FAIRFAX, Va. – A two-strike, two-out RBI single into right field by Brandon Gum
brought home the winning run in the eighth inning as Tyler Zombro
and Evan Porcella
combined for nine innings on the mound to give the George Mason baseball team (11-7) the Sunday and series win over Brown (1-5) by the score of 2-1.Ray Toto
led off the eighth inning with a double to the right field corner but was thrown out at third in the next at bat when a sacrifice bunt attempt by Mick Foley
was foiled by the Brown defense. Chris Cook
singled up the middle to move Foley to second and two batters later Gum had his liner to right field to drive in Foley for the go-ahead run and RBI number eight this season. Gum moved up to the number two spot in the batting order on Saturday.
Porcella stayed on the mound for the ninth after relieving Zombro after five innings, who allowed only three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in a no-decision. The lefty Porcella struck out the first batter of the inning and got the second to groundout to Cook at second base.
Wes Van Boom was the final chance for Brown to tie the game and put up a strong fight against Porcella in the final at bat, fouling off a barrage of pitches before he went down swinging on a changeup to end the game. Porcella allowed only one hit and retired the final 10 batters of the game as he pitched the final four innings for his first win of the season.
Both teams plated their first runs of the game in the third inning on errors that eventually came around to score. Brown led off the top of the third by reaching on a throwing error and used a single and a sacrifice fly from Dan Kerr to take the 1-0 lead. Mason answered in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly of its own when Luke Willis
lined a ball to the centerfielder that brought home Cook, who led off the frame with a single. He stole second and moved to third on an attempt to be thrown out by the Brown catcher, eventually reaching home on the Willis fly ball.
The Patriots are scheduled to host Temple on Wednesday, March 19 for a 3:00 p.m. first pitch. With snow moving into the area, check GoMason.com for the latest schedule updates prior to Wednesday’s contest.