WESTMINSTER, Md. – Franklin & Marshall's offense continued its torrid stretch of play, sweeping McDaniel Saturday on the road by scores of 14-1 and 9-5 in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball competition.
The Diplomats improved to 15-13-2, 8-5-1 CC while the Green Terror dropped to 10-15, 3-11 CC.
Game 1: F&M 14, McDaniel 1
F&M jumped on McDaniel from the onset and didn't let up throughout as the Diplomats' bats scored runs in each of the opening four innings. Marano got the scoring started in the first frame with a sacrifice fly with runners on the corners that allowed Kengo Kawahara to come home from third.
Three runs on four hits in the second, which included a two-RBI double from Kawahara and an RBI double to left center from Marano, gave F&M an early 4-0 edge. The Diplomats blew the game wide open in the fourth with four runs on four hits in the top of the fourth inning to stay in front at 9-0. Kyle Ebert highlighted the frame with a two-RBI double, while Max Schwartz wrapped up the scoring with a two-out, RBI double later in the frame.
F&M tacked on with three runs on three hits in the seventh, before Connor Green wrapped up the scoring by driving in a pair with a single to left field in the eighth en route to the 13-run win.
Marano finished game one with a 3-for-5 effort with four RBIs and a run scored. Kawahara was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs from the leadoff spot, while Schwartz tallied a 3-for-5 line with two runs scored. Dan Baroff was a perfect 2-for-2 off the bench, and shortstop Andrew Poirier went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Starting pitcher Jack Buckley (5-1) rolled with a seven-inning performance, allowing just one earned on six hits and striking out six. Reliever Kurt Elmer was dominant in one frame by striking out the side.
Game 2: F&M 9, McDaniel 5
Tied at 5-5 in the top of the seventh, Jimmy Whelan led off with a double to right field, followed by a Marano single to right that place runners on the corners with no outs. Baroff stepped to the dish and grounded into a double play at second, but it was enough to send Whelan across home plate for the 6-5 advantage.
F&M added an insurance run in the eighth with two singles in the inning to go in front by two, before Whelan's RBI double and Don DiLoreto's bases-loaded walk sealed the deal with two more scores in the ninth.
Marano continued to swing a hot bat and has now registered a hit in 11 of his previous 12 contests. The first baseman finished game two with a 3-for-5 effort and one RBI. Kawahara was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, including leading off the game with a home run in the top of the first, while also drawing a pair of walks. Whelan went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs, and Blugis notched a 2-for-5 effort with one RBI.
Reliever Jared Schott (1-1) earned the win with two innings of work. Don DiLoreto picked up his second save of the season by tossing the final three scoreless innings and striking out one. Starter Zach Fortuna (3-2) suffered the loss for McDaniel after being charged with four earned off nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
F&M faces Elizabethtown on Monday in a non-conference game at Caplan Field. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m.