Diplomats Split with Crusaders

Diplomats Split with Crusaders

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall split a double-header with Susquehanna in non-conference baseball action Sunday afternoon at Caplan field. The Crusaders took the first game 6-5 and the Diplomats dominated the second contest with an 18-7 victory.

After the Crusaders (5-10) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, on Ty Raubernsine's RBI, F&M (8-7) evened the score in the bottom of the inning on Patrick Andrews' single to center.

The Diplomats tacked on two more runs in the fourth on an Andrews ground out and a Matt Will single. Andrews plated Will Benenson, who singled to start the inning, and Will scored Mike Amabile, who followed Benenson with a double.

Susquehanna used a five run sixth inning to take a 6-3 lead. The Crusaders crossed home on a Dan Wing RBI double, Geoff Hunter's two RBI double, a wild pitch and a passed ball. After a scoreless sixth for the Diplomats, Brendan DeMond retired the Crusaders in order, including two strikeouts, in the top of the seventh.

Blue Wells drew a lead-off walk to start the bottom of the seventh and Tyler Veterano pinch ran. Veterano crossed home on Benenson's single to left to make it 6-4. Amabile followed with a fielder's choice that plated Eric Bornstein, who had reached on a throwing error, before Andy Hergan retired the last batter to earn the save for Susquehanna.

Brian Windig pitched 5.2 innings to pick up the win for the Crusaders while Mike Duranti was saddled with the loss for F&M. Benenson and Amabile led the F&M offense with two hits each and both had a RBI.

Kevin Shields led the way from the plate in the second contest. Shields finished 4-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Will went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a run. Amabile finished with four RBIs and a run and Connor Devlin went 2-for-4 from the plate with three RBIs and a run.

F&M found itself in an early 4-0 hole after the top of the second inning.  The Diplomats responded with a three-run second to cut the deficit to one.  Russell Tischler and Eric Bornstein both drew walks to start off the frame. Amabile cleared the bases with a home run to left field for a 4-3 score.

Josh Gray settled in on the mound and retired the Crusaders in order at the top of the third. The Diplomats helped out their pitcher with seven runs in the bottom of frame to take the lead. Alex Vescera picked up a RBI and Devlin plated three runners to lead the Diplomats' offense in the inning.

F&M added three more runs in the fourth and five in the fifth inning.  Will cleared the bases with a double in the fourth, accounting for all three runs in that inning. Shields belted a three-run home run in the fifth for F&M. Will and Avery Attinson both knocked in runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Susquehanna added three runs in the sixth, resulting in the 18-7 final.

Gray picked up his first win of the season. He worked five innings allowing just five hits and one earned run.  Nick Torkildsen took the loss for the Crusaders.

F&M returns to diamond on Tuesday when the Diplomats travel to Stevenson. Game time is set for 3:30 pm.
Susquehanna 6, Franklin - Marshall 5 (Game 1)
Susquehanna......... 010 005 0 -  6  8  2      (5-9)
Franklin - Marshall. 010 200 2 -  5  9  4      (7-7)
Pitchers: Susquehanna - Brian Wendig; Matt Smith(6); Andy Hergan(7) and Stephen Tamayo. Franklin - Marshall - Mike Duranti; Brendan DeMond(6) and Patrick Andrews.

Win-Brian Wendig(2-1) 
Save-Andy Hergan(2) 
Loss-Mike Duranti(1 2) 
T-1h 10m 

M Duranti faced 5 batters in the 6th.
Franklin - Marshall 18, Susquehanna 7 (Game 2)
Susquehanna......... 040 003 0 -  7  6  1      (5-10)
Franklin - Marshall. 037 350 X - 18 19  3      (8-7)
Pitchers: Susquehanna - Joe Schurig; Nick Torkildsen(3); Jordan Thomas(3); Matt Roe(3); Tyler Della Badia(4); James Lefever(5); Matt Smith(6) and Stephen Tamayo; Nick Testo; Greg Stellon. Franklin - Marshall - Josh Gray; Collin McCune(6); Justin Thacker(6); Brendan McCreary(6) and Josh Mendelson.

Win-Josh Gray(1-1) 
Loss-Nick Torkildsen(0-1) 
T-2h 49m  A-211

HR F-M - Mike Amabile; Kevin Shields.

Schurig faced 1 batter in the 3rd.
Torkildsen faced 3 batters in the 3rd.
J Thacker faced 2 batters in the 6th.