The George Mason baseball team never got its offense
going on Wednesday at N.C. State and the Wolfpack were able to put runs on the
board in each of the first five innings as the Patriots fell on the road, 9-1.
Mason managed just three hits in the game but junior Brig Tison
got one of them,
extending his hitting streak to 14 straight games.
The Wolfpack (10-7) used a single, a walk and a
single to load the bases in the first and Harold Riggins walked to make it 1-0.
Brett Williams' fielder's choice made it a two-run game. In the second, John
Gianis singled, Andrew Ciencin drew a two-out walk and Pratt Maynard singled to
make it 4-0. In the third, Riggins led off with a walk, went to second on a
Danny Canela single and scored on a Cameron Conner base hit. In the fourth, the
lead grew to 7-0 when Ciencin drew a walk and with two outs, Riggins doubled.
Riggins later scored on a Chris Schaeffer single. In the fifth, the Woldpack
increased the lead when Connor led off with a double, went to third on a
Ciencin grounder and scored on a Maynard single.
Mason's lone run came in the sixth when Tison
singled with one out and scored on a Blaise Fernandez
double to deep right.
That was the end of the day for N.C. State starter Rob Chamra who went five and
one-third innings in his first start for the Wolfpack. He allowed three hits
and two walks while striking out four. Three relievers came on to get the final
11 outs. Mason (9-8-1) tried to mount rallies in the seventh and eighth but
both times double plays ended the threat.
The Patriots will return to action this weekend when
they play at William & Mary with Friday's game scheduled for a 7 p.m. first