Schedule Changes: Franklin & Marshall's game against Messiah, originally scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start on Tuesday at Clipper Magazine Stadium, was postponed due to inclement weather. The game was moved to Caplan Field on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Series History: This week's competition opens against Messiah, a team the Diplomats have dominated of late with wins in four straight contests. Centennial Conference (CC) play starts on Saturday with a doubleheader at home against Washington. Last season, the Shoremen swept the series by scores of 7-6 and 13-2.
On Sunday, F&M travels to Drew for just the fourth all-time competition against the Rangers. The Diplomats have won each of the previous two meetings, including an 11-5 victory last season.
Lacing Up For a Good Cause: On Thursday against Messiah, the baseball team will be raising money and awareness for the Go4theGoal Foundation's Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer campaign. The Diplomats are donning gold shoelaces during the contest, the color for childhood cancer awareness.
Donations can be made through the Diplomats' online fundraising page at https://donate.go4thegoal.org/diplomatsbaseball. The team has raised an impressive $5,288 for the foundation so far, already exceeding their goal of $5,000.
Last Week: F&M put together a 1-2 record last week to move to 11-7 overall on the season. The Diplomats downed Elizabethtown by a 5-3 score on Thursday. Starting pitcher Sam Ackerman (1-0) earned the win after tossing five innings and allowing just one earned on three hits. Four relievers combined to finish out the final four frames, allowing just two earned and striking out five. Danny Blugis registered the save by tossing a scoreless ninth.
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On Saturday against No. 17 TCNJ, the Diplomats fell by scores of 10-5 and 9-1 in the non-conference doubleheader on the road. Tied at 5-5 heading into the eighth inning of game one, the Lions broke the contest open with five runs on three hits and a pair of costly errors. Game two saw F&M fall behind by a 5-0 score in the fifth before getting on the board with a Kyle Ebert RBI single. However, TCNJ put the game out of reach with a four-run seventh inning.
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Milestones to Watch: David Iacobucci has worked his way up several statistical categories in the program's career record book. His 10 home runs are the fourth-most all-time as Scott Haft '05 holds the program record with 14.
Iacobucci also breached the top-10 in hits (156 – 9th place), doubles (33 – 5th place), RBIs (85 – 9th place) and total bases (231 – 3rd place).
Daley is second in career on-base percentage at .493 in 244 at-bats. Matt Will '11 holds the record at .507 in 458 at-bats. He also places third in batting average with a .369 career clip.
Catcher Christopher Vincent has thrown out 26 runners attempting to steal, a mark that places him third on the career list. Pat Andrews '14 holds the record with 29.
With a 3-1 record on the season, Androconis moved into 13th place in career wins with 12. Ted Serro '06 leads the way with 20.
Top of the CC Class: Tyler Daley and Iacobucci find their names among the CC leaders in batting average, placing first and third respectively, with a .509 and .485 clip. Iacobucci leads the CC in RBIs (21) and places second in hits (33), while Daley is atop the leader board in on-base percentage (.618) and batting average (.509), while placing second in runs scored (21).
Androconis is second among pitchers in wins with three, and is third in strikeouts with 33.
As a team, the Diplomats pace the CC in runs scored (141) and batting average (.322).
Memorable Day on Offense: F&M's offense took its early-season dominance to another level on Tuesday, March 14, tallying the most runs by a Diplomat team in 46 years with a 29-15 bashing of Stockton in Florida.
Triple Play: In game two of a doubleheader against Central (Iowa) on March 18, F&M turned its first triple play since 2004. Holding onto an 8-5 lead in the sixth with runners on first and second and no outs on the board, Casey Bulik came into pitch and forced a liner to kick start the clutch play. The effort was hit back to Bulik, who doubled up the runner on first before a toss to the shortstop got the runner at second.