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Baseball Wins Big on Record-Setting Day
Courtesy: George Mason Athletics
Release: 04/26/2011

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The George Mason baseball team had nine bases-loaded opportunities on Tuesday afternoon against the Georgetown Hoyas and thanks to a 3 for 7 performance with nine RBI in those opportunities, the Patriots were able to survive hitting into six double plays as they beat Georgetown, 11-3. The Hoyas were one shy of tying the Division I national record of seven double plays turned in a game as they turned a double play in each of the first six innings.

Chris Cook tied a single-season school record when he was hit by a pitch for the 22nd time. That tied Evan Howard's mark set in 2002. Also reaching 22 was Brig Tison 's hitting streak, breaking a tie for third place and closing to within three of tying the school record. Tison had three hits, while Shane Davis and Zack Helgeson each had four RBI. Justin Leeson stole three bases for Georgetown while Paul Bello had three hits.

Mason batted around in the first inning to take the early lead and it could have been worse for the Hoyas. Cook led off with a walk and Tison grounded into a double play to make it two outs and no one on. That's when the rally began. Dan Schafferman was hit by a pitch, Bliase Fernandez singled and Davis walked to load the bases. Helgeson followed with a bases-clearing double to make it 3-0. The Patriots loaded the bases again in the inning as Mick Foley walked and Jake Leonardo singled but Jordan Hill grounded out to end the inning.

In the second, Cook reached on an error to lead things off, Tison singled to extend his hitting streak to 22-straight, and Schafferman singled to make it 4-0. After a walk to Fernandez, Davis hit a sacrifice fly for a five-run lead. Helgeson grounded into a double play to end the inning. In the third, Foley led off with a single but a line out and another double play kept the Patriots off the board. The fourth inning saw Cook reach on an error again and Tison was hit by a pitch to put two on with no one out. But Schafferman's bunt attempt was popped up for the first out and Fernandez grounded into the fourth double play of the day.

The Hoyas got on the board in the fifth when, with one out, Christian Venditti had a one-out single, his first hit of the year, Paul Bello followed with a single to put runners on the corners, and Justin Leeson's grounder to second made it 5-1. Leeson reached on the play, stole second, his third steal of the game, and scored on an Andy Lentz double. That ended Nick Kendrick 's day and Branden Bartlett came on to get the final out of the inning.

Georgetown added a run in the seventh when Bello singled with one out, stole second and scored on a Leeson single. But the Patriots responded in the bottom of the inning. Tison led off with a single and Schafferman's fly ball to right was dropped putting runners on second and third with no one out. After Fernandez walked, Davis singled against a drawn-in infield to make it 7-3. Foley added an RBI single late in the inning to make it 8-3. The final three runs scored in the eighth as Cook was hit by a pitch, Tison and Schafferman singled and Fernandez walked to make it 9-3. Davis singled home a run to make it a seven-run game and with the bases still loaded, Helgeson was hit by a pitch to bring home the final run of the game.

The Patriots return to action on Wednesday when they host Maryland at 3 p.m.


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