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Baseball Picks Up First Win Behind Strong Freshmen Performances
Courtesy: George Mason Athletics
Release: 02/20/2011

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The George Mason baseball team got some terrific performances from its freshmen on Sunday as the Patriots jumped out early and held off a late Wofford rally to pick up their first win of the season. The Patriots used four second-inning runs to take control of the game and survived an eighth-inning Terrier rally to beat Wofford, 9-4.

Mick Foley was 3 for 4 with two RBI and three runs scored, Blaise Fernandez was 2 for 4 with two runs and Jordan Hill was 1 for 3 with a run scored as the three freshmen had a stellar day at the plate. Adding to the strong performances was freshman Jake Kalish , who picked up the win in relief pitching three and one-third innings allowing five hits and just one earned run.

The Patriots took their first lead of the season in the second inning. After the first four batters struck out on just 12 pitches, Shane Davis , the first left-handed hitter in Mason's lineup walked and Blaise Fernandez followed with a single. Mick Foley reached on an error to load the bases and Danny Lyons followed with a sacrifice fly. Jordan Hill followed with a single to once again load the bases and Brig Tison followed with a bases-clearing double.

Wofford got a pair of runs back in the third when, with two outs, Josh McKinney singled and Mac Doyle followed with a double. McKinney scored on the play on an error by Shane Davis and Doyle came home on a single up the middle to make it 4-2. But the Patriots got one of those runs back in the fourth when Foley led off with a single up the middle, Lyons moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt and he scored on a Tison single to right. It stayed 5-2 until the top of the eighth.

With two outs in the eighth, Fernandez doubled and scored on a Foley single up the middle to make it 6-2. Lyons walked and Hill was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Foley and Lyons scored when Matt Moore made an error on Tison's grounder.

With the score 8-2, Wofford got two runs back in the eight. A leadoff double and wild pitch put a runner on third and a double by David Roney made it 8-3. Roney went to third on an error by Tison and scored on an error by Hill. But with the bases loaded, Brandon Kuter came in and got an inning-ending double play to end the threat. In the ninth, Kuter got another double play after a leadoff single as he picked up his first collegiate save.

The Patriots will look to even their record at 2-2 when they head to Longwood on Wednesday to face the Lancers in a game scheduled to start at 3 p.m.