McDaniel Takes Two from Diplomats

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall fell to McDaniel in both games of a Centennial Conference (CC) doubleheader on Saturday at Caplan Field. The Diplomats (16-23, 5-13 CC) dropped a low-scoring 3-0 battle in the opener, before the Green Terror (22-10, 9-7 CC) completed the sweep with a 7-1 triumph in game two.

Matt Valente and James Chiorello dueled it out on the mound for the game's entirety in the opener, with Chiorello coming out on top after a three-run ninth from the Green Terror produced the only runs of the contest.

Chiorello (6-2) worked a no-hitter into the sixth frame, but Pat Andrews broke up the no-no with an infield single down the third base line in the bottom of the sixth.

Valente (2-7) kept F&M all square with the Green Terror, pitching a gem of his own on the rubber. The senior lefthander and Chiorello each allowed just one runner to reach scoring position throughout the first seven frames, and just six runners were left on base during that time.

After Valente tossed a scoreless eighth, Andrews tallied his second hit of the day for F&M, a two-out single to right. Pinch-runner Mike Giannone then moved to second on an opposite-field single to left by Aaron Gillette, but Chiorello came through with a key third out to keep the score at 0-0 heading into the final inning.

In the ninth, McDaniel finally broke the scoreless tie. Mike Freeman and Chiorello earned back-to-back free passes to open the frame. With one out and runners on second and third, Valente intentionally walked Chris Long to loaded the bases, but Dan French delivered a two-RBI double down the left field line that gave the Green Terror a 2-0 lead.

McDaniel tacked on an additional score to take a three-run advantage, before Chiorello closed things out in the bottom half of the frame to secure the complete-game win.

Valente surrendered three runs, two earned, while allowing just five hits and striking out four. Chiorello twirled a three-hitter with seven strikeouts in the win.

Andrews led the Diplomats in game one with a 2-for-3 performance, while French had two RBIs and a run scored to pace the Green Terror.

In the nightcap, McDaniel broke open another close contest with five runs over the final three innings.

Leading 2-1 entering the seventh, the Green Terror added two scores on sacrifice flies to take a three-run edge, before notching three runs in the ninth for the 7-1 final.

Evan Lang (5-4) allowed just one earned run in the contest, but suffered the loss after pitching 8.0 innings. The senior lefthander struck out two and walked two.

Zach Jones (4-2) earned the second complete-game victory of the day for the Green Terror, allowing one run on seven hits while striking out nine and walking two.

Brandon Theriault led the way for F&M in game two with a 3-for-4 line, while Alex Vescera and Gillette both notched two hits in the defeat.

Pat Christopher went 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored to lead McDaniel, while Chiorello added two hits and an RBI.

McDaniel 3, Franklin & Marshall 0 (Apr 28, 2012 at Lancaster, Pa.) (Game 1)
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McDaniel............ 000 000 003  -  3  5  2      (21-10, 8-7)
Franklin & Marshall. 000 000 000  -  0  3  3      (16-22, 5-12)
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Pitchers: McDaniel - James Chiorello and Chris Longo. Franklin & Marshall - Matt Valente and Patrick Andrews; Joe Gallitto.

Win-James Chiorello (6-2) 

Loss-Matt Valente (2-7)

McDaniel 7, Franklin & Marshall 1 (Apr 28, 2012 at Lancaster, Pa.) (Game 2)
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McDaniel............ 100 010 203  -  7 13  1      (22-10, 9-7)
Franklin & Marshall. 010 000 000  -  1  7  4      (16-23, 5-13)
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Pitchers: McDaniel - Zach Jones and Chris Longo. Franklin & Marshall - Evan Lang; Eric Herbst(9); Collin McCune(9) and Josh Mendelson.

Win-Zach Jones (4-2) 

Loss-Evan Lang (5-4)

E Lang faced 1 batter in the 9th.