CARLISLE, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's baseball team dropped a narrow 4-3 contest on the road against Dickinson Tuesday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) competition.
The Diplomats fell to 15-7, 2-1 CC with the loss while the Red Devils improved to 15-4, 2-1 CC.
In the bottom of the first, Dickinson took advantage of a first and third opportunity by scoring on a groundout to second that gave the Red Devils an early 1-0 edge.
A two-out rally in the top half of the fifth added another run on the scoreboard for F&M. Kelsey Launi kick-started the effort with a single and made it to third off a wild pitch followed by a passed ball. Dan Marano drew a walk, and Launi once again capitalized on erratic Dickinson pitching to cross home plate off the second wild pitch of the frame.
The 2-1 Diplomat lead happened to be short-lived as Dickinson answered with three runs on two hits in the bottom of the inning to pull ahead for good. F&M struggled to produce base runners for the remainder of the game, drawing a one-out walk in the top of the ninth before being retired by strikeouts in the final two at-bats.
Starter Matt Devlin (2-1) was dealt the loss after tossing seven frames, allowing four hits and three earned while striking out seven batters. Reliever Charlie Wright pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Ben Rappaport picked up the win for Dickinson with eight innings of work, one earned run allowed and 10 K's.
F&M's batters combined for five hits. Marano was 1-for-3 with one run scored and a walk.
Non-conference action picks back up tomorrow at Caplan Field when the Diplomats host Messiah at 3:30 p.m.