LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's baseball team saw an early lead slip away in Tuesday's 7-4 loss against York at Caplan Field.
The non-conference defeat dropped the Diplomats to 13-5 on the year while the Spartans improved to 11-2.
An RBI single up the middle the top half of the first inning gave York an early 1-0 edge.
That score held until the fourth when F&M fired back with four runs on three hits. Dan Marano notched an RBI double in the frame while Will Samuel knocked in a pair with a double of his own. Justin Cavegn made it a 4-1 game later in the inning, sending a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Andrew Miller from third.
York promptly responded, taking a one-run lead at 5-4 in the top of the fifth with four runs on five hits and an error as the Spartans inflicted all of their damage with two outs on the scoreboard.
The Spartans tacked on in the eighth with two runs on three hits to add some insurance to their lead at 7-4. In the bottom of the inning, F&M looked prime to chip away at the deficit after placing runners on second and third with one out. However, the Diplomats went down in the next two at-bats with a strikeout looking and a fly out to center.
Starter Jonathan Pesantez tossed 4 2/3 innings, allowing one earned on five hits and striking out six in the no-decision. Reliever Zach Muster (0-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering one earned. Josh Mann threw 7 1/3 frames for York to earn the win while Zac Stoll picked up the save with a 1 2/3 shutout innings.
Kelsey Launi led the offense with a 2-for-4 effort. Samuel registered a pair of RBIs while Marano scored a run and picked up one RBI.
Non-conference competition continues on Thursday when the Diplomats travel to Shenandoah for a 4:00 p.m. tilt. That game was originally scheduled to take place this upcoming Sunday.