LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - The George Mason baseball team drove
in 12 runs on 14 hits to top Rider, 12-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Sonny
The Patriots (16-10) outhit the Broncos, 14-6, for the game.
Seven of Mason's nine starting batters recorded a hit while accounting for 11
of the runs driven in.
Striking in the top of the third inning with one out and runners
on first and second, junior outfielder Nick Allen hit a bases-clearing triple
down the right field line to give Mason a 2-0 advantage. Senior catcher Jake
Leonardo followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Allen and push
the lead to 3-0.
Mason took advantage of a bases loaded, no outs situation in
the top of the third, building on its lead to go up, 6-0. Redshirt sophomore
outfielder Josh Leemhuis brought home the first run of the inning with an RBI
single to center field, sophomore first baseman Mick Foley followed with an RBI
groundout and Allen tallied his third RBI of the game with a single up the
The Broncs recorded their lone run of the game off of an RBI
single by Brandon Cotten in the bottom of the third, cutting the lead to 6-1.
The Patriots received two-out run production in the top of
the fifth inning to extend the lead. Rider reliever Eric Thomas got his first
two batters faced to line out, but then hit Foley with a pitch and walked Allen
to set the stage for senior catcher Jake Leonardo who hit a two-RBI double to
left center to leave the score at 8-1.
Taking advantage of errant Rider pitching in the top of the
sixth, Mason brought in three more runs to go up, 11-1. With the bases loaded
and one out, Leemhuis walked for an RBI, and Allen and pinch hitter Ray Toto
were both hit by pitches, accounting for the final two runs to cross home plate
during the inning.
Foley drove in the final Mason run of the contest in the top
of the eighth with an RBI triple to deep right center, giving Mason the 12-1
Allen led the Mason offense, going 2-for-2 at the plate with
four RBI's and two runs scored. Leemhuis finished 3-for-4 with two RBI's and
two runs scored, Foley went 2-for-4 with two RBI's and two runs scored, and
Leonardo completed his day 1-for-2 with three RBI's.
Starter Brandon Kuter (2-0) earned the win after working 2.0
innings with one hit, one walk and one strikeout. Using the game as a staff
day, the Patriots threw four additional pitchers including Sean Cabrera (1.0
IP, 1H, 1R-UE, 2K), John Williams (2.0 IP, 1H, 2K), Neight Hoffa (2.0IP, 1H,
1BB, 1K) and Chris O'Grady (1.0 IP,
Cotten led the Broncs offense with a 2-for-3, RBI
performance at the plate. Starter Kyle Kennett took the loss after 2.1 innings
of work and giving up six runs on nine hits with one walk and one strikeout.
The Patriots return to action on Friday, hosting Georgia
State in a weekend CAA series at Spuhler Field.