WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Franklin & Marshall used another pitching gem from Kyle Roche to salvage a doubleheader split with McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats lost the first game to the Green Terror by a 9-2 margin, before rallying for a 3-1 victory in game two. With the split, F&M moved to 6-2, 6-2 CC, while McDaniel improved to 1-7, 1-7 CC.
Game 1: McDaniel 9, F&M 2
After loading the bases in the first and coming up empty, McDaniel staked claim to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. The Green Terror tacked on three more in the fourth to lead 4-0.
The Green Terror wasted no time in putting more runs on the board, and effectively putting the game out of reach. While an RBI double with one away pushed the McDaniel lead to 5-1, it was three consecutive bases loaded walks from Diplomat pitching that added onto a now 8-1 lead. McDaniel added another run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh for a 9-1 edge.
F&M added their second run on the board in the top of the ninth on a bases loaded fielder's choice from Matt Gluck for the 9-2 final.
Will Samuel, Matthew Kann, and Bobby Falese all recorded 2-for-4 afternoons, accounting for six of the eight Diplomat hits. Matt Devlin (2-2) picked up his second straight loss, giving up four runs in four innings of work, punching out seven. Diplomat pitching gave up nine walks in the contest, in stark contrast to the impressive effort from McDaniel's Jack Vener, who scattered one run and six hits across eight innings, striking out 11.
Game 2: F&M 3, McDaniel 1
F&M's hopes of a split hinged on the arm of Kyle Roche (4-0), and the 6-8 junior once again dialed up a gem. The Centennial Conference leader in wins, ERA, and strikeouts stymied the McDaniel offense until the eighth inning, striking out 11 and allowing only three hits in seven innings. The righty retired ten of his first 11 batters, then faced the minimum from the fifth to seventh innings.
The Diplomats only needed three runs of support, and got it in the form of an RBI single by Don DiLoreto in the fourth, another RBI single by Matthew Kann in the seventh, and a bases loaded walk by Tommy Denlinger in the same frame.
Six different Diplomats tallied hits in the victory, reaching base another eight times from drawing walks. Stephen Turzai pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his third save of the season.
F&M returns home for a twin bill against Washington College on Saturday, April 17th. Opening pitches slated for noon and 3pm at Caplan Field.