ARLINGTON, Va. – Mick Foley and Luke Willis went a combined 6-8 at the plate with five RBI and three runs scored while Foley hit his first homerun of the season and Willis stole three bases as the George Mason baseball team (17-10, 5-2) stole the series from local rival George Washington (2-10, 2-7) on Sunday with a 10-3 victory at Barcroft Park.
The Patriots totaled 10 runs on 14 hits in the ballgame with four starters contributing multiple hits in the rubber match between the two teams. The win also puts Mason in front in the Revolutionary Rivalry series with the Colonials, breaking the 6-6 tie with the series win this weekend.
Willis singled off Colonials’ starter Bobby LeWarne on the first pitch of the ballgame that started a 3-3 day from the plate with two RBI, two runs, three stolen bases, one walk and one hit-by-pitch for the junior. The Patriots would load the bases in the inning but would wait to put runs on the board.
RHP John Williams made his third start of the season on the on the mound and effectively pitched the first six innings to pick up his first win of the season, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out three batters. Tyler Zombro relieved Williams at the start of the seventh and pitched the final three frames to pick up his second save of 2014.
The scoring for Mason started in the third when Willis led off the inning with the ballgames second hit, beating out an infield single. He stole his first base of the afternoon and eventually came around to score when Chris Cook hit a ball through the right side. Cook went 2-5 on the afternoon with two RBI. The second run of the inning came across when Josh Leemhuis hit a ground ball to third which was overthrown on its way to second to bring home Cook.
The Patriots scored three more runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a commanding 7-0 lead, highlighted by Foley’s solo homerun to right-center field for his first RBI of the day. Foley went 5-11 in the series with a triple, homerun and five RBI.
GW scored its first runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth, but the runs were matched by Mason in the top of the seventh with a Willis sacrifice fly and a Foley single. The first baseman added his third RBI of the day in the top of the ninth with a single up the middle, finalizing the 10-3 score.
The Patriots return home for a five-game homestretch, beginning on Tuesday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m. with a rescheduled contest vs. Maryland. The Green and Gold also host Georgetown on Wednesday before St. Bonaventure comes to town for a weekend conference series beginning on Friday.