FAIRFAX, Va. - Redshirt sophomore pitcher Anthony Montefusco
shut down the Bryant offense and a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth from
sophomore first baseman Mick Foley propelled the Mason baseball team to a 1-0
victory over the Bulldogs on Friday afternoon at Spuhler Field.
Montefusco (2-0) threw eight scoreless, striking out 12
batters, including eight of his first 13 faced and his final three batters in
the top of the eighth. He allowed only three hits and did not walk a batter as
the Patriots improved to 5-3 on
Foley's heroics came in the bottom of the sixth inning as he
stepped up to the plate with two outs and drilled a fastball to right center, giving
Mason the only run it needed in the game.
Bryant (2-5) threatened to score in the top of the fifth
inning, as catcher Mike Delponte reached second with a double to left center.
The next batter, first baseman Jamie Skagerlind, singled to right to advance
Delponte to third. After Skagerlind advanced to second on a wild pitch,
Montefusco worked out of the jam by striking out designated hitter Matt Zanotta
and then got second baseman Joseph Carcone to fly out to right to end the
The Patriots had an opportunity to dent the scoreboard
in the bottom of the fifth, as they loaded the bases. Senior designated hitter Zack
Helgeson started the inning flying out to right field, and was followed by junior
center fielder Nick Allen who reached on an error by the Bulldog's shortstop. Senior
catcher Jake Leonardo singled to advance the runner, before sophomore shortstop
Jordan Hill grounded out to the first baseman to advance the runners. Junior second
baseman Chris Cook was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but the inning came to
an end after senior third baseman Brig Tison grounded into a fielders choice,
forcing Cook out at second.
Redshirt junior LHP Chris O'Grady came in relief for
Montefusco in the ninth, striking out his first batter before walking Bryant
pinch hitter Adam Claire. However, the game ended as O'Grady got Kevin Brown to
fly out to right field, catching pinch runner Ben Lipper out at first after he
was sent running on the hit.
Foley finished the day 1-for-3, and Leonardo was the only
other Patriot to record a hit, finishing 1-for-3 at the plate with a single.
Montefusco improved to 2-0 on the season, while O'Grady
earned his second save of the season.
Bryant starting pitcher Peter Kelich took the loss, going
7.0 innings with two hits, one run, three walks and four strikeouts. Jonathan
Cohen threw one inning of relief, striking out one batter.
David Soltis, Delponte and Skagerland all finished 1-for-3
The Patriots square off with the Bulldogs again tomorrow
afternoon at 2:00 pm from Spuhler Field.