The George Mason baseball team scored three runs in
the seventh to tie the game and added four in the 12th
Patriots completed a season sweep of George Washington on Wednesday, beating
the Colonials 8-5 at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va. For Mason (13-17-1) it was
the ninth-straight win over George Washington (9-21). The Patriots had beaten
the Colonials 15-8 on Tuesday.
The Patriots fell behind in the first when Brendon
Kelliher led off with a home run. It was his third homer in two games this year
against the Patriots and his sixth straight hit against Mason pitching. The
score stay 1-0 until the top of the third when Jordan Hill
walked, Chris Cook
was hit by a pitch, Dan Schafferman
singled to load the bases and Shane Davis
was hit by a pitch to make it 1-1.
George Washington took the lead back in the fifth
when Ryan Thomas walked, went to second on a Kelliher single and scored on a
Justin Albright base hit. The Colonials added two more in the sixth as Owen
Beightol singled with one out, went to second on a Jim Best hit and scored on a
Joe Townsend sacrifice fly. Best scored to make it 4-1 when Joe Motto's ground
ball to third was misplayed by Brig Tison
Mason's big seventh inning came as the Patriots had
four straight hits to lead off the inning. Hill, Cook, Tison and Schafferman
all had hits to make it 4-2 and with the bases loaded, Davis grounded out to
second to make it 4-3. The tying run came home on Jake Kalish
's grounder to
second. From that point on, the bullpens were spectacular for both teams.
and Branden Bartlett
combined for Mason to go five innings
allowing just three hits while striking out six. Tyler McCarthy, meanwhile, was
excellent for the Colonials after coming on in relief in the seventh until the
Davis led off the 12th
with a hit and
came on to pinch run. Kalish bunted Haas to second prompting the
Colonials to intentionally walk Zack Helgeson
. After Nick Allen
drew a walk to laod the bases. Blaise Fernandez
came on to pinch
hit and he laced a double to rightfield to clear the bases and make it 7-4.
Fernandez scored on Cook's single to make it a four-run lead.
In the bottom of the 12th
, the Colonials
got a lead-off hit from Owen Mittage but Motto grounded into a double play.
Still, GW mounted a rally with a walk, a single and two more walks to drive in
a run. But Kalish, pitching in relief, got a fly ball to right to end the game.
Schafferman, Cook, Tison and Davis all had multiple
hits while Cook was hit twice, bringing his season total to 20, two shy of
tying the school record set by Evan Howard in 2002.
The Patriots will have Thursday off before returning
to action on Friday when they open a three-game home series with VCU. First
pitch on Friday at Spuhler Field is slated for 3 p.m.