CC Tournament History: Franklin & Marshall is set to make its 11th Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament appearance, and first since 2015, as the Diplomats are in search of their fifth Centennial Conference Title. The Diplomats last won the Tournament in 2013 with a 16-1 bashing of Johns Hopkins in the Championship game.
A Look at the Field
Swarthmore (No. 1 seed – 29-9, 15-3 CC)
Series Record: 1-1 in 2018 | F&M leads 56-45-3 overall
Swarthmore enters as the No. 1 seed, earning hosting rights thanks to a resurgence in 2018 that saw the Garnet increase their win total by 13 from a year ago to set a program record for victories. Entering the Tournament on a six-game win streak, the Garnet are an impressive 13-2 at home and have lost at Clothier Field just once in April. Swarthmore leads the CC in batting average (.311) and is second in team ERA (3.96).
Johns Hopkins (No. 2 seed – 27-12, 15-3 CC)
Series Record: 1-1 in 2018 | JHU leads 61-34-1 overall
Johns Hopkins has won seven of its previous eight games, including six consecutive Centennial contests. The Blue Jays have won two of the last three CC Titles and head into the Tournament as the defending Champions. One of the most well-balanced team's in the CC, Johns Hopkins places fourth in the Conference with a .296 batting average and is first with a 3.34 ERA.
Muhlenberg (No. 3 seed – 19-18, 11-7 CC)
Series Record: 1-1 in 2018 | F&M leads 71-52 overall
Muhlenberg has won eight of its last 10 contests and went 7-1 against CC competition down the stretch. The Mules are in the Tournament for the first time since 2014 and are in search of their first Centennial Championship. While Muhlenberg has hit only .259 as a team, a mark which stands ninth in the Conference, the Mules' pitching staff has been strong with the CC's third-lowest ERA at 4.28.
Franklin & Marshall (No. 4 seed – 18-16-2, 10-7-1 CC)
F&M holds a 3-3 record this year against squads in the CC Tournament and is the last team to beat Swarthmore, Johns Hopkins and Muhlenberg in CC play. The Diplomats have played their best baseball on the road this year and enter the week with a 9-5-1 record away from Caplan Field. F&M's offense is third among CC teams with a .302 batting average, while the pitching staff is sixth with a 5.16 ERA.
Centennial Baseball Titles: Johns Hopkins (14), F&M (4), Haverford (3), Ursinus (3).
Last Week: F&M closed out the 2018 regular season with a 3-3, 2-2 CC record last week to clinch the fourth and final Conference Tournament spot.
Monday - vs. Elizabethtown - L, 12-11 | Recap
Tuesday - vs. Dickinson - W, 7-2 | Recap
Friday - at Dickinson - L, 12-0 | Recap
Friday - at Dickinson - W, 9-2 | Recap
Saturday - vs. Muhlenberg - W, 5-4 | Recap
Saturday - vs. Muhlenberg - L, 4-1 (5 Innings) | Recap
Milestones to Watch: Senior ace Mike Androconis has accumulated 16 wins in his career, a mark that is tied for sixth-best all-time and places him four shy of the program record (20) held by Ted Serro '06.
Androconis' three complete-game shutouts are tied for second, behind only Serro in first with five, while his 184 strikeouts are fourth all-time. With his 34 career starts, he recently broke the program record of 33 held by Alex Guerra '15.
Marano enters the week with 137 hits, which place him 13th on the all-time list. He has also begun making his way up the career RBIs list with 87, which places him ninth. Jason Anderson '10 leads the program with 108.
Season Records Watch: Dan Marano has registered 40 RBIs on the season and is closing in on Andy Myers' single-season record which leads the program with 49 from the 2002 season. He also enters the week with 57 hits and needs only seven more to tie Gary Kruger's single-season mark of 64 set during the 2006 season.
Marano's five home runs on the year are tied for fourth in single-season history and are the most by a Diplomat since the 2010 season. Dennis Dowd holds the record with 10 during the 1982 season.
Jimmy Whelan has totaled 15 doubles in 2018, a mark that is just three shy of the record (18) set by Scott Haft in 2004.
Among the CC Leaders: Marano's .413 batting average is first amongst Centennial batters while his 40 RBIs place him in second entering the week. Kengo Kawahara is tied for sixth in runs scored with 35, while Jimmy Whelan's 15 doubles lead the league.
Historic Strikeout Pace: F&M's pitchers are on a historic pace for striking out the opposition in 2018. As a staff, the Diplomats are averaging 8.03 K's per nine innings, good for the second-highest total in single-season history. The 1988 squad is first with an 8.04 average.
F&M has totaled 280 strikeouts, good for first on the single-season list.
100 for Marano: With a 2-for-4 effort against No. 15 Southern Maine on March 18, Dan Marano reached the 100-hit milestone for his career.
Closing Time: Reliever Andrew Mascis tossed three shutout frames to record his 16th career save, taking over sole possession of the Centennial Conference's (CC) record in F&M's 5-1 win over York on March 6. His save moved him past Haverford's Charlie Carluccio who set the career mark in 2011.