(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson baseball team split a Centennial Conference double-header with visiting Franklin & Marshall College on Saturday at MacPhail Field as the team celebrated senior day. The Diplomats struck early and went on to claim the opener, 14-8. Dickinson started strong in game two, forcing the split with a 6-4 decision.
Junior Rick Hopkins (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J./Holy Spirit) drove in two runs with a double and first-year Alex Jacobson (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) tallied an RBI single to put the Devils up, 3-0 in the first inning of game one.
Luke Seib hit a three-run triple as F&M scored six in the top of the second and David Iacobucci had a two-RBI double in the third as the Diplomats tacked on five more to lead 11-3.
Hopkins drove in another run in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice fly and senior Brian McCloud (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) added an RBI single.
The Devils added two more in the fourth with an RBI double from Ryan Dolan (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Germantown Academy) and an RBI rip from Phil Werner (Potomac, Md./St. Andrew's) to cut the deficit to 11-7.
F&M scored three in the top of the fifth and the Devils answered with one as McCloud reached on a single and scored off the bat of Max Brown (Annapolis, Md./McDonogh) for the final of 14-8.
Werner went 3-for-4 in the opener while Hopkins added a pair of hits and three RBIs.
In game two, the Diplomats scored once in the top of the first as Matt Mezansky reached on a wild pitch on a third strike, and came in with an unearned run on a passed ball. Starting pitcher Cristian Acosta (Santiago, Dominican Republic/Berkshire School) recorded the rare, four-strikeout inning for the Red Devils, recording three more Ks to close out the inning.
Dickinson responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to jump out in front, 2-1. Werner doubled while Hopkins and Jake Band (Gaithersburg, Md./St. John's College) tallied RBI singles.
Dolan singled and came all the way around to score on a passed ball and an error on the throw to third, stretching the lead 3-1.
Hopkins came through again in the third, launching a bomb over the scoreboard in left field for another Red Devil run and a 4-1 advantage.
F&M capitalized on a pair of Red Devil errors in the top of the fifth inning, scoring three runs to pull even at 4-4.
Dolan would cause havoc once again, drawing a lead-off walk in the bottom of the seventh. He stole second, and came in to score on a pair of wild pitches to give the Devils a 5-4 lead. Werner drew a walk and moved the third on the wild pitches to set up the third RBI for Hopkins as he singled to left field with his third hit of the game for the final of 6-4.
Hopkins finished game two 3-for-4 with three RBIs while Band went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Dolan reached three times and scored twice in the nightcap.
Acosta finished with six strikeouts before Alex Gusikoff (Ardmore, Pa./Malvern Prep) came on to add three strikeouts and earn the win. Reid Collins (West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood Oxford) came on to close, earning the his third save of the season.
The Red Devils move to 18-16 overall and 5-9 in the conference. F&M stands at 15-18 and 6-8. The Red Devils travel to Muhlenberg College on Tuesday for a 3:30 pm start.