AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Starting pitcher Jack Buckley keyed a game-one, 4-2 victory while Franklin & Marshall's offense erupted for 19 hits in a 16-8 game-two rout as the Diplomats swept Ripon on day two of their Florida Spring Break.
Monday's results improved F&M's record 4-2-1 on the year while the Red Hawks remain in search of their first win at 0-5.
Game 1: F&M 4, Ripon 2
Jack Buckley (2-0) once again delivered on the mound with his second strong performance in less than a week. The sophomore lefty limited damage throughout the game, allowing just one earned in seven innings of work. He tallied seven strikeouts and didn't walk a batter.
A Matthew Kann sacrifice fly with runners on first and third in the bottom of the first, plated the Diplomats' first run of the day. However, F&M's offense did the majority of its damage in the third inning with three runs on three hits and an error to go ahead at 4-0.
Kevin Lammers led off the action in the frame. He was hit by a pitch and advanced to second when Kengo Kawahara singled to right field. J.J. Freeman followed with a two-RBI, bases-clearing triple in the next at-bat, and Dan Marano laced a single to third base that allowed Freeman to cross home.
Ripon got a run back with three straight hits to open the top of the fourth, striking paydirt with an RBI double to right center. Buckley settled in from there, sitting down a pair of hitters on swinging strikeouts as he retired the next three batters in the lineup.
In the sixth, the Red Hawks cut the deficit to two with an RBI sacrifice fly to center, but another Buckley strikeout victim gave Ripon it's third and final out of the inning. The Red Hawks failed to threaten in the seventh as Buckley set them down in order to seal the win.
Kawahara went 3-for-3 from the leadoff spot and notched a pair of runs scored, while Marano recorded a pair of the Diplomats' six hits in his 2-for-3 effort with one RBI.
Game 2: F&M 16, Ripon 8 (7 innings)
A three-run third inning gave Ripon the early 3-0 advantage before F&M's offense tallied five runs on six hits in the third to pull in front at 5-3. The Diplomats collected three extra-base hits in the frame, including Matthew Kann's bases-clearing, two-RBI triple.
In the fifth, F&M distanced itself for good with 10 runs on eight hits and a pair of Red Hawk errors. The Diplomats totaled four doubles in the frame with Lincoln Pantell, J.J. Freeman, Matthew Kann and Jimmy Whelan all securing the extra-base hits.
Ripon answered back with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning and followed with three runs on one hit and an error in the sixth the make it a 15-7 game. However, it was too little, too late as F&M cruised to the win.
Don DiLoreto, Freeman and Kann each tallied three hits. Dan Marano went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI while Kann also batted in three runners. Kawahara drew two walks from the leadoff position, Freeman and Whelan each scored three runs, while Danny Blugis and Andrew Poirier both delivered 2-for-4 efforts.
Andrew Mascis (1-0) garnered the victory after totaling five innings, allowing four earned and striking out seven. His counterpart Kade Lancour (0-1) suffered the loss after being charged for five earned in 2 1/3 innings of work.
As a team, F&M hit for a .478 average with runners in scoring position to go along with a .583 clip with runners on third and less than two outs on the board.
The Diplomats return to the field on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. when F&M faces Westfield St. at the Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla.