The George Mason baseball team couldn't hold an
early four-run lead but rallied from a late-inning deficit to beat the Old Dominion
Monarchs, 10-8 on Friday night in Colonial Athletic Association action. For the
Patriots, it was their first CAA road win of the season and it came as Mason
rallied for five unanswered runs to top the conference's second-place team.
, Brig Tison
, Dan Schafferman
Fernandez and Zack Helgeson
all had multiple hits as eight different Mason
players scored runs. Tison extended his hitting streak to 19-straight games
while Chris O'Grady
picked up the win in relief, going five and two-third
innings and throwing 101 pitches without allowing an earned run. Mason scored six
earned runs off Kyle Hald who entered the game second in the CAA in ERA. They
also put three on the board against Dean Ali, who led the CAA in ERA. Brandon
Shelton and Nate Hartman each had three hits for ODU, which had a 12-11 edge on
the Patriots in that category. Each team committed five errors.
The Patriots took a first-inning lead by working the
count and waiting for their pitch. Cook led off the inning with a full-count
walk and he went first to third when Hald's pick-off throw went into right
field. Tison's ground out made it 1-0. With two out, Fernandez drew a
full-count walk and Helgeson followed with a two-run homer, on a 3-2 pitch, to
make it 3-0. The Patriots added a walk and a single in the inning as Hald went
to 48 pitches in the frame.
In the third, Mason added a run when Schafferman led
off with a double and Fernandez singled him home to make it 4-0. Old Dominion
answered in the bottom of the third when Shelton singled, Brent Frazier walked,
and Josh Wright singled to load the bases, and Chris Baker hit a sacrifice fly
to make it 4-1. Shawn Sizemore's grounder moved Frazier to third and he scored
an unearned run on a throwing error by Cook at second.
In the fourth, with two outs, Tison singled down the
rightfield, stole second, and scored on a Schafferman single up the middle. It
was in the bottom of that inning that the Monarchs were able to take their
first lead. Hartman led off with a single and with one out, Kenny Stoneback was
hit by a pitch. A Shelton single made it 5-3 and Frazier's fielder's choice
made it 5-4. After Wright scored, Baker hit a pop up that should have ended the
inning but Tison dropped it in shallow center and the go-ahead run came home.
Ahead 6-5, Sizemore singled to bring home Baker for a two-run lead.
In the top of the fifth, Mason responded, though.
and Jake Kalish
drew back-to-back walks, the advanced on a Danny
Lyons sacrifice bunt, and with two outs, Cook hit an infield single to make it
7-6. Wright made his third error of the game on the play and Kalish came home
to tie the score.
In the seventh, the Patriots reclaimed the lead.
With one out, Jeremy Haas
walked, Cook singled to put runners on the corners
and Tison's blooper to shallow center made it 8-7. Schafferman followed with a
walk to load the bases and Fernandez delivered a two-run single to make it
10-7. ODU's final run came in the eighth when Frazier walked to lead off the
inning, went to second on a Wright double and came home on a Baker ground out.
O'Grady got two quick outs in the ninth but had to pitch out of trouble after
back-to-back singles. He got Shelton to ground out to end the game. The
Patriots and Monarchs will continue their series on Saturday when they play at