AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Franklin & Marshall's baseball team wrapped up its Florida Spring Break trip on Sunday afternoon with a 13-5 loss to No. 15 ranked Southern Maine.
The defeat dropped the Diplomats to 5-7-1 and concluded the team's trip with a 4-6 record while the Huskies improved to 5-5.
F&M got on the scoreboard quickly with three runs on two hits in the top of the first to secure an early 3-0 advantage. Matthew Kann's groundout RBI allowed J.J. Freeman to score from third before Dan Marano came across home plate off a two-out balk.
Southern Maine came back with three runs on a pair of RBI single in the bottom of the second to knot the score at 3-3, before the Diplomats answered with a two-out RBI single from Baroff in the third to put F&M in front at 4-3.
After the Huskies tossed three more runs on the board in the fifth to go ahead by two, Kengo Kawahara launched a solo homer in the top of the sixth that cut the deficit to 6-5. However, that was all the closer F&M got to the nation's fifteenth-ranked team as Southern Maine exploded for six runs on three hits in the bottom of the inning to run away from the Diplomats.
F&M was outhit by a slim 13-11 margin on the day. Baroff led the way with a 2-for-5 showing with two RBIs. Kawahara went 2-for-5 with one run scored and one run batted in from the leadoff position, while Marano tallied a 2-for-4 line with one run scored. Kann notched a pair of stolen bases and registered one run scored and one RBI.
Andrew Mascis (1-1) started the game and was dealt the loss, putting together a five-inning performance and allowing six earned on seven hits. The Huskies' starter was pulled after one inning and was replaced by Ryan Worthington (2-0) who tossed the next 4 2/3 innings for the win.
The Diplomats return to the field on Tuesday when F&M hosts Albright at Caplan Field. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.