|Baseball Drops Season Opener to The Citadel, 9-1|
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Citadel scored five runs over the first two innings to go up early and eventually top the George Mason baseball team, 9-1, on Friday afternoon at Riley Park.
It was the season opener for both squads, with the Bulldogs improved to 1-0 while Mason dropped to 0-1. The Citadel starter Austin Pritcher picked up the win over six scoreless innings of work, while Anthony Montefusco took the loss after throwing five innings.
The Bulldogs put two on the board in the bottom of the first, as second baseman Mason Davis led off with a single up the middle and came home on a home run down the right field line by catcher Joe Jackson to put the home team up early.
Three additional Bulldog runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the second, with Davis, left fielder Drew Derlegand and Jackson all registering an RBI.
Mason threatened in the top of the third, as second baseman Jordan Hill reached with a single and advanced all the way to third on a wild pitch. Left fielder Josh Leemhuis hit a pop to shallow right field and Hill attempted to run home, but he was unable to beat the throw and was called out at home to end the inning.
An RBI double in the bottom of the fourth from Jackson and a three-error bottom of the sixth scored two additional Bulldog runs and pushed the lead to 8-0.
Mason found its way on to the scoreboard in the seventh, loading the bases with no outs. Designated hitter Duncan Satherlie led off with a single, catcher Ray Toto was hit by a pitch and pinch hitter Nick Allen singled up the middle. With shortstop Brandon Gum at the plate, Satherlie scored and runners advanced on a wild pitch for the Patriots' lone run of the inning to leave the score at 8-1.
The Bulldogs went on to add a run in the bottom of the eighth for the final 9-1 margin.
Montefusco threw six innings for the Patriots, giving up eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits, four strikeouts and a walk in the loss. Mark Maksimow and Tanner Love each threw an inning of relief, with Love giving up the final run of the game.
Satherlie led the Mason offense, going 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Citadel starter Austin Pritcher earned the win, throwing six scoreless innings and allowing four hits.
The Patriots return to action tomorrow, facing High Point in game two of The Citadel tournament. The game has been moved up to 10:30 a.m. tomorrow due to the threat of rain in Charleston.