WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – David Iacobucci went a perfect 5-for-5 to help Franklin & Marshall's baseball team put a finishing touch on its Florida Spring Break trip with a commanding 17-2 (7 innings) bashing of D'Youville on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, the Diplomats wrapped up their trip with a 9-1 record and return to Lancaster with a 10-5 overall mark on the season.
Iacobucci keyed the potent offensive attack with a career-high three doubles and five RBIs, which were the most he tallied in a game since recording seven against Southern Vermont on the team's 2015 Spring Break trip.
F&M tossed a quick eight runs on the board through the opening two innings. A Jimmy Whelan RBI triple, followed by an Iacobucci RBI double got the scoring started in the first, before a Christopher Vincent sacrifice fly brought Iacobucci home from third later in the frame for the 3-0 advantage.
Five runs, courtesy of four hits in the second extended the Diplomat lead to 8-0 before Whelan struck again in the third with a two-out, RBI single to right field that placed Tyler Daley from second that added another run to the scoreboard.
An additional four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings put the F&M margin to 17-0. The Spartans added a run in both the sixth and seventh but were unable to close the gap, as the game was halted due to the mercy rule.
Starter Andrew Mascis (2-1) dealt five shutout innings, striking out five and allowing six hits without surrendering a walk. Justin Uhteg (0-1) suffered the defeat after being charged for nine earned on nine hits in just three innings on the mound.
The Diplomats drew a season-high 12 walks, with five batters recording two each. Whelan was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, four RBIs and two walks, while Daley scored four runs from the leadoff position.
F&M is tentatively scheduled to host Hood on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Date and time for that non-conference matchup are subject to change due to poor field conditions brought on from last week's snowstorm.
Check back with GoDiplomats.com for updated information closer to Tuesday's competition.