Diplomats score in bottom of seventh, ninth to hand McDaniel pair of losses
LANCASTER, Pa. – Matt Will had three hits, including the game-winning single in game two, to lead Franklin & Marshall to a doubleheader sweep of McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Saturday.
The Diplomats (14-19-1, 9-9 CC) got an RBI single from Aaron Gillette to break a 2-all deadlock for a 3-2 win in the bottom of the seventh of game one before overcoming a 3-1 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 game-two victory.
Matthew Pace (Baltimore, Md./North County) rapped out four hits to pace the Green Terror (9-18, 5-13 CC), who gave up final at-bat wins for the third and fourth times this season.
In game one, doubles from Ricky LaSota (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch), Andrew Worm (Easton, Md./Easton) and Patrick Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney) staked McDaniel to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third.
A Gillette single, stolen base, error and J.T. Tritantos sacrifice fly trimmed the deficit in half in the bottom of the inning before a Jason Anderson single and Connor Devlin double in the fourth tied the game.
Devlin led off the home seventh with a double before advancing to third on a Nick Rolnick single.
The Green Terror issued an intentionally walk to Drew Atkins to load the bases and set up the force at any base before Gillette delivered the game-winning hit into left field.
In game two, McDaniel built a 3-0 lead over the first six innings.
Nieto roped a one-out triple in the fourth before scoring on a Pace single to double the advantage.
Nieto walked to lead off the sixth and scored on a Kyle Pruitt (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) single.
A Gillette walk and back-to-back singles from Tritantos and Will pulled the Diplomats within 3-1 in the eighth.
Rolnick led off the ninth with an infield single before a Devlin single put runners at first and second.
A sacrifice bunt moved both runners up a base and a Blue Wells pinch-hit double cleared the bases to tie the game.
Two walks reloaded the bases before Will delivered the hit that completed the sweep.
The Green Terror concludes the season at home against Catholic on Wednesday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
Score by Inning – Game
McDaniel (9-17, 5-12 CC) 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 - 2 9 1
Franklin & Marshall (13-19-1, 8-9 CC) 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 - 3 7 0
Zach Jones and Ray Hart; Nick Markel and Russell Tischler. WP: Markel (3-2). LP: Jones (3-2). S: none. SO-BB: Jones 4-2; Markel 3-1. 2B: Andrew Worm (M), Patrick Christopher (M), Matthew Pace (M), Ricky LaSota (M), Connor Devlin 2 (F).
Score by Inning – Game
McDaniel (9-18, 5-13 CC) 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 - 3 11 3
Franklin & Marshall (14-19-1, 9-9 CC) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 - 4 10 1
Danny Snight, Gio Fricchione (9) and Ray Hart; Mike Duranti, Josh Gray (9) and Josh Mendelson. WP: Gray (3-2). LP: Snight (3-6). S: none. SO-BB: Snight 0-1, Fricchione 0-2; Duranti 4-1, Gray 1-0. 2B: Brandon Kline (M), Russell Coover (M), Sergio Nieto (M), Matt Will (F), Blue Wells (F). 3B: Nieto (M).