F&M Looks to Lock up CC Playoff Spot - Week 9 Game Notes

F&M Looks to Lock up CC Playoff Spot - Week 9 Game Notes

Game 35
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
F&M at Ursinus | Collegeville | 3:30 PM

Live Stats

Series Record: F&M leads 67-60-2
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 26-12, April 13, 2018
Last UC Victory: 9-0, April 14, 2017

Game 36
Thursday, April 25, 2019
F&M at Scranton | Scranton | 5:00 PM

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Series Record: Scranton leads 10-9
Streak: F&M +5
Last F&M Victory: 5-3, March 15, 2004
Last Scranton Victory: 3-1, March 11, 1988

Game 37
Friday, April 26, 2019
F&M vs. Ursinus | Lancaster | 3:30 PM

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Games 38/39
Saturday, April 27, 2019
F&M at Johns Hopkins | Baltimore | 12/3:00 PM

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Series Record: JHU leads 62-34-1
Streak: JHU +1
Last F&M Victory: 3-1, April 20, 2018
Last JHU Victory: 10-5, May 5, 2018

Playoff Outlook

Franklin & Marshall enters the final week of the regular season with a 22-12, 9-5 CC record on the year and tied for second in the Conference standings. With just four games remaining, the Diplomats are in prime position to snag one of the four Playoff spots that are up for grabs. Johns Hopkins leads the way with an 11-3 CC mark, followed by Dickinson (9-5), F&M, and Haverford (8-6). Three teams are on the outside looking in with identical 7-7 records. 

Series History

Dating back to 1898, the series between the Diplomats and the Bears is a close, back-and-forth affair and is currently tipped slightly in favor of F&M at 67-60-2. Last time out resulted in a 26-12 slugfest that favored F&M in Collegeville. 

Scranton holds a narrow one-game lead in the all-time series against F&M, but the Diplomats have won the last five against Scranton dating back to 1988. 

The Diplomats are seeking their first win in Baltimore since 2013, splitting last year's regular-season series with the Blue Jays that included a Jonathan Cole, complete-game 3-1 victory at home. However, Hopkins avenged that loss with a 10-5 win in the CC Tournament to eliminate the Diplomats. 

Cole Lands Back-to-Back Honors

Junior righty Jonathan Cole earned his second-straight CC Pitcher of the Week award after striking out 14 Haverford batters in a 3-1 Diplomat victory on Saturday. Cole tossed eight frames and wasn't charged with an earned run as he scattered just two hits. 

Last Week (3-1)

Tuesday, April 16 | vs. Gettysburg | L, 10-2 | Recap
Thursday, April 18 | at Gettysburg | W, 9-5 | Recap
Saturday, April 20 | vs. Haverford | W, 22-4 | Recap
Saturday, April 13 | vs. Haverford | W, 3-1 | Recap

Among the CC Leaders

J.J. Freeman - INF
- 12 Steals - T-7th
- 44 Runs - T-3rd

Jack Buckley - LHP
- 64 Strikeouts - 1st
- 1.63 ERA - 4th
- Six Wins - T-2nd

Jonathan Cole - RHP
- 62 Strikeouts - 2nd
- 1.23 ERA - T-1st
- Five Wins - T-6th

Don DiLoreto - OF
- 20 Walks - T-8th

Kelsey Launi - OF
- 51 Hits - T-4th
- 34 RBIs - 6th

Hitting Streaks

J.J. Freeman - 8 Games
Alex Miller - 4 Games
Don DiLoreto - 4 Games
Kevin Lammers - 3 Games 

Milestones to Watch

Dan Marano has notched 173 hits in his career, a mark that places second all-time in program history. David Iacobucci '17 leads the way with 181. 

With 33 career doubles, Marano places sixth. Scott Haft '05 tops the category with 45. His eight home runs are good for seventh among career leaders with Haft pacing the field with 14. 

J.J. Freeman has scored 44 runs on the year, good for seventh on the single-season record list. Matt Will is first with 52 in 2009. 

Danny Blugis has registered 10 career saves, which places tied for second all-time. Andrew Mascis '18 leads the way with 16.

Starting pitchers Jonathan Cole and Jack Buckley made their way onto the career strikeouts list and now place seventh and eighth with 146 and 142, respectively. 

Racking up the K's 

The Diplomats head into the week with 264 strikeouts as a team, a mark which places fourth in single-season history. The 2018 team sits first with 295. Buckley's 64 on the year ranks seventh while Cole's 62 K's place 10th all-time as Tom Sheridan leads the way with 91 during the 1995 season. 

Cole's Historic Performance

In a 3-1 win over Haverford on April 20th, starting pitcher Jonathan Cole struck out 14 batters - the highest-known total in the program's single-game history. It marked the most K's by a Diplomat pitcher since Ted Serro fanned 12 Endicott batters back in 2006.

Blugis Breaks Caught Stealing Record 

After tossing out a pair of runners against Shenandoah on March 28th, catcher Danny Blugis set the program's all-time runners caught stealing mark and currently has 30 in his career. Pat Andrews '14 held the previous mark with 29.

Marano Breaks Career RBIs Mark 

With a sixth-inning single against Messiah at home on April 3rd, senior first baseman Dan Marano broke the program's career RBIs record with 109. Jason Anderson '10 previously held the top spot with 108.

Horning Becomes Winningest Coach 

With a doubleheader sweep of No. 9 Swarthmore on April 13th, sixth-year head coach Ryan Horning became F&M baseball's all-time winningest coach. Brett Boretti, who was at the helm of the program from 2001-05, previously led the way with a 116-82 record during his tenure. 

Horning also reached the 100-win plateau this season after sweeping Hampden-Sydney on Feb. 24.