Diplomats Looking For a Bounce Back Week

Diplomats Looking For a Bounce Back Week
Game 26
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
F&M vs. Ursinus | Lancaster | 3:30 PM
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Game 27
Friday, April 15, 2016
F&M at Ursinus | Collegeville | 3:30 PM
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Game 28/29
Saturday, April 16, 2016
F&M vs. Muhlenberg | Lancaster | 12:30/3:30 PM
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Series History: Franklin & Marshall looks to get back on track in Centennial Conference (CC) competition this week taking on Ursinus in a home/away split and hosting a doubleheader on Saturday against Swarthmore.

The all-time series lead against Ursinus favors the Diplomats at 64-58-1 dating back to the 1898 season. F&M swept the series last year by scores of 4-2 and 10-2 after getting a pair of strong pitching performances from Sean Cosgriff and Mack Glavin.

Against Muhlenberg, the Diplomats hold a 67-48 lead, dating back to 1925. 

Last Week: The Diplomats went 1-3 last week in conference play, splitting their series against Gettysburg with a 12-1 loss on Tuesday and a 3-2 win on Friday, before being swept by Johns Hopkins in Baltimore on Sunday by scores of 17-5 and 11-1. 

On Tuesday against the Bullets, F&M was outhit by a 15-6 margin and struggled to generate offense against starter Eric Brown (4-2) who tossed a complete game, allowing one earned and striking out one. 

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The Diplomats rebounded on Friday with several clutch double plays and timely late-inning hitting to secure a crucial one-run win. Starter Mike Androconis put together another solid performance, tossing seven innings and allowing two earned off eight hits. Brad DeMartino (4-2) was dealt the loss for the Bullets, pitching 7 1/3 frames, surrendering three earned off seven hits and striking out one.

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Against Johns Hopkins, the Blue Jays tallied 28 runs on 29 hits through the pair of games on Sunday. Luke Seib notched two of F&M's nine hits after putting together a 2-for-4 line with one run scored in game one while Tyler Daley went 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot and Reed Williams tallied a 2-for-4 line in the night cap. 

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PSU-Harrisburg Game Postponed: Thursday's home game against PSU-Harrisburg, originally scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start, was postponed with a make-up date yet to be announced. The Lions were forced to make a change after having to reschedule a pair of conference games to Thursday. 

Senior Day: Before the doubleheader on Saturday against Muhlenberg, F&M will honor its seven-member senior class of Tim Costello, Gareth Fancher, Matt Mezansky, Ryan Obrecht, Brett Poniros, Luke Seib and Mike Smeriglio

Milestone Watch: With five saves on the season, closer Andrew Mascis continues to solidify himself atop the program's leaderboard with 14 in his career. The previous mark was held by Dan Tischler '08 with 10.

Mezansky continues to climb the career RBI list and is now seventh with 93. A senior captain at third base, Mezansky also cracked the top 10 list for a number of other program records, including hits (159, sixth all-time), doubles (34, tied for 3rd all-time) and triples (7, tied for 6th all-time). 

Iacobucci cracked the top 10 for home runs and now stands in a four-way tie for eighth with seven in his career. Scott Haft '05 holds the program record with 14. 

Hit Streaks: Second Baseman Casey Bulik has recorded a hit in 13 consecutive contests, a streak which leads the team while Daley has a hit in seven straight. 

Top of the CC Class: As of Monday, David Iacobucci's .338 batting average is the eighth best throughout the CC while Daley is close behind in ninth with a .392 average. Mezansky's 11 doubles lead the CC and his 21 RBIs on the year rank 11th. Daley is sixth with 16 walks and tied for sixth with 16 stolen bases.