Diplomats Cruise Past Shoremen

Diplomats Cruise Past Shoremen

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Franklin & Marshall won its fifth straight game with an 11-1 triumph over Washington College on Sunday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action. The Diplomats improve to 19-14 overall and 10-4 in CC play, while the Shoremen drop to 13-21, 4-10 CC. 

After a scoreless first two innings, the Diplomats broke open the contest with a seven-run third that featured 12 at-bats for F&M. Joe Gallitto led off the inning with a walk, before Pat Andrews registered the first of five hits in the frame with a single down the left field line. Rob Anderson then reached base with a bunt single, and Gallitto made it 1-0 F&M after racing home following a Shoremen throwing error on Anderson's single. 

Andrews scored shortly thereafter on a wild pitch, and Avery Attinson delivered a two-RBI double to right center that plated Anderson and Aaron Gillette to make it 4-0 Diplomats. Alex Vescera later notched a two-RBI single that allowed Kevin Shields and Attinson to cross home plate, before Gallitto rounded out the scoring in his second at-bat with an RBI double to left, giving F&M a commanding 7-0 edge. 

Washington managed to tally its lone run in the bottom half of the third on Nick Marinelli's RBI single to right, but the hosts would get no closer as the Diplomats tacked on a run in the fifth and a trio of scores in the eighth for the final 11-1 margin of victory. Anderson notched a sacrifice fly in the fifth that plated Vescera, while Shields, Gallitto, and Andrews each posted RBIs in the eighth.

Vescera went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and scored twice, while Andrews also tallied three hits to go along with one RBI and one run scored. Attinson posted two hits, two RBIs and touched home twice, while Gallitto also registered a pair of hits and two RBIs.

Marinelli and Sean Connole paced Washington with two hits apiece.

F&M starter Paul Giulio (3-2) picked up the victory in five innings, surrendering one run on four hits while fanning five batters and walking two. Gareth Fancher entered in relief in the sixth and pitched three shutout frames with just one hit, while Chris Houston closed out the contest with a shutout ninth.

Michael Long (1-3) took the loss for the Shoremen, surviving into only the third frame after allowing seven runs on five hits.

F&M returns home on Tuesday against Haverford for game one of a series between two squads jockeying for CC playoff position. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. at Caplan Field.