Baseball Grabs First Win of Season
Feb. 19, 2005
Charleston, S.C. - The George Mason baseball team didn't have to wait long to get back on the field after Friday's season-opening loss to Charleston Southern. The Patriots didn't have to wait long, either, to find their way into the win column. Behind Stacen Gant's superb pitching and production at the top of the order, Mason was able to rout Appalachian State, 16-2 at Charleston, S.C.
Gant did not allow a hit until the sixth inning as the senior righthander picked up the win after going six innings, striking out eight and walking one while allowing one hit and two earned runs. Jared Petrovich made his collegiate debut in relief, striking out the first two batters he faced as he pitched two flawless innings. Tyler Wingerd pitched a perfect ninth for Mason.
The Patriots didn't take long to establish their dominance. Mason scored four times in the first inning, as Matt Cooksey led off the game with a walk and Chris Fournier followed with a two-run home run to left. Chris Looze doubled and scored on a Robby Jacobsen triple and Jacobsen crossed the plate when he and Matt Barrett executed a double steal.
Mason added single runs in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh, two in the eighth and six more in the ninth. The ninth inning saw Fournier hit a bases-loaded double to score three and Adam Innerst hit his first home run of the season to plate three more. Fournier was 3 for 5 with 5 RBI and three runs scored while Innerst was 2 for 6 with two runs and three RBI. Jacobsen was 2 for 4 with three runs.
As good as those three were, Cooksey might have been better. The senior centerfielder wrecked havoc on Appalachian State. He was 3 for 4, reaching base five times in the game and scoring five runs. He also stole three bases, giving him four on the season.
Jonathan Reeder (0-2) took the loss for Appalachian State (1-5) as he surrendered seven runs, five earned, in five and two-third innings. Julian Brown earned the only hit with a triple in the sixth and a run scored. The other run scored in the second, when Travis Hunnicutt was hit by a pitch, went to second on a fielder's choice, advanced to third on an error and scored on another fielder's choice.
The Patriots (1-1) will look to make it two straight wins on Sunday when they take on Kentucky at 11 a.m. in the final day of the three-day, four-team tournament.