LANCASTER, Pa. – A pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth brought Franklin & Marshall's baseball team within one before the Diplomats were retired with the winning run at the plate, falling short to Gettysburg by a 7-6 score on Sunday afternoon at Caplan Field.
The Centennial Conference (CC) loss dropped F&M's record to 14-10-1, 3-2-1 CC while the Bullets improved to 17-8-2-, 5-1 CC.
Gettysburg took advantage of errant plays by the Diplomats' fielders in both the third and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead in the game. However, F&M's offense hit its stride in the bottom of the fifth with four runs on six hits to pull ahead by two.
David Iacobucci got the scoring started with a RBI single with runners on the corners, before a Kengo Kawahara double to left center plated another pair of runs. Reed Williams wrapped up the attack with a RBI single through the right side that allowed Kawahara to cross home from third.
The 4-2 lead held until the eighth when the Bullets knotted the game with two runs on a pair of hits. Gettysburg retook the advantage in the top of the ninth, once again making the Diplomats pay for a passed ball and a costly infield error that resulted in three runs crossing the plate in the frame.
Jimmy Whelan opened the bottom of the inning with a leadoff walk before a David Iacobucci double knocked in Whelan and cut the deficit to two. Christopher Vincent followed with a clutch two-out single to left field that sent Iacobucci home from third, but the side was retired in F&M's next at-bat.
Reed Williams hit a grounder to shortstop and appeared to beat out the play at first. However, the umpire ultimately determined the throw was in time to get the speedy second baseman.
Starter Andrew Mascis garnered a no-decision after tossing eight strong innings and striking out four without surrendering an earned run. Casey Bulik (0-1) was charged with the loss after allowing one earned on two hits and two walks in one inning of work. Reliever Will Wortmann (1-1) picked up Gettysburg's win by throwing three frames and allowing one earned.
Overall, hits belonged to the Diplomats at 12-9. Bulik, Iacobucci, Kawahara, Vincent and Justin Cavegn all recorded a pair of hits. Iacobucci added two runs scored and two batted in while Kawahara scored once and recorded two RBIs.
F&M returns to the field tomorrow for its fourth game in three days when the Diplomats travel to York for a 4:00 p.m. non-conference competition.