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Tison Extends His Streak to 23-Straight But Baseball Can't Top Maryland
Courtesy: George Mason Athletics
Release: 04/27/2011

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The George Mason baseball team managed just three hits on Wednesday afternoon against the University of Maryland as the Patriots fell to the Terrapins, 6-1 at Spuhler Field. The bright spot for Mason is that two of those hits belonged to Brig Tison, who continues to lead the nation in hits and extended his hitting streak to 23-straight, two shy of tying the school record. It was Tison's 29th multi-hit game of the season and the 18th during his 23-game hitting streak.

The Terrapins broke through in the third when Jake Stinnett reached on a one-out infield single, went to second on a Korey Whacker ground out and scored on a Charlie White single through the left side. They made the lead 2-0 in the fourth when Ryan Holland was hit by a pitch, went to third on a one-out Aaron Etchison single and scored on a Kyle Convissar base hit through the left side.

The Patriots cut it to a one-run lead in the fourth when Tison led off the inning with the first hit of the game for the Patriots, went to second on a Blaise Fernandez walk, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a Shane Davis ground out.

Maryland again made it a two-run lead in the fifth. Wacker led off with a single, stole second, went to third on White's bunt single and scored on an Alfredo Rodriguez base hit. With runners on first and second and no one out, Kevin Lingerman entered the game and he picked off White and struck out Ryan Holland and Austin Kilbourne to end the threat. But Lingerman got into trouble in the sixth. He walked the leadoff batter, gave up a one-out walk to Convissar, then threw a double-play ball into centerfield allowing Maryland to go up 4-1. Sean Cabrera came on in relief and the Terrapins executed a double steal on his first pitch. After getting Wacker to ground into a fielder's choice, Cabrera hit White and Rodriguez followed with a two-run single to make it 6-1.

The Patriots loaded the bases in the seventh on three walks but couldn't get a run home. In the top of the eighth, the Terrapins used two hits and a walk to load the bases but the Patriots turned a double play to end the threat. In the eighth, Tison led off with a single, Dan Schafferman followed with a walk and after a Blaise Fernandez strikeout, Davis walked to load the bases. But Zack Helgeson struck out looking and Nick Allen flew out to center to end the threat.

The Patriots return to action on Friday when they open a three-game series with Towson at 3 p.m.