Fords Down the Diplomats in Rain-Shortened Contest

Fords Down the Diplomats in Rain-Shortened Contest

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's baseball team fell to Haverford by a 7-0 score (seven innings) on Friday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) play at Caplan Field. The game marked the Diplomats' final home contest of the year as F&M celebrated the careers of eight seniors prior to the start of action. The Diplomats dropped to 13-22, 5-11 CC on the season, while the Fords improved to 17-16, 10-6 CC.

F&M's offense struggled against one of the premier pitchers in the conference as Haverford's starter Tommy Bergjans (7-1) went seven innings, allowed only two hits and fanned nine batters before the rain came in and ended the afternoon. 

Starter Sam Ackerman (0-3) cruised through the opening three frames but walked back-to-back batters with one out early in the fourth. After forcing a fly out to right field, Ackerman appeared to be out of the inning with a grounder to second, but an error from the Diplomats' infield gave extra life to the Fords' attack. 

Second baseman Zach Taylor stepped into the box and made F&M pay, smacking a single down the left field line that scored two, before center fielder Nick Miranda followed with an RBI single of his own to make the score 3-0. 

Haverford added two more runs in the top of the sixth before putting the contest out of reach with another pair of runs, off an RBI double and single, to take the 7-0 advantage. Will Benenson opened the bottom of the frame with a double to right field but was forced out at third in the Diplomats' next at bat. F&M went down in order to close out the inning before the game was called. 

Senior catcher Pat Andrews reached a milestone in the top of the seventh, ending the frame by firing out a runner at second, marking the 27th base runner he caught stealing in his career and tying the school record held by Dan Weber (2001-04). 

Benenson tallied both of the Diplomats' hits on the day, finishing with a 2-for-3 line at the plate. Three Haverford hitters notched a pair of hits, led by left fielder Thomas Vollaro, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. 

Ackerman suffered the loss after tossing 3.2 innings and allowing three runs, none of which were earned. 

F&M wraps up its season tomorrow with a doubleheader on the road against Swarthmore. Game one is set for a 12:30 p.m. start.