F&M baseball falls to Muhlenberg in double-header

By Mark Rossman, Senior Staff ||

Saturday the F&M baseball team fell to Conference competition Muhlenberg College 15-7 and 2-1 at home in a double-header.

The first game started out better than it ended, when, in the bottom of the fifth inning, the team was tied 4-4, and Matt Mezansky ’16 hit an RBI single, allowing David Iabucci ’17 and Brett Poniros ’16 to score home.

Soon after, however, in the top of the sixth inning, Muhlenberg caught up to F&M 7-4 and then scored another three runs in the seventh inning, giving the team a 10-4
advantage.

Mezansky particularly deserves commendation for his effort and scored two runs as well as two RBIs. Muhlenberg’s impressive Nick Plinio scored four runs, and Max Litvak scored three.

In the end, F&M fell to Muhlenberg’s strong and impressive offense.

F&M did a better job commanding its offense in the second game, however.

The second game panned out better than the first but unfortunately fell apart when the Diplomats made a costly error, giving Muhlenberg the lead 2-1 in the top of the ninth inning.

F&M’s defense was particularly commanding during the second game, led by pitcher Sean Cosgriff ’15 who pitched all nine innings and allowed only one run earned and struck out eight.

Muhlenberg’s defense was also especially strong and only allowed F&M one run. Matthew Lawsky pitched eight innings and struck out five.

Muhlenberg now holds a record of 13-12 and is 6-3 in Conference play.

On Friday the team had a better turnout when the men took on Ursinus College and took the win 9-8 away in Collegeville, Penn. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the team had an 8-5 lead.

The game culminated with Rob Anderson hitting a winning RBI double in the top of the ninth inning, allowing Pat Andrews ’14 to score the winning run and secure the win for F&M.

Thursday the team played York College of Pennsylvania in York, Penn., where York scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning.

More recently, on Sunday, the team fell to conference competitor Gettysburg College 21-4 home at Caplan Field.

A highlight includes Avery Attinson ’14 with a solo homerun in the bottom of the third inning. The team has now dropped to 11-17, 3-7 in conference play.

The team will play Washington College at 3:30 p.m. away in Chestertown, Maryland. The team’s next home game will be against Washington again, Friday at 3:30 p.m.

All statistics are according to godiplomats.com.

 

Senior Mark Rossman is a senior staff writer. His email is mrossman@fandm.edu. 

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