MADISON, N.J. – A seven-run fifth inning and a perfect 6-for-6 effort at the plate from first baseman Dan Marano, helped key Franklin & Marshall's 15-11 (8 innings) victory over Drew on Thursday afternoon in non-conference baseball competition in New Jersey.
The Diplomats improved to 12-13-2 while the Rangers fell to 15-11.
F&M totaled 17 hits on the day with Marano leading the way with his career-high six, to go along with four RBIs and two runs scored. The six hits for Marano tied a CC record for hits in a game, which the first baseman now shares with six others, including former teammate Tyler Daley who equaled the mark against Stockton last season.
Kengo Kawahara was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases at the leadoff spot, while Jimmy Whelan, Don DiLoreto, and Kevin Lammers all registered a pair of hits. The Diplomats' prolific offense has now tallied double-digit run totals in seven games this season.
The first inning saw the Diplomats pull ahead by an early 3-0 score off RBI singles from Marano and Dan Baroff, as well as a DiLoreto sacrifice fly that sent Kelsey Launi across home plate. Each team traded blows, including a four-run third for Drew, as F&M went into the top of the fifth trailing by a narrow 7-6 tally.
Whelan opened the scoring in the fifth with a two-out, bases-clearing double to right field. Marano followed with an RBI single to left before Baroff continued the damage by drawing a bases-loaded walk that allowed Launi to come home from third.
DiLoreto capped off the scoring with a two-RBI single down the left field line that plated Baroff and Launi.
Drew cut into the 13-7 deficit with a three-run homer in the bottom of the frame. However, F&M added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth to go ahead by five, and the Rangers' single run in the bottom of the inning wasn't enough as the game was called due to darkness.
Reliever Bobby Gaston (1-0) was credited with the win after tossing 2 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. Brandon Radd (0-1) suffered the loss for Drew. He was tagged from five earned runs on four hits in 1 2/3 frames.
The Diplomats continue Centennial play tomorrow, hosting Johns Hopkins at 3:30 p.m.