MADISON, N.J. - Franklin & Marshall's baseball team rallied to force extra innings and eventually put Drew away with a marathon 5-4 (13 innings) non-conference win on Sunday afternoon in New Jersey.
The Diplomats improved to 13-4 on the year while the Rangers evened their season mark at 7-7.
Following a back-and-forth affair, F&M's offense put pressure on the Drew defense in the 13th when Danny Blugis recorded a one-out single to right center. A passed ball allowed Blugis to advance to second and Kyle Ebert eventually reached on an infield error that sent Blugis across home plate for the one-run lead.
Blugis then stepped to the mound as a reliever to close out the bottom of the frame, forcing a ground out to short and back-to-back swinging strikeouts to close the door on Drew.
Only three pitchers appeared across the 13 innings for the Diplomats. Reliever Don DiLoreto tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings to earn the win and improve to 3-0 on the season. He allowed just three hits and struck out six. Starter Matt Devlin tossed the first 5 1/3 innings, surrendering two earned off five hits and striking out eight.
F&M tallied the first runs of the game in the top of the third to take the early 2-0 edge. Justin Cavegn drew a leadoff walk, stole second and crossed home plate off a J.J. Freeman RBI double to right center. Kelsey Launi followed later in the inning with an RBI single up the middle that allowed Freeman to coast home from third.
The Diplomat advantage held until the bottom of the fifth when Drew answered with two runs off of two hits and a pair of errors to even the game at 2-2.
In the following frame, the Rangers captured a 4-2 advantage by plating runners on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.
Down by two, F&M fought back in the eighth frame with two runs on two hits to even the score at 4-4. DiLoreto earned a four-pitch walk to open the inning and eventually crossed home off an Alex Miller pinch-hit double to left field.
Kevin Lammers stepped to the dish and notched an RBI double of his own, lacing the ball down the right field line to plate Miller and once again tie the contest as the Diplomats eventually forced extra innings.
Dan Marano tallied a 2-for-3 line with a walk while Miller was also 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Freeman went 2-for-6 from the leadoff spot with a run scored and a walk while Lammers was 2-for-5 with one RBI.
F&M continues its string of non-conference matchups on Tuesday, hosting York at 3:30 p.m.