Baseball Closes Tournament With 15-1 Win Over Northwestern
Feb. 21, 2010
Rock Hill, S.C. - The George Mason baseball team improved to 3-1 on the season on Sunday as the Patriots scored five runs in the first and seven in the fifth while allowing just one unearned run in beating Northwestern, 15-1 in the 2010 Bojangles Baseball Classic. The tournament, which was hosted by Winthrop and was played in Rock Hill, S.C., saw Mason face Northwestern twice and the Patriots beat the Wildcats by a combined score of 40-3.
On Sunday, Jeremy Haas led off the bottom of the first by getting hit by a pitch, Dan Schafferman and Ryan Soares followed with singles and Shane Davis hit a grand slam to right to make it 4-0. Mark Hill doubled, took third on a ground out and scored on a Brett Hendricks infield single. In the top of the second, a one-out error by Schafferman in right put Chris Kontos on base, a single moved him to third and he scored on a fielder's choice to make it 5-1. That's the only run Mason starter Ryan Pfaeffle would allow as he surrendered just two hits, the one unearned run and six walks in five innings.
Mason got the run back in the bottom of the third as Hill singled, went to third on an Anthony Montefusco single and scored when Hendricks hit into a double play. Mason added two more runs in the fourth when Nick Allen reached on an error, Haas walked, the runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Schafferman and scored on a Ryan Soares double to center.
Mason ended any threat of a Northwestern comeback with seven runs in the fifth and the rally begin with two outs and no one on base. Chris Cook walked, Allen was hit by a pitch and Haas doubled to make it 10-1. Back-to-back Northwestern errors made it 11-1 with runners on first and second and Davis and Hill followed with RBI singles for a 12-run lead. After a Montefusco single, Hendricks singled to center to make it 15-1.
Hill, Montefusco and Soares all had three hits while Davis had two hits and five RBI and Hendricks had two hits and three RBI. Haas scored three times while Jack Zeltner, A.J. Johnson and Montefusco all pitched well in relief. Zeltner allowed just one hit in two innings, Johnson allowed just one walk in one inning and Montefusco allowed two hits but no runs in the ninth.
The Patriots will return to action on Friday when they play their home opener at 2:30 p.m. against Monmouth.