Still on Top
LANCASTER, Pa – Franklin & Marshall used two-three run innings to defeat visiting Gettysburg 7-3, in Centennial Conference (CC) action. Both teams came into the contest tied for first in conference standings. F&M now stands alone.
The Diplomats (14-9-1, 7-2 CC) started off slow, picking up one hit in the first three innings. Gettysburg (13-13, 6-3 CC) got on the board first, scoring a run in the second and two runs in the third inning. Nick Markel settled in from there, allowing two hits the rest of the game.
Franklin & Marshall got the bats going in fourth for their first three-run inning. Shea Moriarty walked to start the frame. Jay Anderson and Eric Bornstein both hit singles to load the bases. With two outs, Russell Tischler hit a base knock, plating Moriarty and Anderson. Andrew Hanson drove in the third run with a base hit through the left side, tying the game at 3-3.
Moriarty started things off again in the fifth when he reached base on an error by the third basemen. Anderson singled to center in the next at bat. Both players advanced bases on a wild pitch. With runners on second and third, Rolnick doubled down the leftfield line to score them, putting the Diplomats up 5-3. Bornstein brought Rolnick home with a single two at bats later.
Matt Will walked in the seventh scoring Bill Murray to put the Diplomats up 7-3.
Rolnick finished the game scoring a run and driving in two. Anderson went 3-for-5 at the plate, crossing home twice and driving in a pair.
Markel (3-1) pitched eight full innings, allowing three runs off of six hits. He struck out four and walked two batters. Will Kleva (1-4) took the loss for the Bullets. He gave up eight hits and four earned runs.
The Diplomats travel to Gettysburg Friday for their next game. Game time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.