Dips' Staff stops Shoremen
LANCASTER, Pa -- Jason Anderson’s eighth inning sacrifice
fly proved to be the difference as Franklin & Marshall won a
pitcher’s duel over Washington 2-1. The victory gave the
Diplomats (8-7, 1-0 CC) their first Centennial Conference (CC) win
and dropped the Shoremen to 6-6 (0-1 CC) for the year.
Matt Valente’s double to left center in the bottom eighth started off the game winning inning for the Diplomats. Valtente advanced to third on a passed ball. Matt Will picked up an infield single in direction of the second basemen. On the next at bat, J.T. Triantos walked, loading the bases. Anderson’s sacrifice fly to centerfield plated Valente making the score 2-1. The Shoremen got out of the inning without any further damage.
Chris Miller worked the ninth in relief of Diplomats starter Nick Markel. Miller retired the side in order to pick up his second save of the year. Markel (2-0) allowed one run in eight full innings of work. He struck out four batters and issued two walks.
Washingon’s starter Chris Smith (1-2) also twirled a gem, but was saddled with the loss. Smith surrendered one run in seven innings. He walked a pair and recorded two strikeouts.
Washington struck first on Doug Lutz’s single to right field scoring Greg Perret in the second inning. The Diplomats knotted the game in the bottom of sixth. Nick Rolnick’s double into center scored Matt Will. Rolnick was gunned down at third for the final out of the inning long after the run crossed.
Blue Wells and Will each went 2-for-3 for the Diplomats. No Shoremen recorded multiple hits in the loss.
The Diplomats travel to Washington on Friday for a 3:30pm game.