The George Mason baseball team got a fabulous
performance from its pitching staff on a cold and rainy night in College Park,
Md., but the Patriots were unable to get the big hit as they lost to the
University of Maryland, 3-2. Eight Mason pitchers did not allow an earned run
but the Patriots stranded 14 runners as they could not capitalize on 12 walks
and two hit batters.
The Patriots scattered eight hits and walked five
Maryland batters but it was a second-inning error that led to all three
Maryland runs scoring. The Patriots loaded the bases in the second, third,
seventh and eighth but managed runs in just one of those four innings.
In the second, Mason loaded the bases without a hit.
walked to lead off the inning and after Blaise Fernandez
to center, Zack Helgeson
and Mick Foley
drew back-to-back walks. But Jake
Leonardo popped out to second and Nick Allen
struck out swinging. The Terrapins
took advantage of the momentum swing to score three in the bottom of the
Brandon Padula drew a lead-off walk, went to second
on a wild pitch and after a Brig Tison
error on a Curtis Lazar grounder put
runners on second and third, Jordan Hagel hit an infield single to make it 1-0.
Korey Wacker followed with a suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt that not only
scored Lazar, but brought home Hagel from third as well.
After allowing those three unearned runs, the
Patriots again threatened in the third. This time, Chris Cook
and Brig Tison
were hit by pitches to lead off the inning, but Dan Schafferman
the bunt down, failing to advance the runners. Davis followed with a walk to
load the bases but Fernandez popped out foul and Helgeson grounded to short to
end the inning.
The Terrapins threatened in the third against Sean
Cabrera as he allowed a one-out single and a two-out walk, then a double steal,
before getting a fly out to end the inning. In the fourth, against Jake Kleine
, Maryland got back-to-back one-out walks, but
Kleine got a fly out and ground out to end the inning. Maosn put runners on the
corner with one out in the fifth as Schafferman walked and Davis singled, but
Davis was picked off and Schafferman tried to score on the play and both were
thrown out on the base paths. In the bottom of the inning, Maryland managed two
hits against Garret Marin but lined out and struck out to keep the score at
In the top of the sixth, Fernandez struck out
swinging but reached on a wild pitch, took second on a wild pitch, then
advanced to third on a wild pitch. Mick Foley
drew a one-out walk, but Leonardo
struck out, the third strike out of the inning for Blair Delean, and Allen flew
out to center.
Mason didn't squander its opportunity in the seventh
against one of Maryland's top relievers, Charlie Haslup. Cook began the inning
with a walk and Tison singled to bring up Schafferman, who went ahead in the
count 3-0, then had to fight for a full-count walk. Davis followed with a
five-pitch walk to make it 3-1. Fernandez followed with a fielder's choice that
plated Tison and made it 3-2. But Helgeson struck out looking and Foley flew
out to left to keep it a one-run game.
In the eighth, Leonardo led off with a double and
Allen followed with a walk. Cook's sacrifice bunt attempt was unsuccessful
though as reliever Korey Wacker threw out Leonardo at third. After Tison flew
out, Schafferman walked to load the bases for the fourth time in the game but
Wacker got Davis swinging to end the frame. The Patriots went in order in the
The Patriots will return to action this weekend when
they host James Madison at Spuhler Field in a three-game Colonial Athletic
Association series. Friday's contest is slated for a 3 p.m. start.