FARMVILLE, Va. – The George Mason baseball team (6-2) used a complete game from senior LHP Jared Gaynor to defeat Longwood (4-5) 2-1 in Farmville, Va. on Wednesday after noon.
Gaynor threw all nine innings for the Patriots, allowing one run on five hits while striking out five and walking none. The senior picks up his second win of the season, improving his record to 2-1. The only blunder for Gaynor on the afternoon was a solo homerun by Longwood’s Alex Owens over the right field wall,in the second inning, his first of the season.
Mason had a chance to put runs on the board early, loading the bases in the top of the first inning. Blaise Fernandez came up to bat with one out in the inning and hit line drive to Longwood’s first baseman, who snagged the ball out of the air for the first out and touched first base for the inning-ending double play.
After Owens’ homerun in the bottom of the second, Fernandez would have another chance with the bases loaded, this time with two outs in the third inning. Fernandez drew a walk, brining home Chris Cook from third to tie the game at one apiece after three innings.
The Patriots scored what would be the game winning run in the top of the fifth inning. Luke Willis hit a long fly ball to left field where Lancer left fielder Kyri Washington chased it to the outfield wall. Washington nearly made the play but hit the wall with his left side, bringing him to the ground. As Washington laid on the ground with the ball beside him, Willis made his way around the bases for an inside the park homerun, his first of the season, to put Mason up 2-1. The inside the park homerun was one of Mason’s three hits this afternoon.
Gaynor would hold down the Lancer lineup for the remainder of the game. He allowed two singles and a man to reach third in the bottom of the seventh inning, however he would issue a double play and a strikeout to end the inning and leave the runner on base. Longwood left only two men on base during the game but reached base only five times.
Sophomore Blake Ream took the loss for Longwood in his first start of the season, moving his record to 0-3. Ream lasted six innings and was charged with both runs, walking seven batters and striking out six. Travis Burnette came in to pitch the final three innings for Longwood.
The Patriots begin a long stretch of games at Spuhler Field in Fairfax, Va., starting with a three-game series against Hartford that begins on Friday, February 28 at 2:30 p.m.