Diplomats Start Strong to Top Shoremen, 11-3

Diplomats Start Strong to Top Shoremen, 11-3

Zwier Homers and Doubles for Washington and Kramedas Scores Twice

LANCASTER, Pa. – Host Franklin & Marshall jumped out to a 7-2 lead after four innings on its way to an 11-3 win over visiting Washington College on Friday afternoon at Caplan Field in Centennial Conference baseball action.  The Diplomats improve to 17-11 overall, while the Shoremen fall to 22-7 overall as both teams are 4-4 in Centennial play.       

Franklin & Marshall 11 Washington College 3

How It Happened
- Washington scored in the top of the first inning on a one-out double to centerfield by Ryan Zwier that scored Chris Kramedas.
- In the bottom of the first, Franklin & Marshall scored three times to take a 3-1 lead.  With one out, Kelsey Launi homered to right-center to plate J.J. Freeman ahead of him to give the Diplomats a 2-1 lead.  With two away, Danny Blugis singled to center to chase home Don DiLoreto to give the hosts a two-run edge after one.
- Freeman socked a two-run home run with nobody away in the last of the second to right-center and Justin Cavegn came in ahead of him as F&M took a 5-1 lead after two.
- Kramedas scored on a wild pitch for the Shoremen with one away in the top of the third inning to trim the deficit to 5-2. 
- F&M scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to extend its advantage to 7-2.  With nobody out Freeman scored on a groundout off the bat of Launi to make it a four-run game.  Blugis singled to deep in the hole at shortstop to with two outs to score DiLoreto for the second run of the frame.
- Zwier led off the top of the sixth with an opposite field homer to right-center to cut the lead to 7-3.  The Shoremen had two on with nobody out and two away, but could not close the gap any further in the frame.
- In the top of the seventh, Washington got the first two runners on and had them on second base and third base with nobody out following a wild pitch.  Following a pair of strikeouts by F&M relief pitcher Ryan DeWalt, Aaron Barclay worked out a walk to load the bases for Chris Baker.  On a full count pitch, DeWalt got Baker to ground out to Cavegn at second to end the inning and threat.
- The Diplomats scored four times in the eighth to extend their advantage to 11-3 with Launi's two-run double with one away highlighting the scoring as his two-bagger gave F&M a 9-3 lead.

For The Shoremen (22-7, 4-4 CC)
- Hitting: Zwier (2-for-3, two RBI, home run, double), Kramedas (two runs)
- Pitching: Matt Furlong (loss 1-1, one-inning plus, six hits, five runs, five earned, one walk, zero strikeouts), Billy Benson (six innings, four hits, two runs, two earned, two walks, four strikeouts)
- Washington had five hits, drew five walks and had two players reach on hit by pitch while leaving nine on base. 
- The Shoremen had one error in the game, but it did not lead to a run for the Diplomats.

For Franklin & Marshall (17-11, 4-4 CC)
- Hitting: Freeman (4-for-5, four runs, two RBI, home run, triple short of cycle), Launi (2-for-4, five RBI, two runs, home run), DiLoreto (three runs), Blugis (2-for-5, two RBI), Cavegn (2-for-3, two runs, walk)
- Pitching: Jack Buckley (win 5-1, six innings, four hits, three runs, two earned, four walks, five strikeouts)
- The Diplomats notched 14 hits, drew four walks and had three get on via hit by pitch as they left eight on base.
- F&M had two errors in the game, leading to one Washington run.

Notes
- Zwier moves to within two hits of 100 for his career as he sits at 98 all-time.
- Each team held serve in the home-and-home series this week as Washington won 12-4 on Tuesday in Chestertown.

Up Next
4/13 v. Dickinson (2) – 12:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference Doubleheader)
- Shoremen won both ends of the twinbill last year, 7-0 and 13-5, with P.J. Mikulus '18 tossing a no-hitter in the 7-0 game one victory.