AUBURNDALE, Fla. - Andrew Poirier's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth delivered Franklin & Marshall's baseball team a 2-1 upset of No. 17 Keystone on Friday afternoon in Florida.
The Diplomats continued their impressive start to 2019 and now sit at 8-2, while the Giants fell to 2-3.
Knotted at 1-1 and with one out on the scoreboard in the ninth, Poirier stepped to the dish with runners on the corners and laced a single to right field that allowed Will Samuel - who led off the inning with a single to left - to score from third base for the game-winning run.
F&M's pitching staff was lights out as starter Jack Buckley tossed the first 7 1/3 innings, allowing just one earned on six hits and striking out six. Reliever Charlie Wright (2-0) entered in the eighth and forced one of three Diplomat double plays in the game to preserve the lead. He totaled 1 2/3 innings of work, not allowing a hit or a walk and striking out one to garner the win.
J.J. Freeman led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk before Kelsey Launi singled to left field to place runners on the corners with one out. The Diplomats grounded into a double play in their next at-bat, but it was enough to send Freeman across home plate for the 1-0 edge.
Keystone answered in the top of the fifth when its first three batters all reached safely, but F&M limited the damage by forcing a runner out at home plate and picking up a double play as the Giants managed just one run in the frame.
The Diplomats led in total hits at 10-6. Samuel paced the offense with a 3-for-4 line to go along with a run scored. Launi and Poirier also collected multiple hits with 2-for-4 days.
F&M is back at it tomorrow against Lesley in Winter Haven, Fla. The doubleheader was originally scheduled for the afternoon, but due to inclement weather in the forecast, game one was moved to a 10:00 a.m. start.