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Baseball Bounces Back With 7-5 Victory at Northeastern
Courtesy: George Mason Athletics
Release: 04/14/2012

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BOSTON - The George Mason baseball team scored three runs in the second inning and never again trailed, holding off Northeastern, 7-5, to even their Colonial Athletic Association series at one-all on Saturday afternoon at Friedman Diamond. Mason (24-12, 10-7 CAA) captured its 10th conference victory through timely hitting and strong relief pitching, holding the Huskies (14-16, 4-10) to just one run and two hits over the final four innings.

Chris O'Grady added to his league-leading total after he pitched a scoreless ninth inning, garnering his 10th save of the year. It preserved the victory for Ryan Pfaeffle (4-3), who started and tossed five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. NU starter Kevin Ferguson (4-3) was saddled with the loss after allowing the first five runs in five innings of work.

NU got on the board first, scoring Matt Miller after he singled with two outs and crossed the plate on a Jon Leroux double down the left field line. Mason found a quick answer, as Jake Leonardo placed a double down the left field line which scored Zack Helgeson after earning a leadoff walk. Two more runs came home after Nick Allen's double to right field brought in Leonardo and Blaise Fernandez.

The 3-1 margin stayed intact until the top of the fifth, after Helgeson doubled to left to score Brig Tison, who hit a one-out single through the gap on the left side. Dan Schafferman, who also lined a base hit through the left side, came home to make it 5-1 after he scored on Anthony Montefusco's sacrifice fly to left.

NU sliced the margin to just one run in the bottom half, as Jason Vosler found a hole in the outfield between Josh Leemhuis and Allen in left-center, clearing the bases on a three-RBI double.  In the seventh, the Patriots found their response, with Montefusco's second sacrifice fly of the day scoring Schafferman after he blasted a leadoff triple to right field, making the score 6-4.

The final Huskies run came in the home half of the seventh, a Vosler single through the left side which scored Puttress. It was charged as unearned after a dropped foul ball, and it was the only run given up by Jake Kalish in a three-inning, two-hit relief outing.

Mason tacked on an insurance run in the eight h inning, with Allen leading off with a single through the right side, moving over to third on a Chris Cook sacrifice and a stolen base. He crossed the plate on Tison's fly out to right field, making the score 7-5.

After an inning-ending double play was turned by the Patriots in the bottom of the eighth, Mason was retired in order before O'Grady allowed just one walk in the ninth, finishing off the win.

The Patriots will look to win the series when they meet the Huskies Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the rubber game.