Diplomats Travel to Face Etown, No. 17 TCNJ

Diplomats Travel to Face Etown, No. 17 TCNJ

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Game 15
Thursday, March 23, 2017
F&M at Etown | Elizabethtown | 4:00 PM
Series Record: Etown Leads 42-21-1
Streak: F&M +1
Last F&M Victory: 4-1, Mar. 8, 2016
Last Etown Victory: 7-2, Apr. 23, 2017
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Game 16
Saturday, March 25, 2017
F&M at TCNJ | Ewing, N.J. | 11:30 AM
Series Record: TCNJ Leads 11-2
Streak: TCNJ +4
Last F&M Victory: 13-8, March 25, 2005
Last TCNJ Victory: 17-11, March 26, 2016
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Game 17
Saturday, March 25, 2017
F&M at TCNJ | Ewing, N.J. | 2:30 PM
Series Record: TCNJ Leads 11-2
Streak: TCNJ +4
Last F&M Victory: 13-8, March 25, 2005
Last TCNJ Victory: 17-11, March 26, 2016
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Schedule Changes: Due to last week's snowstorm in the Lancaster area causing field conditions to be unplayable, several schedule changes were announced. Franklin & Marshall's game against Hood, originally slated for Tuesday, March 21 at 3:30 p.m. was moved Wednesday, April 26 at 4:00 p.m. at Caplan Field.

Also, Thursday's game against Elizabethtown was originally scheduled to take place in Lancaster but was moved Elizabethtown to occur at the same date and time.

Series History: Franklin & Marshall is set to meet with Elizabethtown on Thursday for the 65th time in a series that dates back to 1947. The Diplomats won last year's game by a 4-1 score, breaking a five-contest losing streak in the series. 

F&M travels to No. 17 TCNJ on Saturday for a doubleheader in Ewing, N.J. The non-conference meeting marks the second straight year these two programs face off with the Lions sweeping a doubleheader in Lancaster on March 26, 2016. 

A Look at Etown: The Blue Jays head into this week's non-conference tilt with a 7-5 record on the year, but have lost four out of their last five games. 

A Look at TCNJ: The Lions currently hold a 7-3 record, not including games against Alvernia on Wednesday and Ursinus on Thursday. Last year, TCNJ strung together a 32-12 record to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where the Lions went 2-2 in the Mideast Regional.

Last Week: F&M had one of its most successful spring break trips in recent memory by winning nine out of 10 games in Florida to return to Lancaster with a 10-5 record on the season.

Highlights included a pair of dominant performances from ace starter Mike Androconis, who tossed a complete-game shutout against Fitchburg St. on March 12 and a 13-strikeout performance against Gordon on March 17. 

Recaps for all of the Diplomats' games on the trip are available here.

Daley Collecting Honors: Tyler Daley garnered both Centennial Conference (CC) Baseball Player of the Week and D3baseball.com Team of the Week honors after a torrid stretch of games over spring break. 

The senior outfielder put together an impressive .621/.703/.862 split with 18 hits in 29 at-bats through eight games. Daley registered five doubles and a triple while drawing three walks. He scored 16 runs, notched seven RBIs and stole a pair of bases. 

Milestones to Watch: David Iacobucci has worked his way up several statistical categories in the program's career record book. His 10 home runs are the fourth-most all-time as Scott Haft '05 holds the program record with 14. 

Iacobucci also breached the top-10 in hits (150 – 10th place), doubles (31 – 7th place), RBIs (82 – 10th place) and total bases (223 – 5th place).

Daley is second in career on-base percentage at .493 in 242 at-bats. Matt Will '11 holds the record at .507 in 458 at-bats. He also places third in batting average with a .368 career clip.

Catcher Christopher Vincent has thrown out 26 runners attempting to steal, a mark that places him third on the career list. Pat Andrews '14 holds the record with 29. 

With a 3-1 record on the season, Androconis moved into 13th place in career wins with 12. Ted Serro '06 leads the way with 20. 

Top of the CC Class: Daley and Iacobucci find their names among the CC leaders in batting average, placing second and third respectively, with a .510 and .482 average. Iacobucci leads the CC in RBIs (18) and hits (27), while Daley is atop the leader board in runs (21) and on-base percentage (.621).

Androconis is second among pitchers in wins with three, as well as strikeouts with 30.

As a team, the Diplomats pace the CC in runs scored (130), hits (167), stolen bases (27) and batting average (.337). The pitching staff is first in strikeouts (110), as well as strikeouts per nine innings (8.53). 

Memorable Day on Offense: F&M's offense took its early-season dominance to another level on Tuesday, March 14, tallying the most runs by a Diplomat team in 46 years with a 29-15 bashing of Stockton in Florida.   

Triple Play: In game two of a doubleheader against Central (Iowa) on March 18, F&M turned its first triple play since 2004. Holding onto an 8-5 lead in the sixth with runners on first and second and no outs on the board, Casey Bulik came into pitch and forced a liner to kick start the clutch play. The effort was hit back to Bulik, who doubled up the runner on first before a toss to the shortstop got the runner at second.