LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall’s baseball team got back to their winning ways on Monday with a 7-3 victory over Dickinson in Centennial Conference (CC) competition at Caplan Field.
The Diplomats improved to 16-10, 3-3 CC on the year while the Red Devils fell to 17-6, 4-2 CC.
Behind a stout defense and timely hitting, F&M battled back from a pair of deficits in the game. The opening inning saw Dickinson jump in front by a 1-0 score off a two-out RBI double before the Diplomats answered in the bottom of the third by plating a pair of runners off wild pitches to pull ahead at 2-1.
After the Red Devils responded with two runs of their own in the top half of the fourth inning to capture the 3-2 lead, F&M once again battled back with fours runs off three hits in the bottom of the frame to take the advantage for good.
Back-to-back Diplomat batters were hit by pitches to open the inning before a Justin Cavegn two-RBI single up the middle scored both runners. Dan Marano wrapped up the offensive display with a two-out, two-RBI single to center field that plated Kevin Lammers and Cavegn.
Ahead by a 6-3 score, F&M loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and added an insurance run when Danny Blugis hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield that allowed Marano to cross home plate.
Starter Jonathan Pesantez went four innings, allowing three earned off seven hits and a walk. Ryan DeWalt (1-0) earned his first career win out of the bullpen with two scoreless frames, while Kyle Roche tossed the final three innings, blanking the Red Devils and surrendering just one hit for his first career save.
Marano tallied a 3-for-3 line with two RBIs and a run scored. Cavegn and Lammers were also each perfect with 3-for-3 efforts as Cavegn added two RBIs and Lammers scored a pair of runs.
Catcher Danny Blugis helped key an errorless effort for the Diplomat defense as the senior threw out his ninth and 10th base runners of the season and extended his recently-broken program record to 32 in his career.
F&M aims to carry its momentum into tomorrow’s 3:30 p.m. road tilt against Washington College.