FAIRFAX, Va. - Junior Anthony Montefusco had as strong
showing on the mound and at the plate to help the George Mason baseball team
end its five game skid with a 3-2 win over Northeastern in CAA action on
Saturday afternoon at Spuhler Field.
Mason improved to 8-10 overall and 2-3 in the conference
with the win, while NU dropped to 10-7 overall and 2-3 in the CAA. Montefusco
picked up his second win of the season, evening his record at 2-2 and John
Williams threw two strong innings for his second save. Huskies starter Nick
Berger threw his second complete game of the season but took the loss, falling
It was a brisk start to the game, as Montefusco scattered
two hits and two strikeouts over the first four innings, while Berger limited
the Patriots to two hits with three strikeouts over the same span.
Montefusco allowed a hit to start the fifth, but got John
Puttress to ground into a double play and Josh Treff to fly out to end the top
half of the fifth. Also serving as the designated hitter for the Patriots,
Montefusco then led off the home half of the inning with a single and Patrick
Esposito followed with a single to left, leaving two runners on for Mason.
Berger struck out the next two Patriots, but Nick Allen was hit by a pitch to
loaded the bases and Vitaletti hit an infield single to score Montefusco and
give Mason the lead for the first time this series, 1-0.
Adding to the lead in the home half of the sixth, Tucker
Tobin led off with a single to center, Blaise Fernandez walked and Montefusco
flied out to center, advancing Tobin to third where he was able to come home on
an RBI single by Esposito. Derek Evans followed with a sacrifice fly to right
field, bringing in Fernandez to put the Patriots ahead, 3-0.
Northeastern made it interesting in the seventh, as
Montefusco allowed his first two batters faced to reach by walk and hit by
pitch. After he recorded a strikeout, the Mason defense stumbled, as John
Puttress reached on a fielder's choice that looked like it would develop into a
double play, but Evans' throw to first got past Tobin and allowed a run to
score. Treff then singled to right center to bring in another run and Pete
Castoldi reached on a Mason fielding error, but Montefusco got Aaron Barbosa to
ground out to end the inning and preserve the Mason lead, 3-2.
Williams came on in relief in the eighth and threw two
strong innings, giving up just a hit in the eighth and setting down the Huskies
in order in the ninth for the save and Mason win.
Esposito finished the day 3-for-4 with an RBI, while
Montefusco went 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate. On the mound, Montefusco
threw 7.0 innings, scattering six hits and allowing two runs (one earned) with
a walk and four strikeouts.
Treff recorded the lone RBI for the Huskies with a 1-for-4
performance at the plate. Rob Fonseca was the only other NU player with a
multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4. Berger threw all 8.0 innings, allowing
three runs on eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
The Patriots will look to take the series tomorrow, as Jake
Kalish takes to the mound for a 1:00 p.m. start.