owns the all-time series at 51-32-1 dating back to 1916.

A doubleheader on the road against Swarthmore follows on Saturday, a team the Diplomats swept last season. F&M has won three straight against the Garnet and lead the all-time series at 53-42-2. 

Last Week: The conference schedule was particularly unkind to the Diplomats last week as F&M went 1-3 with a heartbreaking 7-6 loss (10 innings) against Washington on Tuesday, a 13-2 defeat from the Shoremen at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Thursday and a series split with Dickinson on Saturday (14-8 win in game one, 6-4 loss in game two). 

On Tuesday against the Shoremen, F&M carried a 5-1 lead into the sixth inning before Washington began mounting a comeback. Clinging to the narrow advantage in the eighth, the Diplomats allowed a two-out, bases loaded single through the right side that evened the score. 

The Shoremen led off the bottom of the 10th with a single to right field, before a sacrifice bunt put a runner at second with one out. Washington followed by scoring the tying run on an error at second base before Bryan Baquer's triple reached the right field fence for the game-winner.

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The series continued on Friday at Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the Lancaster Barnstormers. David Iacobucci led off with a solo homer to right field in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to four. However, that was all the closer the Diplomats would get as Washington followed with a run in the fourth, three in fifth and three in the seventh to close out the contest 

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Game one on Saturday saw F&M surrender three runs in the bottom of the first before exploding for six runs on seven hits in the second inning that included five consecutive singles to open the frame. The Diplomats tacked on with a five-run frame in the top of the third after receiving RBI singles from Christopher Vincent, Tyler Daley, and Luke Seib, followed by a two-RBI double from Iacobucci to put F&M in front at 11-3. Another three Diplomat runs in the fifth firmly put the game out of reach for good.

Seib had a career day going 3-for-6 with three runs scored and five RBIs. Iacobucci also tallied a 3-for-6 line to go along with one run scored and a pair drove in while Vincent went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Brett Poniros tallied a 3-for-4 line with three runs scored as the designated hitter. The Diplomats registered five extra-base hits and 19 total in the game.

In game two, the Diplomats battled back from being down three in the fifth with three runs to knot the contest at 4-4, taking advantage of a pair of Dickinson errors in the frame. However, the lead only held until the seventh when the Red Devils tallied a pair, including a two-out RBI single to left field to go ahead for good. 

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Playoff Picture: With Monday's narrow 6-4 loss against Haverford, F&M is officially eliminated from CC Playoff contention.

Mezansky Milestone Watch: With just three games remaining in senior third baseman Matt Mezansky's career, several program records, and statistical milestones remain within his grasp. His 168 career hits are good for third all-time and are just five short of tying the program record held by Gary Kruger '06 and J.T. Triantos '12. He is also just one run shy of 100, and along with the 101 RBIs he has accumulated in his career, Mezansky is closing in on joining Will Benenson ' 14 as the second player in history to reach the plateau in both categories. 

Mezansky is also second in games played at 153, just two short of Corey Carthers' record on 155. His 15 games started is also second only to Caruthers '06, who holds the record with 155. Mezansky has tallied 35 doubles in his career, a mark that is just three shy of second place. 

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

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

Gareth Fancher continues his ascent up the career appearances chart as the senior reliever is tied for fourth with 48. Chris Mathewson '15 holds the record with 64. 

In the season-record book, Daley's .508 on-base percentage is the eighth highest all-time. Dennis Dowd '82 leads the program at .581.

Top of the CC Class: As of Tuesday, Daley's .364 batting average on the season is the 12th-best in the CC. Iacobucci is close behind in 14th with a .363 clip. Mezansky is seventh in doubles with 12 and 12th in RBIs with 28.

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