FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Mason baseball team used a six run
fifth inning to power past Bryant, 12-3, on Sunday afternoon at Spuhler Field.
Bryant scored a single run in the first and third innings to
take a 2-0 lead, but the Patriots responded with a run of their own in their
half of the third inning to pull to within one, 2-1. With two outs, senior
third baseman Brig Tison doubled and was followed by an RBI double to center from
senior outfielder Dan Schafferman, driving home Tison.
Mason took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth, driving in
six runs to go ahead, 7-3. The Patriots started the inning with three
consecutive hits, as sophomore shortstop Jordan Hill singled up the middle and junior
second baseman Chris Cook doubled to leave runners at second and third. Tison
stepped to the plate and hit a hard single up the middle, scoring Hill while
advancing Cook to third. Schafferman followed with an RBI double to right
field, scoring Cook and advancing Tison to third.
After sophomore outfielder Blaise Fernandez struck out and sophomore first baseman Mick Foley flied out to center,
Helgeson hit a two-out, two-RBI single to left field, driving in Schafferman
and Tison. Junior outfielder Nick Allen then reached on an error by Bryant
shortstop Dan Muscatello, putting runners on first and second. Senior catcher
Jake Leonardo hit a double to the left field gap, clearing the bases for the
final Mason runs of the inning.
The Patriots added two runs in the seventh, as Foley scored
on a throwing error by Bryant pitcher
Salvatore Lisanti and Leonardo drove in Helgeson with a sacrifice fly to
left field, extending their lead to 9-3.
The final Mason runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the
eighth, giving the Patriots the final 12-3 margin. Much like the fifth inning,
Mason opened their half of the inning with three consecutive hits, including a
two-RBI double from Fernandez that scored Schafferman and Tison. Helgeson drove
in the final run of the game as he singled down the left field line to score
Schafferman had a strong showing at the plate, going 4-for-4
with two RBI's and two runs scored. Tison finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored
and an RBI, while Helgeson went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and 3 RBI's and
Leonardo added three RBI's of his own while going 1-for-3 at the plate.
Senior A.J. Johnson (1-2) earned his first win of the
season, going 5.0 innings with eight hits, three earned runs, two walks and
three strikeouts. Sophomore Jake Kalish threw 4.0 innings of the relief, giving
up just one hit while striking out three for his second save of the
Craig Schlitter took the loss, working 5.0 innings with 10
hits, seven runs (three earned), one walk and five strikeouts. BU third baseman
David Soltis had the best day at the plate for the Bulldogs, going 3-for-4 with
The Patriots return to action on Tuesday, traveling to Mt.
St. Mary's for a 3:00 pm contest.