LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's baseball team battled back to extend the game on three separate occasions on Tuesday against Ursinus but were eventually forced to settle for a 6-6 tie in 14 innings due to darkness at Caplan Field.
The decision moved the Diplomats' record to 9-11-2 overall and 3-3-1 in the Centennial Conference (CC) while the Bears now sit at 8-11-1, 3-3-1 CC.
Trailing by a 4-2 score heading into the bottom of the ninth, F&M rallied for two runs on three hits to force extra innings. Kengo Kawahara led off the effort with a triple before J.J. Freeman singled through the right side to pull the Diplomats within one. Following a walk and a hit by pitch, Jimmy Whelan tied the contest with a sacrifice fly to left field that sent Freeman home from third.
In the 11th, Ursinus went ahead by one off a wild pitch, before the Diplomats responded in the bottom of the frame with a Whelan RBI double to left field that plated Dan Marano.
The 5-5 score held until the 13th inning when the Bears' Dom Fiorentino doubled home a runner from second base with two puts to take the one-run advantage. However, F&M once again displayed its resiliency, rallying with two outs to tie the game at 6-6. With runners on the corners, Max Schwartz singled to left field to send Brian Meerholz across home plate for the tying run.
Andrew Mascis got the start for F&M and allowed two earned on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six batters as the Diplomats combined for 11 K's as a team. Reliever Don DiLoreto tossed 4 2/3 out of the bullpen, allowing three earned and striking out four.
F&M led in hits at 14-9 but stranded 18 baserunners in the game. Whelan was 4-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs, Schwartz was 3-for-6 with two RBIs, while Marano and Freeman each tallied a pair of hits.
The Diplomats return to action on Friday, traveling to Ursinus for a 3:30 p.m. start.