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Baseball Slugs its Way Past Old Dominion, 7-1
Courtesy: George Mason Athletics
Release: 04/21/2012

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FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Mason baseball team broke out the bats, supporting a strong pitching performance by senior Ryan Pfaeffle as the Patriots topped Old Dominion, 7-1, in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Spuhler Field.

Mason put 14 hits on the scoreboard in the win, improving to 26-15 overall and 12-8 in the CAA. The Monarchs dropped to 15-24 and 5-12 in the conference with the loss.

Pfaeffle had a strong outing for the Patriots, going seven strong innings and giving up just one run while scattering six hits and striking out four. Branden Bartlett threw two shutout innings of relief with four hits.

Mason wasted no time putting runs on the board, driving in three runs in the top of the first inning. With one out and a runner on second in the bottom of the first, the Patriots strung together three-consecutive doubles from senior outfielder Dan Schafferman, senior designated hitter Zack Helgeson and sophomore third baseman Blaise Fernandez for its first lead of the series.

Mason padded its leads with four runs in the home half of the fourth inning, starting with a two-RBI double by junior outfielder Nick Allen that gave the Patriots a 5-0 lead. Senior third baseman Brig Tison followed with a single to leave runners at the corners for Schafferman, who hit an RBI groundout to short and Helgeson registered an RBI single to left for the final Mason run of the inning and the 7-0 advantage.

The Monarchs broke up the shutout in the seventh with a two-out RBI single from outfielder Josh Eldridge, but it proved to be the final run ODU would receive in the game, as reliever Branden Bartlett came on in relief for Mason in the eighth and kept the Monarch bats at bay for the final 7-1 margin.

Junior second baseman Chris Cook went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with one run scored, while Helgeson recorded a 3-for-4 performance with two RBI's and one run scored.

Eldridge was the lone ODU hitter to register more than one hit in the game, going 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Monarch starter Ben Tomchick took the loss after working 4.0 innings, giving up seven earned runs on 11 hits while striking out five.