Freeman, Launi Key F&M Offense in Clutch CC Win

Freeman, Launi Key F&M Offense in Clutch CC Win

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LANCASTER, Pa. - J.J. Freeman's four-hit effort at the leadoff spot and Kelsey Launi's five-RBI performance keyed Franklin & Marshall's 11-3 drubbing of Washington College on Caplan Field Friday. 

The clutch Centennial Conference (CC) victory improved the Diplomats to 17-11, 4-4 CC on the year while the Shoremen fell to 22-7, 4-4 CC.

Washington struck first to take a 1-0 lead off an RBI double in the top half of the first before the F&M offense answered with three runs off four hits in the bottom of the frame. Launi belted a two-RBI homer to right center, plating Freeman from first and starting the Diplomats' scoring. Danny Blugis followed later in the frame with an RBI single to center field that plated Don DiLoreto from third. 

Another F&M homer, this time a two-run shot from Freeman in the bottom of the second, put the Diplomats in front by a 5-1 tally. Washington cut into the deficit by crossing home off a wild pitch in the top of the third, before F&M kept its foot on the gas with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. 

Freeman led off the inning with a double and eventually scored thanks to a Launi grounder to second base. Blugis once again came up clutch with a two-out infield single that sent DiLoreto home and put the Diplomats head by five. 

The Shoremen led off the sixth with a solo homer to right center to make it a 7-3 contest, before F&M blew the game open with four runs off four hits and an error in the eighth to put away Washington. 

Freeman led the effort with a 4-for-5 line, registering four runs and two RBIs. Launi went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and five RBIs, while Blugis recorded a 2-for-5 effort with two RBIs, and Justin Cavegn went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Alex Miller stole two bases on the day, and F&M outhit the Shoremen by a staggering 14-5 margin. 

Starter Jack Buckley (5-1) earned the win after tossing six solid innings, allowing two earned off of four hits while striking out five. Matt Furlong (1-1) was dealt the loss with five earned off six hits in one inning of work. Ryan DeWalt and Danny Blugis combined out of the bullpen to throw three scoreless frames with three strikeouts. 

The Diplomats continue CC action tomorrow, traveling to No. 9 Swarthmore for a doubleheader beginning at noon.