Devils Suffer Eighth Inning Heartbreak at F&M

Devils Suffer Eighth Inning Heartbreak at F&M

(Lancaster, Pa.) – The Dickinson baseball team suffered another tough loss as Franklin & Marshall rallied for the second time this week, coming from behind to take the series with a 6-5 win on Friday afternoon.

The Red Devils jumped out to 5-0 lead in the first inning but the Diplomats chipped away and eventually pulled in front on a bases loaded balk in the eighth inning to claim a 6-5 decision.

Dickinson capitalized on a pair of F&M errors and a triple off the bat of first-year Pat Davis (New Providence, R.I./Morristown-Beard) to jump out to an early advantage.

Juniors Robbie Thompson (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) and Jonathan Chudacoff (Highland Park, Ill./Berkshire School) added RBI singles while first-year Jake Bevich (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) drove in a run with a base-hit as well.

The Diplomats led off the second with a double and a single to put a run on the board and cut the deficit to 5-3 on a two-run homer by Casey Bulik in the fourth.

Kengo Kawahara tripled in a run in the fifth and Tim Daley added an RBI triple to knot the game in the bottom of the sixth.

The Devils had a chance in the top of the sixth as Bevich drew a lead-off walk to start the inning. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and a ground out but the Diplomats were able to hold.

Cory Hecht started the bottom of the eighth with a double, and an error on a sacrifice bunt put two runners on for F&M. A walk loaded the bases before the Devils recorded the first out with a fielder's choice at the plate to keep the game level.

A balk would push Bulik across the plate with the go-ahead run and the Diplomats were able to close out the game behind three K's from Danny Blugis.

Bevich went 2-for-2 while sophomore Stephen Sakowicz (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Junior Billy O'Neil (South Deerfield, Mass./Deerfield Academy) went five innings in the start, recording five strikeouts.

The Red Devils slip to 20-18 overall and 7-9 in the Centennial Conference. They return home for the regular season finale against conference front-runner Johns Hopkins University. The first pitch is set for 12:30 pm, following Senior Day ceremonies.

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