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Six-Run Eighth Inning Propels Baseball to 8-3 Win over Bonnies
Courtesy: George Mason Athletics
Release: 04/11/2014

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FAIRFAX, Va. – Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the George Mason baseball team (19-11, 6-2) put up six runs in the bottom of the frame to win its second come-from-behind game in a row and defeat the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (7-19, 1-7) 8-3 on Friday afternoon at Spuhler Field.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Blaise Fernandez singled into left field for his second hit of the day to spark the comeback. Ray Toto followed with a walk on four consecutive pitches before Josh Leemhuis was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Coming up to bat with already two hits on the afternoon, Tucker Tobin drew his 11th walk of the season bring in the tying run and even the score at three.

The late threat forced a pitching change for the Bonnies which not prove to be effective as the Patriots scored five more runs in the inning. Anthony Montefusco followed Tobin with a hard-lined ball to shortstop, enough to bring in the go-ahead run from third and notch his second RBI of the day. The redshirt senior also doubled in the seventh inning to cut the score to 3-2.

Brandon Gum extended the lead to 5-3 with an RBI single into left field Luke Willis opened up the game with a bases-clearing double to move the score to 8-3. Wills, Fernandez and Tobin each collected two hits in the game along with senior Mick Foley.

Tyler Zombro, who entered in relief on Montefusco at the start of the eighth inning, was able to nail down the final six outs to collect his third win of the season. Montefusco exited the game after pitching the first seven inning in a quality start, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out three batters to only one walk. Dan Trimble took the loss for St. Bonaventure, throwing two-thirds innings of relief and allowing four of the final six runs to score. 

The Bonnies took an early 3-0 lead with the help of Sunday’s starting pitcher Joel Rosencrance. The third baseman in Friday’s game, Rosencrance hit a two-out triple in the third inning and a two-out double in the fifth to drive home two of the three runs.

Mason scored its first two runs in each the sixth and seventh inning before tallying the final six in the eighth. Foley led off the sixth with a double and moved to third on a groundout from Chris Cook. Fernandez then slapped a ball that rolled slowly down the third base line, stopping just shy of foul territory and score Foley to make it 3-1. St. Bonaventure totaled nine hits to Mason’s 11 on the afternoon.

The Patriots have a chance to take the series tomorrow when Jared Gaynor (5-2, 1.06 ERA) squares off against Connor Grey (1-5, 5.12 ERA) at 2:00 p.m.

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