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Baseball Picks Up Mid-Week Win Over Navy
Courtesy: George Mason Athletics
Release: 04/13/2011

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The George Mason baseball team saw all three phases come together on Wednesday afternoon as the offense hit three home runs, the pitching kept the ball down and got 13 groundball outs and the defense did not commit an error as the Patriots beat the Navy Midshipmen, 13-6.

Jeremy Haas, Zack Helgeson and Jake Leonardo each went deep as the Patriots pounded out 14 hits and turned three double plays in winning for the fourth time in six games. Blaise Fernandez , Mick Foley , Dan Schafferman and Brig Tison each had multiple hits and Tison stole a pair of bases as the Patriots improved to 15-19-1 on the year. Navy, which got a 4 for 5 performance from Jonathan Wright, fell to 20-14-1.

In the first, Alex Azor doubled, Taylor Cato walked and Dave Milanes doubled to make it 2-0. But the Patriots answered in the bottom of the inning. Tison walked, Schafferman reached on a hit and Shane Davis singled to plate Tison and make it 2-1. Fernandez' fielder's choice moved Schafferman to third and he came home on a throwing error by shortstop Dylan Wheeler. Fernandez went to second on the play and scored on a Foley single to give Mason a 3-2 lead.

The Midshipmen tied the game in the second as Wheeler singled, went to second on a ground out, took third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch. It stayed 3-3 until the third when Helgeson walked and scored on Leonardo's two-out two-run homer, which put Mason ahead fr good. Navy trimmed the lead to one run in the fifth when, with two outs, Brandon Beans singled, Wright singled and Craig Veech was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wheeler walked to make it 5-4 but reliever Michael Bowie got a pop up to end the threat.

The Patriots scored four in the bottom of the fifth to put the game away. Fernandez doubled to lead off the inning, Helgeson walked and Foley reached on an infield single to load the bases. Leonardo hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-4 and Haas followed with his fourth homer of the year for a 9-4 lead. Navy answered with two in the sixth when Cato and Milanes hit one-out singled, advanced to scoring position on a ground out and scored on a Wright base hit. But the Patriots got the runs back in the sixth when Schafferman doubled to lead off the inning and scored on Helgeson's two-out homer, his team-leading 11th of the year.

In the bottom of the seventh, Leonardo walked, Cook doubled and Leonardo came home on a Tison ground out. The final run scored in the eighth when Davis reached on a throwing error and Fernandez followed with a triple to make it 13-6.

The Patriots are in action this weekend in Hempstead, N.Y. when they face Hofstra on Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.