Diplomats Complete Shoremen Sweep
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Franklin & Marshall completed a regular season sweep of Centennial Conference (CC) foe, Washington College, with a 7-4 win at Athey Field on Friday. The game appeared destined to be a repeat of Tuesday's pitchers' duel. F&M starter, Matt Metsch went head-to-head with middle reliever, Chris Keiper on Friday.
Keiper (1-1) was called on early as the Shoremen (6-7, 0-2 CC) starter, Paul McMannis, struggled. McMannis worked out of a bases loaded jam in the first before issuing a pair of walks in the second. Russell Tischler's leadoff walk in the inning became the Diplomats' (9-7, 2-0 CC) first run when J.T. Triantos hit a one-out sacrifice fly to right. Matt Valente, who also reached on a walk, came in on an Jason Anderson single down the leftfield line.
McMannis' day ended when he walked Valente aboard. Keiper struck out eight through five and two-thirds, allowing a pair of earned runs on seven hits. Metsch found similar success for F&M, but came out on the right side of the decision. He struck out seven in as many innings of work to move to 2-0 on the year. He allowed three runs, all earned, on five hits.
Washington led briefly, posting a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Joe Coveney and Greg Perret each drew two out walks, setting the table for designated hitter, Ben Keaton. Keaton delivered with a two RBI double, but got greedy on the basepaths. He was hosed down at third to end the frame, but not before giving his team a 3-2 lead.
Anderson got on board with his second double of the season coming in the top of the seventh. Bill Murray brought him home to knot it at 3-3. In the bottom of the inning, Metsch retired the side in order, striking out the first and final batter of the inning to close his day.
The Diplomats cashed in on Metsch's momentum by putting up four runs in the eighth. Andrew Hanson led off the inning with a hit, ending Keiper's day. Matt Will doubled to provide F&M the go ahead run, 4-3. Will became the game-winning run when Anderson doubled him and Triantos home. Anderson scored when Murray reached on the second Washington error of the inning to make it 7-3. Anderson led the offense with a 4-for-5 effort at the plate. He drove in three runs and scored twice.
Brendan McCreary worked the final pair for F&M allowing one run on two hits. Ryan Normoyle popped a solo shot in the Shoremen eighth to make it the 7-4 final. McCreary forced four fly-balls and two ground outs to seal the Diplomats' win.
F&M is slated to return to action with a pair against Dickinson on Saturday. First pitch at Caplan Field is set for 12:30 p.m., weather permitting. Stay tuned to GoDiplomats.com for any schedule changes.