FAIRFAX, Va. – Senior Jared Gaynor
was one out away from his second complete game of the season and Blaise Fernandez
and Tucker Tobin
each hit a homerun to propel the George Mason baseball team (10-7) to a 5-2 win over Brown (1-4) at Spuhler Field on Saturday afternoon.
Gaynor came out to pitch the ninth inning with a 5-1 lead and allowed two singles, a walk and another single that scored Brown’s second run of the game to end his day on the mound. The lefty threw eight and two-thirds innings, allowing one earned run on eights while issuing two walks and striking out five batters in his fifth quality performance in five starts to earn his third victory of the season. Mark Maksimow
was able to retire the final batter with a grounder to Brandon Gum
for his fourth save of the season.
The Patriots tallied three hits in the first four innings off of Dave St. Lawrence and final opened up the scoring with four runs in inning number five. Chris Cook
led things off by getting hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Mick Foley
and moved to third on a wild pitch. Luke Willis
came up next and bombed a ball to left center field for his first triple of the season to put Mason up 1-0.
Fernandez followed up Willis’ triple with a homerun to left center field to increase the lead to 3-0, his first of the season. Tobin went yard in the next at bat, a shot into right field to score the fourth run of the inning on his second homerun of the season. Willis, Fernandez and Tobin each finished the game with 12 RBI on the season.
Gaynor allowed one hit in each of the six and seventh innings before Brown was finally able to score in the eighth. Will Marcal came around to score from second on a single from Dan Kerr, scoring an unearned run to make it 5-1. Brown added its second run on an RBI single in the ninth by pinch hitter Cam Wilkie.
Mason’s fifth run came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Fernandez hit a pop fly to short. The infield fly rule was called however the ball was not caught, allowing Cook to come home from third.
The series between Brown and Mason will be decided Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Live stats and audio will be available at game time as freshman Tyler Zombro
gets the start for the Patriots.