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Baseball Runs Past Rider, 12-1
Courtesy: George Mason Athletics
Release: 03/28/2012

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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 Pittaro Field.

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 middle.  

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 non-conference victory.

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.


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