Series History: Franklin & Marshall takes on Bard Saturday for the first time in program history. Bard hails from Annadale-on-Hudson, N.Y. and is a member of the Liberty League. The Raptors totaled a 9-28 record last season and a 4-20 mark in conference play.
Last Week: A pair of close contests in F&M's season-opening doubleheader resulted in an 11-10 (10 innings) extra-inning loss followed by a 4-4 tie (7 innings) due to darkness against Guilford on Saturday afternoon.
The Diplomats outhit the Quakers by an 18-12 margin in game one, including a pair of Dan Marano homers, while game two saw starting pitcher Jonathan Cole deliver five solid innings. The sophomore righty surrendered just one earned run and struck out five batters.
To read a recap of both games, click here.
Marano Earns Pair of Honors: Dan Marano was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Player of the Week for baseball, as well as a member of the D3baseball.com Team of the Week.
He was unstoppable at the plate in F&M's season-opening doubleheader against Guilford on Saturday, going a combined 8-for-10 with two home runs, three RBIs, three runs scored, and a stolen base. He totaled a .800/.800/1.500 slash line, as well as a 2.300 OPS through two games.
Milestones to Watch: Senior ace Mike Androconis has accumulated 14 wins in his career, a mark that is good for ninth-best all-time and places him just six shy of the program record (20) held by Ted Serro '06.
Androconis' three complete-game shutouts are tied for second, behind only Serro in first with five, while his 144 strikeouts are sixth all-time. With his 28 career starts, he also is closing in on the program record of 33 held by Alex Guerra '15.
Marano enters the week by closing in on the 100 hits milestone with a total of 88 in his career.
CC Preseason Poll: F&M was picked to finish third in the CC Preseason Poll. Defending-Champion Johns Hopkins earned the top spot with 80 points and eight first-place votes, followed by Haverford (70 points, 2 first-place votes), F&M (55 points), Ursinus (54 points) and Swarthmore (50 points).