FAIRFAX, Va. – The George Mason baseball team (20-12, 7-3) held St. Bonaventure (8-20, 2-8) to one run to win the final game of the series on Sunday afternoon, 6-1. The Patriots conclude a stretch of 21 home games in their last 25 overall, going 14-11 in that span.
Both sides recorded nine his in the ballgame but the Bonnies were only able to plate one run in the seventh inning while the Patriots puts runs across in the first, second and eighth innings of the game. John Williams
limited St. Bonaventure to six of its nine total hits as he allowed the lone run and struck out and walked three batters to earn his second win of the season in six and two-thirds innings pitched. Luke Willis
led off the bottom of the first with his first hit of the afternoon and two batters later Blaise Fernandez
ripped his 15th double of the season down the left field line to give the Patriots an early 1-0 lead. Josh Leemhuis
would also hit a one-out sacrifice fly into right field for the 2-0 lead after one. Mick Foley
sparked the third run of the ballgame for Mason with a two-out bunt single down the third baseline. Willis followed up with a double into left-center field and after Brandon Gum
was walked to load the bases, Fernandez was hit by a Joel Rosencrance pitch for his second RBI of the afternoon and 23rd of the season, tied with Willis for the team lead. Rosencrance suffered his fifth loss of the season in the effort, pitching six innings and allowing the first three runs to score.
Williams and the defense were able to control St. Bonaventure in the middle innings in which the Bonnies leadoff man reached base four times but could not come around to score. They final put a run on the board in the top of the seventh when Rosencrance helped his own cause with an RBI single into right field to make it 3-1.
The insurance runs for Mason came in the bottom of the eighth, and inning in which they have scored in all three times this series. Ray Toto
led off with a double into left-center field which was matched by Chris Cook
after a popup fell in between four St. Bonaventure fielders, moving Toto to third. Foley lined his second hit of the day into left field for the 4-1 lead and eventually came around to score the sixth run of the ballgame, avoiding a tag at home plate after the throw beat him home. A wild pitch from relief pitcher Daniel Trimble brought in Cook for run number five. Tyler Zombro
did the majority of the relief work, pitching the final two innings of the day for his third save of the season as he allowed three hits and struck out one batter. Rich McMahon
also made a brief appearance, forcing one batter to ground out to end the seventh.
The Patriots begin play on the road with a rematch against Georgetown on Tuesday, April 15 in Bethesda, Md. Mason won the first of two meetings in walk-off fashion on Wednesday, April 9.