LAKELAND, Fla. – The Lawrence University baseball team dropped both games of its season-opening doubleheader with Franklin and Marshall College on Tuesday.
The Diplomats (5-5) won the opener 13-0 and took the nightcap 5-4 in eight innings.
In the nightcap, Lawrence (0-2) posted a 13-7 advantage in hits, but Franklin and Marshall scored twice in the top of the eighth to take the lead for good. The Vikings scored once in the bottom of the eighth but could not plate the equalizer.
Gabe Henriques went 3-for-5 in the nightcap to pace Lawrence’s attack. Robert Rashid, Eric Bohling, Tanner DeBettencourt and Michael Baldino had two hits apiece.
Bohling, coming back from an arm injury that forced him to miss the 2010 season, turned in a solid performance on the mound. He went six innings, allowed four hits, struck out five and walked one.
Rob Anderson went the distance, striking out seven and walking three, to pick up the win.
Franklin and Marshall scored twice in the third, but Lawrence tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Diplomats took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth, but Lawrence tied it in the bottom half of the inning. The score remained tied until the top of the eighth.
Will Benenson and Mike Amabile had two hits apiece for the Diplomats in the nightcap, and J.T. Triantos drove in a pair of runs.
In the opener, the Diplomats piled up 14 hits and scored in each of the first four innings to take command.
Eric Bornstein, Connor Devlin and Benenson all had two hits for Franklin and Marshall. Bornstein capped the Diplomats’ six-run fourth inning with a grand slam.
Brian King pitched the first three innings and took the loss for the Vikings. Eric Herbst went the distance, allowing only three hits, to pick up the win.