Diplomats Aim to Get Back on Track

Diplomats Aim to Get Back on Track
Game 29
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
F&M at Washington | Chestertown, Md. | 3:30 p.m.
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Game 30
Friday, April 18, 2014
F&M vs. Washington | Lancaster, Pa. | 3:30 p.m.
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Game 31/32
Saturday, April 19, 2014
F&M at Dickinson | Carlisle, Pa. | 12:30/3:30 p.m.


Series History: Washington and F&M meet for the 50th time in series history on Wednesday, dating back to the 1960 season. The Diplomats hold a 31-28 lead and have won the last two meetings, sweeping the series last season at 9-1 on April 16, and 11-1 on April 21. Plenty of history exists between F&M and Dickinson as the pair of Centennial Conference (CC) rivals meet for the 146th time on Saturday. In a series that began back in 1883, the Diplomats hold an 84-58-3 advantage and have won two straight.

Scouting the Opponents: The Shoremen enter action hitting .275 as a team, which ranks fifth in the conference, while their 5.39 ERA places them seventh. Outfielder Scott Matthews leads the offense with a .371 batting average that places eighth in the conference, while his 22 RBIs are good for sixth. 

The Red Devils are batting at a .272 clip, good for seventh in the CC, to go along with a 2.97 ERA, which ranks behind Gettysburg for second. Right-handed starter Ryan Kramer is second in the CC in both ERA (1.28) and wins (five).

Last Week: The Diplomats accumulated a 1-5 record after playing six games in seven days last week. F&M opened the stretch with a 5-0 loss to Ursinus at home on Tuesday before falling to York by an 11-5 score in non-conference action on Thursday.  A Rob Anderson RBI double in the top of the ninth scored Pat Andrews from second and broke an even score to hand F&M a 9-8 victory over Ursinus on Friday afternoon, evening the season series at 1-1.

However, the Diplomats offense was outdueled by a 15-7 score agaisnt Muhlenberg on Saturday at home, before falling just short by a 2-1 tally in the nightcap of the doubleheader at Caplan Field. Gettysburg continued its dominant conference play on the season, remaining atop the standings with a 21-4 victory over F&M on Sunday. 

Record Book Watch: With three doubles on the season, Benenson sits tied for sixth place on F&M's all-time list with 30. The program record belongs to Scott Haft (2002-05), who accumulated 45. Benenson also moved into second place on the program's all-time RBI list with 14 on the season to give him 101 for his career. The record belongs to Jason Anderson (2007-10) with 108. 

Behind the plate, Pat Andrews has successfully thrown out 26 runners in his career, including four on the season, a mark that places him second all time behind the program leader Dan Weber (2001-04), who holds the record with 27. 

Top of the CC Class: Rob Anderson sits second in the conference with an impressive .402 batting average on the season. Ursinus' Austin Feuerman leads the conference with a .407 average. Brett Poniros has stolen 12 bases on the season (12-for-12), a mark that places fifth in the CC, behind Haverford's William Bannard, who leads the way with 17. Reliever Andrew Green's three saves on the year are good for second, behind Haverford's Patrick Falkoff with five.