With Late Rally, Baseball Earns Brown His 700th Win
March 4, 2007
The George Mason baseball team rallied to score once in the eighth to tie the game and once in the ninth to win it as the Patriots took the Colonial Athletic Association series from William & Mary and earned head coach Bill Brown his 700th career win. The Patriots beat William & Mary 10-9 to take the season series, something Mason last failed to accomplish in 2002. Brown, in his 26th season at Mason, becomes just the third active coach under the age of 50 with 700 career wins. All of those wins have come at Mason.
In the eighth, Scott Krieger tied the game with a solo homer with one out in the inning. It was his third hit and fourth RBI of the day. In the ninth, Chris Henderson walked, went to second on a Ryan Uphouse sacrifice, advanced to third on Dan Palumbo's bunt single and scored on a wild pitch with two outs. Peter Vernon took the loss, allowing one run on one hit and one walk in one-third of an inning. Jordan Flasher (1-0) earned the win, allowing one run on two hits in three innings.
The Tribe (6-8, 1-2) struck first with a home run by Tim Park in the top of the first. In the bottom of the second, Mason (4-5, 2-1) scored four runs to take its first lead. Chris Romanow and Henderson had back-to-back singles and Ryan Uphouse walked to load the bases. Brent Weiss' sacrifice fly made it 1-1. After Chris Fournier walked, Krieger's double to right cleared the bases, making it 4-1.
In the top of the third, William & Mary tied the score with Greg Sexton's two-run homer proving the big hit. Mason retook the lead in the bottom of the inning as Romanow doubled and scored when Uphouse's grounder was misplayed. In the top of the fourth, William & Mary had two singles and a double to start the frame and chaser Mason starter Ryan Brecko after three and one-third innings. Two more runs scored on a groundout and single.
The Patriots rallied to tie the game at 8-8 in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Krieger, who had reached on a walk, and Jason Bour, who reached on a fielder's choice, scored on a Romanow triple. After Henderson was intentionally walked, Uphouse doubled to make it 8-8. William & Mary's run in the seventh came on a walk, a ground out and a throwing error.
With double-digit runs in all three games of the series, Mason raised its team batting average to .309. Henderson is batting .448, Jason Bour is batting .412 and Krieger is hitting .368 with four home runs. Chris Fournier is hitting .342 while Romanow and Uphouse are hitting .333 and .323, respectively. Krieger had a big series, batting .533 with two home runs, six RBI and a 1.000 slugging percentage. Henderson hit .583 in three games with five runs scored and a .667 on-base percentage.
Mason returns to action on Tuesday when the Patriots host Coppin State at 2:30 p.m.