NORFOLK, Va. – Pitching a complete game and driving in the only Mason run of the day, junior Anthony Montefusco did it all to help lift the George Mason baseball team over Old Dominion, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at Bud Metheny Complex.
Montefusco threw his first career complete game, scattering five hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts, just two shy of his career-high. He also broke up a no-hitter by ODU’s Mike Ney with the game-winning RBI single in the seventh. The win improved the Patriots to 17-32 overall and 7-19 in the conference, while the Monarchs dropped to 25-22 overall and 14-12 in the CAA.
It was a pitcher’s duel over the first six innings, with Montefusco recording eight strikeouts and limiting ODU to just three hits, none which left the infield. Meanwhile, the Patriots had just two baserunners over the opening six after Duncan Satherlie walked in the second and Jordan Hill walked in the fifth.
Mason finally dented the scoreboard in the top of the seventh. Blaise Fernandez reached on a throwing error by ODU third baseman Jordan Negrini, advancing all the way to second base to start the inning. Montefusco then stepped to the plate and drilled a shot through the right side, bringing home Fernandez for the only run of the game.
The Monarchs threatened in the final third of the game, putting baserunners on in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, but Montefusco worked out of the jam each time to preserve the shutout and pick up his fourth win of the season.
ODU starter Mike Ney went 6.0 innings, allowing the one run with two walks and two strikeouts. Brandon Smith closed the game, working the final 3.0 innings recording a walk and two strikeouts. Shawn Sizemore was the only player in the game to have a multi-hit performance, going 2-for-3.
The Patriots and Monarchs square off for the final time tomorrow afternoon. The rubber match is slated to start at 1:00 p.m., in what will also be the Colonial Athletic Association finale for both teams.