Eighth Inning Rally Lifts Diplomats

Eighth Inning Rally Lifts Diplomats

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HAVERFORD, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall scored three runs with two outs in the eighth inning, to break a 5-5 tie, and defeat Haverford 8-6 in a Centennial Conference (CC) baseball game Wednesday afternoon. The Diplomats improved to 12-14-1 (7-6 CC) while the Fords fell to 18-10 (9-4 CC).

Eric Bornstein was issued a walk to give F&M its first base runner of the eighth frame. Aaron Gillette’s bunt to third in the next at-bat advanced Bornstein to second and placed Gillette on first. Matt Will lined out to left field in the next plate appearance for the second out of inning. J.T. Triantos singled to left field and advanced to third on an error by the leftfielder, clearing the bases, giving F&M a 7-5 edge. Bill Murray hit a single in the next at-bat, plating Triantos for the final run of the inning and an 8-5 F&M lead.
Haverford added a run in the bottom of the frame which resulted in the 8-6 score.
The Diplomats struck first scoring four runs in the second inning. Jay Anderson walked to start the frame and Blue Wells hit a home run to right center to put F&M up 2-0. Bornstein singled two batters later and took third on a Gillette single. Will picked up a single of his own, clearing the bases, which put F&M 4-0.
The Fords added a run in the bottom of the second and F&M countered with one of its own in the fourth inning. Bill Murray hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Gillette for the run in the fourth.
Haverford battled back, tying the game, with back-to-back two run innings. The Fords added its runs in fifth and six innings to tie the game at five apiece, setting up the Diplomats’ eighth inning.
Mike Ham picked up his first win of the year. Ham pitched four innings and allowed one run. He struck out two and induced seven ground outs.
Jonny Williams took the loss. Williams (4-2) worked the eighth inning and gave up three runs.
Will, Murray and Wells all knocked in two runs apiece.  Murray and Wells both hit 2-for-4 from bag and Wells added a run of his own. Gillette hit 3-for-4 and scored three runs.
Franklin & Marshall returns to action of Friday when the Diplomats host Haverford for a 3:30 p.m. ballgame.

Franklin & Marshall 8, Haverford College 6 (Apr 14, 2010 at Haverford, Pa.)


Franklin & Marshall. 040 100 030  -  8 15  3      (12-14-1, 7-6 CC)

Haverford College... 010 022 010  -  6  8  2      (18-10, 9-4 CC)


Pitchers: Franklin & Marshall - Matt Valente; Mike Ham(6) and Russell Tischler.

Haverford College - D. Hochberg; M. Bozzi(3); J. Williams(7); A. Lewis(8) and J. Zoll.

Win-Mike Ham(1-0)  Loss-J. Williams(4-2)  T-2:50  A-67

HR F&M - Blue Wells.

M Valente faced 3 batters in the 6th.