Series History: The busy month of April swings into full force this week with five games on the slate for Franklin & Marshall's baseball team. Competition opens with a non-conference matchup against York on Monday. The Spartans have dominated the series of late with wins in 13 of the last 15 meetings. However, F&M came away with a 7-2 win last time out on March 29, 2016.
An away/home split with Ursinus begins Centennial Conference (CC) action for the week. Five of the previous six contests have favored the Diplomats, but the series has been tighter as of late, with three of the last four being decided by two runs or less.
A key doubleheader on the road against Swarthmore concludes the week on Saturday. F&M is unbeaten in its last five games against the Garnet and hasn't lost in Swarthmore since 2014.
Last Week: The Diplomats went 1-2-1 last week through four CC games. Gettysburg captured a pair of wins by scores of 11-4 on Tuesday and 7-6 on Sunday, while F&M went 1-0-1 against Haverford on Saturday by scores of 14-8 and 5-5.
In game one against Gettysburg, a seven-run second inning by the Bullets put the Diplomats in a 7-2 deficit that F&M was unable to overcome. Justin Cavegn, Kyle Ebert, Danny Blugis and Kevin Lammers all recorded two hits. Both of Blugis' hits were doubles, while Ebert added a pair of RBIs.
On Sunday, a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth brought the Diplomats within one before F&M was retired with the winning run at the plate in a 7-6 defeat. Starter Andrew Mascis garnered a no-decision after tossing eight strong innings and striking out four without surrendering an earned run.
Against Haverford on Saturday, A 10-run third inning propelled the Diplomats to a 14-8 win in game one before a 5-5 tied game was called at the end of the 12th inning due to darkness.
Cavegn had a memorable day with a career-high five RBIs to go along with his 2-for-3 line in the opener. Casey Bulik scored four runs from the leadoff spot and also threw a pair of scoreless innings, while David Iacobucci drew a pair of walks. In the nightcap, starter Mike Androconis was impressive with seven innings of work, allowing one earned and striking out 10, while Blugis tossed the final 4 2/3 scoreless frames.
To read a full recap from Saturday's doubleheader, click here.
Milestones to Watch: Iacobucci worked his way up several statistical categories in the program's career record book. He is closing in on the all-time hits record and enters the week with 165 in his career, just eight shy of Gary Kruger's '06 record of 173.
His 10 home runs are the fourth-most all-time as Scott Haft '05 holds the program record with 14. Iacobucci has collected 35 doubles, which is good for fourth all-time, to along with 87 RBIs (9th all-time) and 242 total bases (2nd all-time).
Catcher Christopher Vincent has thrown out 27 runners attempting to steal, a mark that places him third on the career list. Pat Andrews '14 holds the record with 29.
With a 4-1 record on the season, Androconis moved into 10th place in career wins with 13. Ted Serro '06 leads the way with 20. The junior righty is 11th all-time with 120 strikeouts. Todd Marshall '92 holds the program record at 220.
Top of the CC Class: Iacobucci and Cavegn find their names among the CC leaders in batting average, placing four and eighth respectively, with a .433 and .400 clip. Iacobucci places third in RBIs (23) and second in hits (42) while ranking third in runs scored (28) and walks (19).
Androconis is third among pitchers in wins with four and strikeouts with 48.
As a team, the Diplomats are second in the CC in runs scored (158) and third in batting average (.317).
Memorable Day on Offense: F&M's offense took its early-season dominance to another level on Tuesday, March 14, tallying the most runs by a Diplomat team in 46 years with a 29-15 bashing of Stockton in Florida.
Triple Play: In game two of a doubleheader against Central (Iowa) on March 18, F&M turned its first triple play since 2004. Holding onto an 8-5 lead in the sixth with runners on first and second and no outs on the board, Casey Bulik came into pitch and forced a liner to kick start the clutch play. The effort was hit back to Bulik, who doubled up the runner on first before a toss to the shortstop got the runner at second.
1,000 Wins: With a doubleheader sweep of Ripon on March 13 in Auburndale, Fla., F&M reached the 1,000th win in program history, joining Johns Hopkins, Gettysburg and Washington College as just the fourth CC institution to accomplish that feat.