Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Bright Yellow Orb in the Sky

The Conference Office took it upon itself to do a "Google search" this morning of "bright, yellow orb in the sky." We are happy to report that the search returned the phrase "sun." None should be happier than the diamond sport coaches to hear that news. Big games dot the Centennial landscape this afternoon to set the stage for a huge weekend.

Haverford at Franklin & Marshall (Baseball)
The top two teams in the standings - the Fords (9-3 CC, 15-10-1) and the Diplomats (8-2, 15-9-1) - meet at Caplan Field in game one of a two-day, two-game series that could determine the top seed for the Conference tournament. F&M leads the all-time series, 43-20-1, including victories in the last 11 games. Although we don't have the probable starters, look for the Diplomats to throw either Matt Metsch (3-0, 3.00) or Nick Markel (3-1, 3.27), while the Fords could counter with Stefan Pappius-Lefebvre (5-2, 3.59).

McDaniel at Gettysburg (Baseball)
The Green Terror 5-4, 12-8 and the Bullets (6-4, 13-14) meet for the 99th time in a series that began in 1899. Gettysburg holds a 69-26-3 advantage with wins in eight of the last nine games. McDaniel has not won at the Battlefield since 2000 (10-4) - a stretch of eight contests. Matt Karis (4-1, 3.22) or Kyle Conklin (2-1, 2.43, 1 save) could get the call for the Bullets this afternoon. Harold Baines leads the Terror in hitting at .385.

Ursinus at Haverford (Softball)
The first-place Bears (6-0, 21-5) travel to the Main Line to take on the second-place Fords (8-2, 15-9) in a key Centennial twinbill. Ursinus will throw 2008 CC Pitcher of the Year Lauren Davis, who leads the Conference in wins (19), ERA (0.90) and strikeouts (213). Haverford counters with Becky Garibotto (5-2, 1.76) and Lisa Karmel (4-4, 1.67), while Erin Delaney (.408) is hitting over .400.

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