FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – A three-run seventh inning broke a 3-3 tie and ultimately dealt Franklin & Marshall's baseball team a hard-fought 7-3 loss to Washington & Lee in non-conference competition on Sunday.
The Diplomats concluded their season-opening, three-game series with the Generals with a 1-2 record while W&L evened its season record to 5-5 on the year.
Clutch pitching in the early going kept a potent General offense at bay as freshman starter Jack Buckley (0-1) got his way out of a bases-loaded, no out jam in the bottom of the first with a pair of strikeouts and a liner to third base.
W&L finally capitalized in the third with three runs on three hits to go ahead by a 3-0 tally. A two-out, bases loaded walk by Dan Marano in the fourth cut the deficit to two, before Tyler Daley's two-out, two-RBI single up the middle in the sixth, plated David Iacobucci and Kengo Kawahara to knot the game.
The tied score held until the bottom of the seventh when Kyle Ruedisili sent a solo homer to right-center to go ahead by one, and a pair of bases loaded bulks eventually raised the Generals' lead to three.
Another W&L run in the eighth extended the advantage to four. Daley led off the ninth with a single through the right side, before Kevin Lammers advanced Daley to second on a fielder's choice. However, F&M's offense was unable to rally any further in the frame.
Daley recorded two of the Diplomats' six hits on the afternoon with a 2-for-4 line to go along with two RBIs and a stolen base. The No. 1-3 spots at the top of W&L's lineup went a combined 7-for-14 with four runs scored.
Buckley was dealt the loss after tossing 6 1/3 innings, allowing four earned on eight hits and striking out four. Danny Devereuz (1-0) threw three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to earn the win.
F&M's challenging non-conference slate continues next Saturday when the Diplomats travel to No. 24 Salisbury for a 1:00 p.m. tilt.