FAIRFAX, Va. - Senior third baseman Brig Tison drove in a career-high six runs in helping the George Mason baseball team snap a
four-game losing streak with a 12-8 win over Georgetown on Tuesday afternoon at Spuhler Field.
Mason (12-9) fell behind early, giving up five runs in the
top half of the second inning. Patriots starter Brandon Kuter struck out his
first batter faced but then walked Georgetown (11-10) outfielder Christian
Venditti, who eventually advanced to third base on an error and a wild pitch
before being driven in by a groundout from catcher Nick Geary. Second baseman
Andy Lentz earned the second walk of the inning and outfielder Justin Leeson
singled up the middle to leave runners on first and second for outfielder Rand
Ravnaas, who stepped to the plate and hit a two-RBI double to right center. GU
shortstop Mike Garza drove in the final runs as he belted a two-run home run to
deep left field for the 5-0 Hoyas lead.
Mason slowly chipped away at the Georgetown lead in the home
half of the third inning, bringing home two runs to pull to within three, 5-2.
Sophomore shortstop Jordan Hill reached on an error, and
junior second baseman Chris Cook advanced him to third with a double down the
right field line. Senior third baseman Brig Tison grounded out to second to
allow Hill to score, and then senior outfielder Dan Schafferman hit a sacrifice
fly deep to right to score Cook.
The Patriots grabbed the lead in the bottom of the fourth,
scoring five runs to go up, 7-5. With the bases loaded and no outs, Hill hit a
sacrifice fly to center, bringing in one run. Again loading the bases as Cook
was walked, Tison registered the second sacrifice fly of the inning, bringing
home a run to leave the scoreboard at 5-4 in favor of the Hoyas. Schafferman
hit an infield single to again load the bases with two outs for senior
designated hitter Zack Helgeson, who hit a bases-clearing double down the left
field line to give Mason the lead for good.
Adding to the Patriot lead, Tison hit a two-out two-RBI
single to right in the bottom of the fifth inning, extending the advantage to
GU received a one-out three-RBI double down the left field
line from third baseman Danny Poplawski to bring the Hoyas back to within a
run, 9-8, but the Patriots tallied three more runs in the bottom of the eighth
inning to walk away with the 12-8 non-conference win.
Tison led Mason at the plate, going 3-for-5 with his career-high six RBI's.
Helgeson was 2-for-3 with three RBI's and Hill finished 1-for-4 with two RBI's
and three runs scored.
Redshirt senior Branden Bartlett (1-0) earned the win in
relief throwing 4.0 innings, scattering two hits and striking out one. Redshirt
junior Chris O'Grady took home his fifth save of the season after working 1.2
innings with one hit, one walk and two strikeouts.
Ravnaas paced the Hoyas after going 3-for-5 at the plate
with two RBI's and two runs scored.
Starter Alex Baker took the loss, throwing 3.2 innings with
five hits seven runs (one earned), three walks and a strikeout.
The Patriots return to action tomorrow, hosting George
Washington at 3:00 pm.