(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson baseball team improved to 2-1 in the Centennial Conference, taking game one of the series with Franklin & Marshall, 4-3, on Tuesday afternoon at MacPhail Field.
The Red Devils tallied a run in the bottom of the first as sophomore Brendan Pell (Delran, N.J./Penn Charter) reached on an error and moved to second. He advanced to third on a single from Alex Jacobson (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) and came in to score off the bat of Alex Cohen (Newtown Square, Pa./Penn Charter).
The Diplomats capitalized on a pair of Red Devil miscues in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead behind RBI singles from Matthew Kann and Kevin Lammers.
Kelsey Launi reached on a two-out single, advanced to third on a wild pitch and passed ball and came to score on another wild pitch to put F&M in front, 3-1.
The Red Devils put together a two-out rally in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs to take a 4-3 lead.
Chris Delsandro (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tripled to start things off and Ben Carter (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) reached on a walk. Pell singled to score Delsandro and move Carter to third before he came across on a passed ball to tie the game.
Pell made his way to third and came in on a wild pitch to give Dickinson the lead.
The Red Devils strung together three-straight, one-two-three innings. Junior Tommy Koide (Morristown, N.J./West Morris Mendham) came on to close, recording three strikeouts in the top of the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season. Koide ties the school record for saves in a season, set by Reid Collins '18 in 2017.
Pell finished with two runs scored and an RBI, going 2-for-4 on the day. Ben Rappaport (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) improved to 3-1 on the hill, recording 10 strikeouts in an eight-inning effort. He held the Diplomats to five hits and three walks on the day.
The teams also combined to raise over $4000 to support Austism Speaks.
The Red Devils improve to 15-4 on the season and 2-1 in the conference. They are home again tomorrow, hosting Juniata College at 3:30 pm.