EMMITSBURG, Md. -Senior outfielder Dan Schafferman hit his
second grand slam of the season in the top of the fifth inning to help lead the
George Mason baseball team to a 5-2 win over Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday
afternoon at Straw Family Stadium.
In the home half of the third inning with two outs and a
runner on second, third baseman Michael Foster singled through the left side to
drive in a run and put The Mount (1-9) up, 1-0.
Mason (7-4) received four runs on just one hit in the top of
the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. The Patriots led off the inning with two
consecutive walks to sophomore outfielder Josh Leemhuis and senior catcher Jake
Leonardo. After sophomore shortstop Jordan Hill and junior second baseman Chris
Cook recorded outs, senior third baseman Brig Tison walked to load the bases
for Schafferman who drilled the ball to left field for his third home run and
second grand slam of the season.
The Mount responded with a run of its own in the bottom of
the fifth, but Mason added another run in the top of the eighth as Leemhuis
scored from second on a double by Hill to give Mason the final 5-2 edge.
Freshman John Williams (2-0) earned his second win in as
many starts, throwing 6.0 innings with two hits, two earned runs, two walks and
four strikeouts. Sophomore Neight Hoffa worked 1.0 innings of relief with a
walk and redshirt junior Chris O'Grady closed the game, going 2.0 innings with
four strikeouts for his third save.
Schafferman finished 1-for-4 at the plate with four RBI's
and one run scored. Leemhuis went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and Tison was
2-for-4 with one run scored.
Nickerson took the loss, lasting 5.0 innings with two hits,
four earned runs, four walks and five strikeouts.
Foster was 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored, and catcher
Mark Quaranta had the other Mountaineer RBI, going 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Patriots return to action tomorrow, hosting Temple at