CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Franklin & Marshall's baseball team led through the early innings before a late barrage of runs led to a 12-4 loss against Washington on Tuesday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) play.
The road contest dropped the Diplomats' record to 16-11, 3-4 CC while the Shoremen improved to 22-6, 4-3 CC.
Alex Miller got the F&M offense off on the right foot with a double down the right-field line to open the game. Miller advanced to third on a Justin Cavegn sacrifice bunt and eventually crossed home plate on Kelsey Launi's sacrifice fly for the 1-0 lead.
Back-to-back, two-out singles in the bottom of the frame allowed Washington to tie the score at 1-1 before a leadoff solo homer in the second inning put the Shoremen in front by one.
That score held until the top of the fourth when the Diplomats' bats answered with two runs off of five hits to pull in front at 3-2. F&M notched four straight singles in the frame, including Will Samuel's RBI hit to right center that plated Launi. Miller capped off the onslaught with a two-out RBI single up the middle that allowed Miller to cross home plate.
The Diplomats extended the lead to 4-2 in the fifth when J.J. Freeman led off with a single to left field, before stealing second and reaching third on a wild pitch. Don DiLoreto finished off the small-ball run with a sacrifice fly to left field.
However, it was all Washington from there as the Shoremen registered the game's final 10 runs that included three-score frames in the sixth and seventh, followed by four runs off four hits and two errors in the eighth to put the contest away for good.
Hits were even between the two teams at 11-11. Miller tallied a 2-for-5 line from the leadoff spot with one run and an RBI. Launi was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Samuel went 2-for-4.
Starting pitcher Matt Devlin tossed 5 1/3 innings, surrendering four earned off four hits and striking out three. Reliever Zach Muster (0-2) was dealt the loss after allowing one earned in 1/3 frames.
The Diplomats will look to even the series against Washington on Friday when F&M welcomes the Shoremen to Caplan Field for a 3:30 p.m. start.